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Consumer News Release

For immediate release -- Thursday, February 4, 1999.
Contact Bob Brammer -- 515-281-6699

Criminal Telemarketing Charge Filed Against Georgia Man

Statement of the Attorney General's Office:

The Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division filed a felony criminal charge Wednesday against a Georgia telemarketer.

Steven Edward Gordon of 755 Windwalk Drive, Roswell, GA, faces a charge of Conspiracy to Commit Theft of more than $5,000, a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of $500 to $7,500. A warrant was issued for Gordon's arrest.

The preliminary complaint, filed in Polk Country District Court, states that Gordon manages an office supply telemarketing operation in Alpharetta, Georgia, called North American Distribution, or N.A.D. It states that "callers representing N.A.D. phone Iowa businesses, trying to deceive office workers into making a product order" by falsely telling the workers that their boss already agreed to the orders. "Gordon conspired with others to commit such thefts," the complaint states.

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