Florida Firm Cited for Violating No-Call Rules, Fined $85,000

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Posted at 4:22 PM, Jun 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-02 16:22:00-04

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi regulators have ordered a Florida company named L&J Bay Area Holding and its leader to pay $85,000 for violating the state's ban on unwanted telemarketing.

The Public Service Commission voted 3-0 Tuesday to penalize L&J and Edward Dement. The company is based in Temple Terrace, Florida.   

It's the latest fine the Public Service Commission has issued against a company for violating Mississippi's prohibition on calling people who have registered their phone numbers to block telemarketers. The order alleges L&J failed to register as a telemarketer, failed to buy the state's no-call list and made 10 unauthorized calls to Mississippi phone numbers in 2014 and 2015. 

The commission's penalty comes after L&J didn't respond to complaints. It's a civil fine, not a criminal action.