Convicted teleshark Reginald Hilton was released from custody Sept. 3 and it didn't take long for him to pick up where he left off, authorities say.
Hilton, 30, of 142 Rodney Ave., was hauled back into U.S. District Court this week to answer charges that he had devised a new scheme involving fake wiretap orders to bilk elderly people out of their savings.
Passing himself off as an FBI agent named Donald Klein, Hilton told his new victims the FBI wanted to bug their phones to gather information about fraudulent telemarketers, according to a criminal complaint filed by Postal Inspector Thomas Moehring.
The trap was baited with phony wiretap "authorization orders" mailed to Hilton's targets with a photocopied federal court letterhead, Moehring said.
Hilton then directed victims, including a California woman who had been stung by telesharks in the past, and other women in Missouri and Ohio, to mail money to the telemarketers in Buffalo, "so the FBI could catch them with the funds," according to Moehring.
The scheme used a bogus mail drop on Linden Avenue, the inspector said.
Hilton, who faces up to five years in prison for mail fraud, was ordered held without bail by Judge William M. Skretny.
If found to have violated his parole, he also could be forced to serve out the remaining six months of an 18-month term Skretny imposed in June 1996. Hilton was convicted in the earlier case of using an Amherst lawyer's name to perpetrate a telemarketing scam that victimized some people twice.