November 28, 2018
, the former president and CEO of MRI International, Inc.
, which purported to be a medical collections and investment company, was convicted after a five-week trial for his role in a $1.5 billion ponzi scheme. Fujinaga solicited investments from over 10,000 Japanese residents, promising investors that their funds would be used to purchase medical debt. In fact, less than two percent of investor funds were used to purchase medical claims. Fujinaga diverted the remainder for personal use and to pay off earlier investors. In 2013, the Japanese government revoked MRI's license to market securities. USAO NV