COLLIN COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) — A McKinney man who ran a Ponzi scheme has been sentenced to 5 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $13 million in restitution to his victims.
Patrick Howard – owner of Insured Liquidity Partners CGF I, Insured Liquidity Partners CGF II, and Capital Ventures, LLC – pleaded guilty to securities fraud in November 2020. He was sentenced on May 20 and taken into custody immediately after the hearing.READ MORE: Texas Secretary Of State's Office Announces Full Forensic Audit Of 2020 General Election in Four Texas Counties
In plea papers, Howard admitted to running a Ponzi-type scheme, recruiting more than 100 investors to purchase $13 million in membership units for $50,000 apiece. His companies promised investors 12% annual returns, paid quarterly, and “insured liquidity.”READ MORE: Feds Make New Recommendations To Texas To Prevent Deadly Power Outages From Happening Again
But instead of properly investing the money, the companies issued phony account statements and paid any investors who elected to receive their earnings quarterly out of the investments of later investors, rather than out of the earnings of the fund.
Howard falsely represented himself as a registered investment advisor and claimed his companies saw 20% annual earnings. Promising that investors could not possibly lose money due to insurance that offset poor performance, the defendant induced at least one investor to turn over his entire retirement savings to the fund.MORE NEWS: Sunnyvale Credits 'Small-Town Values' For Incredible Vaccination Rate
Two victims testified at Howard’s sentencing hearing, including one who told the judge she lost her daughter’s college savings after investing with Mr. Howard.