Investment Adviser Accused of Scamming Pro Athletes and Church Members Admits to Securities Fraud
Richard Wyatt Davis Jr., a North Carolina-based investment adviser,has pleaded guilty to tax evasion and securities fraud charges. Davis was indicted for securities fraud, wire fraud, and tax evasion in 2017. He initially pleaded not guilty.
According to the criminal indictment, Davis used investor funds to repay other investors in Ponzi-like fashion, as well as to pay for vacation homes, a personal chef, and other lavish expenses. Investors were solicited at events attended for people who distrusted the banking system and the stock market.
Documents contend that Davis made misrepresentations to more than six dozen investors, costing them about $12.8M as a result. Among his victims were people he knew from church, as well as professional athletes. Of the money that Davis solicited, he paid back investors about $3.5M.