February 8, 2013 | 11:15am
Orange County businessman Roy M. Cox apparently did not know that no means no.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has won a stipulated judgment and permanent injunction against Cox, a Santa Ana resident who ran an international, robocalling telemarketing business that routinely violated the National Do Not Call Registry.
The injunction calls for a $1.26 million civil penalty, requires Cox to inform future business partners and employees of the injunction for five years as well as file an annual compliance forms of his activities.
Cox is banned from forever engaging in any telemarketing business and for two decades must inform federal officials of all of his business interests.
Approved this month inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana by U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter, the injunction gives Cox a break: the civil penalty is suspended if he complies with the injunction and shares with DOJ a completely honest record of his current finances.
Cox's businesses included Castle Rock Management Inc. of Laguna Niguel; Castle Rock Capital Management of Panama City, Panama; Capital Solutions Group of Panama City; Transfers Agentina of Buenos Aires, Argentina; Public Service of Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles; and Marketing Strategy Group of Budapest, Hungary.
According to DOJ, Cox's operation attempted to mask from customers its corporate identities and thus avoid compliance with Do Not Call laws.