Scottsdale man indicted on fraud, ID theft involving his online company
By Alicia Barron
SCOTTSDALE – A Scottsdale man has been indicted on fraud charges involving a website where he sold “business opportunities” and required payment up-front from customers.
Leslie Spencer Mersky, 64, was indicted on charges of fraudulent schemes, forgery, theft and aggravated identity theft.
Mersky owns Bankcard Empire of Phoenix. The company sold business opportunity packages that a lot of times required a large amount of money up-front sent over the internet.
Attorney General Terry Goddard alleges that Mersky made fraudulent charges on the credit cards of individuals who had bought Bankcard Empire’s work-at-home package sold online.
The company has reportedly been the subject of many consumer complaints in reference to its business practices.
Court papers indicate Mersky directed his employees to “cut and paste” signatures of clients into unauthorized credit card purchases.
A search warrant was served at Bankcard Empire in April through a joint effort by the U.S. Postal Service, Tempe police, Phoenix police, the Arizona Corporation Commission and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.