TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Scammer in Telco (USOC) and Porn and Credit Card Gets Sentenced

Scammer in Telco (USOC) and Porn and Credit Card Gets Sentenced

danny burstein (
Tue, 31 Jan 2006 22:38:42 -0500

The trial took place here in NYC so there was some local coverage. There
was also a related piece from the midwest.
(Comment: while I'm glad to see some action here, if a burglar had
broken into hundreds and then hundreds of thousands of houses and
stolen from each, grabbing hundreds of millions ... he sure wouldn't
have just been given a nine year hit. Oh, and the "fence" he used
would have been dragged along as well.)


" The apple of John Gotti's eye is rotten to the core, said a Brooklyn
judge who sentenced one of the Gambino crime family's top earners to
nine years in prison yesterday for his role in a porn scam.

" Richard Martino, 46, apologized to Brooklyn federal Judge Carol Amon
and the victims he duped into doling out millions of dollars to his
smutty Internet and phone scams.

" The Gambino soldier pleaded guilty last February to racketeering and
mail and wire fraud for bilking $650 million from porn perusers in
what Assistant Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Eric Komitee described as the
'most sophisticated Internet fraud' he has ever seen.

" Martino has admitted to luring visitors onto porn Web sites by
promising the steamed-up surfers 'free tours.'

" Internet users would then be billed up to $90 when they gave their
credit-card number. The racket netted him $230 million between 1996
and 2002. . .

rest at:


" A New York man, and an owner of the holding company that owns Cass
County Telephone Company, was sentenced in federal court Monday for
participating in a nearly $9 million conspiracy to commit mail and
wire fraud, according to Todd P. Graves, United States Attorney for
the Western District of Missouri.

" 'Three defendants in two separate, but related, cases will forfeit a
total of $8.9 million to the government,' Graves said. 'This marks
the largest amount of forfeiture ever paid in the Western District of
Missouri.' ...

" The Martinos admitted to their roles in a conspiracy to defraud the
Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), which disperses
federal subsidies to rural telephone companies, and the National
Exchange Carriers Association (NECA), which handles tariff filings and
revenue distribution among carriers. The Martinos, along with
Matzdorff, inflated expenses of the Cass County Telephone Company LP
(known as CassTel) in order to qualify for $8.9 million in unwarranted
subsidies and disbursements . . .

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