"While I urge consumers to always be wary of internet or telephone solicitations which sound too good to be true, I will never cease in my determination to prosecute scammers who prey upon the citizens of southern Illinois," said Wigginton.
This is the fourth case against the Florida-based telemarketing scam operating under the names Universal Marketing Solutions and Creative Vacation Solutions. The con artists targeted timeshare owners throughout the United States. Ralph Johnson was a telemarketer for Creative Vacation Solutions and is believed to have cheated more than one hundred victims or more than a quarter of a million dollars in scam fees.
In previous cases related to the Universal Marketing Solutions/Creative Vacation Solutions scam, authorities have stated that the overall scam bilked over 22,000 victims of $30 million before being raided by police.