On Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission proposed a nearly $10 million fine against a robocaller who allegedly spread false accusations about a California political candidate.
According to the FCC, Kenneth Moser and his telemarketing company Marketing Support Systems placed around 47,000 unlawfully spoofed robocalls ahead of the California State Assembly primary election last year. The calls were placed over a two-day period and spoofed to appear as though they originated from HomeyTel, a separate telemarketing company with ties to Moser.
In a press release the FCC said: “The calls made allegations about a specific candidate which had already been investigated and disproven by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.”
The FCC said that Moser chose to spoof HomeyTel’s number with the intent to cause harm to the company and others. The prerecorded messages were allegedly sent without consent and violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, or TCPA. If investigators had relied solely on the spoofed caller ID number, they could have been fooled into thinking that HomeyTel was responsible for the violation.