A former Elk Grove Village man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison
after an alleged Ponzi scheme took millions from investors.
Kevin Carney, formerly of Elk Grove Village, has been sentenced to 13 years
in prison for an alleged
Ponzi scheme that took millions of dollars from over 300 victims. Carney will also
pay out $10.2 million to investors harmed in the alleged scam.
According to prosecutors in the case, Carney lured in investors with promises
of a new software program that would bring in returns of 20% or more for
his investors. The software program supposedly enabled Carney to identify
when a stock’s price was about to rise so he could buy and then
sell the stock over about 15 minutes of time. He allegedly claimed that
this allowed him to make a small profit on each of many trades a day,
which would add up to big profits over the course of a month.
Carney also allegedly sent out false
account statements to investors, and he is also alleged to have paid prior investors with
money brought in from new investors.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan stated that “Mr. Carney’s scheme
promised big returns but instead only resulted in financial devastation
for his victims. His criminal acts have forever altered their lives.”
The victims of this Ponzi scheme reportedly closed out IRAs, took out
second mortgages, and – in one case – handed over a re-enlistment
bonus to participate in the alleged investment scam.
Mr. Carney pleaded guilty to the Ponzi scheme charges on Friday, May 11th, in DuPage County Circuit Court. The charges against him included wire
fraud, mail fraud, securities fraud, and theft by deception.
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