Lawyer Pleads Guilty in Online Investment Scheme

Posted: Jan 23, 2014 7:14 AM
Updated: Jan 23, 2014 7:38 AM

By Steve Kanigher, I-Team Reporter

LAS VEGAS -- An attorney from North Las Vegas pleaded guilty Wednesday to helping a client launder roughly $2.25 million that was obtained fraudulently in an online investment scheme, Nevada's U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said.

The scheme resulted in $16 million in losses combined for more than 1,400 victims.
R. Christopher Reade, 43, pleaded guilty to one count of accessory after the fact to laundering of monetary instruments.  He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $1,125,000 fine, and is scheduled to be sentenced May 2.

Reade practiced business law and his client, Rick Young, owned and operated a Nevada corporation known as Global One Group. The web-based company purported to train others on how to trade in the foreign currency exchange market known as FOREX.

According to prosecutors, Young solicited individuals to become members of Global One, which would allow them access to his web-based live training seminars.  He claimed he developed an automated program that traded according to his strategies simply by "flipping a switch."

He also enticed members into providing money for "loans" to Global One and told them they would earn high returns on their investments. In actuality, the automated trading program allegedly did not exist in the form that Young represented. Instead, prosecutors believe Young ran an elaborate Ponzi scheme in which proceeds from the member loans were diverted to Young for his own use.

From 2006 to 2008, Young derived approximately $16 million in proceeds from the scheme.
Beginning in February 2007, Reade represented Young and Global One in connection with business litigation and transactions.  The following month Young intended to use Global One loan money to purchase a FOREX brokerage company named Trend. To disguise the source and ownership of the illegal proceeds, Young allegedly authorized Reade to create and control a holding corporation called Way FX Corp.

In April 2007, Young transferred roughly $2.25 million from Global One accounts to the Way FX bank account controlled by Reade, and Reade signed an agreement to purchase Trend. On August 21, 2007, Reade received $75,000 from Global One for services related to Way FX and the purchase of Trend.
In connection with an investigation by the National Futures Association about the ownership and funding of Trend, Reade falsely told investigators he was unaware who owned Global One or how Global One raised money. Reade knew that his statements were false and that Young had committed the offense of money laundering. Reade also knew he assisted Young to hinder the investigation of Young in connection with the money laundering.

In March 2011, Young was convicted by a federal jury in Nevada of conspiracy, fraud and money laundering charges. In December 2011, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison and ordered to pay $13.3 million in restitution.

The case was investigated by the FBI and IRS Criminal Investigation, and prosecuted by First Assistant United States Attorney Steven Myhre and Assistant United States Attorney James Keller.

Source: http://www.8newsnow.com/story/24523375/lawyer-pleads-guilty-in-online-investment-scheme



This notice is to inform you that WILLIAM WILLARD will be released on March 14, 2013.  Upon release, the inmate will reside in Bozeman, Montana, and will be supervised by the United States Probation Office at USPO - District of Montana - Helena, Paul G. Hatfield United States, Courthouse, Suite 1200, 901 Front Street, Helena, Montana 59626-9708.


Requested extension

This case is still in the appeals process.  Rick Young has requested an extension until February 28, 2013 to file his final brief in the appeals process.  Usually, after the last brief is filed it takes the appellate court three to six months to issue their decision.  Everything regarding restitution is on hold until the appellate court makes their decision.


Appeal and liquidation

This is an update on the Global One case.  The properties are still in the process of being liquidated.  Unfortunately, since Rick Young filed an appeal, proceeds are not able to be released until the appeal is finalized.  The appeals process is sometimes lengthy.  Currently, the briefs are due to be filed by November 21, 2012.  Once the last brief is filed, it normally takes about six months to get the decision from the appellate court.


Forfeiture process

April 09, 2012

RE: Case Number 2007R00885 and Court Docket Number 08-CR-00120

The United States Department of Justice believes it is important to keep victims of federal crime informed of court proceedings.  This notice provides information about the above-referenced criminal case.

Just an update on the forfeiture process. The forfeiture attorney is waiting for the liquidation of the real estate assets in Montana, the properties should be listed for sale within the next 3 months.He is not able to speculate on how quickly they might sell. Most of the other assets have been liquidated (trucks, business assets, etc.). Once the properties are sold, the forfeiture attorney will start the restitution process. This is a long process, so please be patient with us. This is all the information that I have at this time, I will keep you updated as I get new information.


Rick Young not eligible for parole

February 07, 2012

RICK YOUNG is currently incarcerated at FCI Florence and is scheduled for release on January 7, 2033.  The inmate is not eligible for parole.