William Warren Baker has been sentenced after accusations that he ran a $600,000
Ponzi scheme. The alleged scam was discovered when Baker's mother disappeared;
as the search was underway for her, inconsistencies were found in her
accounts that led to Baker. As of this time, Baker's mother remains missing.
Authorities say that Baker brought in investors by offering investments
in property that would be refurbished and resold. Unfortunately, only
one piece of property was purchased with the cash, and that property was
transferred to Baker's son and then into a trust for Baker's wife.
Baker has been accused of choosing his
Ponzi scheme victims from his close, personal contacts, such as friends and members
of his church. Additionally, he has been accused of pocketing over $6000
from his mother's Social Security payments after she disappeared.
Baker pleaded guilty earlier this year to 13 counts of making false statement
in the sale or purchase of securities. He also pleaded guilty to the aforementioned
felony theft from the Social Security Administration. Baker was sentenced
to ten years in prison and will pay fines and restitution to affected
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