3 indicted in telemarketing scam that victimized 22,000 people in 50 states

3 indicted in telemarketing scam that victimized 22,000 people in 50 states

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3 indicted in telemarketing scam that victimized 22,000 people in 50 states

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 19 at 3:53 PM

(KMOV.com) -- Two Florida residents and a Maryland resident have been indicted in an alleged multi-million dollar telemarketing scam reported to have victimized over 22,000 people in 50 states.
 
On Thursday, an Illinois grand jury returned three single-count indictments against Daniel L. Gregg, 39, of Pylesville, Maryland, Joshua G. Schneidau, 28, of Wellington, Florida and Lacey Marie Stone, 27, of Lake Worth, Florida for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud.  Their charges arose out of a telemarketing scam which operated in Palm Beach County, Florida.  The operation pulled in $30 million and victimized at least 22,000 people in every U.S. state as well as Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, all ten Canadian provinces and the Northwest Territory of Canada.
 
The state of Illinois had at least 54 victims in 27 of the 38 counties comprising the Southern District of Illinois.
 
The three defendants worked for Creative Vacation Solutions and Universal Marketing Solutions.  Both companies conducted a telemarketing timeshare resale scheme that targeted timeshare owners.  The indictments allege that CVS and UMS falsely represented that they had found buyers for consumers' timeshares and solicited fees of up to several thousand from each consumer in purported pre-paid closing costs and other related expenses.  Those sales never actually occurred, according to reports.
 
It is further alleged that CVS and UMS devoted essentially no resources to marketing their clients' timeshare interest and simply pocketed the "closing costs."
 
Several others have been charged in connection with the companies as well:  
 
Most recently in March 2012, John Robert Eddy, Cloyd James Holmes, Jr.,Gino Christopher Marquez, and Donald Meyers were indicted by a federal grand jury in East St.Louis.  The four are awaiting either arraignment or trial.
 
On June 30th, 2011, Jennifer pleaded guilty to criminal activity.  In January, 2012, She was sentenced to 16 years in prison and five years of supervised release.
 
On August 17th, 2011, a federal grand jury in East St. Louis charged Steve Folan, Ryan Brazel, and Brian Morris in a multi-count indictment for their involvement in the alleged scheme.  They pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing on April 20, 2012, May 25, 2012, and June 15, 2012, respectively. 
 
Joel Intravaia pleaded guilty to conspiracy in an information filed on August 19th, 2011.  He was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment and three years supervised release on December 9th, 2011. 
 
Ralph Johnson entered a guilty plea to conspiracy charges filed on September 8th, 2011.  He was sentenced on December 16, 2011, to 46 months imprisonment and two years supervised release. 
 
On September 21st, 2011, Kenneth Foote and Joseph Grizzanti were indicted by a federal grand jury in East St. Louis.  On October 7, 2011, each filed a consent to transfer their case to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in order to plead guilty to the charges there.  Sentencing for Foote and Grizzanti is scheduled for March 30th, 2012 in the Southern District of Florida. 
 
Jeffrey Tracey Fields was charged with conspiracy on October 25th, 2011.  He filed a consent to transfer his case to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in order to plead guilty to the charges there. 
 
John Thomas Egan pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges filed  on January 6th, 2012. His sentencing is set for July 16th, 2012.  

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