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.