Georgia Man Sentenced To 175 Months In Federal Prison For Wire Fraud, Money Laundering And Theft Charges
HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Jorge Salazar, age 58, of Georgia was sentenced today to 175 months’ (14 years and six months) imprisonment by United States District Court Judge Sylvia H. Rambo in Harrisburg for wire fraud, money laundering and aggravated theft charges.
According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the charges against Salazar were a result of a fraudulent investment scheme he carried out in Adams County, Pennsylvania from 2012 through 2014. As part of the scheme, Salazar falsely represented he was a lawyer and investor from Atlanta, Georgia. He also represented that investors could invest up to $49,999 through his company and that investors would receive a return of up to three times their investment within six months. Approximately, 19 people invested $360,000 with Salazar. Once he received the investors’ monies, Salazar fled to Kentucky where he was arrested.
The investigation revealed that Salazar spent a significant percentage of the fraud proceeds to purchase an RV and a home in Kentucky.
Salazar was indicted by a grand jury in Harrisburg in November 2014, as a result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations, and the Pennsylvania State Police. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joseph J. Terz.
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