UPCOMING EVENTS: On October 4, 2013, Paul Price plead guilty to this charge. His sentencing has been set for January 16, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the U.S. District Courthouse in East St. Louis, Illinois before Judge Michael J. Reagan.
RECENT EVENTS: On July 11, 2013, Elissa Price pled guilty to this charge. On October 21, 2013 Elissa Price was sentenced by Judge G. Patrick Murphy to 55 months in prison and 3 years’ supervised release to follow.
On March 16, 2010, a federal grand jury in East St. Louis, Illinois, charged Paul Price and Elissa Price, ages 54 and 47, respectively, with operating a fraudulent telemarketing scheme from the Toronto area of the Province of Ontario in Canada, targeting residents of the United States in a fraudulent credit card scheme. Defendants and the telemarketers they employed made unsolicited telephone calls to individuals throughout the United States purporting to provide MasterCard and Visa credit cards to individuals with less than perfect credit for an advance fee payment generally ranging from $159 to $236.
Defendants defrauded tens of thousands of U.S. consumers of over $10 million in connection with the scheme.
The charges brought against Paul Price and Elissa Price in include conspiracy, mail fraud and wire fraud. The United States has made a formal request to the Canadian government for defendants’ extradition.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service with substantial assistance from the Competition Bureau Canada, the Ontario Provincial Police, the Toronto Police Service, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and the Federal Trade Commission.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bruce Reppert.