This case involves a telemarketing business located in Quebec, Canada operating under the name “AFD Medical Advisors (AFD), or Clinacall.” AFD was a prescription drug discount card telemarketing scheme. In various court filings related to the scheme, the government has alleged that the overall scam bilked thousands of consumers throughout the United States of over $1 million dollars. There were at least seven (7) victims of the scam located within the Southern District of Illinois.
AFD telemarketers placed cold calls to elderly and infirm individuals representing that they were calling to enroll the victims in a prescription drug discount program that would save them up to 75% off the prices they were currently paying for their prescription drugs. The telemarketers often falsely implied or stated that they were affiliated with programs operated by the United States Government, such as Social Security or Medicare and frequently led the victims to believe that they were required to purchase this prescription drug discount program in order to continue receiving their Social Security or Medicare.
The case is being investigated by the St. Louis Field Office of the Chicago Division of the United States Postal Inspection Service. The prosecution of the cases is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Verseman.
Since there are a very large number of victims in this prosecution, these cases may be designated as “Multiple Crime Victim” cases by Court Order under the provisions of 18 U.S.C. §3771(d)(2). Accordingly, the principal means of communicating and consulting with the investigators and government lawyers regarding these cases will be through a designated email for victims. If you are a victim, and wish to contact us, please send an email to USAILS.VW_ILS@usdoj.gov, and provide your full name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address. Given the large number of victims in these matters, and our need to efficiently manage our multiple victim prosecutions, we ask that you communicate with us by email. If necessary, we can have someone respond to you by telephone.
To any victim who plans on attending any Court proceeding:
Victims have the right to attend public Court proceedings, subject to some limitations as determined by the Court. For many reasons Court proceedings may be cancelled or rescheduled on short notice. If you are planning to attend a scheduled hearing, please check this web site for any updates before coming to Court.
Title 18, United States Code, Section 3771(a) provides:
A crime victim has the following rights:
(1) The right to be reasonably protected from the accused.
(2) The right to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of any public Court proceeding, or any parole proceeding, involving the crime or of any release or escape of the accused.
(3) The right not to be excluded from any such public Court proceeding, unless the Court, after receiving clear and convincing evidence, determines that testimony by the victim would be materially altered if the victim heard other testimony at that proceeding.
(4) The right to be reasonably heard at any public proceeding in the district Court involving release, plea, sentencing, or any parole proceeding.
(5) The reasonable right to confer with the attorney for the Government in the case.
(6) The right to full and timely restitution as provided in law.
(7) The right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay.
(8) The right to be treated with fairness and with respect for the victim's dignity and privacy.
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Southern District of Illinois
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