Calgary

Telemarketing scam nets jail terms

Five people from Alberta have been sentenced for deceptive telemarketing under the Competition Act and a criminal charge of fraud.

Five people from Alberta have been sentenced for deceptive telemarketing under the Competition Act and a criminal charge of fraud.

According to the Competition Bureau of Canada, the five operated a company called Ambus Registry, which telephoned businesses in the United States and led them to believe a sale had already taken place so the customer was obligated to finish the deal.

More than 10,000 businesses, including government agencies and not-for-profit organizations, were scammed over a three-year period for nearly $4 million by the company, investigators for the bureau found.

The two owners of the firm each received sentences of two years in jail, while two managers will spend eight months under house arrest and eight months on probation.

A third manager received a suspended sentence and three years' probation.

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