Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita is suing a former Evansville telecommunications company that allegedly operated as a gateway for foreign robocalling scammers.
Startel Communication LLC allegedly helped robocallers from India, the Philippines and Singapore make more than 4.8 million calls to Hoosiers and hundreds of millions of calls to other states, Rokita said Thursday.
The robocallers allegedly operated several scams, including IRS and Social Security Administration imposter calls, legal action or arrest, computer support scams, Apple support scams and Amazon subscription scams.
The investigation started about a year and a half ago, stemming from consumer complaints to his office, Rokita said.
The suit also includes California companies Piratel LLC, which routed 3.1 million of the robocalls, and VoIP Essential LLC, which routed 1.5 million of the robocalls. Rokita said both companies knew Startel was sending robocalls, and they were each paid more than $100,000 to look the other way.
Rokia said the companies committed millions of violations of Indiana and federal law. Fines against them could total billions of dollars.