Connecticut Man Pleads Guilty in Securities Fraud Scheme

Posted on November 28th, 2016 at 9:14 AM
Connecticut Man Pleads Guilty in Securities Fraud Scheme

From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC:

Christian Meissenn, also known as “Christian Nigohossian,” from Suffield, Connecticut pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and one count of tax evasion before a U.S. District Court judge.

According to the criminal complaint, between 2009 and 2016, Meissenn used a “pump and dump” scheme, where he encouraged investors to purchase securities by misrepresenting the products,  allowing the price of the products to be falsely inflated. In turn, Meissenn and co-conspirators allegedly sold shares of the securities for profit, earning approximately $4.4 million through the scheme.

Meissenn also failed to report the income to the IRS, which came out to a total of $1.5 million in federal income taxes.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Meissenn could face up 20 years in prison for the wire fraud and up to five years in prison for tax evasion.

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