Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Florida Man Indicted For Bilking Investors, Mostly Hawaii Residents In $10 Million Ponzi Scheme
Patrick H. Rakotonanahary, 34, of Tampa, Florida, was arrested yesterday on indictment charges he bilked more than 100 investors, mostly residents of Hawaii, out of $10.2 million in a Ponzi-type investment fraud scheme. Prosecutors allege that Rakotonanahary, through his company, Cyber Market Group LLC, promised returns of 6 percent to 10 percent per week to investors. According to reports, he paid earlier investors $8.4 million in phony returns out of investment funds of later investors, in classic Ponzi-like style. The foreign exchange trading scheme began in December 2007 and ran until May 2009, according to authorities.