DOJ Sues Robocaller to Pay Massive Fine

DOJ Sues Robocaller to Pay Massive Fine

The United States' Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking to recover a financial penalty of nearly $10m that was imposed on a man from Montana for operating malicious robocalling campaigns. 

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) fined Libby resident Scott Rhodes $9,918,000 in January 2021 after discovering that he had illegally used caller ID spoofing with the intent to cause harm.

An investigation by the FCC found that between May 2018 and December 2018 Rhodes had made thousands of spoofed robocalls targeting specific communities with malicious pre-recorded messages.  

"The robocalls included xenophobic fearmongering (including to a victim’s family), racist attacks on political candidates, an apparent attempt to influence the jury in a domestic terrorism case, and threatening language toward a local journalist," stated the FCC in a news release.

On Wednesday, the DOJ filed a complaint against Rhodes in the US District Court for the District of Montana that seeks to recover the financial penalty and obtain an injunction that would prevent Rhodes from committing any further violations of the Truth in Caller ID Act

The complaint accuses 52-year-old Rhodes of making 4,959 illegal robocalls in multiple states with falsified caller ID information, with the intent

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