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Leader of Green Bay timeshare scam sentenced

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The leader of a Green Bay-based timeshare scam that swindled thousands of people nationwide has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says 40-year-old Mark Parks of Denmark, Wis., also was ordered to pay restitution and was placed on three years of supervised release.

Parks had pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Prosecutors say he also was subject to an enhanced penalty for his role in operating a telemarketing fraud that targeted people older than 55.

Parks was among eight people indicted last year in what federal prosecutors say was a timeshare resale scheme that swindled more than 3,000 people out of about $2.5 million.

The scam ran from 2007 to 2011 and operated under different business names.

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