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August 28, 2015

Milton Man Charged with Wire Fraud in Real Estate Investment Fraud Scheme

BOSTON—Daniel J. Flynn, III, 52, of Milton, was arrested and charged in U.S. District in Boston with wire fraud. According to the criminal complaint, Flynn defrauded investors of millions in a real estate investment scheme that began in at least 2007.

The complaint details several aspects of the alleged scheme, including that Flynn falsified the value of his real estate investment fund by creating fraudulent promissory notes purportedly worth millions and representing to investors that they were legitimate debts that were owed to Flynn’s real estate investment fund. Second, the complaint alleges that Flynn repeatedly induced investors to loan him money to purchase specific pieces of property that, in some cases, Flynn already owned. It is further alleged that Flynn often used investor’s money to pay his personal debts and to repay prior investors. Once investors uncovered Flynn’s fraudulent activities, Flynn changed the name of his business and created similar entities through the names of third parties in an effort to conceal his fraudulent activities.

The charging statute provides a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Vincent B. Lisi, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Neil J. Gallagher, Jr. of Ortiz’s Economic Crimes Unit.

The details contained in the criminal complaint are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in the court of law.

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