Defendants Used Companies to Cause More Than $7 Million in Unauthorized Charges to Thousands of Consumers. Credit card processors, in turn, paid millions of dollars in refunds for fraudulent charges associated with the defendants’ companies between 2013 and 2017 in attempts to refund affected consumers. JAMES BECKISH and JOSEPH ANTHONY DEMARIA pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with a scheme to make unauthorized charges on credit cards through sham companies that purportedly offered nutraceutical products for sale over the internet.
BECKISH, 32, of Miami, Florida, and DEMARIA, 33, of Miami, Florida, each plead guilty to one count of conspiracy, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. BECKISH and DEMARIA also agreed to pay restitution and to forfeit $7,231,878. Sentencing for BECKISH is scheduled for January 16, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. before Judge Ramos. Sentencing for DEMARIA is scheduled for January 18, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. before Judge Ramos.