Houston Lawyers Convicted Of Conspiracy To Commit Wire Fraud In Corporate Identity Theft Scheme
Tampa, Florida - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that a federal jury today found Roger Lee Shoss (67, Houston, Texas) and Nicolette Loisel (55, Houston, Texas) guilty of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Each faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. The government will also seek a forfeiture money judgment in the amount of $800,000, representing the proceeds obtained by Shoss and Loisel, as a result of their criminal activities. Sentencing is scheduled on August 9, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., respectively, before the Honorable James S. Moody, Jr.
Both Shoss and Loisel were indicted on July 13, 2011.
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, from at least as early as February 2005 through at least July 2006, Shoss and Loisel conspired to steal the identities of dormant, publicly-traded companies, use the corporate identities they had stolen to create fraudulent empty-shell companies and sell the fraudulent empty-shell companies for a profit. All four of the companies listed in the indictment – that is, Mobilestream, Inc. (which emanated from 3E International, Inc.); Regaltech, Inc. (which emanated from Pacific Chemical, Inc.); Nanoforce, Inc. (which emanated from Webgalaxy, Inc.); and Rocky Mountain Gold Mining, Inc. (which emanated from Greensmart Corporation) were ultimately sold and used in connection with a sophisticated investment fraud and money laundering scheme. Multiple wire transfers, totaling at least $800,000, were initiated from the Middle District of Florida, to Shoss, in payment for the companies. Shoss, in turn, paid Loisel more than $450,000 for her role in the scheme.
The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI), Tampa, Florida, as well as the U.S. Secret Service, Tampa, Florida and Newark, New Jersey Field Offices. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Rachelle DesVaux Bedke and Kelley Howard-Allen.