PAIR CONVICTED IN SANTA MONICA MAIL FRAUD SCHEME
February 6, 2006
Maciej Noworyta and Brenda Chaidezdiaz last week were each convicted on eleven misdemeanor counts including five counts of grand theft, five counts of false advertising, and one count of conspiracy. Their pleas were taken by Judge Bernard Kamins of the LAX courthouse.
Noworyta and Chaidezdiaz were arrested at their Chino Hills home on December 2, 2005 and taken into custody after federal investigators discovered their operation. The pair would send out mass mailings offering work-at-home employment, using false promises and testimonials from fictitious individuals. After victims would send in money (usually $20.00), they would receive either nothing at all, or worthless documents – but never actual employment. Through this scheme, the pair was alleged to have made hundreds of thousands of dollars from thousands of victims nationwide.
The terms of their conviction include:
• Total fines of over $80,000;
The Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office filed charges against Noworyta and Chaidezdiaz in December. The case was based on more than 1,200 victims who paid $20.00 each to sign up for work stuffing envelopes at home.
“Consumers should always be wary of employment offers that require them to pay money to sign up,” said Deputy City Attorney Adam Radinsky. “If you’re working for them, they should only be paying you.”
The pair are alleged to have operated under a number of different names, including:
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