North Carolina Man Sentenced for Role in $5.8 M Fraud Scheme
RICHMOND, Va. – A Huntersville, North Carolina, man was sentenced today to 87 months in prison for his role in a fraud scheme that caused over $5.8 million in losses to victims.
According to court documents and testimony at hearings, from 2016 through 2021, Jayson Ryman Colavalla, 51, along with Carl Anthony McNeill, 59, of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; Richard Thornhill Crock, 75, of Mableton, Georgia; and Ksyntolious Miller, 60, of Woodbridge, were involved in an advance fee scheme targeting individuals, small businesses, churches, and other entities that could not obtain conventional lines of credit through banks. The co-conspirators promised these victims that, using their relationships with major investment banks, the co-conspirators could obtain lines of credit for the victims. The scheme required that the victims advance a deposit consisting of 10-14% of the line of credit sought, representing that the deposit would be held in escrow and returned if they did not obtain the line of credit. In fact, the co-conspirators did not have any relationships with the investment banks mentioned in their dealings with the victims and did not safeguard the victims' funds in escrow.
The fraudulently obtained funds from victims were misapplied to pay co-conspirators, cover the payroll and operating expenses of C&D Corporate Services, the company McNeill used to commit the fraud, and pay frustrated victims seeking the return of deposited money. Crock also falsely represented to victims that their advanced funds would be insured via policies issued through a Georgia-based insurance company. These policies were also fraudulent, as the insurance company did not have sufficient assets on hand to compensate victims under such policies.
Colavalla was also ordered to pay over $2.4 million in restitution to victims with which he was involved.
In May, McNeill and Crock were both sentenced to 46 months in prison. In July, Miller was sentenced to 20 months in prison.
Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Stanley M. Meador, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by Senior U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney, Jr.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael C. Moore and Avi Panth prosecuted the case.
A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:21-cr-132.