Michael Alan Taylor, Orange County Accountant, Punished For Con Game Role With Convicted Felon
|Busted deceitful OC businessmen get punished|
Facing a potential prison trip, Michael Alan Taylor of Seal Beach argued that while he worked closely with San Juan Capistrano-based swindler Carl Larue Godfrey on a series of fraud schemes that duped investors out of more than $1 million he'd been a relatively ignorant, minor player.
The U.S. Department of Justice (or, perhaps just Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer L. Waier, who habitually files documents shrouded in Top Secret, James Bond-fashion) doesn't want the public to know it's stance on Taylor's punishment.
What is known, however, is that U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna gave Taylor--who was born in 1953 and claims he performs charity work at the City of San Bernardino Route 66 Rendezvous as well as for the American Cancer Society--a huge break by sentencing him merely to a term of probation for two years.
He'll also have to pay a $2,000 fine and at least $357,000 in restitution.
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Godfrey concocted the role of a wealthy, genius by falsely claiming he'd earned a master's degree in engineering and failed to tell investors that he was a convicted felon who spent time in a California prison for a prior grand theft scheme in the 1990s.
According to the indictment, Godfrey claimed he owned large tracts of property in Hawaii and got people to invest in advance of planned residential and commercial developments, but he didn't own the land.
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Last December, Godfrey received a punishment of 70 months of incarceration and was ordered to pay $1.98 million in restitution. He has appealed his case to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and is awaiting a response at his new home: The federal prison at Lompoc. If he losses his appeal, he'll be stuck there until about April 2014.
Godfrey's tainted business entities included Safevest LLC and GTS Research, Inc. and used New York bank accounts to help dupe investors, according to government records that Waier didn't bother to seal from public view.
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