Las Vegas telemarketers arrested in timeshare scheme
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A group of Las Vegas telemarketers face several charges an alleged scheme that targeted timeshare owners.
The eight individuals charged -- seven of whom are Las Vegas residents -- are accused of using false addresses and contacting timeshare owners, soliciting fees and defrauding them of money.
The defendants worked for Jariv companies, operating under the pretense that they would market timeshare owners' properties. Instead, they pocketed the advanced fees paid, according their indictment.
Prosecutors said about 1,000 people were victimized by the scheme between February 2011 and January 2013. During that time, millions of dollars obtained from timeshare owners was deposited into multiple bank accounts allegedly owned by the defendants.
Those defendants are James Assi Jariv, Alexander Jariv, Thresa Lloyd, Varda Jariv, Jiwon Jariv, Ronald Frank Muise and Michael Derek Muise -- all of Las Vegas. Also arrested was Leon Avedikian of Los Angeles.
Varda Jariv made her first court appearance Thursday. The remaining defendants were expected to appear in court Friday on charges including conspiracy, wire and mail fraud and money laundering.