Sunday, August 14, 2011

David A. Smith Sentenced on Fraud and Money Laundering Charges


ORLANDO, FL—U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven today sentenced David A. Smith (42, a Jamaican citizen) who was living in the Turks and Caicos Islands to 30 years in federal prison for wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and money laundering offenses. Smith was also ordered to pay $55 million in restitution.

Smith pleaded guilty on March 29, 2011, to all 23 counts of an information that had been filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Prior to serving his sentence in U.S. federal prison, Smith must be returned to the Turks and Caicos Islands to serve a six-and one-half-year sentence that was ordered in September 2010 for fraud and conspiracy convictions. Judge Scriven ordered that Smith’s federal sentence run concurrently with his sentence in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The United States expects to seek Smith’s extradition back to the United States to finish serving his federal sentence, after he completes his time in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

According to court documents, for more than three years, Smith executed a scheme to defraud more than 6,000 investors located in the Middle District of Florida and elsewhere out of more than $220 million. Smith led investors to believe that he was investing their money in foreign currency trading and earning, on average, 10 percent per month, when in fact he was not trading their funds. Foreign currency trading is a highly volatile and risky investment vehicle that is regulated in the United States by the Commodity Futures Commission and the National Futures Association.

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