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Karl LNU, who asked that I not use his last name (LNU stands for last name unknown – or in this case unused), was investigated, charged and convicted of bribing corrupt purchasing agents to approve invoices for over-priced and inferior lighting and maintenance supplies. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, we review the case and how Karl, his business partner and their employees made telemarketing calls to unsuspecting businesses throughout the United States and ripped them off with the help of their own greedy employees. Karl pled guilty and served time for business-to-business telemarketing fraud, but his sentence was reduced significantly based on his decision to become a cooperating witness, assisting a multi-agency Group II undercover investigation targeting the business-to-business telemarketing fraud industry in the Philadelphia area. This was one of my economic crime cases. The investigation, worked in partnership with the U. S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) and with assistance from the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigative Division (IRS-CID), resulted in 16 search warrants and 25 convictions.
Business to Business Telemarketing Fraud
Here’s a pdf. compiling several news articles about separate Operation Duct Tape telemarketing fraud cases:
I so enjoyed this episode (#44 — I’m a newbie), because I delt with these calls in the late 80s – early 2000s! I worked one summer for my dad at the family lumber business, and he received yet another call about light bulbs. He put them on hold and told me how sick he was of these people calling. He told me to get on the phone and tell them I was responsible for all light bulbs and to keep them on the phone as long as possible. I had a good time with that! I owned several small business in the 90s and 2000s and just said “put me on your do not call list” then. I had no idea the scam was all about the “takers!” I just thought it was to sell crappy products.
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