Telemarketers slammed with record fine for lying about police, veterans' charities

A telemarketing operation that made its money duping consumers into thinking they were donating directly to charities -- not going through a high-priced middleman -- was ordered to stop soliciting on behalf of charities and pay a record $18.8 million penalty, the Federal Trade Commission said.
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The penalty against Civic Development Group, LLC; CDG Management LLC; and owners Scott Pasch and David Keezer was the largest in FTC history for a consumer protection case.