EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (November 28, 2014) — Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that on November 24, 2014, Jacqueline Enid Acevedo, 30, of Cedar Hill, TX, was sentenced in the United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois on two counts of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in connection with telemarketing. Acevedo was sentenced to 15 months in prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release. Acevedo was also ordered to pay a $600 fine and a $200 special assessment.
The investigation determined that Acevedo was a telemarketer at C&G Marketing Associates, LLC, d/b/a Premier Timeshare Solutions (PTS), Universal Marketing Solutions (UMS), and Creative Vacation Solution (CVS). Working out of office buildings in Florida, PTS, UMS, and CVS targeted owners of timeshares throughout the United States and Canada.
In various court filings related to the PTS scam, the government has alleged that the overall scam bilked consumers of $14.5 million from over 7,000 people throughout the United States and Canada, and UMS/CVS bilked over 22,000 victims of $30 million dollars including dozens of victims within the Southern District of Illinois.
This prosecution is one of nearly 50 timeshare resale fraud prosecutions brought in the Southern District of Illinois over the past four years. The case is part of an ongoing investigation by the St. Louis Field Office of the Chicago Division of the United States Postal Inspection Service with assistance from the Florida Attorney General’s Office and the Florida Department of Agriculture. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Michael Hallock and Assistant United States Attorney William Coonan.
PRESS RELEASE SOURCE: Office of the Attorney General of the District of Southern Illinois