A federal jury in Hartford today found a Mashantucket tribal member guilty of wire fraud in a scheme that defrauded investors.
Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that a federal jury sitting in Hartford found Christoper Pearson, 50, of Ledyard, guilty of eight counts of wire fraud.
According to the announcement, Pearson, who was formerly a Deputy Chief Operating Officer for the Mashantucket-Pequot Tribal Nation, defrauded a number of investors out of $280,000 that he obtained from them based upon his representations that he would purchase land in Honduras on which a casino would be built.
Pearson is scheduled to be sentenced by on February 5, 2010. Pearson faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000, on each count.
Pearson is also a defendant in a civil case in the Mashantucket Pequot tribal court because some of the investors were tribal members but no decision has yet been issued in that case.
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