Jennifer Kirk ran a massive telemarketing scheme that bilked more than 22,000 victims out of over $30 million.
"This was an outfit that grew from four employees to nearly 300, with nine locations across Florida all for one purpose—to cheat people out of their money," federal prosecutor Stephen R. Wigginton told CNBC.
Wigginton, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, said 36 telemarketers have already been convicted in the scheme.
Kirk, 33, of Howell, N.J., eventually plead guilty in June 2011 to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud.
It all began when Kirk and her boyfriend, Matthew Hicks, started a time-share telemarketing business called Universal Marketing Solutions.
When Hicks died in 2007 of a heroin overdose, Kirk took over the business and changed the name to Creative Vacation Solutions. Between October 2007 and December 2009, Kirk's business grew—defrauding victims in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. Kirk even produced a promotional video featuring "People's Court" actor Doug Llewelyn, and company employees posing as satisfied customers.
Kirk was sentenced in 2012 to more than 15 years in prison. Investigators are still working on the case.
Phone calls to Kirk's attorney for comment were not returned.