California Real Estate Investor Pleads Guilty in Connection to Running a Ponzi Scheme

Posted on April 19th, 2018 at 11:38 AM
California Real Estate Investor Pleads Guilty in Connection to Running a Ponzi Scheme

From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC:

Seth Adam Depiano, of Clovis, California has pleaded guilty to mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering in connection with operating a $24 million Ponzi scheme.

More specifically, according to a complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney’s office, Mr. Depiano solicited individuals to invest in certain business that he controlled.  Moreover, Mr. Depiano promised investors that he would use the funds to purchase different properties by either renovating and reselling the properties, or by renting the properties in order to receive rental income.

However, Mr. Depiano misled investors by either misrepresenting the properties’ ownership or that he even had authority to purchase or sell the real estate in the first place. In fact, some of the properties marketed by Mr. Depiano did not even exist.

Furthermore, instead of investing the funds as promised, Mr. Depiano frequently used the investors’ monies to pay his personal expenses. Mr. Depiano paid investors with rental income he received from earlier investors, in a Ponzi-scheme like manner. 

Mr. Depiano, who admitted to defrauding approximately 28 investors, also agreed to forfeit the money seized from several of his bank accounts.

Eccleston Law is investigating this Ponzi scheme. Those with information should contact our law firm.

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We just wanted to say thanks for your work in helping us get back some of the money we lost. We are not by any means rich, but we have saved some money and we have done so through a tight-fisted approach to most everything we do. So losing a significant chunk of money hurt…especially at a time when everyone else was growing their accounts. We really appreciate the work you did.

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