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FBI Investigation Yields Guilty Plea in $25 Million Ponzi Scheme

Thanks for the FBI, a San Francisco-area man operating a Ponzi scheme has been stopped.

Maher Talal Muhawieh, 31, who was accused of defrauding 80 investors out of $25 million, has pleaded guilty to wire fraud in federal court.

According to United States Attorney Melinda Haag, Muhawieh  that he solicited investors’ monies, promising them high rates of return for properties Muhawieh would purchase, rehabilitate and sell (Ponzi scheme). In truth, he used the funds he received to pay back the earlier investors.

Read the original article in 7th Space. The press release by the United States Attorney for the Northern District of California can be read by clicking here.

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