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Vesta Strategies Owner Pleads Guilty to $25 Million Ponzi Scheme

John Terzakis, formerly the majority owner of Vesta Strategies LLC in San Jose, has pleaded guilty to wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering in connection with a $25 million Ponzi scheme that he orchestrated.

Vesta was a qualified intermediary that, if legitimate, would have helped investors avoid paying taxes on capital gains by holding the proceeds from their real estate sales for up to 180 days.

According to Melinda Haag, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California, the investors’ money could not be returned because Terzakis, former Vesta CEO Robert Estupinian and former executive Peter Ye misappropriated the funds for their own use. Esupinian and Ye have already pleaded guilty and like Terzakis, will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge D. Lowell Jensen

Read the original article in the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

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