Frank Elroy Vennes Jr. was sentenced to 180 months in prison on Friday, in connection with fraudulently raising money through hedge funds for investment in Petters Company. Vennes was a long-time associate of Thomas J. Petters, the Minnesota businessman convicted in 2009 of orchestrating a $3.65 billion Ponzi scheme.
The fourth man convicted in a $194 million Ponzi scheme – the second largest in Minnesota history – was sentenced Monday to 240 months in federal prison. According to the U.S. Attorney General’s office, 75-year-old Patrick Kiley of Burnsville was convicted last June of 12 counts of wire and mail fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and two counts of money laundering. Kiley – along with ring leader Trevor Cook, Jason Bo-Alan Beckman, Gerald Joseph Durand and Christopher Pettengill – were all solely and jointly ordered to pay $155,359,411 in restitution to their victims.
A 44-year-old woman pleaded guilty Thursday to receiving $600 in connection with a multi-state identity theft ring that stole about $2 million from retail stores and financial institutions, the Department of Justice said.
A 39-year-old Zumbro Falls man pleaded guilty in Minneapolis Federal Court Tuesday to money laundering, transporting stolen gem stones and conspiring to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana.
Minnesota and IRS officials are schooling those who handle the cash on how to avoid money laundering.
A Twin Cities man with a prior fraud conviction has been indicted for running four investment scams that bilked investors out of more than $20 million.