Two corrupt Santa Barbara telemarketers, Stevan Todorovic and Michael Harvey, were charged with operating telemarketing scams and issued lifetime bans by the Federal Trade Commission. Harvey and Todorovic operated out of offices at 25 West Anapamu Street under the shingles American Bartending Institute and Intuitive Logic. The FTC charged the two with selling lists of bartending job openings to “certified” individuals who first paid fees up to $98 to complete the at-home certification process. The FTC cried foul because the lists were available to the customers elsewhere, free of charge. Todorovic ran into trouble with the FTC in the past regarding a similar business that sold auction house lists, also available for free elsewhere. Todorovic, from Santa Ynez, was ordered to surrender his Porsche convertible and pay $115,000 in fines. According to the FTC, failure to comply with the terms of their sentences would result in both men being liable for $6 million in suspended fines. Efforts to contact Harvey or Todorovic for comment proved fruitless.
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Originally published 12:00 p.m., April 20, 2006
Updated 11:43 a.m., April 27, 2006
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