Scheme of Fake Medicare Callers Took Millions from Senior Citizens
Commission gets court to shut it down, seeks permanent shutdown, return
3, 2014 – A massive fake Medicare scheme that stole millions of dollars
from the bank accounts of senior citizens has been stopped by a federal
court at the request of the Federal Trade Commission. The telemarketing
crooks pretended to be part of Medicare to gain the confidence of the
announced yesterday it seeks to permanently end the operation and return
allegedly misrepresented that they were working on behalf of Medicare,
and said they needed to verify consumers’ identities using personal
information that included their bank account numbers. The defendants
allegedly assured consumers that the information would not be used to
debit their bank accounts, and that there was no charge for the new
Medicare card or information about Medicare benefits.
a few weeks, consumers learned their bank accounts had been debited
either $399 or $448 via remotely created checks (RCCs), the complaint
alleges. Despite these charges, consumers did not receive any kind of
product or service from the defendants. In some instances, the
defendants debited the accounts of consumers they had not even
The FTC charged
the defendants with violating the FTC Act and the FTC’s Telemarketing
Sales Rule. The defendants are Sun Bright Ventures LLC, Citadel ID Pro
LLC, and Benjamin Todd Workman. The FTC named Trident Consulting
Partners LLC and Glenn Erickson as relief defendants who profited from
vote authorizing the staff to file the complaint was 5-0. The FTC filed
the complaint, under seal, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle
District of Florida. On September 4, 2014, the court entered a
restraining order halting the defendants’ deceptive scheme
and freezing the defendants’ and relief defendants’ assets. The
defendants and relief defendants agreed to preliminary injunctions,
which the court entered on September 18, 2014. The preliminary
injunctions continue the conduct prohibitions and asset freezes set
forth in the temporary restraining order.
The FTC states
it works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair
business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and
avoid them. To file a complaint in English or Spanish, visit the FTC’s
Assistant or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). The FTC
enters complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database
available to more than 2,000 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies
in the U.S. and abroad. The FTC’s website provides
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