Skip to main content
Press Release

Ridgeland Man Indicted For Bankruptcy Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Mississippi

Jackson, Miss – William Marshall Wolfe, 44, of Ridgeland, was arraigned in federal court today pursuant to an indictment charging him with two counts of bankruptcy fraud, announced U. S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis, Acting U. S. Trustee Henry G. Hobbs, Jr. of Region 5, FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen, IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Gabriel L. Grchan, and Inspector in Charge Robert B. Wemyss of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

According to the indictment, William Marshall Wolfe, owner of Steadivest, LLC, devised a fraudulent scheme in which he solicited money from investors under the guise of seeking investments for the rehabilitation of real estate. Wolfe continually solicited money from investors by providing misleading information about the financial stability of his company, Steadivest, LLC, and its related entities, and promising high returns on investments.

As a part of his scheme to defraud investors, Wolfe would seek new investors to meet his current obligations with existing entities. As part of his continuing scheme, Wolfe placed Steadivest, LLC, and its related entities in bankruptcy. On the eve of bankruptcy, Wolfe fraudulently transferred real property belonging to Steadivest, LLC, or its related entities, to another company through which he managed and solicited investors, in order to keep the properties from the bankruptcy estate.The U. S. Trustee referred the matter to the U. S. Attorney for prosecution. The investigation was conducted by the FBI, IRS Criminal Investigation, and U.S. Postal Inspection Service with assistance from the U.S. Trustee.

The case is scheduled for trial before U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves on June 2, 2014. If convicted, Wolfe faces a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine on each count.

The public is reminded that an indictment is a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

If you believe you have been a victim of fraud from a person or an organization soliciting relief funds on behalf of storm victims, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud toll free at:

(866) 720-5721

You can also fax information to:

(225) 334-4707

or e-mail it to:

Making sure that victims of federal crimes are treated with compassion, fairness and respect.

Training and seminars for Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement Agencies.

Help us combat the proliferation of sexual exploitation crimes against children.

Our nation-wide commitment to reducing gun crime in America.

Updated January 7, 2015