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Fort Lauderdale Man Sentenced For Telemarketing Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Illinois

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Lev Derbaremdiker, 29, of Fort Lauderdale, FL, was sentenced in the United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois on one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in connection with telemarketing. Derbaremdiker was sentenced to a year and a day in prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release. Derbaremdiker was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.

The investigation determined that Derbaremdiker was a closer at C&G Marketing Associates, LLC, also known as Premier Timeshare Solutions (PTS). Working out of office buildings in Florida, PTS, targeted owners of timeshares throughout the United States and Canada. In various court filings related to the PTS scam, the government has alleged that the overall scam bilked consumers of $14.5 million from over 7,000 people throughout the United States and Canada.

This prosecution is one of nearly 50 timeshare resale fraud prosecutions brought in the Southern District of Illinois over the past four years. The case is part of an ongoing investigation by the St. Louis Field Office of the Chicago Division of the United States Postal Inspection Service with assistance from the Florida Attorney General’s Office and the Florida Department of Agriculture. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney’s Scott Verseman and Michael Hallock.

Updated May 12, 2015