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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1996 | DADE HAYES
A Northridge man who pleaded guilty to playing a key role in a Van Nuys-based telemarketing scheme has been sentenced to 33 months in prison, the U.S. attorney's office said. Kenneth Gilson, 65, was also ordered in U.S. District Court to forfeit his 1992 Lexus and pay $74,468 in cash for his part in the scheme that defrauded investors of several million dollars. He was convicted on one felony count each of conspiracy, wire fraud and tax evasion.
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BUSINESS
June 26, 1997 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man who called a telemarketing scam "entertainment for the homebound" and maintained that his elderly victims "enjoyed" sending him money was sentenced Wednesday to nearly four years in prison. Jerry Ste. Marie, 40, of Long Beach, a salesman for Nortay Consultants in Brea, said nothing in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana before Judge Gary L. Taylor sent him to prison for 46 months and ordered him to pay $150 in restitution. Assistant U.S. Atty. Ellyn Lindsay said Ste.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1997 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The owner of a telemarketing firm that solicited donations for charities was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kim McLane-Wardlaw on Monday to one year in prison and two years probation for filing a false tax return and possession of counterfeit securities. Abe Silfani, 44, owner of the Hollywood-based A & S Productions, diverted more than $280,000 without reporting the extra income on his tax return, said Assistant U.S. Atty. Patrick Walsh.
NATIONAL
December 1, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A flood of last-minute callers to the state's consumer protection agency are trying to get on the new telemarketer no-call list. Officials expect that by today, the phone numbers of more than 2 million people will be listed -- double the projections when registration started in September. The law prohibits telemarketers from calling households on the list, to sell anything or even to set up appointments to discuss selling something.
NEWS
November 27, 1991 | WILLIAM J. EATON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reacting to widespread consumer complaints, Congress was expected to give final approval today to a bill that would restrict annoying telemarketing calls and ban "junk fax" ads directed at telephone customers who do not want to receive them. The legislation was approved without dissent in the House on Tuesday and is likely to breeze through the Senate. A Senate vote was expected today before Congress departs for its Thanksgiving recess, although final action could be delayed until December.
BUSINESS
May 15, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Federal regulators are filing suits against several companies they say are behind a national wave of spam "robo-calls" that warn people their auto warranties are expiring and offer new service plans. The Federal Trade Commission says it has asked a federal court in Chicago to halt the illegal telemarketing campaign of "your car warranty has expired." Officials say as many as 1 billion of the nuisance calls have been made to Americans. The FTC named Voice Touch Inc. and Transcontinental Warranty Inc. in the suits.
BUSINESS
February 12, 1998 | James S. Granelli
Local, state and federal authorities said they shut down a telemarketing operation Wednesday that allegedly preyed on senior citizens by falsely promising cash prizes in return for fees upfront. The County of Orange Boiler Room Apprehension task force raided the La Habra business known as North Star Publications as well as the Whittier home of its operator, Rachel Bennett, 25. No arrests were made.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1996 | DADE HAYES
Authorities are searching for a man who allegedly ran a phony telemarketing operation that defrauded 28 people in 15 states, the Los Angeles city attorney announced Tuesday. Mark Phillip Sugarman, 37, is charged with three counts of grand theft in connection with a Studio City business called Medical Alert, said Ted Goldstein, a spokesman for City Atty. Jim Hahn. A conviction on each count would carry a sentence of up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
BUSINESS
February 3, 1998 | James S. Granelli
A man and his son have been arrested on federal wire fraud charges stemming from an alleged telemarketing scheme that took in $40,000 in two months from a dozen senior citizens. John Wesley Scrivener, 44, and his son, Jade Steven Scrivener, 19, are accused in a federal criminal complaint of operating a "prize" scheme in which they told victims they had won a grand prize but had to send money in first to cover taxes and fees. None of the victims received a prize, said Orange County Sheriff's Sgt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1998
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a complaint in federal court against two Santa Monica businesses, charging proprietors with defrauding investors by operating a telemarketing Ponzi scheme. Commercial Express LLC and Progressive Financial Inc.
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