$82.1 mil­lion fine sought over robo­calls

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

WILM­ING­TON, N.C. — Fed­eral of­fi­cials have pro­posed an $82.1 mil­lion fine against a North Carolina man who they say made mil­lions of il­le­gally spoofed robo­calls.

The News & Ob­server re­ported that the Fed­eral Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion an­nounced in a news re­lease Thurs­day the pro­posed fine against Best In­sur­ance Con­tracts owner Philip Roe­sel.

Roe­sel is ac­cused of mak­ing more than 21 mil­lion spoofed robo­calls while op­er­at­ing as Wilm­ing­ton In­sur­ance Quotes in an at­tempt to sell health in­sur­ance to vul­ner­a­ble cus­tomers.

“Spoof­ing” is the prac­tice of de­lib­er­ately al­ter­ing caller iden­ti­fi­ca­tion in­for­ma­tion with the in­tent to harm or de­fraud con­sumers and is pro­hib­ited un­der the 2009 Truth in Caller ID Act.

The FCC’s en­force­ment bu­reau sub­poe­naed Roe­sel’s call records from Oc­to­ber 2016 to Jan­uary 2017.

It’s un­clear whether Roe­sel has a lawyer.

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