Court Freezes Telemarketer Network

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A U.S. District Court judge in Waco, TX, has frozen the assets of telemarketing firms under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission on charges of running an advance-fee credit card scam, the FTC said Friday.

Included in the order were St. George, UT-based Assail Inc., and its related companies Summit Communications, Carson City, NV; Capital First Benefits Inc., Miami; and Premier One Benefits Inc., Idaho Falls, ID; along with their officers.

The FTC has charged that the companies were part of a network of telemarketing firms that illegally offered credit cards to consumers with poor credit for a fee, but the credit cards turned out to be pay-as-you-go debit cards. Secret Service agents raided Assail facilities in January. Several other companies associated with the network, including Infinium Inc., and Outsourcing Solutions Inc. and their officers, agreed separately to asset freezes, the FTC said.

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