Federal regulators Thursday finalized a whopping $120 million fine against the alleged "kingpin of robocalling" for making nearly 100 million calls to scam consumers with "exclusive" vacation deals.
The Federal Communications Commission last year alleged Adrian Abramovich of Miami made 96 million robocalls during a three-month period in 2016, and proposed the hefty fine.
In April, Abramovich and his lawyers denied any "fraudulent activities," telling a Senate panel he was "not the kingpin of robocalling that is alleged."
The FCC said the calls, which violated telecommunications laws, appeared to offer vacation deals from companies such as Marriott International Inc., Expedia Group Inc., Hilton Inc., and TripAdvisor Inc.
Consumers who answered the calls were transferred to foreign call centers that tried to sell vacation packages, often involving timeshares. The centers were not related to the major companies, the FCC said.
The FCC said in June that "Abramovich is the perpetrator of one of the largest — and most dangerous — illegal robocalling campaigns that the Commission has ever investigated."
And FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said last year "Americans are mad as hell" at robocalls and the agency gets more than 200,000 complaints annually.
YouMail, a company that blocks robocalls and tracks them, estimated 3.4 billion robocalls were placed in April in the United States, an all-time high.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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