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Valley citizens to be repaid after telemarketing scam

PHOENIX -- A settlement has been reached to reimburse dozens of Valley citizens that were defrauded by a fake telemarketing company.

Last year, the Arizona Attorney General's Office began receiving complaints about a company that would call people at home offering them an opportunity to run "online shopping malls" affiliated with Amazon.com. The fraudulent company preyed mainly upon senior citizens on fixed incomes.

Customers paid thousands of dollars to be part of the business venture but would see nothing in return.

"They would call consumers and sell them online shopping mall websites and then they would also offer advertising to promote the website," Attorney General Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said.

After the complaints, the Attorney General's Office began to investigate the two owners of Superior Marketing Group and found they were in fact swindling consumers.

The office reached a settlement with the company and seized approximately $400,000, which will be repaid to the victims that filed complaints.

Grisham also warned others to be skeptical when looking to invest in certain companies.

"If it sounds to good to be true it generally is, if you get a call from anybody offering up any kind of a business opportunity, before even filing a complaint with us, you can always check with the Better Business Bureau to see if these people are legitimate and have a good rating."

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Martha is the traffic controller in the KTAR newsroom. Her full time role is that of Assignment and Breaking News Editor of KTAR News. She oversees daily Breaking News planning and over-the air execution, and puts together the elements that make it happen. She gathers and distributes daily news assignments to reporters and editors. She also reports on a daily basis, anchors news afternoons 1-2p and fills in as anchor occasionally during other time slots. She began working at KTAR in the winter of 2012 as Desk Editor and was promoted to oversee Assignments and Breaking News in 2014. During that time, she received two awards as a journalist. The first was the 2013 APTRA Awards, where she took home 2nd place for Best Serious Future in the "Recycled Orchestra." The second was a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for her collaboration in KTAR's Voice for a Better Arizona Series: Immigration - seeking solutions. In her piece, Martha profiled two Arizona sisters looking for the DREAM. Martha was born in Mazatlan, Mexico. She moved to Arizona in 1996 with her parents and younger sister and has lived here since. She attended Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University in Tempe. Prior to working at KTAR news she worked in news and production at Univision Arizona in Phoenix. She also supervised the marketing, catering and public relations department at Hotel Araiza, 5-star hotel in Mexicali, Mexico. She has also been a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. When she isn't in the newsroom or behind the microphone Martha is an avid gym-goer and marathoner. She trains for two races a year and enjoys taking group exercise classes, such as kickboxing, indoor cycling and weight lifting. Martha is married and lives in Surprise, AZ with 2 dogs, Tasha and Elsa, and a cat, Sammy.

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