Attorney General: Man tried to capitalize on fear in bogus security calls

State seeks injunction against Illinois man

INDIANAPOLIS - A lawsuit has been filed against a man and company the state said impersonated a home security systems representative in pre-recorded phone calls.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Friday that Jerome Edmond, of Illinois, and USA Promotions engaged in illegal practices, stirring residents' angst in the wake of several high-profile home invasions.

The AG's office said it received nearly 160 complaints about the telemarketing calls, indicating they were pretty widespread.

Complaints poured in from 13 counties in central and northern Indiana, with most of them focused on Marion, Hamilton and Hendricks counties.

The AG's office said the pre-recorded message played on the fears of residents and tried to mimic an official message.

"This is a public safety call. Due to the rise in residential burglaries in your community, ADT will be giving you a free ADT Home Security Alarm System with free installation and activation, which means you pay absolutely nothing out of pocket for this security system," said the caller in a portion of the automated message. "This promotion expires in your community this week, so it’s important you return our phone call right away."

ADT told the state that no one affiliated with that company placed the calls.

"This is scamming at its worst," Zoeller said in a news release. "Taking advantage of public fear with unsolicited and illegal robo-calls requires aggressive enforcement actions."

The state is seeking fines, penalties and a permanent injunction against Edmond and USA Promotions, claiming he violated the state's privacy and autodialing laws and falsely represented himself as an ADT employee.

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