A tipster (send in your tips here) has just sent me an interesting document on a company, National Employee Benefits Group. I wrote about National Employee Benefits Group and it’s managers and/or owners before in Debt Relief Companies of Tim Gibbons and Jennifer Yoffe Not What They Seem.
In the comments to that article, Tim Gibbons went ballistic and claimed they, Gibbons and his wife, were the victims of something. In that story I also published an unsolicited fax that had been sent by their other company, United Employee Benefits Group, on March 6, 2012.
But here is what I jus discovered and was just learned that changes things. You see, just a week earlier the Federal Communications Commission had issued a $603,000 fine against National Employee Benefits Group for sending unsolicited faxes.
“In this Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL), we find that National Employee Benefits Group apparently willfully and repeatedly violated section 227(b)(1)(C) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (the Communications Act or Act), and section 64.1200(a)(3) of the Commission’s rules, by sending 97 unsolicited advertisements, or “junk faxes,” to the telephone facsimile machines of 79 consumers.
Based on the facts and circumstances surrounding these apparent violations, we find that National Employee Benefits Group is apparently liable for a forfeiture in the amount of $603,000.”
The FCC stated:
According to publicly available information, Tim Gibbons is listed as the president and contact person of National Employee Benefits Group. All references in this NAL to National Employee Benefits Group also encompass the foregoing individual, as well as the corporate entity itself. Moreover, we note that National Employee Benefits Group appears to be related to Benchmark Mortgage, in that Benchmark Mortgage manages and oversees the financial programs and portfolios of the National Employee Benefits Group, and both entities share Mr. Gibbons as a point of contact, as well as the same physical address
But here is the stupid thing National Employee Benefits Group and Gibbons did, they were warned about sending the junk debt relief faxes and continued to do it anyway.
“On October 22, 2010, in response to a consumer complaint alleging that National Employee Benefits Group had faxed an unsolicited advertisement, the Enforcement Bureau (Bureau) issued a citation to National Employee Benefits Group pursuant to section 503(b)(5) of the Act. The Bureau cited National Employee Benefits Group for using a telephone facsimile machine, computer, or other device, to send an unsolicited advertisement for financial services to a telephone facsimile machine in violation of section 227(b)(1)(C) of the Act and section 64.1200(a)(3) of the Commission’s rules. The citation informed National Employee Benefits Group that within 30 days of the date of the citation, it could either request an interview with Commission staff, or provide a written statement responding to the citation. National Employee Benefits Group did not respond.” – Source
If anyone else has received any of these junk faxes from National Employee Benefits Group or United Employee Benefits, feel free to file a complaint with the FCC here.