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Man gets 12 years in prison for green energy scam

Associated Press January 4, 2012 10:42 PM

Federal prosecutors say a Carson man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for getting dozens of people to invest a total of more than $1 million in a non-existent wind energy technology business.

A judge on Wednesday also ordered 42-year-old James Rivera to pay restitution of more than $1 million to victims in the case.

Rivera was convicted of soliciting investments in companies that he falsely claimed would manufacture revolutionary new wind turbines to produce electricity.

Rivera falsely told investors that the Nigerian government had committed to buying more than $1 billion worth of the windmills and the International Monetary Fund was providing financing.

Prosecutors say Rivera relied on religious rhetoric and imagery to appeal to investors.

He had eight prior criminal convictions, five of which were fraud-related.

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January 28, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

2 Comments »

  1. Just to add tot he report on James Riviera. I was once contacted by a Brian Riveria on Be2 wonder if it was the same person?

    Comment by Shadeylady | January 28, 2012 | Reply

  2. I have an email address for one Brian Riviera brianriviera@yahoo.com it`s an old email so may not be active any more but feel this is the same person.

    Comment by Shadeylady | February 18, 2012 | Reply


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