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Colorado CEO and Fund Manager Sentenced to 71 Months in Prison for $10.4 Million Securities Fraud Scheme

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. – A Denver, Colorado, CEO was sentenced to 71 months in prison for conducting a securities scheme to fraudulently obtain $10.4 million from investors through various misrepresentations about fund operations, his background, and his contribution to the fund, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.

Samuel J. Mancini, 57, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Cecchi to an information charging him with one count of securities fraud. Judge Cecchi imposed the sentence in Newark federal court.

“This defendant concocted an elaborate scheme to swindle unsuspecting victims out of their hard-earned money. His lies and theft were successful to the tune of $10.4 million – right up to the moment law enforcement caught up with him. He will now spend the next several years of his life in prison, a just punishment for his crimes.”

U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger

“Schemes to make easy money on the backs of honest investors never work,” FBI – Newark Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy said. “History is littered with criminals similar to Mancini who think they will ultimately walk away with the millions they’ve stolen. It never works. At the end of the day, victims aren’t just going to accept their money is gone and not demand justice. That’s where the FBI – Newark and our law enforcement partners can help, so please reach out to us if you face a similar situation like the victims who believed in Mancini.”

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Mancini managed and controlled Outdoor Capital Partners LLC (OCP), which he purported to be a venture capital and private equity firm. OCP served as the managing director of OCP Italia Fund LLC (OCP Italia), a private investment fund. Mancini used OCP and OCP Italia to engage in the fraudulent scheme.

 From February 2020 through July 2021, Mancini promised investors that he was raising $20 million, including $5 million of his own money, for OCP Italia to invest solely in acquiring controlling interests in three Italian cycling companies. Mancini represented to investors that the acquisitions would take place soon after the fund closed. To induce investments, Mancini promised investors approximately 70 percent of OCP Italia’s operating profits. 

Mancini repeatedly misrepresented his finances and his contribution to OCP Italia.  Mancini also misrepresented OCP Italia’s ability to close on the acquisitions. OCP Italia never acquired any of the Italian cycling companies. Instead, Mancini defaulted on contracts, diverted investor funds out of OCP Italia, and, in certain instances, paid investor funds to other investors seeking redemption.

 Mancini also misled investors about his educational background by representing himself as a graduate of a prestigious military academy when, in fact, Mancini had failed to graduate from the academy due to an ethical violation. 

When confronted with requests for transparency and redemptions by certain investors in OCP Italia, Mancini failed to honor the redemption requests, made misrepresentations about his inability to honor the redemption requests, misstated and omitted material facts, and provided certain investors with forged, modified, or otherwise fraudulent documentation and financial records. Mancini fraudulently obtained approximately $10.4 million from victims. 

In addition to the prison term, Judge Cecchi sentenced Mancini to three years of supervised release.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a civil complaint against Mancini based on the allegations underlying the securities fraud scheme to which Mancini pleaded guilty today.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents and intelligence analysts of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy in Newark, with the investigation leading to the sentencing. He also thanked the FBI Denver Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Mark D. Michalek.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren E. Repole, Deputy Chief of the Economic Crimes Unit, and Assistant U.S. Attorney James H. Graham of the Organized Crime/Gangs Unit.

Updated March 21, 2024

Securities, Commodities, & Investment Fraud
Press Release Number: 24-101