MIAMI (AP) — An Arizona woman has been convicted in South Florida of fraud charges stemming from sales of unnecessary septic tank products.
Federal prosecutors said Friday a jury convicted 50-year-old Cheryl Stephenson of Phoenix on two wire fraud charges. She faces a maximum of 20 years in prison at an April sentencing.
Trial testimony showed that Stephenson and others marketed a product called Septic Remedy they claimed would make septic tank pumping unnecessary. The product was marketed nationwide, often to elderly customers who sometimes bought enough to last 70 years.
The group also falsely claimed that federal agencies were affiliated with or approved the septic tank product. They also had a so-called “idiot list” of people easily persuaded to keep buying the product.
Four others have pleaded guilty in the scheme.
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