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Scam Artist Gets 10 Years in Prison

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File photo of a prison cell. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a prison cell. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP)–A Florida man has been ordered to spend more than 10 years in federal prison for his role in a time-share telemarketing scam that prosecutors say bilked more than 22,000 victims out of $30 million.

Thirty-two-year-old Ryan Brazel of West Palm Beach, Fla., also was sentenced in East St. Louis to five years of post-prison probation.

Prosecutors say Brazel was a manager for Florida-based Universal Marketing Solutions and later Creative Vacation Solutions.

Authorities contend that, from October 2007 through 2009, the companies employed telemarketers who falsely told time-share owners in unsolicited calls that they had buyers for their properties.

The workers solicited fees of up to several thousand dollars in purported closing costs that they promised to refund when the deals closed, but the companies kept the money.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

 

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