Authorities said "the defendants' fraud amounted to
In early 2009, the Rubins began selling their card out of a call center in
The Rubins sought customers, authorities said, among people who had applied online for short-term loans. Telemarketers calling them followed "deceptive and misleading scripts," the U.S. Attorney Office said, pitching a general-purpose credit card.
"In reality, these 'cards' -- which the defendants named the "Platinum Trust Card" and later renamed as the "Express Platinum Card" -- did nothing more than give the cardholder access to an online shopping website that offered little of value for sale" and did not help credit scores, the document said. The call centers were closed in 2012.
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