The group operated under a variety of names, and the first court filings named Timeshare Mega Media and Marketing Group, Inc., d/b/a Timeshare Market Pro, Inc.; Timeshare Market Pro, Inc.; Joseph Crapella a/k/a Joseph John Philbin; Pasquale Pappalardo; Lisa Tumminia Pappalardo; Pasqualino Agovino; Louis Tobias Duany; and Patricia A. Walker as defendants. These individuals are expected to make their first appearance in court on October 11, 2011.
You can read the earlier scam alerts about this company published by Vacation-Times.org by clicking HERE.
Follows is an excerpt from the article. You can read the full story by clicking HERE.
"...Since about October 2009, the defendants, who were employed by Timeshare Mega Media and Marketing Group, Inc. in Fort Lauderdale called owners of time-share units and told them they had buyers for their properties, prosecutors said. They would tell the owners to send $1,996 to the company for fees associated with the sale of the unit, prosecutors said in email statement.
Once the time-share owners agreed to pay the fees, they were contacted by another employee, who would get them to admit on tape that they knew the fee they were paying was for the advertising of their units, and that the company could charge their credit card, prosecutors said.
The defendants were told by co-conspirators not to give the time-share unit owners closing dates for the sale of their time-shares to make it difficult for the unit owners to be refunded, prosecutors said.
To keep the victims from contacting their credit card companies, when unit owners called the company questioning the sale of their units, co-conspirators falsely informed them that the original buyer had a card was not approved, and another buyer was interested, according to prosecutors...."
There is also a detailed description of the charges posted on the FBI website that can be read by clicking HERE.
The named defendants are Scott Faraguna, 41, Charles Blomquist, 52, Peter Borkowicz, 31, Raymond Harcar, 39, James Taylor, 23, Ryan Greene, 23, Jason Hampton, 28, Chris Faccone, 43, Steven Sokoloff, 47, Marco Sguera, 30, Joseph Giancola, 38, Ryan Soltow, 27, and Donna Ackermann Brown, 50, all of whom are charged in a one-count criminal information with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud.
The defendants were all employees of Timeshare Mega Media and are scheduled to make their initial appearances in court Tuesday morning October 11, 2011, in West Palm Beach before U.S. Magistrate Judge Linnea Johnson.
Hopefully this aggressive action by authoriti against the individual employees of a timeshare scam will help to discourage others from working in telemarketing centers where this type of fraud is perpetrated.