Wall Street’s Most Wanted Report Securities Fraud Blog reports that on Friday a federal court jury in Virginia convicted A&O Life co-founder Adley Abdulwahab for his involvement in the $100 million A&O Life fraud scheme. image

According to the government’s press release:

 “Today’s quick verdict found Mr. Abdulwahab guilty of a $100 million fraud and stealing the life savings of elderly retirees and hundreds of others who have seen everything they worked years for disappear,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “This case, involving victims in dozens of states, clearly demonstrates that a national fraud case can have real implications to everyday people. That is why we created the Virginia Financial and Securities Fraud Task Force last year to go after national cases that impact ordinary citizens on Main Street as well as Wall Street.”

“Mr. Abdulwahab participated in a $100 million fraud scheme, cheating more than 800 victims across the United States and Canada,” said Assistant Attorney General Breuer. “While lying to investors about his education and criminal history, he was off buying fancy cars with their money. Today, a jury let him know that financial crime has consequences, and that investment fraud will not be tolerated.”

Today’s quick verdict found Mr. Abdulwahab guilty of a $100 million fraud and stealing the life savings of elderly retirees and hundreds of others who have seen everything they worked years for disappear,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “This case, involving victims in dozens of states, clearly demonstrates that a national fraud case can have real implications to everyday people. That is why we created the Virginia Financial and Securities Fraud Task Force last year to go after national cases that impact ordinary citizens on Main Street as well as Wall Street.”

“Mr. Abdulwahab participated in a $100 million fraud scheme, cheating more than 800 victims across the United States and Canada,” said Assistant Attorney General Breuer. “While lying to investors about his education and criminal history, he was off buying fancy cars with their money. Today, a jury let him know that financial crime has consequences, and that investment fraud will not be tolerated.”

Five individuals have pleaded guilty in connection with the A&O fraud scheme: David White, the former President of A&O; Brent Oncale, former vice president of A&O; Russell E. Mackert, an attorney for A&O; Eric M. Kurz, a wholesaler of A&O investment products; and Tomme Bromseth, an A&O sales agent in the Richmond area.

 

A jury convicted Christian Allemindinger in March. The Houston Chronicle reports that sentencing will be in September.

My Take:

These guys are going to get significant prison time, which they deserve. I don’t know why some or all of them would not get Madoff type sentences (150 years).

I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that Wahab is not going to follow through with his 2009 threat to sue me in Texas for defamation for suggesting that he was involved with A&O and that A&O was crooked.