Marketing firm fined $1.6M over fake news sites

The case against Beony and two of its employees is one of 10 that the agency is in the process of prosecuting. Other cases under way at the FTC involve potentially deceptive claims about colon cleansers, teeth whiteners, debt-reduction plans and work-at-home opportunities.

Beony International, its owner Mario Milanovic and an employee, Cody Adams, could have to pay more than $13 million if the financial statements they provide to the FTC are determined to be false in any way. But for now, the fines stand at just $1.6 million — not including the sale of a 2008 Porsche.

The FTC will also be collecting $9.4 million in fines from two associated websites.