SAN FRANCISCO - A federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted Hausmann-Alain Banet (a/k/a Anzoumana Ousmann Gbane, a/k/a Gbane Anzoumana a/k/a Ousmann Gbane, a/k/a Ousmann Gbane Anzounan Banet, a/k/a Ousmann-Alain Gbane) of San Francisco, on Oct. 2, 2012, with multiple counts of wire fraud, mail fraud, and money laundering, United States Attorney Melinda Haag announced.
According to the Indictment, which was under seal until this morning, Banet, 49, the Chief Executive Officer and President of Lion Capital Management, LLC, in San Francisco, allegedly defrauded a client of approximately $544,000 by falsely claiming that he invested her money in a hedge fund, the Lion Absolute Value Fund, L.P. The Indictment alleges that Banet never invested the money received from the victim; that he created false account statements that he sent to the victim in which he stated that her investment accounts had sustained training gains, when in fact no such gains existed; and that he spent money received from the victim on personal and business expenses unrelated to the victim’s investment. In addition, the Indictment alleges that when the victim requested the return of her investment, Banet failed to return the full amount of her investment.
Banet was arrested this morning at his residence in San Francisco. He made his initial appearance this morning in federal court in San Francisco before the Honorable Joseph C. Spero. Today, following a bail hearing, Judge Spero ordered him remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal until Oct. 9, 2012, when a further bail hearing will be held.
The maximum statutory penalty for each count of wire fraud and mail fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1343 and 1341, respectively, is 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 or twice the amount of the fraud. The maximum statutory penalty for each count of money laundering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1957, is 10 years imprisonment and a fine of twice the amount of the fraud. However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.