Several corporations and their officers have been barred from making false promises to consumers concerning employment with the U.S. Postal Service under a temporary restraining order issued by a U.S. District Court judge at the request of the Federal Trade Commission.
The FTC announced the order yesterday. The FTC's complaint was filed Oct. 18 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. It named as defendants Success Express Inc., Exam Resource Center Inc., Occupational Advancement Center Inc., Employment Resource LLC, David James Daniell, Wanda J. Taugner and Kathy L. Stafford.
The FTC alleged that the defendants promised consumers help in registering for and obtaining postal employment and guaranteed them job placement if they obtained a score of 90 or above on the USPS' employment examination. The defendants were not connected with the USPS, according to the FTC, and postal jobs were not available through them.
Since at least 2003, the defendants published classified ads around the country in employment guides and newspapers, the FTC said. Consumers were charged an administration fee of $129.90 or $139.90 for the study course and registration and a shipping and handling fee of $19.90.
The restraining order freezes the defendants' assets and bars them from continuing those violations alleged by the FTC. The FTC seeks to permanently bar the defendants from those violations and require them to pay consumer redress.
Melissa Campanelli covers postal news, CRM and database 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