Phone scam nets $500,000, fraud conviction

March 11, 2004 at 4:28 PM
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SAN FRANCISCO, March 11 (UPI) -- The son of a San Francisco Bay area radio food personality was convicted Wednesday of a telephone scam that reaped $500,000.

Daniel David, 38, of Berkley, was convicted on 19 counts of mail fraud and money laundering by a federal jury in San Francisco, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

According to federal prosecutors, David and co-defendant Scott Nisbet leased 24 pay phone lines from Pacific Bell from 1998 to 2000. They routed 23 of the lines to an empty office in South San Francisco and hooked them up to an auto-dialer. The auto dialer then made more than 2 million telephone calls to 800-numbers.

Prosecutors said the defendants received about 24 cents for every toll-free call made from each pay phone, as pay phone owners receive a share of the profit from phone companies.

Nisbet, 40, also of Berkeley, pleaded guilty to unspecified charges earlier this year as part of a plea agreement, court records show.

David is the son of San Francisco chef and radio personality Narsai David.

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