"Do Not Call" Offense May Be Upgraded to Felony

Monday, September 24, 2012 - 10:46am

New York Senator Charles Schumer wants to impose harsher punishments on telemarketers who violate the federal "do not call list."

Schumer unveiled new legislation that would upgrade the offense from a misdemeanor to a felony. Telemarketers who violate the law would be fined $20 thousand every time they dial a number on the list. 

Schumer said there has been a spike in these calls because the existing fines are not high enough to stop companies. He says many telemarkers are willing to pay the penalty in exchange for illegally contacting thousands of homes.

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