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Colorado man sentenced for scheming investors out of $7 million

January 29, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court, a 37-year-old Colorado man was sentenced for scheming investors out of more than $7 million. United States District Court Judge Patrick J. Schiltz sentenced Evan Matthew Flaxman, of Silverthorne, Colorado, to 52 months in prison on one count of mail fraud in connection to the crime. Flaxman was charged on June 14, 2012, and pleaded guilty on July 25, 2012.

In his plea agreement, Flaxman admitted that from December of 2009 through March of 2012, he induced investors to give him money, telling them he had extensive financial expertise and personal wealth and resources. That was not the case. He subsequently provided one investor with documents indicating investment gains. In reality, however, Flaxman had used investment funds for personal use, including the purchase of a Ferraris and Porsche automobiles and a Rolex watch. He also paid his taxes with the money.

This case was the result of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Calhoun-Lopez.

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