of a business opportunity scheme have agreed to settle FTC charges that
they defrauded people who bought their work-at-home program. Under the
settlement, Ben and Dave’s Consulting Associates, Inc., and David Clabeaux, the
defendants behind The Online Entrepreneur, are banned from selling business and
work-at-home opportunities. They claimed they would help buyers set up their
own websites. The scammers promised that buyers could earn a significant income
in commissions by marketing their sites as affiliates of well-known companies
like Prada, Sony, Louis Vuitton and Verizon.
At the FTC’s request, a federal court has halted a
multi-million dollar telemarketing fraud that targeted older people.
According to the FTC, Ari Tietolman, the leader of the telemarketing scheme,
and his associates called tens of thousands of older people claiming to sell
fraud protection, legal protection and pharmaceutical benefit services.
Many types of law enforcers join Sentinel. In the past few months, Sentinel has welcomed new members that hailed from diverse organizations ranging from the federal (U.S. Department of Defense’s Military Community and Family Policy and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Police Force) to state offices (in Iowa, Kansas and South Carolina) to local law enforcement (police departments in Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Virginia.) The California State Bar’s Enforcement Unit – along with the Colorado, Illinois and Virginia state bars – have access to Sentinel to help with prosecuting unauthorized practice of law cases.