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Florida company to pay state $75K solicitation costs

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Deerfield Beach, Fla.-based Active Periodicals Inc. will pay the state $75,000 for violating telemarketing and telephone solicitation laws, according to a news release from Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster.

Between October 2008 and August 2010, the company - owned by Donald Caputo, also of Florida - made calls attempting to solicit magazine subscriptions from people on the state's no-call list, according to the release.

In accordance with the settlement, Active Periodicals also will be permanently prohibited from making calls to any state citizen on the no-call list and will pay $5,000 per violation for any breach of Missouri's consumer protection laws.

"The attorney general's office will continue to aggressively seek telemarketers who ignore our laws and continue to make prohibited calls," Koster said in the release.

According to the attorney general's Web site, there are more than 2.7 million Missouri phone lines on the state's no-call list.

In order to make sure it is not making calls to someone on the no-call list, a telemarketing company can purchase the list after being approved through an application process.

The cost of the list is $50 for each Missouri area code - of which there are six - per quarter, meaning a telemarketing company would have to pay $300 to receive all area code numbers for one quarter or $1,200 for one year. The company, however, can face penalties of up to $5,000 per violation for calling a phone number registered on the no-call list, according to the site.

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