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Court rules against Mesa telemarketing firm

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Posted: Friday, April 29, 2011 11:25 am

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has found that a Mesa telemarketing firm that targeted the elderly deceived consumers and ordered it to pay penalties and restitution.

The case filed by the Arizona Attorney General targeted a company called Consumer Benefits Group. The company and its owners sold an identity-theft protection program nationwide.

Attorney General Tom Horne said in a statement Thursday that the company charged $388 for generic and often outdated information on how to avoid scams. The firm tried to get customers to pay an additional $456 to participate in a bogus "identity watch" program.

The AG's Task Force Against Senior Abuse pursued the case.

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge found the firm violated state consumer fraud and telephone solicitation laws and ordered it to pay $455,000 in penalties and restitution.

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