Wells Fargo Banker Pleads Guilty for Helping Fake Movie Producers

Former Wells Fargo Banker Pleads Guilty for Helping Fake Movie Producers

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A former Wells Fargo banker pled guilty today for his involvement in a fake $60 million movie producing scam.

Benjamin Rafael admitted his role in the sophisticated fraud scheme during a change-of-plea hearing. Rafael pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Rafael faces a maximum possible sentence of twenty years in prison.

The former Wells Fargo banker assisted Benjamin McConley and Jason Van Eman who held themselves out as film producers and financiers.

The indictment charges that McConley and Van Eman promised the victims that they would match the victims’ cash contribution.  As a result, they would then use the combined funds to secure financing from financial institutions in South Florida and elsewhere.

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Fake Movie Producers Used Wells Fargo Employee To Scam Investors

Fake Movie Producers And Wells Fargo Employee Arrested For Fraud And Money Laundering In Fake Movie Scam

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Two fake movie producers failed miserably doing their Bialystock and Bloom cosplay with their millionaire investors.

They and a former Wells Fargo Bank employee were arrested on fraud and money laundering charges. The trio of fake Spielbergs was operating a scheme to steal money from investors for movie projects. 

Federal prosecutors claim Benjamin McConley of South Florida and Jason Van Eman of Oklahoma held themselves out as film producers and financiers. 

McConley and Van Eman offered to provide financing to producers seeking to produce movies and other projects.

McConley and Van Eman told the victims that they would match the victim’s contribution. In turn, they would use the combined funds to secure financing from financial institutions. 

Federal prosecutors also charged McConley and Van Eman with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. They also charged them with conspiracy to commit money laundering and money laundering.

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