Former Investment Banker and Registered Broker Sentenced to 41 Months’ Imprisonment for Cryptocurrency Investment Fraud Scheme | United States Department of Justice

Earlier today, in federal court in Brooklyn, Rashawn Russell, a former investment banker, who was formerly a registered broker with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, was sentenced by United States District Judge Hector Gonzalez to 41 months in prison for a cryptocurrency fraud scheme that resulted in approximately $1.5 million in investor losses and for a separate access device fraud scheme. Russell was also ordered to pay more than $1.5 million in restitution to victims of his fraud scheme. Russell pleaded guilty in September 2023 to wire fraud and access device fraud.

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From November 2020 to August 2022, Russell engaged in a scheme to induce multiple victims to invest with him based on false promises that he would use their funds for cryptocurrency investments and that they would earn large—and sometimes guaranteed—returns. Russell misappropriated much of the victims’ assets and used them for his personal benefit, to gamble, and to repay other investors. Russell also repeatedly failed to repay the victims’ principal investments and failed to provide them with promised rates of return. After some victims requested to be repaid their investments, Russell falsely represented that he had wired them money.

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