Ponzi scheme News

Stanford Ponzi Scheme Recovery Tops $1 Billion With Help From Insurers

A court-appointed receiver has recouped more than $1 billion for victims of Texas financier Allen Stanford’s Ponzi scheme, the largest by dollar amount other than Bernard Madoff’s fraud, the receiver’s lawyers said on Monday. The threshold was crossed when Ralph …

Mastermind of Largest Known Ponzi Scheme, Bernie Madoff, Dies in Prison at 82

NEW YORK — Bernard Madoff, who for decades masqueraded as a successful and trustworthy Wall Street kingpin before admitting to running the largest known Ponzi scheme in history, died on Wednesday in prison where he was serving a 150-year sentence. …

Former Ohio Insurance Agent and Investment Adviser Gets 5 Years for Fraud Scheme

Former Dayton, Ohio-area insurance agent and investment adviser has been sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted of insurance fraud and conducting a “Ponzi” scheme targeting elderly consumers. The Ohio Department of Insurance reported that John Gregory Schmidt …

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 …