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JSW Financial Defendant Sentenced to 18 Months

One of the defendants in the JSW Financial case, in which 200 investors were defrauded of millions of dollars in a real estate investment fraud was sentenced to 18 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

Richard Tipton, 62, provided assistance to federal prosecutors trying to determine exactly how much the investors were fleeced. The amount recovered could range from $7 million and as much as $20 million. His role in the scheme was as manager of the Blue Chip and Shoreline funds, which instead of distributing profits to the investors, generated monthly statements showing growth in the investments (securities fraud). This eventually attracted the attention of the Securities and Exchange Commission, which filed its own lawsuit.

Tipton was one of four men charged in the case. Jim Ward was the principal and owned Jim Ward & Associates, aka JSW Financial, based in Mountain View; he received a five-year prison sentence this August. The remaining co-defendants are Edward George Locker, 36, of Highland Heights, Ohio, and David Lin. Lin was sentenced to 28 months in federal prison; Locker is awaiting sentencing.

The victims were told their investment money would be used to make loans backed by residential real estate. The truth was that the defendants diverted the money to make unsecured, undocumented loans to their own entities, which made real estate investments and lost money.

Despite his criminal acts, 79 people wrote letters to the court asking for a lenient sentence for Richard Tipton. I’m assuming none of his supporters lost their financial shirts as a result of his, Ward’s or Lin’s actions.

Read the original article in Palo Alto Online.

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