UPCOMING EVENTS: Scebba was sentenced on January 9, 2015 to 72 months in prison with a 2-year term of supervised release to follow. Scebba received a fine of $750.00 and was charged a special assessment fee of $100.00.
On September 30, 2014, Stephane Scebba pled guilty to a one count Information charging him with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349. Scebba faces up to 20 years imprisonment, and/or a fine of $250,000, and three years of supervised release.
The information alleges that beginning in or around December of 2012, and continuing until on or about July 25, 2013, Stephane Scebba and other individuals conducted a fraudulent telemarking scheme, which operated with the business name “Clinacall,” and which targeted elderly residents of the United States. During that time, using various Leads lists or Call lists, telephone calls were placed from the defendant’s call room to elderly individuals residing in the United States. When the victims answered their phones, the telemarketers employed by the defendant said that they were calling from Clinacall. The callers then stated that they were calling to enroll or to renew the enrollment of the victims in a prescription drug discount program.
The telemarketers often falsely promised the victims that they would receive discounts off up to 75% off the prices they were currently paying for their prescription drugs. The telemarketers then quoted the victims a “one-time” fee, typically $299, for this program. Often, the callers told the victims that this amount was a discounted price from what the victims had been paying before. This statement was false, because the victims had never previously had any interactions with Clinacall, or any business affiliated with the telemarketers.
After the initial sales pitch, the telemarketers instructed the victims to retrieve their check books and to provide their account and bank routing numbers. The telemarketers often falsely told the victims that they needed the victims’ account information to make sure that the victims were still eligible to receive their new health cards. The telemarketers obtained the victims bank routing and checking numbers in order to withdraw the fees via demand drafts, also known as remotely created checks. The funds were then wire transferred to intermediate accounts in the United States and later transferred to Canadian bank accounts that were controlled by the defendants.
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