A Huntington Seaside man is amongst seven individuals who have been convicted Friday in federal court docket in Santa Ana for their roles in a decades-long fraud scheme that authorities say bilked greater than 50,000 victims out of tens of thousands of dollars.
The scheme to illegally swap printer and toner prospects to Culver City-based enterprise IDC Servco dates to 1988, in keeping with the U.S. lawyer’s workplace. Over a six-year span, clients have been tricked into sending greater than $126 million to telemarketers concerned within the rip-off, federal prosecutors stated.
Following a seven-week trial, jurors convicted James Milheiser, 53, of Huntington Seaside; Gilbert Michaels, 77, of West Los Angeles, the proprietor of IDC Servco; Leah Johnson, 54, of Ignacio, Colo.; Jonathan Brightman, 52, of Westlake Village; Sharon Scandaliato Virag, 54, of West Hills; Tammi Williams, 44, of Chino Hills and Francis Scimeca, 54, of Woodland Hills.
All of the defendants have been convicted of 1 rely on conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Michaels was moreover discovered responsible for 10 counts of mail fraud and five counts of cash laundering, whereas Milheiser, Johnson, Brightman, and Scimeca have been additionally discovered responsible for mail fraud.
Sentencing is ready for May 29. Within the scheme, telemarketers would name companies and declare to be their common printer and toner suppliers providing a worth lower, however in actuality; they might be despatched types to modify their enterprise to IDC Servco and pay two to 10 occasions extra, prosecutors stated. Fourteen different defendants pleaded responsible beforehand.