Justice Triumphs

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced today that Charles A. Bennett was arrested on securities and wire fraud charges stemming from his scheme to defraud over 30 investors of more than $5 million through a Ponzi scheme that he perpetrated for more than five years.

Alexandria, Virginia - Michael Eisner, 32, of Mastic, New York, was sentenced today to 72 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conducting a variety of fraud schemes, including stealing cash from his clients and fraudulently abusing credit cards in the name of his mother and wife. Eisner also was ordered to pay over $1.1 million in restitution to his victims, and he was remanded immediately into the U.S. Marshal’s custody after today’s hearing to begin serving his sentence.

Eric St-Cyr, an investment advisor, and Patrick Poulin, an attorney, were sentenced today to serve 14 months in prison and three years of supervised release each for conspiring to launder monetary instruments, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced.

An Ocean County, New Jersey, attorney today admitted his role in a scheme that defrauded investors in connection with a Facebook IPO and several real estate deals, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

A Puerto Rico businessman pleaded guilty today to bribing Puerto Rico Superior Court Judge Manuel Acevedo-Hernandez, who presided over the businessman’s vehicular homicide trial and acquitted him of all charges.