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Telemarketing Fraudsters Sentenced in Absentia to 9 Years in Prison for $2.1 Million Family-Run Scheme that Conned Job Seekers

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Central District of California

LOS ANGELES – Two members of a $2.1 million Riverside County-based, family-run telemarketing scam each were sentenced in absentia today to 108 months in federal prison for their roles in a scheme that defrauded more than 4,000 job seekers by tricking them into paying fees in exchange for employment opportunities that turned out to be nonexistent.

Lisa Kay Camp, 61, and Barry Lee Biddle, 48, both formerly of Lake Elsinore, were sentenced by United States District Judge Stephen V. Wilson, who also ordered them to pay $2,181,316 in restitution to their victims, which they must pay jointly and severally with three previously sentenced co-conspirators.

Camp and Biddle pleaded guilty in September 2019 and October 2019, respectively, to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. They fled together from pretrial supervision in August 2020 before their sentencing hearings, which were scheduled for October 2020. They remain at large.

From May 2009 to July 2013, Camp, with the help of Biddle and her adult children, operated a fraudulent telemarketing business that went by various fictitious names, including “Contractor Management,” “Commercial Crews,” “US Tradepros,” and “IPower Marketing.” The defendants used auto-dialer services and multiple websites to lure prospective job seekers to pay for background checks that were never performed and to receive job leads that never existed.

Camp controlled nearly two dozen bank accounts in various company names through which she projected the appearance of legitimacy and the co-schemers received money from victims. Biddle set up, maintained, and operated the computer workstations, phone network, and websites used by the fraudulent telemarketing business.

The aggregated amount of loss to job seekers over the four-year period of the scheme was approximately $2,181,316 with at least 4,183 victims defrauded.

Three other defendants – all of whom are children of Camp – have been sentenced in this case after each pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud:

  • Andrea Maureen Aviles, 41, of Lake Elsinore, who was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison;
  • Gerald James Camp, 42, of Lake Elsinore, who was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison; and
  • Allisa Lynn Vasquez, 39, of Sun City, who was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.

The FBI investigated this matter.

Assistant United States Attorney Julius J. Nam of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section is prosecuting this case.

Anyone with information about Lisa Camp and Barry Biddle’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office at (310) 477-6565 or the United States Marshals Service at 1-877-WANTED-2 or (877) 926-8332.


Ciaran McEvoy
Public Information Officer
(213) 894-4465

Updated February 13, 2023

Financial Fraud
Release Number: 23-026