Federal regulators have announced nearly 7.7 million dollars in settlements with six firms. The companies are accused of calling people on the national Do Not Call list.
The Federal Trade Commission says Craftmatic, maker of adjustable beds, will pay the biggest fine -- 4.4 million dollars in civil penalties. ADT Security Services agreed to a 2 million-dollar settlement.
The four other companies were: Ameriquest Mortgage Company, Alarm King, Direct Security Services and Guardian Communications.
The registry prohibits telemarketers from calling phone numbers on the list. Companies face fines of up to $11,000 for each violation.
Organizations engaged in charitable, political or survey work are exempt.