Florida woman sentenced for multi-million dollar telemarketing scheme

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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KTVI) – A Florida woman was sentenced to 30 months in prison Thursday for her role in a multi-million dollar telemarketing scheme involving victims in Illinois, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen Wigginton said.

According to court documents, 46-year-old Tina White of Haverhill, Florida was convicted on two counts of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

Prosecutors said White worked as a telemarketer for Creative Vacation Solutions in May 2009 and later that year became a manager at American Marketing Group. Telemarketers at both companies engaged in a scam targeting people trying to sell their interest in timeshares.

Consumers were told that the sales of their timeshares would only happen after they paid up-front fees, which would allegedly be returned at closing. Those collected fees, totaling approximately $35 million, were never repaid.

White was involved in the scam between October 2007 and January 2010, prosecutors said.

In addition to the 30-month prison term, White must serve two years of supervised release and pay $1,000 fine.