Justice Department moves to thwart global robocall scheme
- Washington (CNN) - The Justice Department on Tuesday asked a federal judge to shut down a scheme involving companies in New York and Arizona that connect hundreds of millions of robocalls across the country each month.
- In two first-of-their-kind filings, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn requested temporary restraining orders against five companies and three individuals who allegedly bridged spam calls -- most of which originated from India -- into the American telecommunications system.
- A judge has not yet ruled on a similar Justice Department request targeting an Arizona man and woman and their two companies.
- Tuesday's requests for restraining orders represented the "fastest method for us to act to shut down these ongoing schemes" while the investigation continues, another official said.
- The Justice Department will also work with law enforcement partners in India and around the world to try and identify and prosecutor the originators of the robocalls, Hunt said.
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