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Rocky Mount police warn of magazine sellers

Posted September 20, 2009

— Rocky Mount police have ordered a group to stop selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door and charged its leader.

Paul Kristian Ferrell was cited this weekend for soliciting without a permit, a city ordinance violation.

Police said that Ferrell and 16 other people working for American Circulation Enterprises prompted reports of suspicious people as they went door-to-door. Officers have ordered the workers to desist several times.

Two of the workers – Jaime Rivera Laureano and Brant Allen Jacobs, both 21 – were arrested Saturday on charges of taking a joyride in a golf cart belonging to a country club.

The Better Business Bureau has given a D rating to the American Circulation Enterprises, based in Michigan City, Ind. The BBB of Northern Indiana has received 35 complaints about the company in the past three years.

Anyone seeing the group selling magazines should call police immediately.


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  • slick rick da troll whisperer Sep 21, 2009

    "Are you serious what does taking a golf cart for a joy ride and selling magazines without a permit have to due with each other. Unless they were on the golf cart while selling the magazines"

    they were trying to use the golf cart to go door to door selling magazines.

    this article will help clarify:


  • sunneyone Sep 21, 2009

    The ones that used to come to NC State when I was there were terrible. One of them even followed a girl into a dorm room and assaulted her. They're just bad news all around.

  • smiley1637 Sep 21, 2009

    heelygirl..thank goodness you were able to get away from them. I can just imagine what goes on behind the scenes. the one that came to my house recently scared me so much that i am going to pursue a gun safety class and arm myself. i didnt open my door and he sure was mad about it. did other neighbors the same way.

  • SomeRandomGuy Sep 21, 2009

    I wonder if they are ever going to get the hint? There was whole group of them arrested in Raleigh last year. Charged with obtaining property by false pretense. They claimed to be selling for NCSU's baseball team, but the person they were trying to sell to personally knew the baseball coach and call him. He knew nothing about these people. They are scammers.

  • baracus Sep 21, 2009

    I like when they tell you about how if they sell enough magazines they will win a trip to Hawaii or what have you. I tell them that I would like to go there as well and I will get there a lot sooner if I keep my money in my pocket.

  • FromClayton Sep 21, 2009

    i had someone come by last year. I was out working in the yard so there was no chance of just not answering the door. He would not take no for an answer and begin to scare me. I told him I was going inside to call police. HE got VERY angry and walked away cussing under his breath. I did call the police and they did come by and drive around the neighborhood. i think the guy was long gone, but from now on, I'll call the police first thing.

  • sickofgolo. Sep 21, 2009

    I got hooked up in one of these magazine selling jobs when I graduated from HS. The stories I could tell you about what really goes on behind the scenes would make your eyebrows stand on end. Thankfully I had family back home (1200 miles away) who orchestrated a way for me to disappear in the middle of the night. Unless you are able to just disappear or get picked up by the police and tossed in the jail, its almost impossible to get away from companies like this.

  • GravyPig Sep 21, 2009

    Mr. duright, see the article here:


    I once had folks sell me magazines at the house. They wrote so poorly that my last name was Hein. Its not. Although that turned out to be good thing. I could tell where my junk mail was coming from. Everything addressed to Mr. Hein was because they got my name from the magazine purchase. I won't buy them again.

  • Journey985 Sep 21, 2009

    Well, there goes my bathroom reading material!!! I feel safer already knowing those hooligans are off the streets!!! LOL.

  • ForestForestGump Sep 21, 2009

    It's always good to have a barking, half-crazy dog behing you as you answer the door.....NOBODY wants to come in. I do realize that people have to make a living - but magazine sales??? (esp. door-to-door) Just another bunch of crooks, looking to get in and "case" a home, for a later visit.

    Just don't answer the door!