WHEELING — An Ohio County woman is suing Manasseh Jordan Ministries after she claims it violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
Prophet Yakim Manasseh Jordan; Robert Seibel, Frank Juliano and Kingdom Ministries Church were also named as defendants in the suit.
Diana Mey has no prior established business relationship with the defendants and has had her phone number registered with the federal Do Not Call list for more than 10 years, according to a complaint filed in Ohio Circuit Court.
Mey claims on April 16, the defendants began harassing her with pre-recorded phone calls that were placed on behalf of the ministry and featured the voice of Manasseh. The messages were seeking donations in exchange for the prophet sending messages to God on Mey’s behalf.
Mey claims on April 28 she received another phone call and selected the option to speak with a live person, who identified themselves as an agent of Manasseh Jordan Ministries.
When Mey received another phone call on July 14, she selected the option to be removed from the calling list, however, selecting this option immediately disconnected the call, according to the suit.
Mey claims when she received a call on July 28, she selected the option again to be removed from the list and the call was immediately disconnected again, without providing her the opportunity to remove her number from the list.
Mey also began to receive text messages from the defendants in July and received several in July, August and September, according to the suit.
Despite her attempts to stop the phone calls and texts from occurring, they are still continuing to this day and she has received more than 35 unauthorized contacts via phone and text, according to the suit.
Mey claims the defendants violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the “Do Not Call” provision. The defendants also violated the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act and the West Virginia Computer Crime and Abuse Act.
Mey is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. She is represented by John W. Barrett, Jonathan R. Marshall and Sharon F. Iskra of Bailey Glasser.
Ohio Circuit Court Case number: 18-C-231