Court Orders Halt Telemarketing Companies

By Sarah Baker

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee attorney general's office has obtained a federal court order that temporarily halts operations of east Tennessee telemarketing companies accused of scamming consumers out of thousands of dollars.

The state sued Mountain Area Communications and American Publisher's Service and three Morristown owners of the companies. The telemarketing companies are accused of calling consumers and telling them that they'd won a gift card but requiring them to sign up for free magazines and pay a shipping and handling fee to get the card.

In addition to the temporary restraining order, the federal court also placed the companies' assets in receivership.

The attorney general's office is hoping to use those assets to make restitution to the victims.

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