FTC Fines Chinese Firm $35 Million
WASHINGTON (CN) - The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday said it will issue the largest fine in its history - $34.9 million - against a Chinese company that makes and sells signal-jamming devices to U.S. consumers.
The FTC said in a statement it will fine C.T.S. Technology Co. for each of the 285 models of signal jamming devices it has been selling in the United States for more than 2 years. The total fines are expected to be $24,912,500.
"Signal jammers present a direct danger to public safety, potentially blocking the communications of first responders," FTC acting chief of enforcement Travis LeBlanc said in the statement. "Operating a jammer is also illegal, and consumers who do so face significant civil and criminal penalties."
The FTC said in the statement: "C.T.S. operates a website that markets consumer electronics to individuals in the United States, where it allegedly misled U.S. consumers by falsely claiming that certain signal jammers were approved by the FCC. In fact, the use of such devices by U.S. consumers is illegal under any circumstance. C.T.S. also sold 10 high-powered signal jammers to undercover FCC personnel."