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.