Case Status Information
United States vs. Gunter
This web page will be updated as court events are scheduled in this matter. Sentencing in criminal cases does not take place at the time of entry of a guilty plea, but sometime later.
The following documents are provided for victims reference and use:
NOTICE: The United States government does not charge crime victims fees of any kind. Specifically, the United States government does not charge for any work that the government performs related to its criminal prosecution, including for collection of restitution. If you are contacted by any person, business, or other organization claiming to be a representative of the United States government, the United States Attorney's Office, any prosecutor, investigator, or other person or entity involved in the prosecution pending the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, do not provide that person(s) with any money or information and contact us immediately at our email address: USAFLM.TPAVW@Usdoj.gov. Please include the word "Gunter" in the subject line of the e-mail and your name and address in the body of the e-mail. We will reply as promptly as possible.
UPDATE (12/16/2014) -
The United States continues to work with The Garden City Group (GCG) as Claims Administrator to oversee the remission process to compensate eligible victims of the fraud committed in the Gunter case. Information regarding the claims administration process will be posted on a dedicated website that GCG will establish in connection with the victim compensation program. That website and related documentation are expected to be available by the Spring of 2015. Details regarding the GCG website and the remission process will be posted here as soon as they are available.
UPDATE (01/27/2014) - Selection of Claims Administrator.
The United States has retained the Garden City Group (GCG) as Claims Administrator to oversee the remission process to compensate eligible victims of the fraud committed in the Gunter case. The claim process will begin shortly. Information about the claims administration process will be posted on a dedicated website GCG will establish in connection with the victim compensation program. Details regarding the GCG website and remission process will be posted here as soon as they are available. Please remember that neither the United States nor GCG will request that you send in any funds or otherwise bill you for any fees whatsoever for participation in the remission process.
UPDATE (8/22/2013): We have been contacted by several victims regarding telephone and e-mail communications they have received from a purported agent(s) with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) regarding an “order” granting “final approval of class settlement.” These communications eventually result in a request that the victim wire transfer $3,821 US funds (or some amount of money) to a bank account in the United States for their claim in the class settlement. Please be advised that this individual(s) is not affiliated with our prosecution and remission efforts on behalf of victims and is, to our knowledge, another fraudulent scheme. We have contacted appropriate law enforcement authorities in the United States and the UK regarding this matter. Although we cannot provide you with legal or financial advice, we urge that you use extreme caution regarding unsolicited contact about restitution/remission relating to your investments in Nanoforce, RegalTech, Rocky Mountain Gold Mining, and Mobilestream.
United States v. Gunter, et al.,
Case Status (updated 05/01/2014):
On April 1, 2014, U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven sentenced Lawrence S. Hartman (48) to ten years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud. The Judge also ordered Hartman to forfeit his interest in his residence in Santa Ana, Costa Rica, a parcel of land located in Pasco County, Florida, several offshore entities, several foreign and domestic bank accounts, two vehicles, three luxury watches, and more than $129,500.00 from the sale of a condominium – all of which are traceable to proceeds of the offense. The Judge previously granted the government’s request to use assets forfeited in this case, including those of Hartman, to help compensate victims for their losses.
Defendant Lawrence Hartman entered a guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. His sentencing hearing is currently set for April 1, 2014, before the Honorable Mary S. Scriven.
On July 23, 2013, U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven imposed the following sentences: Paul Robert Gunter (64), 25 years in federal prison; Simon Andrew Odoni (56), 13 years, 4 months in federal prison; and Richard Sinclair Pope (55), 4 years, 9 months in federal prison for their respective roles in the investment fraud and money laundering scheme. In accordance with U.S. law, these individuals will serve at least 85% of their sentences (absent very special circumstances currently not present). The Judge also ordered all three to forfeit their interests in real property and bank accounts in the U.S. and abroad as well as personal property purchased with proceeds from the fraud scheme, and entered money judgments in excess of $137 million against Gunter and Odoni.
According to evidence and testimony presented at trial, from at least July 2004 through at least March 13, 2008, victim-investors wired more than $127 million to bank accounts controlled by Gunter in the Middle District of Florida. The defendants also bilked victim-investors out of another $10 million via a FOREX currency trading scheme. In lieu of a restitution order, the Judge granted the government’s request to use seized assets, which include approximately $5 million in U.S currency and a variety of real estate and personal property including an airplane, vessels, and vehicles, to help compensate victims for their losses through a process known as “remission”. The U.S., through the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (AFMLS) and a claims administrator, will be contacting as many victims as possible regarding their investments in entities linked to the defendants. Remission of forfeited property to the victims will more efficiently and effectively serve the goal of victim restitution in this particular case. We reiterate our commitment to returning to fraud victims any property that is forfeited to the U.S., in accordance with applicable law. As the remission process moves forward, updates will be posted to this website.
Next Scheduled Gunter Court Event: Lawrence Hartman sentencing hearing, April 1, 2014, at 9:30 a.m.
|2.||Richard Pope Plea Agreement|
|4.||Gunter Hearing Minutes Jan. 19, 2012|
|5.||Order Continuing Gunter Trial|
|6.||Shoss Sentencing Judgment|
|7.||Forfeiture Money Judgment|
|8.||Second Order Continuing Gunter Trial|
|9.||Loisel Sentencing Minutes|
|11.||Hartman Detention Order|
|12.||Zibiah Gunter Order|
|13.||Judgment as to Paul Robert Gunter|
|14.||Judgment as to Simon Andrew Odoni|
|15.||Judgment as to Richard Sinclair Pope|
|16.||Plea Agreement re Count One of the Superseding Indictment|