Thursday, March 10, 2016

DOJ files suit against Francisco Salvat, telemarketer using robocalls promoting solar panels

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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA  - The Department of Justice filed a civil complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, to halt a telemarketing campaign that allegedly resulted in over a million illegal phone calls to consumers who had placed their phone numbers on the Do Not Call Registry, the Department of Justice announced today.

The complaint charges that KFJ Marketing, Sunlight Solar Leads LLC, Go Green Education and the owner of those companies, Francisco Salvat, violated the Telemarketing Sales Rule by operating a telemarketing campaign that delivered pre-recorded “robocall” messages warning consumers about a purported looming “14 percent increase” in their energy bill. The calls invited consumers to “press one” to lower their electric bill. Consumers who did were connected with one of the defendants’ employees, who asked about the consumer’s interest in solar panels.
If the consumer expressed interest in solar panels, the telemarketer scheduled an appointment with a private solar installation company and sold the consumer’s information to that company as a customer lead. When consumers asked the defendants not to call them again, the complaint alleges their requests were often ignored.
The complaint alleges that the defendants violated federal law by placing 1.3 million calls to phone numbers on the Do Not Call Registry and by failing to transmit accurate caller ID information.   
The matter was investigated by the FTC and referred to the Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Branch after the FTC determined it had reason to believe the defendants’ conduct was violating the law and that a proceeding would be in the public interest.  The complaint seeks civil penalties as well as injunctive relief.
The matter is being handled by Trial Attorney Jacqueline Blaesi-Freed of the Civil Division’s Consumer Protection Branch, with assistance from Sarah Schroeder and Sylvia Kundig from the FTC.
For more information about the Consumer Protection Branch, visit its website at

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