Lynch thanked the RCMP, the Financial Crime Intelligence Unit in Vancouver and the Integrated Market Enforcement Team in Toronto.
The defendants have been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud, two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, 15 counts of wire fraud, four counts of securities fraud, and two counts of false personation of an officer of the US.
If convicted, the defendants will face up to 20 years’ imprisonment for each count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, substantive wire fraud and substantive securities fraud and up to five years’ imprisonment for conspiracy to commit securities fraud. The defendants face up to three years in prison for each count of false personation of an officer of the US. In addition, all proceeds of fraudulent schemes are subject to forfeiture.
The nationalities and locations of arrest for the nine individuals are Sandy Winick, (Canadian citizen arrested in Bangkok, Thailand), Gregory Curry (Canadian arrested in Bangkok), Gregory Ellis (Canadian arrested in Ontario), Gary Kershner (US citizen arrested in Tucson, AZ), Joseph Manfredonia (US arrested in Tom’s River, NJ), Cort Poyner (US arrested in Boca Raton, FL), Songkram Roy Sahachaisere (US arrested in Huntington Beach, CA) and William Seals (US arrested in Fallbrook, CA).