The guilty plea of vice present and co-operater of Coral Mortgage Bankers Corporation’s University City office, Matthew Kent, was announced earlier this month by the United States Attorney’s Office.
According to court documents, between May 2007 and December 31, 2010, Kent, his partner in Coral Mortgage, David Rubin and Joshua Gould, formerly of Woodbury Financial, embezzled approximately $1,500,000 from a retired individual solicited by Rubin to provide funds for operating capital for Coral’s St. Louis operations. The individual was assured that the funds would not be spent, would be held in a secure trust account, used only as collateral for Coral’s operations, and that the individual would receive regular interest payments.
Between May 2007 and December 2008, the client provided Rubin and Kent approximately $1,200,000 from his and his wife’s life savings. Despite representations that the funds would not be spent, Rubin and Kent used approximately $250,000 of the funds for operating expenses, including payment of their own salaries.
Rubin and Kent transferred the balance of the funds to Gould. Gould used those funds for personal expenses, including car payments, mortgage payments, payment of substantial personal credit card bills, the renovation of his personal residence, jewelry and adult entertainment, including substantial expenses at the Penthouse Club and PT’s. Gould also used the money to finance start-up costs and operational costs of several business ventures including The Sports Nook, True Hockey and Free Poker Experience.
Gould and Rubin prepared and gave the individual victim false account statements, including statements falsely representing to the victim that as of September 30, 2010, he had $1,126,365 in his Investment Fund and $217,123 in his Family Charity Fund, when in fact all of the funds had been embezzled, diverted and stolen by Gould, Kent and Rubin.
Matthew Kent pled guilty to one felony count of wire fraud and will be sentenced in early 2012. Rubin and Gould previously pled guilty. Rubin awaits sentencing in early 2012 as well while Gould was sentenced in July to 97 months in prison and ordered to make restitution to the victims in the amount of $4,323,092.
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