A Detroit man faces a 66-count indictment that includes dozens of felony charges for theft and securities fraud. His victim, a trusting woman of 55, is out for $276,000.
According to the News Journal of Wilmington on 08/18/10, the victim had previously fallen prey to an earlier imposter.
In 2005 a man named Darren Dobson convinced the woman to participate in a so-called joint trading venture that would return $10 million from her initial investment of $50,000 within months. The victim, who was not identified, sent $45,000 to a management company located in Florida.
When the promised return on her investment didn't materialize, the victim reached out to others whom she supposed had also lost money in the venture. One individual, Patrick A. Wiley, appeared to keep the scam going by informing the victim he possessed information about the principles involved and would pursue them.
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The fraud commended in October 2005 and amounted to more than a quarter of a million dollars. The victim never saw either her promised payout or the return of her original investment.
Combined, the victim lost in excess of $300,000 to the two men.
The Office of the Attorney General for Delaware, Beau Biden, indicated there was no evidence the two men were working in concert. Dobson was indicted in February for securities fraud in addition to charges stemming from the sale of unregistered securities in Delaware Superior Court. He goes to trial this month. Wiley was indicted in New Castle County Superior Court.