Florida Man Pleads Guilty To Committing $3.3 Million Telemarketing Scam Targeting Elderly Victims
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – An Orlando, Florida resident pleaded guilty today for his role in a telemarketing scheme to defraud more than 1,000 victims, many of them elderly, of more than $3.3 million, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Steven W. Myhre for the District of Nevada.
Daniel Martin Boyar, aka “Wolf,” 62, of Orlando, Fla., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud; two counts of mail fraud; and two counts of wire fraud. United States District Judge James C. Mahan accepted his guilty plea. Sentencing is scheduled for May 22, 2018. The statutory maximum penalty is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. In addition, Boyar faces restitution in an amount not to exceed $3.5 million to the victims.
According to admissions made in connection with his guilty plea, from October 2010 to April 2012, Boyar, the leader of the scheme, together with his co-conspirators devised and participated in a telemarketing scheme to cheat timeshare owners out of money by promising to sell their timeshares in return for the owners paying in advance a portion of the closing costs associated with the purported sales. There were no buyers. The timeshare sales were never arranged and never occurred. This is a criminal scheme commonly known as the “buyer’s pitch,” an advance-fee scam. The scam operated under numerous business names including Holiday Advertising, Professional Concepts LLC, TeleTeton Corporation, Redline Funding LLC, Great West Funding Incorporated, Equity Financial Services LLC, and First Capital Financial Services Corporation, moving their business front from state to state and changing the name approximately every 90 days. The conspirators also created websites with false and misleading information to include customer testimonials, company officers, and press releases. Boyar and his co-conspirators used wire communications and mail carrier services to carry out the scheme.
The case is being investigated by the FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Dan Cowhig is prosecuting the case.
Consumers should use caution when previously unknown telemarketers offer unsolicited services. It is relatively easy for scam artists to create the appearance of legitimacy for a fraudulent business front by manipulating information available through the Internet. Fraudsters frequently are able to buy or steal information related to their intended victims that the victim believed was confidential, helping the fraudster trick the victim into believing the fraudster is part of a legitimate business.
For information about the Department of Justice’s elder justice initiative, visit http://ww.usdoj.gov/elderjustice. The website is a “one-stop shop” for prosecutors, researchers, practitioners, victims and families looking for resources to identify, report and prosecute elder abuse and financial exploitation, including common fraud schemes perpetrated against seniors.