Florida Man Sentenced To 10 Years For Role In Telemarketing Scam

Jacksonville’s businessmen and service workers hold positions of trust that allow them to have a greater influence on how business decisions are executed and money is spent. In many situations however, that trust is abused, either because of personal temptation, or because external pressures beyond one’s self. No matter the case, one in a situation like this should contact an experienced attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure one has the best defense possible to one’s charge.

According to The Chicago-Tribune, Ryan Brazel of West Palm Beach has been sentenced to ten years in federal prison for his role in a time-share telemarketing scam that prosecutors say bilked more than 22,000 victims out of $30 million. Authorities say Brazel, operating through alleged telemarketer companies, falsely took closing costs they had promised to refund once their property was sold. However, there was no buyer to begin with. imagestimesharescam.jpg

Jacksonville theft crimes typically involve an accused party or a few parties who think they are in desperate need of money to pursue some desire. Many actually guilty of theft crimes only stole because they sincerely thought they needed it, rather than the common perception of greed. However, the legal system does not typically take these into consideration these factors in determining whether to severely prosecute the accused.

Online thievery as well as theft crimes involving previously existing services or solicitation has become a more common method of stealing from the average citizen. As law enforcement has tightened up its security in physical money storage facilities, the newest and perhaps easier method of committing the crime has become the phone line.

For many banks and law enforcement in Jacksonville, the newest and most effective device used to find the thief is the dye pack, an explosive container placed amidst the money being stolen so that when the thief goes to open the bag, the dye pack explodes in the thief’s face, which will not wash off for a period of weeks. Unfortunately for the accused, the sentence for the crime is not so easily washed off either.

Many times in Jacksonville, the average individual feels that they either want something so much they cannot control that want, or they need to feed their family and have no money. However, there are alternative and legal means that might be pursued that, even though they may take longer, will yield the most benefit and have the least negative consequences.

Unfortunately for those that choose the path of theft, one can spend countless hours in legal battles, facing a very large prison sentence, and face outrageous criminal fines and restitution requirements. The amount of time spent trying to successfully complete the crime will seem wasted and in vain, as one will face a number of different legal hurdles that one may not be able to combat on one’s own. In a situation such as this, one might feel the walls closing in around one, like there is no way out.

One has one choice of relief in a situation like this. One charged with a crime of this nature should contact an experienced Jacksonville theft crimes defense attorney to fight the case and ensure one’s rights and defenses are known and protected. One can either sit back and wait for the Judge to render a decision against one, or one can take charge of one’s defense and win one’s cause for freedom.


The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for years and are here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one require a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.

Additional Source:Florida man sentenced to 10 years for role in telemarketing scam, Chicago Tribune