MADISON, Wis. -

A complaint has been filed against Internet coupon companies and telephone billing aggregators that placed unauthorized telephone charges on customers' bills, according to a release.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced the Wisconsin Department of Justice has filed an enforcement action against the nationwide Internet coupon company and the telephone billing aggregators named in the release.

The complaint alleges the defendants marketed to customers through discount coupons, sweepstakes or merchandise and then entered into agreements with billing companies that placed unauthorized charges on the victims' telephone bills.

The DOJ is requesting that the billing aggregators and certain coupon companies be prohibited from further violations of the unauthorized billing statute.

The DOJ complaint also requests the companies forfeit between $25 and $10,000 per violation for each unauthorized charge, and costs and fees associated with prosecution, according to the release.

The defendants are Eyal Yechezkell, Itai Kathien, Email Discount Network LLC, Intelicom Messaging LLC, Enhanced Services Billing Inc., The Billing Resource Inc., and ILD Corp.