BULLETIN: George Theodule, HYIP Ponzi Huckster Identified In 2008 By SEC, Arrested On Criminal Charges

breakingnews72George Louis Theodule, identified by the SEC in a 2008 civil case as a multimillion-dollar Ponzi huckster and affinity fraudster largely targeting the Haitian community through so-called “investment clubs,” now has been arrested on criminal charges, federal prosecutors in the Southern District of Florida said.

Investors were duped into believing Theodule’s HYIP “program” through entities known as Creative Capital Consortium LLC and A Creative Capital Concept$ LLC had been endorsed by a regulatory agency, the SEC said in December 2008

The FBI and the Florida Office of Financial Regulation joined in the probe, prosecutors said.

“This case provides an egregious example of someone exploiting the trust of members of their own community,” said OFR Commissioner Drew J. Breakspear.

“Ponzi schemes, affinity fraud schemes, and high-yield investment fraud scams such as this pose a serious threat to people,” said U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer.

Theodule, formerly of Wellington, Fla., is 52. He has been charged with with multiple counts of wire fraud, securities fraud and money-laundering, prosecutors said.

“This is a stark reminder that promises of large returns with little risk should immediately send up red flags and make investors run the other way,” said Michael B. Steinbach, special agent in charge of FBI’s Miami office..

 

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