Man operating fraudulent telemarketing business facing 5 months in prison

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Lukeroy Rose (Source: Arizona Attorney General's Office) Lukeroy Rose (Source: Arizona Attorney General's Office)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

After amending the Arizona Telephone Solicitations statute back in August 2016, Lukeroy Rose, owner of Rose Marketing, is facing the first criminal prosecution under the new statute for operating a fraudulent telemarketing business.

Rose, who operated boiler rooms for two years in Phoenix, pleaded guilty to making unlawful telephone solicitations through the fraudulent business that targeted elderly persons across the country.

His business implored victims to invest in fake work-from-home business opportunities, which fooled at least 16 people into investing massive sums of money, anywhere from $3,000 to $40,000, according to a news release from the Arizona Attorney General's Office.

Undercover surveillance through special agents with the Attorney General's Office found Rose engaging in unlawful telemarketing.  

Rose was indicted in May 2016 on charges of conspiracy, illegally conducting an enterprise, participating in a criminal syndicate, fraudulent schemes and artifices, theft and money laundering, according to the news release.

Per the plea agreement, Rose will be sentenced to five years in prison.

The amended telemarketing statute makes it a class 5 felony for unregistered telemarketers to make unlawful calls to in-state and out-of-state consumers.

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