PennLaw, LLC

Criminal Defense Representation in State and Federal Courts

Free Initial Consultation
Local 724-602-4583
Local 412-342-8000
Nav Menu

Pennsylvania money laundering guilty plea lacks plea agreement

Recently, Robert Stinson Jr. entered a guilty plea to fraud and money laundering, with no plea agreement in place. With a number of charges filed against him in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, he faces sentences totaling up to 329 years. Authorities claim his confession acknowledges using an investment firm as a front for a Ponzi scheme. They claim he admits to simply spending investor funds without attempting to reinvest them. They accuse him of just spending it all on a lavish lifestyle.

Though allegedly lacking the educational background he affirmed, he apparently was capable of investing. The funds from the alleged front company he began in 2006 were supposed to support mortgages. Instead, he reportedly put funds into a long-range plan for a web-based video service. Started in 2008, it had a scheduled launch in March 2011. However, the countdown never finished. While facing fraud and money laundering charges, he operated that website even as authorities attempted to secure all assets of the parent organization.

In the absence of the defense attorney for the accused, a judge ordered the site shut down. It appears to have already started collecting income. The same action ordered all computers in the defendant's home confiscated, and placed him under house arrest. Shortly thereafter, goods confiscated in the investigation were auctioned off.

Specific federal charges in this enigmatic case include five counts of wire fraud, four of mail fraud, nine of money laundering, one of bank fraud, three of filing false tax returns, and two counts each of obstruction of justice and making false statements. The alleged scheme involved a reported $17 million from 260 investors. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 13.

Sources: Investment News, "Pa. man admits to orchestrating $17.6M Ponzi," Aug. 21, 2011

Philadelphia Inquirer, "Judge orders house arrest for Robert Stinson Jr.," Harold Brubaker, April 19, 2011

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Office Locations

Butler Office
106 South Main Street
Suite 801
Butler, PA 16001
Phone: 724-602-4583
Fax: 724-284-9402
Phones Answered 24 Hours A Day
Email | Map & Directions

Pittsburgh Office:
100 Ross St., Suite 340
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-342-8000
Phones Answered 24 Hours A Day
Email | Map & Directions

Erie Office
1415 West 38th Street
Erie, PA 16508-2323
Phone: 724-602-4583
Phones Answered 24 Hours A Day
Email | Map & Directions

blog twitter you tube facebook
Nav Menu