Defendents charged in nationwide timeshare scam


by Katie Hustad

WISCONSIN -- Four people are being charged in federal court for participating in a nationwide timeshare telemarketing fraud scheme.

It was announced July 23rd that a federal grand jury returned indictments against  Mark S. Parks (age: 39) of Denmark, Wisconsin, Mindy L. Parks (age: 34) of Denmark, Wisconsin, Ashley M. Conant (age: 28) of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Eileen M. Goltz (age: 51) of Port Charlotte, Florida, charging each of them with one count of Conspiracy to Commit Mail and Wire Fraud. 

Each of them face up to twenty years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, a $100 special assessment, and up to three years of supervised release.

The Senior Citizens Against Marketing Scams states that at least ten individuals over age 55 were victims of the telemarketing scams.
Each person involved could face up to ten more years for the conspiracy to defraud.
According to a criminal complaint previously filed the group operated a fraudulent timeshare resale scheme in Green Bay, Wisconsin, which resulted in over a thousand victims in all fifty states and 
Canada being defrauded of over $2,300,000. The group operated from 2007 to 2011 under several different names, including: Integrated Advertising Solutions, National Timeshare Resales, Administrative Timeshare Resales, and Midwest Timeshares.
Victims were told that interested buyers were prepared to purchase their existing timeshares in exchange for upfront “administrative fees” ranging from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars depending on how much the telemarketers believed they could collect.
Many of the victims were elderly and had been victims of scams like these before.
The case is still being prosecuted.



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