Arizona court sentences man to jail for illegal telephone solicitation

PHOENIX — A man will spend the next year and a half behind bars after an Arizona court convicted him of unlawful telephone solicitation.

Donald Carl Trent Jr. was sentenced by a Maricopa County Superior Court judge to 1.5 years in prison and three years of supervised probation after his release from prison after pleading guilty to three counts of solicitation illegal phone calls, each of which are Class 5 felonies, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office announced Tuesday.

Trent used illegal telephone solicitations to sell fraudulent business opportunities. He also sought out “recovery services” to help victims recover money from scams, in some cases targeting the same victims of the business opportunity scam.

The solicitation took place between December 2014 and October 2015 from a Maricopa County location on 12 occasions without first registering with the Arizona Secretary of State.

Arizona law requires certain telephone sellers to register with the Arizona Secretary of State before soliciting from a location in Arizona or from any consumer located in the state.

Two Trent associates, Chad Everett Allen and Joshua Bouchard, were also charged with multiple counts of unlawful telephone solicitation. Charges against the other two men are ongoing.

The man will also pay nearly $400,000 to individual consumers, just over $7,300 to the Arizona Department of Revenue and $36,600 to the Attorney General’s Office Anti-Racket Revolving Fund as part of the condemnation agreement.

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