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Alleged Indianapolis Autodialer Singled Out For Lawsuit

The Indiana Attorney General’s office has filed suit against a single Indianapolis resident who’s accused of breaking the state’s Do Not Call law.

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The Indiana Attorney General's office says one Indianapolis man may have placed 12 calls in violation of the state's Do Not Call law.

The Indiana Attorney General’s office has filed suit against a single Indianapolis resident who’s accused of breaking the state’s Do Not Call law.

The suit alleges Otis Thomas called at least a dozen Marion County residents who’d previously registered their phone numbers with the state’s Do Not Call database.  Attorney General’s Office spokesman Bryan Corbin said Thomas is accused of breaking the law in multiple ways.

“What he was doing was basically two violations,” Corbin said. “He was calling people who’d registered for the Do Not Call list and secondly, he was using a prerecorded message — which is also illegal, unless there is a live operator which introduces the message.”

Corbin said his office has filed many suits seeking to stop so-called “autodialers,” but most of the legal actions only name individual people in conjunction with a business of some kind.  But Thomas, it appears, worked alone.

“As we understand it, he’s not incorporated as a company,” Corbin said. “He’s doing this as a private individual.  But he’s selling some kind of a prepaid legal services plan and out suspicion – this has not been proven in court yet – is that this may be some sort of a work-from-home scheme of some sort.”

WFIU attempted to reach Thomas at home, but his number has been disconnected.  Corbin said if a judge imposes the maximum possible penalty, Thomas could be liable for fines approaching $350,000.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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