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Gemstone Scam!!! Man robbed investors of £114.5 million?

Gem scam

A Southern California man collected about £114.5 million from more than 70,000 investors around the world by promising them profits from amber and gemstones mines that didn’t actually exist and selling them worthless digital coins purportedly backed by the gems.



The man behind it all

A man aged 62 by the name Steve Chen agreed in putting himself forward as guilty after the acts of tax evasion and committing wire fraud. This was talked upon by the U.S attorneys office in Los Angeles.

Chen, also known as “Boss,” was the owner and chief executive officer U.S. Fine Investments Arts Inc., which he told investors owned mines in the U.S., the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Argentina. Investors paid as much as $30,000 for packages that included amber and gemstones at grossly inflated prices and “points” that could be converted in shares of his company when it went public.

The investors

Bonuses were provided to investors who hired new people including cash, luxury cars, Los Angeles area homes and immigrant investor EB-5 visas. According to the US, Chen used the money of the investors to fund his "extravagant" lifestyle and his gambling habit. He faces up to 10 years in prison.
  • “Mr. Chen’s promises to investors were as worthless as his non-existent mines and phony digital currency,” 
This gemstone Scam has definitely made its way into the top 10 scams of this year. With figures such as 114.5 million....HOW ON EARTH WAS IT PULLED OFF??
Jewellery is a big investment in today's society and by the looks of it also a way to con people. Be careful out there people and keep your eyes peeled for more blogs!!!
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