Sentencing Hearing Postponed For Zeek Rewards’ Executive Dawn-Wright Olivares

Dawn Wright-Olivares

Dawn Wright-Olivares

Sentencing for Dawn Wright-Olivares, a former Zeek Rewards’ executive who pleaded guilty in February 2014 to investment-fraud conspiracy and tax-fraud conspiracy, has been postponed, the office of U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose of the Western District of North Carolina said today.

Wright-Olivares, whose age was listed as 45 by federal prosecutors at the time of her guilty plea, was to have been sentenced yesterday at 2:30 pm EDT before U.S. District Judge Max O. Cogburn Jr., according to the government’s Victim/Witness site for the Zeek Ponzi- and pyramid case.

No new sentencing date has been scheduled for Wright-Olivares, prosecutors said.

Sentencing delays are not unusual in federal cases. The plea agreement for Wright-Olivares requires her to be a prosecution witness if called by the government in “any trial, hearing, or grand jury proceeding, including, but not limited to, testimony against any co-defendants, as the United States designates.”

Accused Zeek operator Paul R. Burks is not expected to go on trial until at least May of 2016.

Zeek’s alleged haul clocked in at about $897 million. In terms of the number of victims, it appears to one of the two largest Ponzi schemes in U.S. history, possibly trailing only the TelexFree MLM scheme.

Visit the website of the court-appointed receiver in the civil portion of the Zeek case. The latest update was posted Oct. 22.

 

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