LEGAL UPDATES

Individuals in Business Opportunity Scams Sentenced

Two more individuals have been sentenced in connection with business opportunity scams in South Florida. Stewart Pope was sentenced to 27 months in prison and ordered to pay $4.3 million in restitution to victims of his business opportunity scams. According to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, this is the eighth conviction in connection with the Miami-based Global Resources Company, which victimized more than 200 people.

Jeffery H. Sloman, acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, said that even though business opportunity schemes are difficult to detect, “business opportunity promoters need to realize that this type of fraud will be detected by law enforcement” and will result in serious jail time.