Florida Man Pleads Guilty In Telemarketing Scam
Tampa, Florida – Jamie Frieri (49), a Mexican national who resided in Tampa, Orlando, and Miami, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
According to the plea agreement, from 2014 through at least 2018, Frieri conspired with another individual to take money from largely Spanish-speaking victims throughout the United States who wanted to sell their timeshare properties or other land parcels. The conspirators obtained the personal information of the potential victims through multiple sources, including wrongfully acquiring the lists from legitimate timeshare advertising telemarketing companies.
The conspirators called the timeshare owners and falsely told them that they had buyers for the victims’ timeshares and that the sales could be consummated if the victims made one or more payments to the conspirators for various fees purportedly associated with the sales. Once the victims agreed to pay the bogus fees, the conspirators directed them to send money to the conspirators in a variety of ways, including by sending payment in the name of the conspirators’ fraudulent company, Imperial Getaways. The conspirators often repeatedly re-contacted their victims and fraudulently advised them that additional fees were needed in order to complete the sales, and they continued to dupe the victims into sending bogus advance fees until the victims either ran out of money or became aware of the scam.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the St. Petersburg Police Department, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Rachel K. Jones.