Arizona telemarketer must stop calling Iowans

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa judge has ordered a Phoenix, Ariz., telemarketing company to never call Iowans again after the attorney general filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against the company.

Polk County Judge Douglas Staskal’s order against Advanced Employment Solutions entered Tuesday requires the company, its owner and general manager to permanently stop calling Iowans and to make refunds if requested.

The order covers telemarketing calls and charitable solicitations to Iowans. It resolves the lawsuit filed by Attorney General Tom Miller in September.

Miller’s lawsuit alleges the company sold trash bags, kitchen items, Bibles, and American flags using callers falsely claiming to be handicapped veterans or disabled workers. Miller says undercover recordings revealed several illegal deceptive techniques aimed at older Iowans.

Numbers listed for the company were either not working or disconnected.

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