Oakland County Man Sentenced for Ponzi Scheme

Following a conviction for his role in a Ponzi scheme, a Bloomfield Hills man has been sentenced to over five years in federal prison. He was also ordered to pay $2.2 million in restitution to his victims.

Raymond Frank Joseph was accused of soliciting loans from several people on the promise that he was planning to use the money to invest in business ventures. In reality, he used the money to repay people who had previously loaned him money, as well as to pay for personal things like credit card bills, household and vehicle expenses, etc. According to authorities, Joseph received more than $2 million that he never repaid to his lenders.

Authorities were eventually tipped off to Joseph’s scheme, and started investigating. It turns out Joseph had been borrowing money from 2002 to 2007.

In January, a federal grand jury found Joseph guilty of wire fraud, interstate transportation of stolen money or property, and conducting monetary transactions in criminally derived property. As part of his sentence, Joseph will also have to serve three years of supervised probation once he’s released from prison.

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