Suffolk Man Sentenced for Real Estate Investment Scheme
NORFOLK, Va. – A Suffolk man was sentenced today to 41 months in prison for a wire fraud scheme in which he defrauded real estate investors out of approximately $378,000.
According to court documents, Kordrick Gibbons, 52, had a reputation with his co-workers and friends as being a savvy investor who was financially successful. From approximately 2015 through in or about 2018, Gibbons utilized this reputation to convince his co-workers to “invest” in his real estate holdings and, in exchange, Gibbons promised them lavish returns on their investments. Gibbons claimed to invest in properties, including businesses and condominiums, and that investors could realize 50% to 100% returns on their investments in as little as four to six months. Gibbons falsified documents to convince his investors that he had ownership interests in these properties. On multiple occasions, Gibbons emailed the victims documents that were inaccurate or false to deceive them into thinking he was wealthy and had multiple income-generating properties, when, in fact, he did not. The victims stated that Gibbons would make excuses as to why they had not yet received their money, all while promising that they would be paid. For instance, Gibbons often falsely suggested a bank had frozen his account in error or falsely asserted he was battling cancer.
In total, Gibbons defrauded at least 13 known victims and caused his investors to lose approximately $378,000.
Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Brian Dugan, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph L. Kosky 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. 2:21-cr-78.