Stuart Cole and Mark Simpson set up several businesses including “Child Support Services” to collect child support payments, according to Howard Ain of WRKC in Cincinnati.
Their business would come up first in an Internet search. Many people thought they were a government agency.
First they would obtain information about the payor. Then they would send a letter saying “‘If you would like this to go away you can contact us at the number provided.” The next letter would say that your driver’s license was suspended. The next would say an arrest warrant has been issued.
They also sent letters to employers requiring them to deduct money from paychecks. They charged heavy fees to both the custodial parent and the non-custodial parent.
More than 200 victims lost between $2.5 and $3 million in the scheme. Stuart Cole and Mark Simpson were sentenced to more than a year in prison for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud charges.