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California-Based Alarm Dealer Pleads No Contest to 6 Criminal Counts

LOS ANGELES




An alarm dealer in Southern California has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges that include deceiving senior citizens by selling them overpriced or unessential home alarm systems, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The article reports the Los Angeles city attorney’s office confirmed that Jeffrey Roy Bagg, owner of an alarm firm based in Sherman Oaks, Calif., pleaded no contest to six misdemeanor criminal counts.

According to Deputy City Atty. P. Greg Parham, the defendant was charged with operating an unlicensed alarm company and running an alarm company business from a location other than the one for which a license was issued. Bagg operated the business under the names ITT Security Inc. and ITT Security Systems Inc. He faces a maximum penalty of six years in County Jail and $6,000 in fines.

Two co-defendants have also been charged in the case. Katrina Carmel Jackman, a salesperson, pleaded no contest to two counts of illegally exhibiting an alarm company license. She faces a maximum sentence of one year in jail and $2,000 in fines.

According to Parham, Melvin Taylor Hamp, a third co-defendant, cheated at least 26 people by using false and misleading sales tactics. On Oct. 25, Hamp was sentenced to 60 days in jail or 250 hours of community service and ordered to pay $10,696 in fines. Bagg and Jackman are scheduled to attend a restitution hearing on April 18 in which Bagg will be sentenced. Restitution amounts could exceed $40,000.

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