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Investment Firm Owner Charged with Defrauding at Least 30 Victim Investors over Three Decades

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

NEWARK, NJ. – A Monmouth County, New Jersey, man who owned and operated a purported investment firm was arrested today and charged with engaging in a decades-long scheme to defraud at least 30 victims of more than $5 million, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.

Vincent Dispoto Jr., 66, of Belmar, New Jersey, is charged by complaint with one count of wire fraud. He is scheduled to have his initial appearance this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge André M. Espinosa in Newark federal court.

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

Dispoto owned and operated Giddeon Financial Services, a purported investment services firm, and Liberty Mortgage Services, an alleged mortgage company. Beginning in 1988, Dispoto raised money through these and other entities by falsely claiming to victims, many of whom were elderly, that he would invest their money in low-risk investment products with guaranteed rates of return, including municipal bonds and certificates of deposits. Dispoto also told some victims that he was using their investments to fund loans and mortgages for medical professionals, which would generate long-term returns through interest payments. To perpetuate his fraud, Dispoto mailed victims false and fraudulent financial statements that purported to show significant increases in the value of their investments.

In reality, Dispoto did not invest the victims’ money as promised. Instead, he used it to make Ponzi-like payments to other victims, which he falsely claimed to be “returns” on investments. He also misappropriated victim money to fund his gambling and other personal expenses. Dispoto’s scheme collectively resulted in more than $5 million in losses to victims.    

The wire fraud charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or twice the gross amount of gain or loss from the offense, whichever is greatest.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s arrest. 

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jennifer Kozar of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Economic Crimes Unit in Newark.

The charge and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


Updated March 8, 2024

Mortgage Fraud
Securities, Commodities, & Investment Fraud
Press Release Number: 24-088