Robert Tunnell, a former San Francisco attorney, has been charged with
running a California
Ponzi scheme that took $7 million from victims. The victims in the alleged investment
scam were mostly made up of Tunnell's family and friends, including
even his girlfriend.
Officials allege that, starting in 2006, Tunnell took the guise of a skilled
investor and enticed investors with promises of conservative, low-risk
investments that would provide
high returns. Of the $10 million he took from investors, $7 million was lost on risky
investments. The remaining cash was used to pay off a bank debt and earlier
Tunnell had previously been accused, among other charges, of taking $300,000
from the law firm where he was employed. He resigned from the California
State Bar in 2001 and allegedly began offering to invest for family and
friends, claiming he received no financial gain for doing so.
Tunnell faces 7 counts of mail fraud, 13 counts of wire fraud, and 1 count
of money laundering. He is currently free on bond.
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