A south Florida man will spend more than seven years behind bars for scamming consumers in the United States and Canada out of millions of dollars. Peter l. Massimino II was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison and two years of supervised release following the approval of a plea agreement Thursday. Massimino was charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud in connection with an international telemarketing scam.
Investigators say Massimino swindled thousand consumers, including at least 68 in Southern Illinois, out of more than $35-million between October 2007 and January 2010. The case was investigated by the St. Louis Field Office of the Chicago Division of the United States Postal Inspection Service.