Former Wichita Investment Adviser Sentenced on Wire Fraud Charges
|U.S. Attorney’s Office May 31, 2013|
WICHITA, KS—A former Wichita investment adviser has been sentenced to 63 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to stealing money he pretended to be investing for clients, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today. He was ordered to pay more than $2.2 million in restitution.
Eric Burns, 44, Wichita, Kansas, pleaded guilty to five counts of wire fraud. In his plea, he admitted he arranged for electronic transactions to take place as part of a scheme to defraud clients.
The transactions included the following:
- the transfer of $70,000 on August 20, 2008, from Boston to New York City
- the transfer of $25,000 on July 7, 2010, from Boston to Wichita
- the transfer of $12,000 on August 13, 2010, from Boston to Wichita
- the transfer of $150,000 on August 26, 2010, from Boston to Wichita
- the transfer of $130,000 on June 7, 2011, from Boston to Wichita
On November 8, 2011, the Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner suspended Burns’ registration as an investment adviser after receiving a complaint that he misappropriated client funds.
Grissom commended the FBI, the Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner, Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Barnett, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tanya Treadway for their work on the case.