Energy Firm CEO Cops To $485M Investment Scheme

Law360, New York (November 9, 2012, 2:20 PM EST) -- An architect of a $485 million Ponzi scheme premised on fraudulent purchases of oil and gas interests pled guilty Friday in Texas federal court to ripping off thousands of investors, prosecutors said.

Paul R. Melbye copped to one count of conspiracy to defraud investors and faces up to five years behind bars for his role in duping 7,700 individuals while acting as CEO of Provident Royalties LLC, which falsely advertised annual returns of up to 18 percent through promised purchases of stakes in oil and gas...
To view the full article, register now.

UK Financial Services

UK Financial Services

Read Our Latest UK Financial Services Coverage

Financial Services Law360 UK provides breaking news and analysis on the financial sector. Coverage includes UK and European Union policy, enforcement, and litigation involving banks, asset management firms, and other financial services organizations.