A Denver jury convicted man licensed to practice law in California of securities fraud. Guy M. Jean-Pierre, also known as Marcelo Dominguez de Guerra also stands convicted of mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy.
In all, the jury returned guilty verdicts on 28 of 29 counts against Jean-Pierre. Jean-Pierre’s current troubles relate back to a business he started with his co-conspirators. The business repurposed steel shipping containers for marijuana growing. Initially, the business focused on Colorado and other states that also permit marijuana growing.
At some point, Jean-Pierre began illegally selling stock in the company, known as FusionPharm. He also concealed the role of a co-conspirator who had previous felony securities fraud convictions.
This is not Jean-Pierre’s first brush with the federal courts. In 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Jean-Pierre with forging attorney opinion letters. This followed charges by the Southern District of New York in 2012 accusing Jean-Pierre of the same thing. In 2015, a federal judge permanently barred Jean-Pierre from any penny-stock activity. The Securities and Exchange Commission also barred Jean-Pierre from practicing as an attorney before the Commission at that time.
Jean-Pierre will return to court in July for sentencing.
Ventura securities fraud attorney
When you face charges related to investment fraud, hire an experienced securities fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend takes federal criminal defense cases in any federal circuit in the United States. In his more than 30 years of practice, he has defended thousands of individuals.
Certain federal crimes carry very serious penalties that can put you in prison for decades. The circumstances of your case will determine the potential prison sentence you could face. Regardless, your defense strategy should include hiring an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney.
Many federal defendants choose to plead guilty. Often, they feel as though the federal case against them is overwhelming. With the right defense strategy, however, you can prevail in federal court. Mr. Helfend will immediately being working to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not a possibility, he will work toward the best possible outcome for you. A plea deal isn’t always in your best interest, though. Working with an experienced federal criminal defense attorney can make a major difference in the outcome of your case.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County securities fraud case.
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