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Five more florida residents indicted for role in $30 million telemarketing scam that victimized over 22,000 people

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 25, 2012

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced
today that a grand jury returned five Indictments against Anthony Colon, 37, of Delray Beach,
Florida; Troy Dye, 48, of Boynton Beach, Florida; Chris Gilkey, 30, of Lake Worth, Florida; Marc
Martinangelo, 33, of Boynton Beach, Florida; and Robert Santiago, 26, West Palm Beach, Florida
for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud. The charge arose out of a telemarketing scam
which operated in Palm Beach County, Florida, that bilked over 22,000 victims of $30 million
dollars. They victimized consumers in all fifty states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, all
ten Canadian provinces and the Northwest Territory of Canada. There were at least 54 victims in
twenty seven (27) of the thirty eight (38) counties comprising the Southern District of Illinois.

The indictments alleges that all five were telemarketers who worked for Creative Vacation
Solutions and Universal Marketing Solutions and conducted a telemarketing timeshare resale scheme
targeting timeshare owners throughout the United States and Canada. The indictments allege that
Creative Vacation Solutions and Universal Marketing Solutions falsely represented that they had
found buyers for the consumers’ timeshare interests and solicited fees of up to several thousand
dollars from each consumer in purported pre-paid closing costs and related expenses. The
indictments allege that the purported sales did not occur, closings were not scheduled as was often
represented, and, in fact, Creative Vacation Solutions and Universal Marketing Solutions did not
successfully sell any consumer’s timeshare interest. It is further alleged that Creative Vacation
Solutions and Universal Marketing Solutions devoted essentially no resources to marketing their
clients’ timeshare interest and simply pocketed the purported closing costs.

Multiple others have been charged in connection with the Creative Vacation Solutions
telemarketing scam. On June 30, 2011, Jennifer Kirk pled guilty to a criminal information. She was
sentenced on January 9, 2012, to over 16 years imprisonment and five years supervised release. On
August 17, 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. Folan, Brazel, and
Morris pled guilty. Brazel and Morris are awaiting sentencing on June 29, 2012, and August 17,
2012, respectively. Folan was sentenced to 60 months in prison and three years supervised release.
Joel Intravaia pled guilty to conspiracy in an information filed on August 19, 2011. He was
sentenced to 60 months in prison and three years supervised release on December 9, 2011. Ralph
Johnson entered a guilty plea to conspiracy charges filed in a criminal information on September 8,
2011. He was sentenced on December 16, 2011 to 46 months in prison and two years supervised
release. On September 21, 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 May 11, 2012, in the Southern District of
Florida. Jeffrey Tracey Fields was charged with conspiracy in a criminal information on October
25, 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. Sentencing of Fields is set for July 12, 2012.
John Thomas Egan pled guilty to conspiracy charges filed in a criminal information on January 6,
2012. His sentencing is set for July 16, 2012. In March 2012, John Robert Eddy, Cloyd James
Holmes, Jr., Gino Christopher Marquez, and Donald Myers were indicted by a federal grand jury in
East St. Louis for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud. The four are awaiting trial. Most
recently, Daniel L. Gregg, Joshua G. Schneidau, and Lacey Marie Stone were indicted for conspiracy
to commit wire fraud and mail fraud.

The criminal charges follow an investigation by the St. Louis Field Office of the Chicago
Division of the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Florida Attorney General’s Office, the
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Boynton Beach Florida Police
Department.

The prosecution of the case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Bruce E. Reppert and Katherine L. Lewis, and U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton.


An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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