"I am astounded and stunned by the allegations," the lawyer, Francis Recchuiti, said today in his office in Norristown, a Philadelphia suburb. If that's what they're accused of, bring the charges," he said, referring to criminal charges. Stiles said the company had been extorting up to $100,000 a week around the country.
The company purchased from telephone-sex services lists of people who had charged sex calls to credit cards but had not paid their bills, the complaint states.
The Federal complaint is a civil action, and Michael R.
Stiles, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, refused to say at the news conference here whether his office would file criminal charges.
"They are still calling our home," one consumer complained to the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office last September after she had paid a bill for $99 that she said she did not owe.