Colorado Springs Man Found Guilty of Wire Fraud And Securities Fraud Following U.S. District Court Trial
DENVER – A jury yesterday found Daniel Coddington, age 63, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, guilty of wire and securities fraud, U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer and FBI Denver Division Special Agent in Charge Calvin Shivers announced. The guilty verdicts came following a 12-day trial before U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson in U.S. District Court in Denver. Coddington, who is free on bond, will be sentenced by Judge Jackson on November 9, 2018.
According to court documents and evidence presented during the trial, from at least early 2010 through late 2011, Coddington held himself out to investors and intermediaries to be the principal and owner of a company called Golden Summit Investors Group Ltd. (“Golden Summit”). He operated Golden Summit from Colorado Springs, Colorado. From at least early 2010 through at least late 2011, he described to investors and intermediaries a program through which investor money would be used to purchase collateralized mortgage obligations or CMOs -- an investment consisting of a pool of mortgages organized by maturity and risk. Coddington told investors that the CMOs had face values exponentially larger than their purchase price and market value. According to the defendant, the CMOs would then be “hypothecated” to obtain loans in the amount of a percentage of the face value of the CMO. The amount of these loans would still be exponentially larger than the purchase price and market value of the CMOs (known as the “CMO Trade Program”).
Coddington told most of the investors that, from the proceeds of the loans, the investors would receive pre-trade distributions and that the remainder of the loan proceeds would be placed into an investment program that would yield high returns. From at least 2010 through late 2011, the defendant described to investors and intermediaries that investors who owned CMOs could transfer their CMOs to Golden Summit for the purpose of participating in the CMO Trade Program. In approximately April 2011, the defendant told an investor, who ultimately invested $9,000,000 dollars with Golden Summit that $60,000,000 of the loan proceeds obtained from “monetizing” the CMOs purchased with the investor’s money would be provided to the investor in the form of two non-recourse loans in the amount of $30,000,000 each (known as the “CMO Loan Program”).
Coddington falsely represented to investors and intermediaries that he had the experience and contacts necessary to successfully conduct and complete the CMO Trade Program and the CMO Loan Program. Further, from at least 2010 through at least mid-2011, Coddington falsely told investors and intermediaries that all of the money provided by investors would be used to purchase CMOs that would be used in the CMO Trade Program and the CMO Loan Program. He also falsely told investors and intermediaries that any fees, commissions, compensation, and payments to Golden Summit and its affiliates would be taken only from the profits of the CMO Trade Program and CMO Loan Program and not from investor money placed into the CMO Trade Program and CMO Loan Program.
During that same time, the defendant falsely represented that, once investor money was received into an account controlled by the defendant, all of the stages of the CMO Trade Program would be accomplished quickly and investors would receive their pre-trade distribution within weeks of their investment followed shortly thereafter by the returns on their investments. In or about April 2011, Coddington falsely represented to the investor in the CMO Loan Program that, once the that investor’s money was received into an account controlled by the defendant, the purchase of the CMOs would occur in approximately one banking day. The defendant further falsely represented to that investor that the funding process for the loan on the CMOs would take approximately three banking days from the time the CMOs were obtained.
From at least November of 2010 through at least June of 2011, the defendant diverted substantial amounts of investor money placed into the CMO Trade Program and the CMO Loan Program for his own personal use and for purposes other than for purchasing CMOs. Further, the defendant did not successfully “hypothecate” or “monetize” any CMOs to obtain loans for either the CMO Trade Program or the CMO Loan Program.
From at least October 2010 through April of 2011, Coddington obtained from investors more than $17,000,000 for the CMO Trade Program and the CMO Loan Program. Despite his failure to successfully complete either the CMO Trade Program or the CMO Loan Program, the defendant did not return most of the investors’ money or any CMO purchased with the investors’ money.
From at least early 2010 through late 2011, the defendant also received CMOs from several investors for purposes of participating in the CMO Trade Program. Coddington kept most of the monthly interest that was paid out on those CMOs while the CMOs were in his and Golden Summit’s possession. For purposes of executing the Scheme, the defendant used, and caused to be used, a number of interstate wires, including emails and money transfers.
Coddington faces not more than 20 years in federal prison per count and up to a $5,000,000 fine. The court could also order the defendant to pay restitution to the investment fraud victims.
“Coddington used his fraudulent scheme to steal millions from his victims.” U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer said. “In Colorado, our federal prosecutors and FBI special agents will work tirelessly to prosecute these crimes and protect the public.”
“The FBI is committed to investigating complex white-collar fraud schemes, and we will continue to pursue those who misuse their position of trust to exploit innocent investors.” said FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge Calvin Shivers. “Today’s conviction of Daniel Coddington should send a clear message that exploitation of investors for personal gain will be vigorously investigated and prosecuted.”
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The defendant was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Pegeen Rhyne and Anna Edgar.