Canadian convicted in telemarketing scheme in California

LOS ANGELES – The owner of a Canadian telemarketing operation has been convicted of mail and wire fraud for orchestrating a scheme that prosecutors say defrauded at least 60,000 people out of more than $18 million.

The U. S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles, said the jury found Mark Eldon Wilson of Vancouver guilty on Thursday after a five-day trial.

Prosecutors say Wilson, the brains behind a cross-border scheme that targeted elderly victims with a fake security program for credit card fraud.

They say that between 1998 and 2001, Wilson’s telemarketers sold victims of non-existing protection for about $300 per piece.

The victims were targeted in 37 states, including California.

Wilson fought extradition to the US for more than 10 years.

He faces up to 90 years in prison on his conviction on 30 July.

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