Union County Man Sentenced to 14 Months in Prison for Role in Scheme to Steal Mail, Commit Credit Card Fraud, and Defraud United States
CAMDEN, N.J. – A Florida man who was out on bail on wire fraud and other charges stemming from his operation of a telemarketing business was ordered to shut down his new telemarketing businesses for allegedly committing new fraud through them, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
William O’Hanlon, aka “Patrick Burns,” aka “William Burns,” 59, of Loxahatchee, Florida, was arrested on April 4, 2023, pursuant to an indictment charging wire fraud and wire fraud conspiracy arising out of his operation of Williams Andrews Burns LLC (WAB). WAB was a telemarketing business which offered services to timeshare owners in return for upfront fees.
O’Hanlon was released on bail subject to the following conditions, among others: (1) that he not have access to the personal identifying information (PII) of others; and (2) that he not commit another federal, state or local crime. At the time of his release, O’Hanlon operated Ryan James & Daniels Corp. (RJD) and related entities, which were also telemarketing businesses which offered services to timeshare owners in return for upfront fees.
While on bail, O’Hanlon allegedly continued to defraud timeshare owners through his operation of RJD. O’Hanlon allegedly caused the mass mailing of letters to timeshare owners telling them that they had been identified as potential victims of timeshare fraud and offering to collect restitution monies for them. The letters cited to a lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and allegedly claimed that the FTC had collected $500 million to be refunded to victims of timeshare fraud. In actuality, however, the lawsuit referenced in the letters was more than 20 years old, and the FTC had not collected any funds for timeshare victims.as a result of that suit.
At the conclusion of a bail review hearing on Aug. 7, 2023, U.S. Magistrate Judge Elizabeth A. Pascal found probable cause to believe that O’Hanlon had committed mail and wire fraud through RJD while he was on pretrial release on the previously filed indictment. Judge Pascal stated that based upon the allegedly false claims in the letters, “[t]here can be no other inference drawn, at this point, than [that] the letter[s were] intended to defraud people of money.” Judge Pascal ordered O’Hanlon to cause the following entities to cease operations as of Aug. 7, 2023: Ryan James & Daniels Corp.; RJD Collect Inc.; RJD Investments Inc.; RJD Recovery Group Inc.; RJD Corp. Fraud Collectors Timeshare Exit; Williams & Burns Inc.; Harold O’Hanlon Inc.; Resort BNB Inc.; and Next Step Sober House Inc. (collectively RJD). Judge Pascal also found that O’Hanlon had access to the personal identifying information (PII) of others, in violation of his bail conditions.
If you believe you or a family member may be a victim of the alleged fraud by RJD, or have additional information about this matter, please contact your local FBI Office or 1-800-Call-FBI (1-800-225-5324).
U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited agents of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division, South Jersey Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jacqueline Maguire, with the investigation.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Diana Vondra Carrig and Elisa T. Wiygul of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Camden.
The charges and allegations contained in the indictment and stated during the bail proceedings are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.