Sunday, January 15, 2012

Christopher J. Warren Pleads Guilty to $19 Million Fraud Scheme


SACRAMENTO, CA—Christopher J. Warren, 29, of Folsom, California, pleaded guilty today to one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft related to a $19 million fraud scheme, announced Benjamin B. Wagner, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, the FBI, and the Department of State Diplomatic Security Service. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Russell L. Carlberg, Paul A. Hemesath and S. Robert Tice-Raskin are prosecuting the case.

According to court documents, Warren was indicted in 2009 after defrauding lender Taylor, Bean & Whitaker of over $7 million and fleeing to Beirut, Lebanon, on a privately chartered jet. Warren was arrested attempting to reenter the United States under a fraudulently obtained passport with tens of thousands of dollars hidden in his cowboy boots. Warren’s plea today covered both the $7 million fraud against lender Taylor, Bean & Whitaker, and an additional $12 million in fraudulent loans involving his employment at Loomis Wealth Solutions in Roseville, Calif., in 2007 and 2008. He also pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft in connection with fraudulently obtaining passports in the names of real persons without their approval. Warren used the stolen identities to purchase gold and to flee abroad.

“This is a very significant plea today involving brazen fraud on lenders,” said U.S. Attorney Wagner. “We will continue our relentless drive to bring to justice those who did so much harm to lenders and households in this district.”

Warren is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez on April 24, 2012. The maximum statutory penalty for a violation of wire fraud is 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or twice the loss caused or gain received, and a three-year period of supervised release. Aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory two-year sentence consecutive to any other sentence. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the federal sentencing guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

A co-defendant, Scott Cavell, remains a fugitive. The charges against him are only allegations, and he is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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