Man Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Investors of More Than $875,000 in a Sports Marketing Scheme
TULSA, Okla.— United States Attorney Trent Shores announced that Timothy Paul Hamilton, Jr., 31, of Dallas, Texas, pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in a scheme that defrauded investors of $875,300. Additionally, Gena Catherine Hamilton, 53, and Timothy Paul Hamilton, 56, both of Collinsville, pleaded guilty to giving a false statement to a financial institution.
Timothy Hamilton Jr., who goes by T.J. Hamilton, admitted to promoting false investment opportunities relating to business ventures that were purportedly going to produce and market sportswear and nutritional supplements. At the time of his crime, T.J. Hamilton was a resident of Oklahoma.
As part of the scheme, T.J. Hamilton, established and claimed to be the President and CEO of multiple companies. The Clean Athlete, LLC, established in 2011, promoted sportswear that could supposedly control the sweat and odor that comes with athletic play. Two other companies, Clean Athlete Nutrition, LLC, and Complete Athlete Nutrition, LLC, both established in 2012, claimed to create supplements that would improve athletes’ metabolism. His parents, Gena and Timothy Hamilton, were managing members of the companies. They both pleaded guilty today for providing false income information in order to receive a car loan in 2011.
Upon receipt of investor funds, the Hamiltons used a majority of the money for personal gain, primarily for T.J. Hamilton’s country music career ambitions.
“T.J. Hamilton’s fraudulent scheme reeked of deceit, greed, and selfish intent. He scammed investors, many from Oklahoma, by taking advantage of his reputation as a former athlete. His criminal scheme included defrauding one victim out of her life savings. Scam artists like T.J. Hamilton will be held accountable by my office. We will pursue justice and restitution for his victims,” stated U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.
As part of his plea, T.J. Hamilton agreed to a criminal forfeiture money judgement in the sum of $869,300, representing proceeds obtained through the conspiracy. All monies will go to provide restitution to the victims.
United States Magistrate Judge Jodi F. Jayne presided over the three plea hearings. T.J. Hamilton’s sentencing date is scheduled for December 13, 2018. He could face a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Gena and Timothy Hamilton’s sentencing hearings are also scheduled for December 13, 2018.
The Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service—Criminal Investigation Division investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kevin C. Leitch, Richard M. Cella, Charles M. McLoughlin, and Catherine J. Depew prosecuted the case.