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Charlotte Man Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud For $5.3 Million Investment Fraud Scheme

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Wynn A.D. Charlebois, 53, of Charlotte, pleaded guilty to wire fraud today, for leading a multi-million dollar investment fraud scheme, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

Robert M. DeWitt, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in North Carolina, and Tommy D. Coke, Inspector in Charge of the Atlanta Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), which oversees Charlotte, join U.S. Attorney King in making today’s announcement.

According to court documents and the plea agreement, from 2015 through October 2022, Charlebois used companies he owned and controlled, including WC Private, Wilcox Hybrid, Damon Investments, and others, to perpetrate a multi-million dollar investment scheme that caused at least 39 victim investors and entities to lose more than $5.3 million. In furtherance of the scheme, Charlebois recruited victim investors including friends, family members, and social acquaintances, by falsely promising their money would be invested in risk-free investments, subscription agreements, and loans. Court documents show that Charlebois fraudulently asserted in the investment agreements presented to victim investors that he and his entities held stock options for particular companies, and that the investors could purchase the options and gain specified profits. Contrary to the defendant’s claims, instead of using the investors’ money as promised, Charlebois used the funds to make Ponzi-style payments to other investors, and on personal expenses including to pay private school tuition, make mortgage payments, and pay for luxury travel and meals at restaurants.

Charlebois was released on bond following his plea hearing. The wire fraud charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. A sentencing date has not been set.

The FBI and USPIS investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jenny G. Sugar of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte is prosecuting the case.


Updated July 31, 2023

Financial Fraud