NC Man Facing $82M Fine Over Illegal Health Insurance Robocalls

WILMINGTON, N.C.--The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a fine of more than $82 million against a Wilmington business owner.

The FCC announced Thursday that it found that Best Insurance Contracts and its owner/operator, Philip Roesel, who was doing business as Wilmington Insurance Quotes, apparently made more than 21 million illegally spoofed robocalls to people around the country.

The calls are a violation of the Truth in Caller ID Act, which prohibits callers from deliberately falsifying caller ID information – a practice called “spoofing” – to disguise their identity with the intent to harm, defraud consumers or wrongfully obtain anything of value.

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The FCC said Roesel made the robocalls in an effort to sell health insurance and “especially targeted vulnerable consumers, including the elderly, the infirm and low-income families.”

In December 2016, Spok, a medical paging provider, complained to the FCC that robocalling was disrupting its network. The FCC was able to connect these calls to Roesel.

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Roesel’s call records from October 2016 through January verified 82,106 health insurance telemarketing calls during that period using falsified caller ID information.

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