A former resident of Newport Beach who fled the country in 1999 after federal authorities executed a search warrant at his allegedly fraudulent Internet company arrived in the United States today after being deported earlier this week from Malaysia.
James S. Eberhart, 71, arrived at Los Angeles International
Airport and is expected to make his initial appearance in United
States District Court in Los Angeles.
The FBI received a tip as to
Eberhart’s whereabouts in Maylasia. The FBI had actively been seeking information
from the public on its website (see: http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/wcc/james-stanley-eberhart/view).
The FBI Legal Attaché in Kuala Lumpur
coordinated the information with authorities in Maylasia. Malaysia deported
Eberhart because his United States passport had expired.
A 2002 grand jury indictment alleges that Eberhart and another man—Eugene M
Carriere—operated a fraudulent Newport Beach company called YES Entertainment Network Inc.
Eberhart is specifically charged with 11 counts of mail fraud and nine counts of
Using telemarketers at outside firms and written promotional materials,
Eberhart and Carriere solicited investors by claiming that YES was creating and
maintaining an 18-channel, multimedia, family-oriented website. Prospective
investors were told that YES would generate profits through the sale of
advertising on the website.
Between February 1999 and October 1999, Carriere and Eberhart allegedly
raised nearly $14 million in investor funds through a network of nearly two
dozen telemarketing “boiler rooms” across the United States and Canada.
Once YES received money from investors, 45 percent of those funds were given
to the outside telemarketers as a sales commission, according to the indictment,
which goes on to allege that the remaining investor funds primarily went to
Carriere and Eberhart.
An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is
presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in court.
Carriere, 63, was a fugitive for six years before being arrested in Thailand
in April 2005. Carriere pled guilty to two counts of mail fraud on April 30,
2007 and on July 27, 2007 was sentenced to three years in federal prison and
ordered to pay $12,838,045 in restitution.
Previously in this investigation, five other defendants, including the owners
of telemarketing operations used by YES, were indicted, pleaded guilty, and were
sentenced to as much as 142 months in federal prison.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of
Investigation and the United States Postal Inspection Service.
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Saturday, May 26, 2012
Man Who Operated Allegedly Fraudulent Firm That Promised Profits from Internet Ads Arrives in U.S. After Being a Fugitive for 12 Years
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