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2 men sentenced for telemarketing scam that tricked 91 Missouri victims, netted more than $20 million

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Two Arizona men have been sentenced to federal prison for their role in a telemarketing scam that ripped off 91 Missouri residents.

Michael McNeill and Joshua Flynn helped organize a fraudulent telemarketing scheme which targeted the elderly and sold fictitious business opportunities over the phone.

The scam stretched across the United States and Canada, ensnaring approximately 4,000

victims and generating more than $20,000,000 in fraudulent sales.

The 91 Missouri victims, located in  Chesterfield, University City, St. Louis, Hannibal, Arnold, Potosi, Ballwin, Valley Park, Florissant, O’Fallon, St. Clair, and Farmington, were taken for about $1 million combined.

The 48-year-old McNeill, who also went by the names Mr. White and Todd Lockwood, is from Phoenix. His partner Flynn, whose pseudonyms include Mr. Pink and Jeff Thomas, is a 36-year-old from Chandler, Arizona.

The two men used multiple business names during their scheme, including the fictional Smart Business Pros LLC, supposedly located in Warson Woods, Missouri.

McNeill and Flynn would transfer the criminal proceeds by purchasing gold and silver coins and distribute them to themselves.

The were eventually caught after an investigation that involved the United States Postal Inspection Service, IRS Criminal Investigation, the FBI, and the Office of the Arizona Attorney General.

Both men pled guilty to charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. McNeill was sentenced to 120 months (10 years) and Flynn was sentenced to 84 months (7 years).

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