Fake Entertainment Producer Sentenced To More Than 21 Years In Prison For $60M Scam

Jason Van Eman, a fraudster who misled investors by posing as an independent entertainment producer, was given a 262 month jail term on Thursday by a federal court judge in Miami, Florida.

A financing scheme that misled investors of more than $60 million resulted in the sentencing of the 44-year-old former actor and supposed producer from Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Additionally, the defendant was mandated to provide nearly $9 million in reparation payments to a few victims.

The judgement follows a federal jury’s conviction of Van Eman for conspiracy, wire fraud, and money laundering in May.

The evidence indicates that Van Eman presented himself as a financier and producer of movies, offering to sponsor independent films, Broadway performances, music festivals, and other ventures. Van Eman assured the victims—producers and others looking for funding—that his accomplice, Benjamin McConley, a fellow conspirator, would double any funds the victims gave to their endeavours.

The initiatives were thus more appealing to investors thanks to the combined starting money, so McConley would apply for and obtain financing from financial institutions.

Related

Victims contributed more than $60 million to accounts managed by the fraudsters on the basis of these claims. Van Eman never made good on his promise to the victims that his partner would match their financial support or apply for finance. Instead, Van Eman and his accomplices transferred the victims’ money to their own and business bank accounts, frequently within days of deposit, in order to steal it.

Van Eman and McConley hired Benjamin Rafael, a bank employee, whose job it was to reassure victims that their monetary contributions had been matched and that their money was secure—neither of which were true—in order to make the fraud seem more credible.

Van Eman, McConley, and Rafael bought luxury cars, personal watercraft, real estate, jewellery, home furnishings, designer clothing, hotel stays, and both private and commercial flights with the stolen money. Some of the stolen money was utilised by Van Eman to pay for films in which he had acting roles.

Related

Ed Perkins’ Princess Diana Doc ‘The Princess’ Gets HBO Premiere Date

4 Killed After Gunman Opens Fire In Indiana Mall Food Court

The punishment given by U.S. District Judge Raag Singhal was announced by Juan Antonio Gonzalez, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and John J. Bernardo, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The Miami Field Office of the FBI looked into this matter. Christopher Browne and Yisel Valdes, both assistant US attorneys, led the prosecution. Emily Stone, an assistant US attorney, is in charge of asset forfeiture.

Related Posts

Jim Kolbe, a former Tucson congressman, dies at the age of 80

Jim Kolbe, a Republican congressman who spent more than 20 years serving a district in Arizona with a significant Democratic population and advocated for LGBT rights, has passed away. He…

Read more
Houston Police Arrest A Suspect In The Killing Of The Rapper Takeoff

Houston Police Arrest A Suspect In The Killing Of The Rapper Takeoff

According to Houston police, two persons have been detained in relation to the shooting death of renowned Migos musician Takeoff, who was “an innocent bystander” when he was killed last…

Read more
Cameron Joshua Who Is He Rapper Takeoff's Downtown Houston Murder

Cameron Joshua: Who Is He? Rapper Takeoff’s Downtown Houston Murder: 22-Year-Old Faces Weapons Charges

Houston, Texas (KTRK) Rapper Takeoff from the Migos passed away at a Houston bowling alley last month. A 22-year-old guy is accused of having weapons on the night he died….

Read more

Prince William and Kate Middleton would love to have a fourth child.

Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, who are Kate Middleton’s kids, are all smart and cute. Fans of the royal family started asking the Duchess of Cambridge right after…

Read more
David Robinson

David Robinson, The “Right-Hand Man” Of Dog The Bounty Hunter, Died At Age 50

David Robinson was in the movie Dog’s Most Wanted. On November 30, he died suddenly at his home. His wife told him about the reality star’s death. David Robinson was…

Read more

Christine Mcvie, a keyboardist and singer with Fleetwood Mac, passed away at age 79.

Christine McVie, a keyboardist and singer for Fleetwood Mac, has passed away. Christine’s family released the following statement: “She passed away quietly in the hospital this morning, November 30, 2022….

Read more