North Carolina & Federal Government go after local company

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – NBC12 discovered The Federal Communication Commission and the state of North Carolina are going after Media Synergy Group, a Chesterfield-based company.

The North Carolina attorney general says from 2007 to 2009 Media Synergy made unsolicited calls with pre-recorded messages offering airline tickets and gas cards. Under federal law that is illegal.

In a complaint filed by the state of North Carolina the accusations against Media Synergy Group are outlined.

The attorney general says Media Synergy used automatic dialers to make calls. When an answering machine picked up a pre-recorded message was left. Some of the residents are on the "Do Not Call" registry. North Carolina's attorney general sent a warning to the Chesterfield-based company April 2009, but says residents continued to receive unwanted calls.

North Carolina, now ready to fine the company, is now working to track down company president Louis G. Anton. The Federal Communication Commission is looking for him also. In February 2009, the FCC sent a warning to Media Synergy asking them to stop making unsolicited phone calls with pre-recorded messages.

The fed's gave the company time to respond, but didn't get an answer. Nearly two years later, the FCC is set to fine Media Synergy $67,500.

There was no answer at Media Synergy's last known address. We called three phone numbers listed for the company, but they are all disconnected.

Thursday afternoon Charles Anton called us. He said he was the CEO of Media Synergy. He says the company shutdown September 2010. He says he is unaware of the FCC's investigation.

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