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Real Estate Broker in Failed Running Horse Golf and Country Club Sentenced

A former Carmel real estate broker who pleaded guilty last July to wire fraud and money laundering charges in relation to the Running Horse Golf and Country Club development in southwest Fresno is going to federal prison.

Thomas J. O’Meara III received a sentence of 6½ years by U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose after hearing statements by the investor victims presented by the prosecution. Prosecutors had accused that O’Meara had scammed over 50 investors – mostly residents of the Central Coast region – by luring them into the 450-acre development that centered around a golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. O’Meara, president of Cypress Investment Corp. in Carmel and the late Scott Webb, a Fresno real estate broker, partnered to build the golf course and 78 expensive homes. The project fell apart with just two of the golf course holes in place and none of the homes built.

O’Meara will be required to provide restitution of $7 million as part of his plea agreement.

Read the original article in the Monterey Herald.

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