DETROIT (Legal Newsline) – The Federal Trade Commission
(FTC) announced a settlement agreement with Adli Dasuqi and his companies,
American Handicapped Inc. and American Handicapped and Disadvantaged Workers
Inc., after allegations of federal violations.
The FTC charged the defendants with violating the
Telemarketing Sales Rule and the Unordered Merchandise Statute, claiming they
cold-called consumers to sell them products and sought charitable donations in
return for a free gift. The telemarketers would allegedly tell consumers they
represented a charitable organization that employed disabled persons.
The defendants purportedly shipped items to consumers
without consumer consent and then told the consumers they must pay for the
items. Additionally, the FTC claimed that the defendants charged exorbitant
prices for the merchandise.
Under the proposed final order that settles the case, the
defendants will be barred from selling anything for the purported benefit of
disabled persons. They cannot mischaracterize their employees and must not
misrepresent the material facts about any goods or services.
A $4,005,544 monetary judgment will be suspended due to the
defendants’ inability to pay.
The FTC voted 3-0 to authorize the staff to file the
complaint and proposed stipulated final order.