Archives For Ponzi Scheme

Samuel Ray Palasota, 53, Houston, Texas, has been ordered to federal prison following his convictions on multiple counts of mail and wire fraud.

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Laurie Schneider, 39, pleaded guilty at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York, to wire fraud.

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Michael Stewart, 66, Phoenix, Arizona, and John Packard, 63, Long Beach, California, the owners of a now-defunct Southern California real estate investment firm were arrested for allegedly perpetrating a Ponzi scheme that ended with the bankruptcy of their company and caused private investors and banks collectively to lose well over $110 million when the scheme collapsed.

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Hans Seibt, 72, Las Vegas, Nevada, was sentenced to the maximum term of ten years in prison for swindling investors in a land development scheme.

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Joel Wilson, 31, Saginaw, Michigan, has been arrested for his alleged role in an extensive Michigan Ponzi scheme. the defendant allegedly defrauded at least three Michigan victims out of hundreds of thousands of dollars and has been on the lam in Europe for more than a year.

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Robert Rivernider, 48, Wellington, Florida, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford, Connecticut, to 144 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for operating two investment schemes that caused a loss of more than $25 million to individuals and lending institutions.

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Thomas Franklin Tarbutton, 54, Newport Beach, California, a fugitive hard money lender, has been extradited back to Orange County from Panama for embezzling nearly $3 million from investors in a Ponzi real estate fraud scheme.

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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.

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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.

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