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Most recent update: 4/20/10 (See end of document)
United States v. Debra Filik, Case No. 08-cr-60060 (SD FL)
On March 13, 2008, Debra Filik was charged by federal criminal indictment with 1 count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and 3 counts of mail fraud. The charges alleged that Debra Filik participated in business opportunity fraud through telemarketing. The charges were filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and involved Debra Filik's conduct at a fraudulent business opportunity firm called Secure Payment Service of America, LLC.
Trial in this matter currently is set for August 11, 2008.
It should be remembered that an indictment is not evidence of criminal activity, and all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven otherwise.
Trial in this matter currently is now set for December 15, 2008.
The Court has continued trial in this matter to June 1, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. in West Palm Beach before Judge Marra.
On June 1, 2009, Debra Filik pled guilty to 1 count of mail fraud. In doing so, Filik admitted she had engaged in business opportunity fraud through telemarketing.
On August 11, 2009, Debra Filik was sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment, three years supervised release and $507,8933.44 in restitution.
Under federal law restitution is ordered in criminal cases, in general, on the basis of losses a defendant causes and without regard to the defendant's ability to pay the restitution. See 18 U.S.C. 3664 (f)(1)(A), which provides: "In each order of restitution, the court shall order restitution to each victim in the full amount of each victim's losses as determined by the court and without consideration of the economic circumstances of the defendant." Any payments made by the defendant will go to the Court and will then be shared among victims. Any amount due a victim shall be reduced by any amount the victim recovers for the same loss from any other source. If you have any questions regarding the restitution order, please contact the Federal Probation Office of the Southern District of Florida.