Robocallers Who Placed Billions of Illegal Calls to Consumers Nationwide Fined, Banned from Telemarketing

Aaron Michael Jones and the companies he controlled called numbers listed on the National Do Not Call Registry at an estimated rate of more than 100 million per year

Robocallers Who Placed Billions of Illegal Calls to Consumers Nationwide Fined, Banned from Telemarketing
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June 2, 2017

The nationwide crackdown on illegal robocalls continues.

A federal district court judge in California has approved default judgments against Aaron Michael Jones and nine companies whom the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charged earlier this year with running an operation that blasted consumers with billions of illegal telemarketing robocalls. The FTC estimates that in making the illegal robocalls, Jones and the companies he controlled called numbers listed on the National Do Not Call Registry at a rate of more than 100 million per year.

The court orders permanently ban Jones and the companies from all telemarketing activities—including initiating robocalls, calling numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry, and selling data lists containing consumers' phone numbers and other information. Jones must also pay a $2.7 million penalty.

The FTC's complaint charged nine individuals—including Jones, his associate Steven Stansbury, and 10 corporate entities—with operating related enterprises that initiated robocalls to consumers without first getting their written permission.

According to the complaint, between at least March 2009 and May 2016, the defendants made or helped to make billions of these illegal robocalls. Many of these calls pitched extended auto warranties, search engine optimization services, and home security systems—or generated leads for companies selling such goods and services. Many of the calls were made to phone numbers included on the National Do Not Call Registry.

The nine corporate defendants against whom the court has entered default judgment are: 1) Allorey, Inc. 2) Audacity LLC 3) Data World Technologies, Inc. 4) Dial Soft Technologies, Inc. 5) Digital Marketing Solutions, Inc. 6) Savilo Support Services, Inc. 7) Secure Alliance, Inc. 8) Velocity Information Corp. and 9) World Access Media.

The FTC also recently obtained an order settling the charges against c. The order permanently bans him from robocalling, from calling phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry, and from selling lists of data containing phone numbers on the Registry.

The order also imposes a judgment of $2.7 million against Stansbury—the bulk of which will be suspended based on his inability to pay—after he pays an initial $3,000. The full amount will become due if he is later found to have misrepresented his financial condition.