2016 News Releases

AG Schmidt: New York company to pay fine for impersonating local co-op

Release Date: Apr 13, 2016

TOPEKA – (April 13, 2016) – A New York-based company has agreed to pay $10,000 in penalties and fees to settle allegations that it impersonated a local agricultural co-op and violated the Kansas No Call Act, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

Carso, Inc., d/b/a Supply House, d/b/a 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 by Judge Franklin Theis 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 local Kansas 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.

A copy of the consent judgment is available at http://1.usa.gov/1SZEoP9 . Kansans who wish to register for the Do-Not-Call list or file a complaint should visit the attorney general’s consumer protection website at www.InYourCornerKansas.org .

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