December 27, 2010 by USA Post
Christopher Plummer, David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that a federal grand jury sitting in New Haven returned an indictment 32-count Christopher Plummer, 49, of Lyme, and Maureen Clark, 56, of Stonington, conspiracy, money laundering offenses of wire fraud, mail fraud and money from an investment fraud scheme alleged that defrauded at least 12 people over $ 1.7 million. The indictment was returned Nov. 23 and was released today. After his arrest this morning, Clark appeared before Judge U.S. Magistrate William Garfinkel in Bridgeport and I ordered detained pending a bond hearing has not yet scheduled. Plummer was arrested this afternoon.
It will be brought before the judge tomorrow Garfinkel, November 30 at 15:00 The indictment alleges that from approximately March 2006 to November 2010, Plummer and Clark misrepresented to investors and potential investors that they, or a company they control, owned hundreds of acres in Lakeshore, Mississippi, part of which was supposedly zoned for casinos. They also falsely represented that society partners has invested hundreds of millions of dollars from their own funds in the purchase of land and land options in and around the town of Lakeshore. The indictment further alleges that Plummer and Clark misrepresented to investors that the funds they invested would be used for “Lakeshore Development Project”, and that the defendants sent e-mails and attachments investors that the victim falsely that large Wall Street firms had confirmed they partner in the project. However, after receiving the funds, Plummer and Clark did not invest the money as represented and it has diverted a significant portion of investor funds for personal use and benefit, including checks to cash, pay the hotel expenses McGrath (doing business as Lighthouse Inn), and making mortgage payments on a property in Stonington.
The indictment also alleges that other PLUMMER made false representations to defraud individual investors of hundreds of thousands of dollars. As a result of these alleged schemes, investor’s victim suffered losses totaling more than $ 1.7 million. The indictment Plummer and Clark with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, 20 counts of wire fraud and one count of mail fraud. Each of these charges punishable by a maximum sentence of 20 years.
The indictment also Plummer and Clark with 10 counts of money laundering, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment on each count. The indictment also seeks forfeiture of a parcel 4.35 acres of property in Stonington and a money judgment equal to the total amount of real or personal property that is proceeds involved in the offense. U.S. Attorney Fein said that the indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. The defendants are entitled to a fair trial at which it is costly for the government to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Deputy Attorney of the United States Michael S. McGarry U.S. Attorney Fein noted that the lawsuit is under the auspices of the President of Financial Fraud Task Force, which includes representatives from a wide range of federal agencies, regulators, inspectors general, and the application of national laws and local, working together, bring to bear a powerful range of enforcement criminal and civil. The Working Group is working to enhance the efforts of all federal executive power, and with state and local partners, to investigate and prosecute significant financial crimes, to ensure just and effective punishment for those who commit financial crimes, fight against discrimination in credit markets and financial services, and recover the proceeds to victims of financial crimes. For more information on the working group, visit: www.StopFraud.gov.
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