Company fined $25M for work-at-home scheme

Oct 22, 2014 3:45 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge has fined a California company $25 million for misleading 110,000 people to buy into a work-at-home scheme that almost never paid off.

U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson banned The Zaken Corp. on Wednesday from advertising or selling work-at-home business opportunities in the future.

The Justice Department says the Calabasas company claimed associates who purchased a $148 business plan could earn $3,000 to $6,000 in a few hours by locating excess inventory that Zaken would sell.

Customers often received very little in return, including an outdated telephone directory of mostly defunct businesses.

Pregerson says fewer than 1 percent of customers earned any income.

Prosecutors say the company aggressively tried to sell additional business tools for hundreds or thousands of dollars.

A telephone listing for the company was disconnected.

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