Miss. fines firms $945,000 for no-call violations

By Jeff Amy/The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi utility regulators have fined a California man and associated companies $945,000 for breaking the state’s no-call law.

The state Public Service Commission unanimously approved the fine Tuesday morning.

The commission says Roy M. Cox Jr. of Santa Ana, Calif., and five companies he controls broke the state’s law against telephone solicitations 189 times in the last four years. Under the law, people who don’t want to get telephone solicitations sign up for a “do not call” list. Telephone solicitors are supposed to acquire that list and not call those people, with certain exemptions.

A PSC staff member said Cox didn’t reply to legal papers.

Four of the five companies in the Cox case are incorporated abroad: two in Panama, one in Argentina and one in Hungary.