PANTHEON HOLDINGS

This page lists current CPB case updates accessible to the public.

Note: Under the "Justice for All Act of 2004," crime victims have certain rights described here.

 

           
     

PANTHEON HOLDINGS

formerly US v. Jay Mayne, et al.)

   
 
   

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

Most Recent Update 10/20/08 (see end of page)

Case No. 06-CR-20114-CR-MARTINEZ (SD FL)

Update 6/12/06

Pantheon Holdings, Inc. (“Pantheon”) promoted business opportunities to consumers across the country through television commercials, the Internet, and other media. Pantheon engaged in the sale of business opportunities to the public, purporting to sell Internet kiosks and assistance in establishing, maintaining, and operating an Internet kiosk business. Pantheon told potential purchasers that for a purchase price of approximately $18,000, Pantheon would perform all the legwork of the business leaving the consumer only to plug in the kiosk, arrange for an Internet connection, and occasionally wipe down the machine. The company further promised to find appropriate, viable, and high-traffic locations to place the kiosks, relocate any kiosk that underperformed, place national advertisements on the kiosk, and limit the number of distributorships in a geographic area. The defendants and others falsely represented to potential purchasers that they would earn their investment back in nine months to one year. They fraudulently induced over 700 consumers to invest a total of approximately $17 million in Pantheon. For more information, see the press release.

On February 23, 2006, a Grand Jury of the Southern District of Florida indicted Jay Mayne (a/k/a “Jay Maine”) on charges relating to his role as a salesman with Pantheon. Mayne was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, four counts of mail fraud, and four counts of wire fraud. Mayne was arrested on March 30, 2006, and arraigned on April 6, 2006.
On May 11, 2006, the Grand Jury returned a superseding indictment charging Jay Mayne and eight other individuals with fraud-related charges in connection with Pantheon. This indictment superseded the earlier indictment of Jay Mayne on February 23, 2006. The superseding indictment contains the following charges:

• Jay Mayne (a/k/a “Jay Maine”), a salesperson at Pantheon, is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, four counts of mail fraud, and two counts of wire fraud.
• Blake Ladenheim, a salesperson at Pantheon, is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, two counts of mail fraud, and five counts of wire fraud.
• Mark Pelle, a salesperson at Pantheon, is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, four counts of mail fraud, and two counts of wire fraud.
• Kathy Eidelstein (a/k/a “Kathy DeAngelis”), a salesperson at Pantheon, is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, one count of mail fraud, and three counts of wire fraud.
• Michael Press, a salesperson at Pantheon, is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, two counts of mail fraud, and two counts of wire fraud.
• Sanford Gold, a salesperson at Pantheon, is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, two counts of mail fraud, and three counts of wire fraud.
• Jeffrey Kuba (a/k/a “Jeffrey Cooper”), a salesperson and customer service representative at Pantheon, is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and four counts of wire fraud.
• Frank DePierre (a/k/a “Frank DuPree”), a reference for Pantheon, is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, five counts of mail fraud, and three counts of wire fraud.
• Eric Bridges, a reference for Pantheon, is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, three counts of mail fraud, and one count of wire fraud.

Charges contained in the indictment are accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty it is to determine guilt or innocence.

The trial is scheduled to begin Monday, July 10, 2006, before the Honorable Jose E. Martinez, United States District Judge at 301 N. Miami Ave., Miami, Florida.

Update 6/21/06

Jay Mayne is scheduled for a change of plea hearing on June 30, 2006, before Judge Martinez at 10:00 a.m.

Update 8/2/06

Judge Martinez has granted defendants’ motions to continue the trial; the new trial date is August 21, 2006.

Defendant Jay Mayne has pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Mail and Wire Fraud. He is scheduled for sentencing on September 11, 2006.

Update 9/21/06

The criminal trial against defendants Mark Pelle, a salesman at Pantheon Holdings, and Frank DePierre, a reference for Pantheon, commenced on September 5, 2006. During the eight-day trial, the government called seventeen witnesses in its case in chief. Before the government rested, Judge Martinez declared a mistrial as to Frank DePierre for reasons unrelated to the trial itself. The case continued against Mark Pelle. On Monday, September 18, the jury returned a guilty verdict as to all counts after eight hours of deliberation.

Updates on other defendants:

• On June 30, 2006, Jay Mayne pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. On September 11, 2006, Mayne was sentenced to 180 months in prison and three years’ supervised release.

• On August 4, 2006, Kathy Eidelstein pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and one count of mail fraud. Her sentencing is scheduled for October 13, 2006.

• On August 4, 2006, Sanford Gold pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, two counts of mail fraud, and one count of wire fraud. His sentencing is scheduled for October 13, 2006.

• On August 17, 2006, Eric Bridges pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, three counts of mail fraud, and one count of wire fraud. His sentencing is scheduled for October 30, 2006.

• On August 31, 2006, Blake Ladenheim pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, one count of mail fraud, and three counts of wire fraud. His sentencing is scheduled for November 16, 2006.

• On August 31, 2006, Michael Press pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and one count of wire fraud. His sentencing is scheduled for November 16, 2006.

• On August 31, 2006, Jeff Kuba pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and three counts of wire fraud. His sentencing is scheduled for November 16, 2006.

Update 12/21/06

Eight defendants indicted in this case have been sentenced by Judge Jose E. Martinez in the Southern District of Florida. Their sentences are as follows:

• Eric Bridges, a Pantheon reference, was sentenced on October 31, 2006, to 82 months’ imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release. He was ordered to pay a total of $3,433,881 in restitution to his victims.*

• Kathy Eidelstein, a Pantheon salesperson, was sentenced on October 13, 2006, to 36 months’ imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release. She was ordered to pay a total of $1,882,553.45 in restitution to her victims.

• Sandy Gold, a Pantheon salesperson, was sentenced on October 13, 2006, to 108 months’ imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release. He was ordered to pay a total of $18,027,118.78 in restitution to his victims.

• Jeffrey Kuba, a Pantheon owner, salesperson, and head of customer service, was sentenced on November 16, 2006, to 188 months’ imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release. He was ordered to pay a total of $18,064,018.78 in restitution to his victims.

• Blake Ladenheim, a Pantheon salesperson, was sentenced on November 16, 2006, to 60 months’ imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release. He was ordered to pay a total of $1,944,805 in restitution to his victims.

• Jay Mayne, a Pantheon salesperson and sales manager, was sentenced on September 11, 2006, to 108 months’ imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release. He was ordered to pay a total of $17,808,118.78 in restitution to his victims.

• Mark Pelle, a Pantheon salesperson, was sentenced on December 8, 2006, to 108 months’ imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release. He was ordered to pay a total of $2,812,652 in restitution to his victims.

• Michael Press, a Pantheon salesperson, was sentenced on November 16, 2006, to 34 months’ imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release. He was ordered to pay a total of $1,962,645 in restitution to his victims.

*Under federal law, restitution is awarded to victims of crime without regard to the ability of the defendant to pay the restitution ordered. Therefore, orders of restitution may be entered in cases in which the defendant lacks the funds to pay the restitution ordered by the court. See 18 U.S.C. § 3664(f). However, a percentage of a defendant’s earnings both in prison and upon release will be paid to the restitution fund.

Frank DePierre was granted a mistrial after experiencing a medical event at trial in September 2006. The Court appointed a medical expert to evaluate Frank DePierre’s competency to stand trial and his ability to assist in his defense. The expert’s evaluation must be filed with the Court by January 16, 2007.

Four additional defendants have been charged in the Southern District of Florida for their roles in Pantheon Holdings:

• Alan Glaubman, Case No. 06-CR-20513-GOLD. Glaubman played the role of president on paper at Pantheon Holdings when he in fact had no decision-making authority at the company. On October 6, 2006, Glaubman pled guilty to a one-count Information charging him with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. On December 20, 2006, Judge Gold sentenced Glaubman to 78 months' imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release. He was ordered to pay a total of $18,135,958.78 in restitution to his victims.

• Martin Raff, Case No. 06-CR-20512-LENARD. Raff was a salesperson at Pantheon. On September 27, 2006, Raff pled guilty to a one-count Information charging him with conspiracy to commit mail fraud. On December 8, 2006, Judge Lenard sentenced him to one year and one day imprisonment followed by two years’ supervised release. Raff was also ordered to pay a total of $461,060 in restitution to his victims.

• Denise Righetti, Case No. 06-CR-20514-GRAHAM. Righetti operated as a salesperson with Pantheon Holdings. On November 20, 2006, Judge Graham accepted Righetti’s plea of guilty to a one-count Information charging her with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Sentencing is set for January 4, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. at the Federal Court House, 301 North Miami Avenue, 11th Floor, Miami, Florida.

• James Vitale, Case No. 05-CR-20138-HIGHSMITH. Vitale was a Pantheon salesperson who was convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud in connection with his role at Pantheon. On April 25, 2006, Vitale was sentenced to 37 months’ imprisonment, followed by 3 years’ supervised release. He was ordered to pay $828,042.40 in restitution to his victims.

Another individual, Richard Goodman, one of the founders and principals of Pantheon Holdings, was charged in connection with a related business opportunity firm known as Global Resources. On September 28, 2006, he pled guilty to a one-count Information charging him with mail fraud. See United States. v. Richard Goodman, Case No. 06-CR-20511-SEITZ. The court set sentencing for January 12, 2007, at 8:30 a.m. at the Federal Court House, 301 North Miami Avenue, 5th Floor, Miami, Florida.

Update 10/11/07

• Richard Goodman, Case No. 06-CR-20511-SEITZ. On January 12, 2007, Richard Goodman was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 70 months, followed by 3 years of supervised release. He was ordered to pay a total of $3,229,739.67 in restitution to his victims.

• Denise Righetti, Case No. 06-CR-20514-GRAHAM. On January 17, 2007, Denise Righetti was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 14 months, followed by 3 years of supervised release. She was ordered to pay $533,650 in restitution to her victims.

*Under federal law, restitution is awarded to victims of crime without regard to the ability of the defendant to pay the restitution ordered. Therefore, orders of restitution may be entered in cases in which the defendant lacks the funds to pay the restitution ordered by the court. See 18 U.S.C. § 3664(f). However, a percentage of a defendant’s earnings both in prison and upon release will be paid to the restitution fund.

• On June 28, 2007, charges against Frank DePierre were dismissed due to his incompetence to stand trial.

Update 12/14/07

• Michael DeAngelis, Case No. 07-20870-CR-Martinez. On November 5, 2007, Michael DeAngelis was charged by Information with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud under Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349, in connection with Pantheon Holdings, Inc.  DeAngelis was a Pantheon reference who falsely claimed to have purchased and had success operating Pantheon kiosks and who vouched for the support and assistance that Pantheon provided. See Justice Department Press Release, 11/5/07, regarding this and other related cases.  

On December 6, 2007, DeAngelis pled guilty to the charge before Judge Martinez.  He is scheduled to be sentenced on February 14, 2008.  DeAngelis faces a maximum statutory term of imprisonment of twenty years on the mail fraud conspiracy count, a fine, and mandatory restitution.

On February 14, 2008, Michael DeAngelis was sentenced to 51 months' imprisonment, followed by 2 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $2,861,248.45.   (Added 7/10/08).

• U.S. v. Brian D. Gordon, Case No. 07-20867-CR-Zloch, See Brian Gordon entry in AED case. Also, see Justice Department Press Release, 11/5/07, regarding this and other related cases.     

Update 7/10/08

• U.S. v. Lillian Glaubman, Case No. 06-CR-20114-CR-Martinez. On July 7, 2008, Lillian Glaubman, a/k/a Lillian Shorstein, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and mail fraud in connection with her role in Pantheon.  Glaubman had been charged in a second superseding indictment in May 2007.  Glaubman was the president and manager of Marketing Workforce Providers, which was located in the same office building as Pantheon and facilitated Pantheon operations.  As part of her responsibilities, Glaubman shipped promotional brochures, processed customer purchases, managed accounts receivables and accounts payables, and issued payments to Pantheon employees, references, and owners knowing that misrepresentations were being made to purchasers of the Internet kiosks and, in addition, knowing that some of the purchasers were not receiving the kiosks. Sentencing is scheduled before Judge Jose E. Martinez on October 7, 2008.

Update 9/16/08

Lillian Glaubman's sentencing is now scheduled for October 22, 2008, at 1:00 p.m.  

Update 10/20/08

Lillian Glaubman's sentencing has been postponed until October 29, 2008, at 9:00 a.m.

 

 

 
Topic: 
Consumer Protection
Component: 
Civil Division
Updated October 24, 2014