Last Updated on October 15, 2023 by Robert C. Hoopes
Title: Former 1 Global Capital CEO Pleads Guilty in $250 Million Securities Fraud Scheme
In a significant development, Carl R. Ruderman, former chairman and CEO of 1 Global Capital LLC, has recently pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud. This plea comes after an investigation uncovered a massive $250 million scheme that left over 3,400 investors across 42 states affected.
Ruderman’s fraudulent activities involved the misappropriation of investors’ funds for personal expenses, such as credit card payments, luxurious vacations, and even luxury car payments. Shockingly, he also diverted investors’ money to benefit his own businesses and family without their knowledge.
1 Global Capital LLC, a commercial lending company that specialized in high-interest loans to small businesses, filed for bankruptcy in July 2018. These loans were similar to payday loans, often targeting struggling businesses in urgent need of funds.
To deceive investors, Ruderman and his co-conspirators made false representations about the company’s profitability. They claimed audits by a reputable accounting firm and lured investors with promises of double-digit returns on investments.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a complaint in 2018, specifically mentioning the potential jeopardy faced by investors and their retirement savings due to 1 Global’s collection of money.
Furthermore, Ruderman’s family trust owned several other businesses, including Digi South, which was the former owner of Playgirl magazine. This connection highlights the depth of the fraudulent network.
Ruderman’s co-conspirators have already faced legal consequences for their roles in this massive fraud scheme. Alan G. Heide, the former CFO of 1 Global, was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay over $57 million in restitution. Andrew Dale Ledbetter, a lawyer, received the same sentence, along with an order to repay over $148 million. Steven Allen Schwartz, a director and consultant, received a two-year prison sentence and a restitution order exceeding $36 million. Jan Douglas Atlas, another lawyer implicated in the scheme, received an eight-month prison sentence and had to pay over $29 million in restitution.
Ruderman is scheduled to be sentenced on January 3 and could potentially face up to five years in prison. Additionally, the court may also impose a forfeiture of more than $250 million.
This high-profile case exposes the importance of thorough due diligence and the need for investors to remain vigilant to protect their hard-earned money. The aftermath of this scheme serves as a cautionary tale, reminding individuals in the financial sector and beyond to be wary of misleading promises and conduct thorough investigations before investing.