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Man Sentenced To Six Years In Prison For Direct-Mail Scam Based Out Of Park City

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A Las Vegas resident who ran a direct-mail scam from a mailing address in Park City has been sentenced in U.S. District Court to six years in prison.

The sentence from U.S. District Judge Dee Benson was handed down to 50-year-old Daron Howell Fordham in late June.

He was also given three years of probation after his sentence, and Judge Benson ordered him to pay restitution.

The charges filed by authorities said that Fordham, who was listed under several aliases such as “Southboy” and “Daron Destiny”, purchased a private mailbox at the UPS store in the Holiday Village shopping area.

He implemented a scheme that defrauded hundreds of people, often including the elderly and disabled.

In 2014, the defendant mailed promotional materials throughout the U.S., soliciting checks and money orders to be sent to the mailbox, owned under the name “Park Publishers and Distributors.”

The mailers asked recipients to invest in disseminating what they called “our hot-selling Free Cruise for Two Vouchers” and claimed investors could make a return of 976 percent in less than three or four months.

Fordham eventually closed the Park City mailbox and disconnected a 1-800 number connected with the scheme.

He pled guilty earlier this year to six counts of Mail Fraud.

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covers Summit County meetings and issues. KPCW snagged him from The Park Record in the '80s, and he's been on air and covering the entire county ever since. He produces the Week In Review podcast, as well a heads the Friday Film Review team.
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