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OC 'Spam King' sent 5 million texts in 40 days

KABC-TV covers Los Angeles and Southern California.

February 24, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A Huntington Beach man dubbed the "Spam King" is accused of sending more than 5 million "spam" text messages in a matter of 40 days.

The Federal Trade Commission is asking a federal judge to shut down Phillip Flora's Orange County operation.

Investigators say Flora sent messages at a staggering rate of 85 per minute for loan-modification and debt-relief services.

Flora is also accused of selling the personal information of consumers, even after they asked him to stop sending spam.