A U.S. district court has halted and frozen the assets of an Orlando, Fla.-based operation that used pre-recorded telephone calls, also known as robocalls, to pitch purportedly free medical alert devices to senior citizens by falsely stating the devices had been purchased for them by a relative or friend.

The defendants allegedly led consumers to believe that the devices were endorsed by various health organizations and that they would not be charged anything before the devices were activated.

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