George C. Tindall, 60, of Elk Grove Village was charged, yesterday, in a criminal complaint filed last Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago with one count of wire fraud, a felony offense.
According to the complaint, Tindall, as owner of Carrier Cost Management Inc., based in Schaumburg, Illinois entered in a contract with a Northbrook, Illinois corporation, in which it was agreed that Tindall would receive a 40 percent commission based on the saving he could generate for the corporation. Tindall allegedly told the corporation that he negotiated with reps of Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile to obtain “retention credits” and that the "credits" were given by the providers to select customers with the intent of retaining their business and compensating them for service-related problems they experienced. The complaint alleges that he forwarded purported e-mails from those representatives that set forth the terms of the retention credits. Based on invoices sent by Tindall to the corporation that set forth the alleged payment credits obtained by Tindall, the corporation paid approximately $716,534 in commissions to Tindall and Carrier Cost Management over a two-year period.
The complaint states that Verizon and T-Mobile have no employees with the names that Tindall claimed as his contacts with the companies. AT&T found that they did have a employee with the same name Tindall claimed as his contact with them, but the employee stated he does not know and has never communicated with Tindall. AT&T also told agents it does not have a “retention credit” program.
Tindall was released pending his next court appearance, which is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 19, 2013. If convicted, Tindall faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.