California company fined almost $700,000 for violating Kansas No-Call Act

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TOPEKA, Kan. — A California company has been ordered to pay nearly $700,000 in fees and penalties for violating the Kansas No-Call Act.

According to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, Variable Marketing, LLC, was ordered by a Shawnee County district judge last week to pay $691,500. The company is based in Los Angeles.

The attorney general's office began investigating in January 2013 after receiving 6 complaints from Kansas residents registered on the Do-Not-Call list. The Federal Trade Commission also received 28 complaints from Kansas consumers.

The AG's office said the company tried to sell auto insurance to residents, while representing themselves to be with the "Kansas Division of Motor Vehicles."

“The law requires companies to be honest with Kansas consumers about who they are and what they are selling – and to respect their wishes if they have registered on the Do-Not-Call list,” Schmidt said.

A new law goes into effect on July 1 that will also allow the attorney general's office to pursue violations of the No-Call Act when telemarketers call cell phones registered on the list.

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