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 user 2009-09-21 at 10:08:26 am Views: 62
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    Investigators serve search warrant at toner telemarketing company
    – The Missouri attorney general’s office and other law enforcement
    agencies are investigating a telemarketing firm in the south part of
    the city. As part of the probe, some federal agents and inspectors
    spent much of Tuesday going in and out of M-Tech, 1333 Bradford
    Parkway, but they would only say they were there as part of an ongoing
    probe.M-Tech sells computer equipment in addition to doing
    telemarketing for copying machine accessories such as toner. No one
    answered the company’s telephones on Tuesday. The attorney general’s
    office wouldn’t discuss the investigation.

    Former Mtek Employee Speaks Out About Raid
    Mo.) — Former Mtek employee Amanda Brown says she quit when she
    realized she was working for a company she now calls unethical.”We were
    told to be honest with them, but try to get them to give you the
    answers with giving them as little information as possible,” says
    Brown.She says her sales manager would give her pages from the phone
    book to call to sell printer cartridges and ink. Brown says she was
    told those businesses had contracts with Mtek.When someone answered,
    her goal was to get their printer model number and their shipping
    information.”Just say, ‘hey, you know, we had a little mix-up here in
    the warehouse, and we’ve got these 10 cartridges for your hp 2610, just
    wanted to let you know that they were shipping out to you,’” says Brown.

    she says, they would ship out the toner with a bill.”They’d end up with
    a shipment of toner cartridges that was worth $3,000 for a company
    they’d never heard of,” says Brown.It’s for these reasons Brown says
    she isn’t surprised what happened Tuesday. Those working near Mtek
    witnessed the activity.”We started seeing some people with vests on,”
    says Misty Lokovich, who works in a nearby dental office.Lokovich says
    she saw the IRS, postal investigators, and members of the Attorney
    General’s office coming in and out of Mtek with black cases. Of the
    three organizations, none will say why. In fact, only the IRS would
    confirm it was at Mtek Tuesday.We tried to talk with Mtek’s owner about
    the raid. We tried to call Mtek, but no one answered the phone. We
    tried calling the business’s president at home, but his phone is
    disconnected.So, we stopped by the business Wednesday. The door was
    unlocked, but the lady we met inside the door said ‘no comment’ and
    told us to leave. She escorted us out the door and locked it.

    the reason, Brown is just glad to hear Mtek is being investigated,
    especially knowing how it hurt her professionally.”I had people in
    interviews go, ‘oh, you worked for microtek solutions. Aren’t they
    toner pirates?” says Brown.Three businesses are registered with the
    same address at the address of Mtek. They are Mtek, High Performance
    Laserworks, and Dataline Technologies. Between the 3 businesses,
    consumers filed 70 complaints with the Better Business Bureau over the
    last 3 years.