Indiana Woman Convicted in $3 Million Fraud Scheme
ORLANDO, FL—United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury has found Linda Deavers (61, Fishers, Indiana) guilty of 10 counts of wire fraud and 5 counts of money laundering. Deavers faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison for each count of wire fraud and 10 years in federal prison for each count of money laundering.
Deavers was indicted in September 2012. She was arrested in October 2013, after flying into California from Hong Kong. The jury returned the verdict on July 11, 2014. Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 2, 2014.
According to evidence presented at trial, Deavers devised an investment fraud scheme that used an entity by the name of Angel Annie Humanitarian Trust, LLC. As part of her pitch to investors, Deavers represented that the entity was a Section 501(c)(3) charitable organization, that she had connections to trading programs in Europe that would generate large rates of returns and that she had been successful in investing in such trading programs previously. She represented that any money invested with her and Angel Annie Humanitarian would be invested in such trading programs overseas. None of those representations were true. Deavers collected more than $5.2 million from investors located in Florida.
After returning approximately $1.8 million to investors, Deavers used most of the remaining $3.4 million in proceeds to fund her lifestyle, in Indiana and Europe, and to pay various expenses for herself and her family, including a $1 million deposit on a mansion. To lull her investors into a false sense of security, Deavers used e-mail and Skype to provide the investors with a series of false excuses as to why she had not been able to successfully invest their money. Even after Deavers had spent the last of the funds from her victims, for several years, she continued to falsely claim that she was working on investments for them.
This type of scheme is sometimes referred to as a Prime Bank Investment Fraud scheme. For more information on this type of scheme, please visit the website of the United States Department of the Treasury, Office of Inspector General.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg.