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Judge: Not Available
Court: United States District Court for the Central District of California (Orange County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Santa Ana
Description: Santa Ana, California criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with fraud.
Amadou Kane Diallo, 44, a Senegalese national living in Laguna Niguel, was arrested at his residence for fraudulently obtaining more than $1.8 million from at least 11 victims who thought their investments would allow them to reap the benefits of Diallo’s supposed business successes while facing little to no risk.
Diallo was the CEO of two Newport Beach-based companies – Virtual Advisors LLC and Liquide, Inc. – which he allegedly used to solicit investments in purported business opportunities related to various sectors and topics, including technology, healthcare, real estate, home ownership and service to the African diaspora. Diallo made various representations to victims, including falsely telling some potential investors that he had previously raised hundreds of millions of dollars for another investment firm and its real estate investment fund – a claim that simply was not true, according to the indictment.
Contrary to his representations to victims, Diallo allegedly used most of the investment funds for his own extravagant lifestyle, which included making rent payments on his residence, purchasing or making payments on luxury vehicles, buying clothes and fancy dinners, and hosting lavish events for foreign government officials.
In conjunction with Diallo’s arrest, authorities seized a number of items related to allegedly fraudulent conduct, including three late model luxury vehicles – a Ferrari SF90 Stradale, a Rolls-Royce Phantom and a Range Rover – a Harry Winston ring worth approximately $12,500, and a brokerage account containing about $500,000 worth of stocks.
The indictment charges Diallo with 19 counts of wire fraud and two counts of money laundering. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each of the wire fraud counts and a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison on each of the money laundering counts.
An indictment is merely an allegation. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
The FBI is conducting the ongoing investigation in this matter.
Outcome: Being indicted is not proof of guilt.