(Office of the Attorney General) – LAS VEGAS, NV – Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced that Marshall Damar Broussard, 35, Michael Lamonta Dies, 34, Emmanuel D. Ford, 39, Michael Ford, 34 and Robert Earl Moore, Jr., 50, all of Arizona, were indicted by a Clark County grand jury on six felony charges for an elder abuse and telemarketing scam. The charges included one count of racketeering, four counts of theft of $3,500 or more from a person 60 years of age or older, and one count of multiple transactions involving fraud or deceit in the course of an enterprise or occupation. The frauds were committed between April 2013 and March 2014.
“Individuals attempting to target elders out of money will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Laxalt. “This office takes seriously any instances of elder exploitation and telemarketing scams, and will continue to protect those who are most vulnerable to scams such as this one.”
According to the indictment, the defendants were accused of conducting a telemarketing business in Las Vegas, NV under the company names of North Lake Consulting, Inc., Bakersfield Marketing and Management, Inc., Downline Marketing and Training, Inc., and Dream Marketing and SEO, Inc. The defendants, either personally or by their unindicted co-conspirators, solicited individuals to invest in a web-based business they represented as profitable. The defendants made these representations knowing that the individuals solicited would not in fact profit from their investments. As a result, the defendants are alleged to have unlawfully obtained at least $426,300 from their victims.
The Eighth Judicial District Court issued arrest warrants and set bail at $250,000 for each defendant.
Racketeering is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for a minimum term of not less than five years and a maximum term of not more than 20 years. Each theft charge carries a potential prison term of 40 years. The charge of multiple transactions involving fraud or deceit in the course of an enterprise or occupation carries an additional, potential 20-year prison term.
This case was investigated by the Office of the Nevada Attorney General and is being prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Michael C. Kovac and Deputy Attorney General Behnaz F. Salimian.
Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law. To view the indictments of Marshall Broussard, Michael Dies, Emmanuel Ford, Michael Ford and Robert Moore, click here.