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$1M settlement in security company case

CHICAGO — A Utah-based company has agreed to pay $1 million to settle allegations that it hired convicted felons to sell security systems door to door in Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced the settlement Wednesday with Pinnacle Security of Orem, Utah. It's the largest fine the department has issued against a security company.

The company admitted no wrongdoing in the agreement. State regulators alleged Pinnacle knowingly used deceptive practices and hire unlicensed sales people.

Investigators found that 700 of Pinnacle's 1,100 employees were not licensed by the state as required. Some had been charged with or convicted of felonies, including larceny, robbery, theft and conspiracy to commit burglary.

The company agreed to stop sales and advertising in Illinois for two years.

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