Roswell firm fined for illegal robocalls

Created: 05/22/2014 7:14 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The federal government has brought the hammer down on a small Roswell business.

The FCC says it made hundreds of illegal political robocalls.

And that business faces nearly $3 million in fines.

A national robocall company called Dialing Services is based out of Roswell.

They provide robocalling services for Republican candidates including Governor Martinez, Mitt Romney, and George Bush.

The call center is based in Los Angeles, but the founder and CEO runs the company from a Roswell office.

The office used to making calls for national candidates is now at the center of a national controversy.

The FCC says the company received a citation in 2013 for making 4.7 million illegal robocalls.

According to the FCC, they warned the Roswell company that if they continued to make unlawful robocalls, they would be fined $16,000 per call.

The commission says the company continued to make at least 184 additional calls, totalling a $2.9 million fine.

The owner of the company, Chris Kolker, did not want to talk on camera. 

But he tells KOB Eyewitness News 4 he is fighting this and did nothing wrong.

A statement sent to KOB from Chris Kolker says,

“The FCC's Notice of Apparent Liability is factually inaccurate and legally baseless. The Commission's actions are poorly reasoned and made without an understanding of the industry or their effect on commerce.  We welcome the opportunity to present accurate facts and compelling legal arguments to a federal judge.”

Kolker has until June 8 to respond to the FCC.

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