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Talk Show Host And Financial Advisor Sentenced For Ponzi Scheme

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Wednesday marked the announcement that Anthony Cutaia was sentenced to 51 months in prison for mail fraud “Ponzi” investment scheme. Cutaia had pled guilty in July 2011 to Count 2 of a Criminal Information filed in June 2011, which charged him with mail fraud in connection with his participation in a real estate investment scheme from 2003 to 2006, in ... Read More »

    Ponzi Schemes Are The New Black

    Thirteen days into the year and I feel like all I’ve written about is Ponzi-scheme after Ponzi-scheme after Ponzi-scheme. Today I bring to you the sentencing of Jenifer Devine, the woman who owned a purported wholesale merchandise broker and admitted to running a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme that resulted in over $2 million in losses to investors. Devine has been sentenced ... Read More »

      Largest Recruiter Of Shapiro’s $930 Million Ponzi Scheme Sentenced

      Sydney Jack Williams of Naples, Florida was sentenced today to a year and a day in prison for failing to report more than $12 million to the IRS in related commissions received in Nevin Shapiro’s $930 million Ponzi scheme. Williams previously plead guilty to an Information that charged him with one count of subscribing to a false tax return. During ... Read More »

        Investment Advisor Defrauds Clients Out Of Retirement Funds

        Apparently an Illinois investment advisor, Steven Salutric, engaged in an investment fraud that swindled the retirement savings of 10 elderly clients to lose more than $4.26 million. Salutric was charged with one count wire fraud in a criminal information filed in late December of 2011. Apparently Salutric diverted clients’ funds to his personal business associates and to entities in which ... Read More »

          State Government Uniform Scam? That’s New…

          A Massachusetts man was sentenced last week to 8.5 years in prison for a 20-year Ponzi scheme and ordered to pay over $17 million in recitation to over 200 victims. Richard Elkinson was sentenced to 102 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $17 million in restitution, along with an $1,800 ... Read More »

            Audacious Attorney Abuses Authority

            A Geogira attorney, Gary Wisenbaker, plead guilty to a wire fraud charge in relation to defrauding his own clients. According to evidence presented at the guilty plea hearing, Wisenbaker stole money from his clients by settling civil cases without his clients’ knowledge, and then pocketing the settlement payments. Wisenbaker then used these monies to pay off personal expenses, including payments ... Read More »

              What Makes A Scam WISE?

              In conjunction with a $15 million fraudulent investment scheme Duane Allen Eddings was found guilty of wire fraud, money laundering, bankruptcy fraud and tax evasion. Talk about a financial mess! According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, on February 26, 2009, Eddings and co-defendant Robert Cephus Brown Jr., were indicted on charges that, from September 2005 to May ... Read More »

                New Defendant Named In $105 Million Ponzi Scheme

                A pending federal case investigating a $105 million “ponzi” scheme has charged a new defendant in the case. Newly added defendant, Alfred Gerebizza, is alleged that he and co-defendant Daniel Spitzer engaged in a ponzi scheme that resulted in losses of around $34 million after fraudulently obtaining over $105 million from over 400 victims. On October 26, Gerebizza pleaded not ... Read More »

                  North Carolina Man Is Seventh Convicted Of $40 Million Black Diamond Ponzi Scheme

                  It was announced last week that Bryan Keith Coats of Clayton, North Carolina plead guilty to his role in connection with the Black Diamoind Ponzi Scheme Investigation that resulted in a $40 million investment fraud conspiracy. Coats admitted to one count of conspiracy to commit commodities, securities, and wire fraud and one count of promotional money laundering conspiracy. According to ... Read More »

                    Father And Son Sentenced For $930 Million Ponzi Scheme

                    Sometimes the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. When children are growing up many look up to their parents and imitate them on a daily basis. “When I grow up, I’m going to be just like daddy!” But what happens when your parent is a fraudster? Father, Roberto Torres, former chief financial officer, and son, Alejandro Torres, former accountant ... Read More »

                      A Double Dose Of Commodities Scams In North Carolina

                      Two completely separate men were charged in two completely separate Ponzi schemes in one completely same city of Charlotte, North Carolina on September 23, 2011. Both defendants plead guilty to commodities fraud. Apparently they both promised victims enormous profits from trading in the Charlotte, North Carolina commodities futures market. Mitchell Brain Huffman was charged with a criminal bill of information ... Read More »

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