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Competition Bureau Canada

Competition Bureau Canada

January 22, 2007 13:34 ET

Competition Bureau Investigation Leads to Deceptive Telemarketing Charges Against Two Individuals and a Company

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 22, 2007) - The Competition Bureau announced today that criminal charges have been laid against two persons allegedly involved in deceptive telemarketing activities in Montreal. The accused are Nikolaos Rothos, 31, of Brossard, and Stelios Vrontakis, 31, of Longueuil. The company, 9094-5114 Quebec Inc., operating under the name Kinito Inc., has also been charged.

The victims, residing in the United States, were contacted by telemarketers who claimed they were offering them a credit card with a pre-authorized limit, in exchange for payment. The credit cards were never delivered to the victims.

The telemarketers also made representations that were false or misleading by giving victims the impression that the company issued credit cards. Rather than receiving a credit card, victims received a document with a list of banks, for the purpose of applying for a credit card.

"Everyone is a potential target of deceptive telemarketing," said Raymond Pierce, Deputy Commissioner, Competition Bureau. "We will continue to vigorously pursue those individuals who commit such egregious crimes so that Canadians can have confidence in the marketplace."

The Bureau wishes to thank the Service de police de la ville de Montreal (SPVM), which assisted with this investigation.

The Competition Bureau is an independent law enforcement agency that promotes and maintains fair competition so that all Canadians can benefit from competitive prices, product choice and quality services. It oversees the application of the Competition Act, the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act, the Textile Labelling Act and the Precious Metals Marking Act.

Contact Information

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