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EAST. ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — Three more people are facing federal charges in Illinois linked to a telemarketing scam prosecutors say bilked $30 million from more than 22,000 victims across North America and Puerto Rico.

Tuesday’s federal indictment in East St. Louis alleges the latest defendants were managers of Florida-based Universal Marketing Solutions and later Creative Vacation Solutions. The U.S. government says the companies pitched bogus timeshare deals.

Grand jurors have accused Ryan Brazel, Steven Folan and Brian Morris of 12 counts of mail fraud and a conspiracy count. They couldn’t be reached for comment. Court records don’t indicate if the Palm Beach County, Fla., men have attorneys, and all have unlisted home telephone numbers.

Authorities say the men worked for Jennifer Kirk, who pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy charges and awaits sentencing.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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