A New York-based company has agreed to pay $10,000 in penalties and fees for impersonating a local agricultural cooperative and violating the Kansas No Call Act, according to a news release from Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt.
Carso, also doing business as Supply House or Coating and Chemicals and Jack Caratozzolo, all of New York state, agreed to a consent judgment ordering them to pay $10,000 in investigative fees and civil penalties.
The judgment was approved earlier this month in Shawnee County District Court.
In 2014, the attorney general’s office received multiple complaints from Kansans who had received telemarketing calls from the company. The callers identified themselves as representatives of “Farmway,” which is a Beloit-based cooperative, with no connection to the defendants or the alleged telephone calls. The callers were trying to sell agricultural chemicals.
Under terms of the settlement, the defendants are prohibited from misidentifying themselves to Kansas consumers and are banned from future telemarketing in Kansas.
Unruh is a veteran ag reporter for the Salina Journal.