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Former Partner Of Investment Management Firm Arrested For $1.6 Million Investment Fraud Scheme

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York
Joshua Henner Allegedly Solicited Over $1.6 Million From Victims On False Pretenses

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and Christie M. Curtis, the Acting Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) announced the unsealing of a two-count Indictment charging JOSHUA HENNER with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.  As alleged in the Indictment, HENNER, through false statements and representations, convinced victims to loan him at least $1.6 million for the purpose of investing in a start-up, while, in reality, misappropriating those funds for his own purposes.  HENNER was arrested this morning and will be presented in Manhattan federal court later today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jennifer E. Willis.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said: “As alleged, Joshua Henner defrauded his victims of over $1.6 million and used those funds to line his own pockets.  Investment fraud schemes are all too common.  Thanks to our partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Henner will now be held accountable for his conduct.”

FBI Acting Assistant Director in Charge Christie M. Curtis said: “The defendant is alleged to have to conducted an investment fraud scheme, based on misrepresentations and falsehoods, in order to misappropriate more than $1.6 million in investor funds. Investment fraud schemes cause harm to victims directly involved, but also weaken the public's faith in the financial marketplace. Investigating and holding the individuals responsible for complex financial schemes accountable remains a top focus for the FBI.”

As alleged in the Indictment[1]:

From at least in or about May 2022 through at least in or about December 2022, HENNER ran a scheme that defrauded victims out of at least $1.6 million.  HENNER solicited and obtained funds from victims based on representations that he had been an angel investor in a start-up (the “Company”) and that he needed funds to purchase additional shares in the Company to maintain his investment position.

To induce victims to give him funds, HENNER routinely made materially false oral and written statements, including lies about his previous investment in the Company and his ownership interest in the Company.  Without their knowledge or authorization, HENNER misappropriated his victims’ funds by, among other things, transferring the funds to himself and other individuals.  

During and in relation to the scheme, HENNER used, without authorization, the name and email address of a lawyer purportedly involved in the investments to communicate via email with his victims and foster the illusion that he was using the funds that his victims lent him for their intended purposes.

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HENNER, 35, of New York, New York, is charged with one count of wire fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and one count of aggravated identity theft, which carries a mandatory two-year consecutive sentence.  The minimum and maximum potential sentences are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant would be determined by a judge.

Mr. Williams praised the outstanding investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

This case is being handled by the Office’s General Crimes Unit.  Assistant United States Attorney Brandon C. Thompson is in charge of the prosecution.

The charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


[1] As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Indictment and the description of the Indictment set forth herein, constitute only allegations, and every fact described herein should be treated as an allegation.



Nicholas Biase


Updated July 6, 2023

Financial Fraud
Press Release Number: 23-237