John E. Walsh, of Lake Forest, received a sentence of 12 1/2 years in prison
in relation to an alleged
Ponzi scheme that started in 2007. Charles G. Martin, an additional associate in the
alleged investment scam, was sentenced to 17 years in prison the following
day. The two men created One World Capital Group, LLC together, and both
men pleaded guilty in the scheme.
According to court documents, Martin and Walsh were accused of luring
in at least 1000 investors total and took in around $17 million. The men
were accused of misrepresenting the investments being offered and failing
to give new clients information about the actual value of the investments
they were selling. Reportedly, the men ultimately used investors'
cash to fund luxury lifestyles, and officials report seizing luxury items
from the residences of both men, including expensive electronics, jewelry,
art, and oriental rugs.
Beyond the expensive items the men are accused of buying with misappropriated
cash, the two men are also accused of using investors' money to fund
the making of a film, which apparently accounted for about $500,000 of
the money taken in.
Both men will pay restitution in addition to serving the prison sentences,
and a forfeiture judgment for $10 million is expected for both men.
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