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Ponzi Schemes

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April 8, 2014

The SEC announced fraud charges and an asset freeze against the operators of JCS Enterprises Inc. and T.B.T.I. Inc., a South Florida-based Ponzi scheme which targeted investors through YouTube videos and sold them investments in a product called virtual concierge machines (VCMs) that would purportedly generate guaranteed returns of 300 to 500 percent in four years.  SEC

March 28, 2014

The SEC announced charges and asset freezes against three entities operating under the business names WCM and WCM777 for allegedly running a worldwide pyramid scheme targeting Asian and Latino communities in the U.S. and abroad.  According to the SEC’s complaint, WCM and WCM777 have raised more than $65M since March 2013 by, among other things, falsely promising tens of thousands of investors a return on investment of 100 percent or more in 100 days. SEC

May 12, 2015

Garfield M. Taylor was sentenced to 13 years in prison and ordered to pay over $28.6 million in restitution for operating a Ponzi scheme that resulted in investors losing money they invested with Taylor and companies he controlled.  In a parallel action, the SEC obtained a civil judgment against Taylor for his fraudulent conduct.  DOJ

December 18, 2014

Robert L. Holloway, former CEO of US Ventures LC, was sentenced to 225 months in prison and to pay $15.2M in restitution for orchestrating a $33M Ponzi scheme resulting in $15.2M in losses to investors.DOJ

December 18, 2014

Houston investment manager Robert Andres was sentenced to 56 months in prison and to pay more than $3.2M in restitution for orchestrating a $72M investment fraud scheme resulting in approximately $40M in losses to investors. According to his guilty plea, between October 2005 and 2011, Andres recruited investors for Winsome Investment Trust, where he served as the sole manager, attorney and trustee, by misrepresenting Winsome’s assets, asset allocation and the manner in which investor funds were invested. Andres also misappropriated approximately $2.2M in investor money for personal use, including to pay his hotel bills and living expenses. DOJ

August 25, 2014

Former Hanover Corporation CFO Robert Haley and former Hanover salesman Daryl Bornstein were sentenced to serve 60 months and 70 months in prison, respectively, and ordered to pay $14.5 million in restitution for their roles in an $18 million Ponzi scheme. Hanover’s former CEO was previously sentenced to 14 years in prison and ordered to pay $14.7 million in restitution in this case. DOJ

August 15, 2014

Former Hanover Corporation CEO Terry Kretz was sentenced to 14 years in prison and ordered to pay $14.8M in restitution for orchestrating an $18 million Ponzi scheme. According to court documents, Kretz offered clients the opportunity to invest in Hanover through promissory notes bearing high interest rates, however, more than half of the money invested in Hanover went to repay earlier investors, to pay Hanover’s salaries and overhead and to fund personal luxuries. Daryl Bornstein, a Hanover salesman, and Robert Haley, Hanover’s chief financial officer, previously pleaded guilty to similar charges. DOJ

Top-10 DOJ Prison Sentences For Fraud In 2015

Posted  01/6/16
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Here is our look-back at the top-10 prison sentences secured by the Department of Justice for healthcare, financial and other types of fraud in 2015.      10.  CHRISTOPHER CIAMPA -- The U.S. Army soldier stationed in Afghanistan was sentenced to 10 years for submitting fake Transportation Movement Requests (TMRs) for thousands of gallons of fuel that were neither...

October 20, 2015

Alan James Watson, Cash Flow Financial LLC, and Michael S. Potts have been ordered to pay over $91 million in fines and restitution for operating a commodity pool Ponzi scheme.  CFTC

October 20, 2015

A federal judge has ordered John R. Bullar and his company, Executive Management Advisors LLC, to pay over $31 million in penalties and restitution for fraud, misappropriation, embezzlement, and operating a Ponzi scheme.  CFTC
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