On Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to fine nearly $10 million for a robot caller who allegedly spread “false allegations” about a political candidate in California,media reported. Kenneth Moser and his telemarketing company, Marketing Support Systems, illegally made about 47,000 calls before last year’s California congressional primary, the FCC said.
The calls pretended to come from HomeyTel, an independent telemarketing company with ties to Moser.
“These calls made allegations against a specific candidate who has been investigated and proven untrue by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department,” the FCC wrote in a press release. In response, the agency believes Moser chose to pose as a HomeyTel number to harm the company and others. The pre-recorded information was allegedly sent without consent, in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). If investigators investigate only on the basis of fake caller ID numbers, they may mistakenly believe that HomeyTel is responsible for the violation.