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2-Pinellas County Men Sentenced In Timeshare Scam

TAMPA, Fla. – U.S. District Judge Thomas Barber has sentenced Ronald Carapellucci, 51, Clearwater, to six years in federal prison and Manuel Parrado, 47, St. Petersburg, to two years and six months in federal prison for their participation in a property-sale fraud scheme. Carapellucci and Manuel had pleaded guilty in July 2020.

According to court records, from 2015 through at least 2018, Carapellucci and Parrado conspired with others to take money from victims throughout the United States who wanted to sell their timeshare or other properties. Carapellucci, Parrado, and other conspirators placed telephone calls to these victims impersonating attorneys and real estate professionals. They misled the timeshare owners to believe that the conspirators had identified buyers for the victims’ timeshares and other properties. The conspirators further advised the victims that the timeshare and property sales could be consummated if the victims made one or more advanced payments to the conspirators for various fees purportedly associated with the sales, such as closing costs, courier services, title searches, transfer fees, and legal fees. Once the victims agreed to pay the bogus fees, the conspirators directed the victims to send funds via wire transfers to one of the conspirators. That conspirator then withdrew the fraud proceeds and shared them with the others, based upon each conspirator’s role in the fraudulent transaction. The conspirators often repeatedly re-contacted their victims and fraudulently advised them that additional fees were needed in order to complete the sales, and they continued to dupe the victims into sending bogus advance fees until the victims either ran out of money or became aware of the scam. 

Several related defendants have pleaded guilty to charges related to this property-sale fraud scheme:

NameChargeSentence
Gary KinardWire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft7 years and 11 months in prison
Martin SteeleWire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft7 years and 5 months in prison
Mark BoringWire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft7 years in prison
Richard BellMoney laundering conspiracy3 years and 4 months in prison
Jeffrey GrospitchWire fraud conspiracy2 years and 3 months in prison
David BellMoney laundering conspiracy2 years and 3 months in prison
Joseph WillettMoney laundering conspiracy2 years and 3 months in prison
Donald SeimoMoney laundering conspiracy18 months in prison
Kevin McGarryMoney laundering conspiracy18 months in prison
Bryan EnglishMoney laundering conspiracy12 months in prison
Phillip TorresMoney laundering conspiracyFive years’ probation
Michael LevanMoney laundering conspiracyFive years’ probation
Troy CaterMoney laundering conspiracyFive years’ probation
Paul WagnerMoney laundering conspiracySentence pending
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