Former Investment Company Executives Sentenced for Roles in $18 Million Ponzi Scheme
The former Hanover Corporation chief financial officer and a former Hanover salesman were sentenced today to serve 60 months in prison and 70 months in prison respectively, and ordered to pay $14,454,999.19 in restitution, for their roles in an $18 million Ponzi scheme. Hanover’s former chief executive officer was previously sentenced to 14 years in prison and ordered to pay $14,784,983.75 in restitution in this case.
Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney David Rivera of the Middle District of Tennessee, Special Agent in Charge Todd McCall of the FBI’s Memphis Division and Special Agent in Charge Christopher Henry of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) in Nashville made the announcement today after the sentences were handed down by U.S. District Judge Todd J. Campbell in the Middle District of Tennessee.
According to court documents, Daryl Bornstein, 55, of Kinston Springs, Tennessee, a former Hanover salesman, and Robert Haley, 55, of Lebanon, Tennessee, the former Hanover CFO, colluded with Hanover CEO, Terry Kretz, to steal $18 million of investors’ money in a Ponzi scheme. Specifically, Kretz and Bornstein solicited investors with the promise that the monies would be invested in stock options and startup companies. More than half of the money, however, was actually used to repay earlier investors, to pay Hanover’s salaries and overhead, and to benefit the defendants personally. Such personal benefits included golf memberships and $100,000 in cash for Bornstein. Kretz and Bornstein also issued Hanover promissory notes to reimburse individuals who had previously lost money investing in ventures recommended by Bornstein before he joined Hanover. In some cases, these former investors contributed new money to Hanover, therefore unwittingly paying off their old investment losses with their new investments.
Haley furthered the fraud by sending investors checks for purported “interest,” knowing that they were simply monies recently taken in from new investors. He also prepared a false balance sheet that overstated Hanover’s financial health to be shown to investors.
The case was investigated by the FBI, IRS-CI, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance. The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Justin Goodyear of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Scarlett S. Nokes of the Middle District of Tennessee.