Judge awards nearly $230,000 to woman who got 153 robocalls

A federal judge has awarded an Irving woman nearly $230,000, saying a cable company harassed her with 153 robocalls even after she complained about them.

Judge Alvin Hellerstein in Manhattan federal court ordered Time Warner Cable Inc. on Tuesday to make the $229,500 payment to Araceli King.

The Irving woman sued last year, saying she had repeatedly asked the company to stop making the calls. King claims that over 10 months she got 153 phone calls at all hours of the day.

A spokeswoman for Time Warner says the company is reviewing its options and determining how to proceed.

Hellerstein says he tripled the $1,500 penalty for each call because Time Warner's actions were "particularly egregious."

King declined an interview with FOX4, but her attorney said she was happy with the verdict after everything she went through.

“She spoke with Time Warner and said ‘Look folks you have me mixed up with someone else’ but that didn't stop the calls. They kept calling," said attorney Sergei Lemberg.

Lemberg said the decision sends a message to consumers to "stop taking it on the chin" when robocalls don't stop.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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