Michigan Resident Sentenced For Ponzi Scheme
A former resident of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was recently sentenced to 78 months in prison for operating a Ponzi scheme that included tax evasion and wire fraud.
Roger Clark, 66, pleaded guilty in December to the charges, which include filing a tax form in 2007, and reporting less than $12,000 in income, according to The Grand Rapids Press. He also took a $1 million investment from an investor in California, but did not pay back all of the money.
Clark was the owner of CRM Investors Corp. for 16 years, the news source said. Instead of investing the money, he used it for personal expenses and leisure. He bought multiple cars and a home worth $4 million. The items were seized by authorities and used to help pay off those he defrauded.
When Clark leaves federal prison, he will be forced to serve four years of supervised release and will pay approximately $7 million in restitution, the news source reported. He has two weeks to appeal the ruling.