Telemarketing Fraud Sentence
There are many different types of telemarketing fraud and when it comes to prosecuting these frauds, it comes under the purview of the Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission (FTC), National Association of Attorneys General, Consumer Future Trading Commission and many other government agencies.
All these agencies have to work together in order to ensure that the offenders and culprits are prosecuted.
The different types of telemarketing fraud include gift scams, charity schemes, prize promotion scams, magazine promotion schemes, office supply scams, lottery ticket scams, loan scams, vending machine fraud, jury scams, credit card scams and impersonating public officials.
Telemarketing fraud is tried under the statutes governing other frauds like Title 18 and the various sections that come under it. When it comes to telemarketing fraud sentence, convicted people can be sure of a long sentence along with restitution of losses of the victims as decided by the court.
Each section of the Title 18 carries a maximum prison sentence of 5 years. If the fraud is perpetrated against senior citizens and elderly, there is an enhancement of up to 10 years. Therefore, telemarketing fraud sentence ultimately depends on how many statutes a person is being charged under, for many scams and to what value. If proven guilty, the sentence is decided by the court.
The Department of Justice also has the rights to pursue civil action wherein the sentenced person would be facing forfeiture of assets and restitution. In addition, the Department of Justice also can seek financial institution fraud if the telemarketer has misled banks when applying for merchant accounts to process credit card payments. This statute carries a maximum sentence of 30 years.
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