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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