At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal judge has halted the business operations of American Tax Relief, a company that heavily advertised its ability to help taxpayers who were in trouble with the IRS and allegedly bilked consumers out of more than $60 million by falsely claiming it could reduce their tax debts.

The company’s California state business license was suspended last year for not paying its own taxes, the FTC noted. The FTC is seeking to make the defendants pay restitution to victims.

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