SACRAMENTO â€“ 62 year-old Kenneth Cervellin and his 47 year-old Ronald Cervellin were sentenced for a credit card scam that they had been running.
Kenneth was sentenced to spend 15 months in prison for his mail fraud conviction, while his son, Ronald, has been sentenced to three yearsâ€™ probation for concealing a felony from law enforcement.
Prosecutors say that in order for the father and son to perpetuate the fraud Kenneth would give out false $25 debits each month to 500 of his 1,200 merchants and then rotate them so not to arouse suspicion.
In the event that someone discovered the $25 debit the Cervellins would refund the money along with a false explanation.
They would then mark the clientâ€™s file to make sure to not falsely bill that client again.
Ronald helped to conceal the fraud and made false statements to the FBI agent that was investigating the case.
They both pleaded guilty in April 2007.