Ponzi scheme News

Pennsylvania Insurance Agent Pleads Guilty in $8.2M Promissory Note Scam

An insurance agent pleaded guilty Thursday in a promissory note scam that bilked nearly 80 clients out of $8.2 million. John Hogan, 77, of Swissvale, Penn., entered his pleas to five counts of mail fraud in the scheme run out …

Ex-Insurance Agent in East Texas Sentenced to 3 Years for Fraud

A former insurance agent in East Texas must serve three years in prison for running a $5 million medical investment scam. Robert B. Hahn was sentenced in federal court in Tyler. The 64-year-old Tyler man in November pleaded guilty to …

Former Texas Agent Pleads Guilty to Fraud, Faces 20 Years in Prison

A 64-year-old former Texas insurance agent has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering, federal prosecutors say, and faces up to 20 years in prison for what amounted to a Ponzi scheme. U.S. Attorney John M. Bales Eastern District …

Former Insurance Agent Arrested in Alleged $21M Movie Investment Scheme

A former insurance agent one of two people who have been charged with operating a Ponzi scheme allegedly bilking investors from Los Angeles and Kern Counties out of $21 million dollars. Michelle Kenen Seward, 42, of Flintridge, surrendered to authorities …

Feds: Wisconsin Insurance Agent Ran $10M Ponzi Scheme

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is alleging a Watertown, Wis., insurance agent ran a $10 million Ponzi scheme out of his agency, ISC Inc. The SEC filed a securities fraud lawsuit against 69-year-old Loren Holzhueter and one of his …

Southern California Agent Sentenced For Ponzi Scheme

Michael Zuno Zuniga, 43, of Fullerton, was sentenced to five years in Los Angeles County Jail and ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution for his participation in a Ponzi scheme targeting Los Angeles area seniors. Zuniga was arrested in …

3 Nebraska Insurance Execs Sent to Prison for Investment Scheme

Three people, including two principals of an insurance firm, who were convicted in a fraudulent Nebraska investment scheme have been sentenced to prison and ordered to make restitution of more than $16.6 million. The three were sentenced in U.S. District …

Judge Rules Stanford’s U.S. Receiver to Keep Control of Ponzi Scheme Case

Allen Stanford’s U.S. court-appointed receiver may keep control of the process to collect and distribute the convicted Ponzi schemer’s assets to victims, defeating a bid by Caribbean liquidators, a U.S. federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge David Godbey in …

Nebraska Insurance Agent Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud

One of three former Grand Island, Neb.-based insurance agents accused of defrauding more than 250 investors out of $29 million has pleaded guilty. The Grand Island Independent reported that Kenneth Mottin, of St. Libory, pleaded guilty to mail fraud. Mottin, …

Ex-Partner Sues Dewey, Says Law Firm Was Ponzi Scheme

A former partner at Dewey & LeBoeuf has sued a group of the law firm’s ex-leaders for fraud, saying they ran the now-bankrupt firm as a Ponzi scheme to benefit themselves. Henry Bunsow, an intellectual property lawyer in San Francisco, …