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Downey Man Charged with Ponzi Scheme Against Latino Investors

Juan Rangel, 46, the owner of Financial Plus Investments, has been indicted by a federal grand jury of targeting Latinos through Spanish language television, radio and print media to advertise his business that allegedly ripped off the victims for more than $20 million.

Rangel was convicted last year of bribing a bank manager at Bank of America (Dony Gonzalez), a crime for which he could face 95 years in federal prison once he is sentenced. The new charges could add up to 232 years in prison if he is convicted. Rangel is accused of using his investors’ monies to purchase a Lamborghini, a limousine, cocaine and payments his $3 million home in a Ponzi scheme. With some of his victims, Rangel is alleged to have taken title to their homes in foreclosures, removing whatever equity existed and reselling them to straw buyers using fraudulent loan documents.

Dear Feds: start prosecuting the straw buyers.

Read the full article in the Los Angeles Times and the Downey Patriot.

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