LOS ANGELES (CN) – A Santa Ynez man defrauded as many as 34,000 people around the country of $6 million by offering them bogus training, “certification,” and job referrals as “mystery shoppers” or bartenders, federal prosecutors say. Stevan P. Todorovic, 38, faces 22-count indictment for wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering.
Todorovic ran a boiler room and placed ads in newspapers around the country, pushing his bogus schools, including the American Bartending Institute and the Consumer Response Group, prosecutors say.
Todorovic was arrested Thursday and is scheduled for his initial court appearance today. If convicted of all 22 counts, he could be sentenced to 440 years in prison.
Prosecutors ask anyone who believes he or she has been a victim of the scheme to call the U.S. Attorney victim witness list unit at 888-228-0315.