WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Jan 2 that it had reached a settlement with Jamie L. White of Utah over allegations of assisting telemarketers in bilking money from consumers.

The FTC charged White with violations of the FTC Act and the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule, and alleges she enabled telemarketing operations to sell phony products. According to the FTC, White duped consumers by supplying them with information on applying for grants that the FTC says do not exist. White also allegedly provided fraudulent merchant accounts to telemarketers, delivering them a way to process consumer credit card payments.

Under terms of the settlement, White is barred from telemarketing, payment processing, and selling grant and business opportunities. White is also held jointly liable for a $3 million judgment delivered against Chad Gettel in September. Gettel was White’s associate in the alleged scheme. Because of her inability to pay, the FTC has suspended the penalty but will make the full amount due immediately if it finds that she misrepresented her financial condition.

The FTC voted 2-0 to authorize its staff to file the complaint. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.

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