Yin Nan (Michael) Wang and Wendy Ko have been charged with fraud and an emergency asset freeze was levied against a group of Pasadena, California-based companies at the center of an ongoing real estate investment scheme.
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Marcin Malarz, 48, formerly of Lake Forest, Illinois, a former securities broker, and and Arthur Lin, 39, Palatine, Illinois, his associate in a real estate business that converted apartments into condominiums, were indicted for allegedly fraudulently raising more than $9 million from approximately 25 investors and misappropriating a substantial portion of the money, resulting in a loss of at least $5.5 million.
C. Tate George, 45, Newark, New Jersey, former NBA basketball player and the CEO of purported real estate development firm The George Group, was convicted on all counts on which he was indicted in connection with his role in orchestrating a $2 million investment fraud scheme.
James G. Berghius, 41, Sacramento, California, was convicted by a federal jury after a three day trial of four counts of mail fraud, four counts of wire fraud, and one count of money laundering related to a Ponzi scheme that he operated.
Five former real estate executives have been charged with defrauding investors into believing they were funding the development of five-star destination resorts in Florida and Las Vegas when they were actually buying into a Ponzi scheme.
Alvin R. Brown, Redondo Beach, California, is the subject of charges and an emergency asset freeze against his companies for defrauding seniors and other investors in a real estate investment scheme.
Shawn Dicken, 39, Bay City, Michigan, is the subject of felony charges for her alleged role in an extensive multi-county Ponzi scheme.
Ralph John Solis, Hemet, California, was sentenced to 15 years in state prison and ordered him to pay more than $12.6 million in restitution to the victims of a real estate Ponzi scheme he operated.
Jose L. Nino de Guzman, Jr., 30, Seattle, Washington, who marketed real estate investment opportunities in Peru, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to wire fraud and money laundering for his creation and operation of a classic Ponzi scheme.
Celia Gallardo, 42, North Hills, California, a real estate agent and self-described real estate investor, was sentenced to five years in federal prison and remanded into custody for her offenses, which included ripping off real estate investors.