Salt Lake City fraud recidivist gets 7 year prison sentence for $9m Telemarketing scam.
In July 2018, a career criminal from Utah received an additional seven year prison sentence. This time for a telemarketing scam. The perpetraitor, Chad Gettel, created a scam that affected more than 10,000 people. According to prosecutors, these victims suffered losses of about $9 million.
Gettel was already serving prison time for a mortgage fraud crime from 2015. His crimes at that time cost his victims more than $33 million. Gettel and four other thieves conned victims into paying for a loan modification service. The service was to be supposedly offered through their fake company, CC Brown. Victims paid millions to CC Brown but never saw any modifications to their loans. Some homeowners even faced foreclosure while waiting for the services they paid for.
Gettel’s bogus loan business resulted in charges for mail fraud, wire fraud, telemarketing fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and money laundering. He received seven years for those crimes, but apparently that was not enough for this perpetraitor. While being prosecuted for mortgage fraud in 2015 is when he fabricated his recent telemarketing fraud scheme.
The telemarketing scam sold fake products to victims. Federal authorities say Gettel used “Amazon rooms and accompanying advertising” to reel victims in. He also used fake names to operate fraudulent businesses. Other perpetraitors in the case were Jamie White, Peter Ian Seldin, and William B. Rogers. White and Seldin will serve 36 months in prison. Rogers will serve 12 months.
The seven year sentence given to Gettel for the telemarketing scam will be served at the same time as his current seven year sentence. It is a double sentence, but not double in time. He has also been ordered to pay more than $558,000 restitution.