EAST ST. LOUIS — A Florida telemarketer pleaded guilty Monday, Oct. 20, to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.
In a press release, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said Wesley Aldred, 26, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in connection with telemarketing. The investigation determined that Aldred was a telemarketer at C&G Marketing Associates LLC, a Florida corporation that in 2009 defrauded consumers using the fictitious name Premier Timeshare Solutions.
In court filings, the government has alleged the Premier Timeshare Solutions scam bilked consumers of $14.5 million from more than 7,000 people throughout the United States and Canada, including dozens of victims from the Southern District of Illinois.
Sentencing is set for 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 9, at the federal courthouse in East St. Louis. Aldred will face up to 25 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to five years of supervised release.
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 U.S. 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 U.S. Attorney Michael Hallock and Assistant U.S. Attorney William Coonan.