Doris Heliin was sentenced to four and a half years in prison for her part in a telemarketing scheme that targeting timeshare owners and defrauded more than a million dollars from consumers with false promises of timeshare resales. She was also ordered to pay more than $500,000 in restitution to victims of the scam.
Co-defendent Joseph Heinz, who also pleaded guilty, was also sentenced to more than a year in prison and ordered to pay more than $70,000. in restitution.
The boiler room scheme used several aliases including Smart Choice Vacations, TMI Enterprises and Divine Vacations Group. Authorities clam that more than two hundred and fifty timeshare owners lost a total of $1.1 million after they were duped into sending payments for fake closing costs on timeshare sales that never materialized.