CANADA:TELEMARKETER SENTENCED TO JAIL

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CANADA:TELEMARKETER SENTENCED TO JAIL

 user 2005-10-03 at 10:36:00 am Views: 59
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    Canada: Telemarketer Sentenced to Jail
    OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(OCT
    2005) – A telemarketer has been sentenced to jail, following an
    investigation by the Competition Bureau into a deceptive telemarketing
    scam, operating from call centres in Toronto, Montreal and St. John’s,
    Nfld.
    Earlier this month, Justin Pold, 37, of Montreal, who was in charge of
    the directories scam for International Business Directories, was
    sentenced to 18 months in prison. Pold also received two years
    probation, a seven-year prohibition order under section 34(2.2) of the
    Competition Act as well as an order prohibiting him from participating
    in any activity involving the sale of office supplies or business
    directories by telemarketing.
    As part of the scam, not-for-profit organizations, businesses and
    government agencies in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom
    were contacted by telemarketers who claimed to be the regular supplier
    of office supplies or were renewing a business directory order. The
    telemarketers failed to disclose material information, such as the
    terms and conditions of delivery, which included a 20% return fee.
    Businesses would then receive office supplies or directories that they
    would not have ordered were it not for these false and misleading
    representations.
    Also charged were the corporations, which operated under a number of
    businesses, including Commercial Business Supplies, Merchant
    Transaction Supplies, Merchant Supply Services, and International
    Business Directories, 153595 Canada Inc., 162013 Canada Inc., 162014
    Canada Inc., 174440 Canada Inc., M.M. International Business
    Directories Ltd., and 3350550 Canada Inc. These companies generated
    sales of over $100-million during a six-year period.
    “Everyone is a potential target of deceptive telemarketing,” said
    Raymond Pierce, Deputy Commissioner, Competition Bureau. “Individuals
    engaged in deceptive telemarketing are warned that the Bureau will
    continue to combat this criminal activity through rigorous
    investigation and prosecution of those involved.”
    Other individuals involved in the scam have already plead guilty and
    were given sentences: Randolph Misiurak, 40, Montreal, and Stephane
    Ouellet, 39, Montreal. Charles McCulloch, 39, Toronto, received a
    conditional discharge and Francois Lefort, 37, Montreal, received an
    unconditional discharge.
    A trial date has been set for Michael Mouyal for March 20 – April 28,
    2006, before the Court of Quebec at the Palais de justice in Montreal.
    Mr. Mouyal was the alleged directing mind.
    The Competition Bureau is an independent law enforcement agency that
    promotes and maintains fair competition so that all Canadians can
    benefit from competitive prices, product choice and quality service. It
    oversees the application of the Competition Act, the Consumer Packaging
    and Labelling Act, the Textile Labelling Act and the Precious Metals
    Marking Act.