Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ROGER RALSTON, the CEO of DirectView Holdings, Inc. (“DirectView”), a Florida-based video surveillance and security company, pled guilty today to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for defrauding elderly victims in connection with the fraudulent sale of stock and fake carbon credits as part of an international telemarketing scheme that caused nearly $16 million in losses. RALSTON pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff. Co-defendants Christopher Wright and Steven Hooper previously pled guilty and were sentenced to 52 months in prison and 42 months in prison, respectively, for their roles in the fraud.
According to the allegations in the Indictment, court filings, and statements made in Court:
From in or about 2009 up to and including in or about 2015, RALSTON and other co-conspirators engaged in a scheme to defraud victims in the United Kingdom of nearly $16 million through the sale of false, fraudulent, and materially misleading investments, and to launder the proceeds of the fraud through bank accounts in the United States and foreign countries. RALSTON and his co-conspirators used the services of telemarketing call centers to identify and cold-call potential victims, who were primarily elderly or retired individuals residing in the United Kingdom. Over a series of telephone calls, the telemarketers persuaded victims to invest money under various false and misleading pretenses, including the promise of short-term, high-yield, no-risk returns, when in fact the investments were high-risk, illiquid, and in some instances, entirely fictitious. Many victims were persuaded to make additional investments under the false pretense that they would not be permitted to sell their holdings until they purchased more. In reliance on the false representations and promises, the victims wired funds to various bank accounts in the United States, including in the Southern…
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