10 telemarketers arrested in Pinellas Park

PINELLAS PARK — Ten employees of a telemarketing company were arrested Friday on charges of working without a license.

The 10 employees all worked for Interactive Study Systems Inc. at 3985 Gateway Centre Blvd. and previously had been denied a license because they had criminal records, according to arrest affidavits.

Their employer, 38-year-old Jason Jeffery Bortz of Clearwater, faces 10 felony charges of employing unlicensed telemarketers. He was released from Pinellas County Jail on Friday after posting $50,000 bail.

Bortz's business, Interactive Study Systems, was founded in 2003 and provides "quality educational materials" to IT professionals, according to its website.

The arrests followed an investigation by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services,

Telemarketing without a license is a felony under Florida law, which requires all businesses and individual salespersons engaging in telephone solicitation to be licensed by the state.

10 telemarketers arrested in Pinellas Park 07/13/13 [Last modified: Saturday, July 13, 2013 8:24pm]

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