EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- Prosecutors say a Florida telemarketer has pleaded guilty to defrauding consumers with robocalls offering extended automobile warranties.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/KC4aKd ) that Robert Dolan of Miami could face up to five years in prison for a federal charge of using a fictitious name in connection with mail fraud. He could get another five years on top of that under extra punishments for those who prey on the elderly.
Dolan worked for Transcontinental Warranty.
Prosecutors say the sales calls claimed the consumer's auto warranty was about to expire. They say Transcontinental implied they were calling from the warranty service center of the vehicle manufacturer, and falsely claimed to be able to extend the warranty.
The southern Illinois' U.S. Attorney's office has gone after many similar Florida-based telemarketing schemes.