Arizona Attorney General files lawsuit againts group targeting elderly in telemarketing scams

PHOENIX - Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne has filed a lawsuit in Maricopa County Superior Court against multiple Arizona businesses and individuals accused of targeting mainly elderly customers in "work from home" telemarketing scams.

The lawsuit accuses the defendants of working together to defraud consumers of millions of dollars while selling them programs claiming to result in substantial commissions, according to a news release from the Attorney General's Office.

Consumers spent thousands of dollars on business opportunities that promised significant commission returns but never received them, according to the office.

The individuals and businesses suspected of the scam are Jeffrey Alan Hankins, Thomas C. Mikla, Vyacheslav "Steve" Yagudayev, Scott Shocklee, Veronica Cabrales, Brooke Marcus, JST Merchant Services LLC, JSTEBIZSERVICES LLC, J and S Productions LLC, Top Choice Merchants LLC, BBS Merchant Group LLC, E-Biz-Services LLC, North Star Billing LLC, United Billing Services LLC, and United Online Merchants LLC, Grisham said.

They're accused of violating the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act, the Arizona Telephone Solicitations Statute and the Arizona Organized Crime, Fraud and Terrorism Act.

The Arizona Attorney General's office is asking consumers who believe they have been a victim of a crime to file a complaint online at www.azag.gov/complaints#consumer .  

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