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ND fines Atlanta-based company for robo-calls

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota attorney general's office has fined an Atlanta-based company for making illegal automated calls to residents on behalf of the state Farm Bureau.

The office on Wednesday fined Concentric Direct LLC $500 for making robo-calls asking residents who they support to lead the state Department of Agriculture as commissioner.

Parrell Grossman from the attorney general's fraud division says robo-calls are illegal whether they're political in nature or not.

Grossman says he contacted the company after talking with the Farm Bureau. He says the company was unaware of North Dakota's law and agreed to stop making calls.

Pete Hanebutt with Farm Bureau says Concentric Direct had assured the organization it would do things properly. Farm Bureau won't be fined.