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Restraining order issued against telemarketer tied to Medicare scam

STEVENS POINT, WI (WTAQ) - A federal judge in Illinois has issued a temporary restraining order against a telemarketer from Stevens Point and eight others accused in a Medicare scam. 

The Federal Trade Commission said yesterday that AFD Advisors of Stevens Point was among the companies and owners which had their assets frozen. That's after the FTC filed a lawsuit against those operators. 

The government said the telemarketers offered discount Medicare cards -- and the FTC said clients were falsely led to believe they had to buy the cards to keep their present Medicare, Social Security, and other benefits. 

The seniors were asked to provide their bank account numbers -- and officials said the businesses withdrew up to $300 to pay for the cards, with the sole purpose of keeping the money. 

A federal investigation began after Wisconsin's Better Business Bureau issued an alert against the Stevens Point AFD business in February. The bureau said the Point address was actually a UPS rental box.