JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Maryland telemarketer has been fined $490,000 for reportedly violating Mississippi’s no-call law.

Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley says Joel Katz and Katz’ Fast To Market Corp. of Baltimore failed to register and buy the state’s no-call list and contacted consumers that had registered on the no-call list. Katz also used an automated dialing system that used a recorded voice message that was played to the consumers.

While investigating the company, Presley said the PSC discovered that Katz had been previously convicted of bankruptcy fraud, money laundering, conspiracy, and mail and wire fraud. Presley said Katz’s previous convictions also involved a telemarketing scheme which bilked 16,000 people out of more than $1.6 million.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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