Mississippi PSC looking to see if telemarketers can be criminally prosecuted

Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley has heard the calls from Mississippians loud and clear: telemarketers are brazen in their phone calls, sometime even in defiance of existing state law.

He is doing something to fight back, including a recent announcement of a potential $2 million in fines to telemarketers.

On the recent charges that violate the Do Not Call, Presley had this to say

“We’ve charged six predatory telemarketers with invading Mississippians’ privacy by violating the No-Call law. If convicted, they face up to $2.3 million in fines. I ask the public to continue to report these calls to our office at 1-800-737-7722. Great job by PSC investigators.”

He looks to take it a step further.

“I am filing a request for an official opinion from Attorney General Jim Hood to see if telemarketers can be criminally prosecuted under any existing Mississippi law such a telephone harassment. Civil penalties are not enough. It’s time to put someone in jail,” Presley accounced via his facebook page.

Jon Ross Myers

Jon Ross Myers is the executive editor and publisher of the Mississippi News Network, Mississippi's largest digital only media company. He can be reached at editor@tippahnews.com

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