Ohio Sues Gas Coupon Telemarketer

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The Ohio attorney general's office sued a Nevada company, charging that it offered $200 in gasoline coupons to consumers via telemarketing but instead debited them for unauthorized charges.

Continuity Partners Inc., Las Vegas, offered the gasoline coupons for a one-time shipping charge of $1.95, the attorney general's office said. However, most consumers did not receive the coupons and later found that Continuity Partners debited them another $19.95 to $597.30 without authorization.

Charges were listed for items such as long-distance telephone, retail and prescription drug discounts and laundry-cleaning products, the Ohio attorney general's office said.

The attorney general's office filed the charges in Ohio state court. It seeks $25,000 per violation and refunds for consumers.

Calls to Continuity Partners' Las Vegas phone number did not go through yesterday.

Scott Hovanyetz covers telemarketing, production and printing and direct response TV marketing for DM News and DMNews.com. To keep up with the latest developments in these areas, subscribe to our daily and weekly e-mail newsletters by visiting www.dmnews.com/newsletters

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