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December 17, 1988 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Two Los Angeles-area men who prosecutors say promised their victims free motorcycles if they participated in a "market survey" have been indicted on charges of bilking more than 4,000 people out of $1 million in a nationwide telemarketing scam. The two men, Samuel Filippo, 42, of Santa Monica and Robert James Matthews, 40, of North Hollywood never delivered anything more than $140 mopeds, according to a federal grand jury indictment returned late Thursday.
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December 17, 1988 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Two Los Angeles-area men who prosecutors say promised their victims free motorcycles if they participated in a "market survey" have been indicted on charges of bilking more than 4,000 people out of $1 million in a nationwide telemarketing scam. The two men, Samuel Filippo, 42, of Santa Monica and Robert James Matthews, 40, of North Hollywood never delivered anything more than $140 mopeds, according to a federal grand jury indictment returned late Thursday.
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June 14, 1989
A Santa Monica man who was convicted of operating a $1.3-million marketing scam that promised customers a free motorcycle simply for test driving it was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in federal prison. Joseph Samuel Filippo, 42, had pleaded guilty to three counts of mail fraud stemming from the telemarketing operation, which defrauded an estimated 4,000 people throughout the country. Assistant U.S. Atty. David Katz said Filippo promised customers that they could win title to a new $1,000 motorcycle just by driving it, filling out a marketing questionnaire and mailing in $348 for shipping and promotional charges.
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