Fla. (Legal Newsline) — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and
nine other state attorneys general announced Feb. 21 the final consent judgment
shutting down an allegedly illegal robocall scheme selling Florida cruise line
defendants in the case are Fred Accuardi and his companies, which include
Caribbean Cruise Line Inc., a marketing company. According to Bondi’s office,
Accuardi developed a scheme that bombarded consumers all over the country with
billions of unwanted calls. His companies allegedly averaged 12 to 15 million
illegal calls per day and generated millions of dollars in profit.
partnership with the FTC, filed a lawsuit against the defendants in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The resulting
consent judgment imposed a $1.35 million judgment against Accuardi and his
businesses. This amount will be suspended once the defendants pay $2,500. If,
however, the court finds Accuardi misrepresented his financial assets, the
full amount will become due. Accuardi and his businesses have been banned from
the illegal telemarketing.
the FTC led the joint action and were joined by attorneys general in Colorado,
Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and
office noted in its news release that this operation is one of many actions
taken by Bondi and the FTC to halt illegal operations in Florida.