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Four defendants were convicted by a federal jury in the Western District of Arkansas for orchestrating an investment fraud and money laundering scheme, defrauding victims of over $18 million. DOJ Press Release 


  • Conspiracy and Fraud Details: The four were charged with conspiring to use an entity called "The Brittingham Group" to promote their fraudulent investment offerings. Despite promising significant returns, the defendants were unable to deliver on these promises.

  • Money Laundering: The government charged the defendants abused their financial knowledge to launder the stolen money. They allegedly channeled the funds through a vast network of international bank accounts, making it harder to trace.

  • Statements by Officials:

    • Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicole M. Argentieri emphasized that those who exploit others for personal benefit will face consequences.

    • IRS Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) Chief Jim Lee recognized the efforts of those who unraveled the intricate financial activities of the defendants, leading to their convictions.

    • Assistant Director Luis Quesada of the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division warned the public about the devastating effects of such scams and urged potential investors to conduct thorough research before investing.

  • Convictions and Potential Sentences:

    • All defendants were convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. They face a potential maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for each charge.

    • The sentencing date is still to be scheduled, and a federal district court judge will make a final decision on the sentences after reviewing the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other relevant factors.

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