Archive for February 3rd, 2011

BULLETIN: Florida — Again: Multiagency Probe Leads To Federal Criminal Charges Against 9 People In Interconnected Ponzi And Fraud Schemes

BULLETIN: Florida -- Again: Multiagency Probe Leads To Federal Criminal Charges Against 9 People In Interconnected Ponzi And Fraud Schemes

BULLETIN: An investigation by the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Miami Police Department has led to criminal charges against nine defendants in three Florida fraud schemes that allegedly were interconnected. Seven of the defendants were indicted. Two others were charged via criminal information, and the […]

Judge Effectively Orders Treble Financial Penalty By Imposing $64.8 Civil Fine Against Ponzi Swindler Already Convicted In Criminal Case; Scammer Charles E. Hays Also Ordered To Disgorge $19.9 Million In Illicit Profits And Banned From Trade For Life

Judge Effectively Orders Treble Financial Penalty By Imposing $64.8 Civil Fine Against Ponzi Swindler Already Convicted In Criminal Case; Scammer Charles E. Hays Also Ordered To Disgorge $19.9 Million In Illicit Profits And Banned From Trade For Life

UPDATED 2:37 P.M. ET (U.S.A.) If you’re a modern-day commodities fraudster and Ponzi schemer, be prepared to have massive criminal and civil exposure. The recent cases against Charles E. “Chuck” Hays of Minnesota tell a tale of significant prison time, a huge criminal restitution order and civil fines that effectively exposed him to treble damages […]