Case Status Information
United States vs. Gunter
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United States v. Gunter, et al.,
Case Status (updated 05/29/2013):
Upcoming Events: Sentencing hearings for Paul Gunter, Simon Odoni, and Richard Pope are set for July 23, 2013, beginning at 9:00 a.m., before the Honorable Mary S. Scriven.
Case Status: On or about May 15, 2013, fugitive Lawrence Hartman was returned to the United States. He made an initial appearance in Miami, Florida and was ordered detained until his transfer to Tampa for further court proceedings. Please continue to monitor this website for case status updates.
Zibiah Gunter: in December 2012, defendant Zibiah Gunter successfully completed Pretrial Division (PTD), an alternative which diverts certain eligible offenders from traditional criminal justice prison sentencing and federal incarceration. PTD participants are closely monitored by the United States Probation Office and must fulfill certain requirements for successful completion. An eligible defendant who successfully completes the PTD program will not be charged or, if charged, will have the charges against him/her dismissed. After careful consideration, the United States determined that it was appropriate to permit Ms. Gunter to participate in the PTD program. She completed all the requirements of the Program and all charges against her have been dismissed.
On April 19, 2013, a federal jury found UK citizens Paul R. Gunter and Simon A. Odoni guilty of three counts of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering, respectively, as well as nineteen counts of mail and wire fraud, and fourteen counts of money laundering. Gunter and Odoni each face a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each of the conspiracy charges and each of the separate mail and wire fraud charges, and up to 10 years on each of the money laundering charges. Both individuals will also be ordered to forfeit real property, bank accounts, an airplane, vessels, and vehicles purchased with proceeds of the fraud scheme. As part of the investigation, federal agents seized nearly $5 million U.S. currency. Pope, who entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. All three defendants have been detained and will remain in custody pending the sentencing hearings on July 23, 2013.
Defendants Roger Lee Shoss and Nicolette Loisel were dismissed from the Gunter indictment and charged separately for their conduct in United States v. Shoss, et al., Case # 8:11-cr-00366-T-30TBM. From at least as early as in or about February 2005, through and including at least July 31, 2006, defendants 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 which had the appearance of being publicly traded, and sell the fraudulent empty-shell companies, which emanted from the companies whose corporate identities they had stolen, for a profit. All four of the companies named in the indictment -- that is, Mobilestream, Inc. (which emanated from 3E International, Inc.); Regaltech, Inc. (which emenated from Pacific Chemical, Inc.); Nanoforce (which emanted from Webgalaxy, Inc.); and Rocky Mountain Gold Mining, Inc. (which emanated from Greensmart Corporation) -- were sold to or through Lawrence S. Hartman and ultimately used in connection with the sophisticated investment fraud and money laundering scheme charged in the Gunter case.
Defendants Shoss and Loisel were convicted following a jury trial. Defendant Shoss was sentenced on August 9, 2012, to 18 months imprisonment, followed by 36 months of home detention. Due to the nature of the criminal charge, the victims of the criminal activity committed by Shoss and Loisel were the dormant, publicly-traded companies, and the losses sustained by those companies were the lost opportunities to become the subjects of legitimate purchases and reverse mergers. Because of the speculative nature of trying to predict how much money legitimate purchasers might have paid to buy the companies, the government was unable to fix a specific amount of monetary losses sustained by the companies. As a consequence, the Court did not order any restitution. An $800,000 forfeiture money judgment was entered against each defendant. The United States Attorney and investigative agencies will actively attempt to locate assets to satisfy the money judgments, and if successful, will seek permission to apply those funds toward any restitution that may be ordered in the Gunter case. Please bear in mind, however, that the decision to use funds obtained via forfeiture toward restitution in the Gunter case rests solely with the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (AFMLS) in Washington, D.C. and not with the United States Attorney's Office.
Defendant Loisel was sentenced on December 14, 2012, to one year and one day imprisonment, followed by 36 months of supervised release.
Next Scheduled Gunter Court Event:
Sentencing Hearing, July 23, 2013
|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|