DENVER (Legal Newsline) -- Colorado Attorney General John Suthers filed a civil lawsuit Wednesday against several magazine telemarketers and their principals for allegedly violating the Colorado Consumer Protection Act.
Rocio Trujillo and her husband Anthony Trujillo allegedly orchestrated a magazine telemarketing scam that victimized thousands of consumers.
The couple ran multiple interrelated companies, including All American Publishers, AA Publishers LLC, Patriotic Readers Club, America's Elite Magazines, America's Elite Media Inc. and RNA Direct Marketing LLC.
The Trujillos and their companies allegedly harassed consumers with sales calls, deceived consumers into participating in a recorded verification process and claimed the verification process served as an oral contract that would allow them to aggressively collect on the contracts.
The Trujillos' standard magazine package supposedly provided consumers with five magazine subscriptions for one to five years with a cost of $1,200. The couple allegedly charged some consumers up to $100 per month and claimed contractual obligations of more than $2,000.
"One elderly woman received 46 magazine orders, including seven orders for Redbook, five for Woman's Day and three for the TV Guide," Suthers said. "Some of the 46 orders were submitted by the Trujillos, while others were from other telemarketers; however, all were handled by Subscription Data Processing."
Subscription Data Processing LLC and Fulfillment Data Processing Inc. were named as defendants in the lawsuit. Suthers alleged they acted with full knowledge of the telemarketing scheme and facilitated its success.
The attorney general's lawsuit seeks permanent injunctive relief against the defendants to prevent them from further deceptive practices, consumer restitution and civil penalties. It also seeks a penalty of up to $10,000 per person for each elderly victim targeted.