Archives For Ponzi Scheme

Randy Poulson, 44, Woolwich Township, New Jersey admitted scamming distressed homeowners into giving him their houses and then soliciting fake real estate investments from private investors – secured by those same properties – that netted him more than $3 million in illicit profits.  He pled guilty to Count One of an indictment charging him with mail fraud.

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Brenda Ashcraft, 45, Milford, Ohio, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to defrauding investors of at least $15 million between 2009 and 2013 in a fraudulent investment scheme to purchase and sell real estate through real estate investment trusts (REITs).

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Abbe Edelman, 51, Livingston, New Jersey, was sentenced to 135 months in prison for running a real estate investment scheme that bilked victims out of more than $5 million.

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Barry J. Graham, 59, and Ricky Lynn Stokes, 54, both of Ft. Myers, Florida, were sentenced to 60 months imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for promising to develop dilapidated properties into luxury resorts as well as an upfront leaseback payment at the time of closing, but failed to disclose the leaseback payment and other financial inducements to the borrowers, on paperwork submitted to lenders.

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Joel Wilson, 32, Saginaw, Michigan, was convicted by a jury on nine felony charges for his role in an extensive Michigan Ponzi scheme wherein he defrauded hundreds of Michigan victims out of millions of dollars. In January 2014, extradition efforts were initiated to retrieve Wilson from Germany after he was on the lam in Europe for more than a year.

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John Reid Perkins, 45, Charlotte, North Carolina, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr. to serve 64 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release on securities fraud conspiracy charges and for violating the terms of his supervised release stemming from a previous federal conviction.

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Thomas Franklin Tarbutton, Orange County, California, an alleged hard money lender, has been charged with running a real estate ponzi scheme, embezzling funds from investors by keeping the money they lent for borrowers and not funding the loans as promised.

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Abbe Edelman, 50, Livingston, New Jersey, admitted his role in a real estate investment scheme that bilked victims out of more than $5 million. Edelman falsely claimed that he had long-standing relationships with banks that provided him unique access to purchase foreclosed properties below market prices and could guarantee an easy resale and profit for investors.

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Charles A. Bennett, 56, Manhattan, New York, was arrested on securities and wire fraud charges stemming from his scheme to defraud over 30 investors of more than $5 million through a Ponzi scheme that he perpetrated for more than five years.

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Barry J. Graham, 59, and Ricky Lynn Stokes, 54, both of Ft. Myers, Florida, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lurana S. Snow in Key West.  The charges stem from the defendants’ participation in a $300 million Ponzi scheme involving the sale of vacation rental units to approximately 1,400 investors in the Florida Keys and elsewhere.

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