DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - The ringleader of a telemarketing fraud ring in Ohio is headed to prison.
Theodore Thomas was sentenced in a Miami County courtroom Monday.
Prosecutors say Thomas ran a phone scheme that convinced people their property was more valuable than it really was, but only if they paid hundreds of dollars up front.
He pleaded guilty in March to a first-degree felony for engaging in a pattern of corrupt activities.
He offered his apology in court on Monday.
"I didn't think that these are mothers, sons, daughters. If someone took money from me so I couldn't buy medication for my kids, that hurts," said Thomas.
Despite the apology, the judge sentenced Thomas to six years in prison followed by five years probation.
Roughly $70,000 seized from his accounts will be given to the victims and he will have to pay another $35,000 as well.
18 others have also been indicted in the telemarketing fraud scheme. Thomas agreed to testify against the remaining defendants.
Thomas is a native of Huber Heights.
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