Fake Biden Robocall Traced to Texas-Based Life Corp
Life Corp Implicated in Fake Robocall
A fake robocall imitating President Joe Biden’s voice and attempting to dissuade people from voting for him in New Hampshire’s primary election has been traced back to Texas-based Life Corp, the state attorney general said on Tuesday.
Criminal Investigation Underway
Attorney General John Formella told a news conference in Concord, New Hampshire, that a cease-and-desist letter has been sent to the company, run by Walter Monk, and a criminal investigation is under way.
Commitment to Free and Fair Elections
“We are committed to keeping our elections free and fair,” Formella said, noting that the robocall appeared to be an attempt to use artificial intelligence to interfere with New Hampshire’s Democratic primary election.
Impact on Election Results
Biden won the Jan. 23 nominating contest by a wide margin despite being a write-in candidate.
Response from Life Corp
Neither Life Corp nor Monk immediately responded to requests for comment.
Efforts to Suppress Voting
Formella, a Republican, said the robocall was made on Jan. 21 to thousands of Democratic voters and was being investigated as an attempt to suppress voting in the nominating contest.
Content of the Robocall
“It’s important that you save your vote for the November election … voting this Tuesday only enables the Republicans in their quest to elect Donald Trump again,” the call had said.
Traceback Technology Used
Formella said traceback technology was used to trace the call back to the originating provider and identified the source as Life Corporation.
Originating Voice Service Provider
The originating voice service provider was Lingo Telecom, a Texas-based service provider, he said.
Response from Lingo Telecom
Lingo Telecom did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The New Hampshire attorney general’s office said that after Lingo Telecom was informed that the calls were being investigated, Lingo Telecom suspended services to Life Corp.
Legal Action Taken
“At the New Hampshire Department of Justice, we have issued a cease-and-desist letter to Life Corporation, which orders the company to immediately cease violating New Hampshire election laws,” said Formella. “We have also ordered a criminal investigation.”
The Federal Communications Commission said its enforcement bureau had issued a cease-and-desist letter against Lingo Telecom demanding it “immediately stop supporting unlawful robocall traffic on its networks.”
Response from Biden’s Campaign
Biden reelection campaign chair Julie Chavez Rodriguez issued a statement thanking New Hampshire authorities for moving quickly on the robocall.
Allegations Against ElevenLabs
New Hampshire officials said they were also looking into allegations that “the recorded message was likely made using software from ElevenLabs” but could not confirm that now.
Statement from ElevenLabs
In a statement, a spokesperson for ElevenLabs said it could not comment on specific incidents but takes “any incidents of misuse extremely seriously” and has “mechanisms in place to assist authorities or relevant parties in taking steps to address them.”