A 47-year-old man is facing a series of charges after being arraigned on a five-count indictment for allegedly swindling a trio of Westchester victims out of their life savings, and temporarily fleeing to Spain to avoid prosecution, officials announced on Friday.
John Nemec of Yonkers has been charged with grand larceny for allegedly “conspiring and engaging in a fraudulent investment scheme to steal more than $190,000 from his victims," Westchester County District Attorney said.
According to the indictment, Nemec schemed to gain his victims’ trust and proceeded to steal money from them by claiming that he had left “a short-lived employment as a police officer years ago to become a financial success in both the film industry and as a stock trader, including an incident when he showed a victim that he falsely had $58 million in personal investments.
Scarpino said that once Nemec gained their trust, he then convinced his victims to transfer their life savings to him and his co-conspirator under the guise that their money would be held and invested on their behalf. Shortly after their savings were transferred, Nemec orchestrated the withdrawal of their money for his own personal use.
Nemec began his first scheme in August 2010, stealing an estimated $50,285 over the span of several months, Scarpino said.
In May the following year, he stole another $4,900 from his next victim and in June, Nemec and his co-conspirator - who was not named - stole $137,068 from his third and final victim, according to Scarpino.
The indictment states that in March 2014, when learning of an investigation into his alleged crimes, Nemec began “actively evading investigators and apparently fled to Spain at one point.” Arrest warrants were issued by the Yonkers Police Department on March 28, 2014 and by the Westchester County Supreme Court on Oct. 11, 2016.
Nemec’s “years-long attempt to evade authorities ended this week,” Scarpino said, after Nemec was taken into custody in LaGrange on Wednesday, May 2. When he appears in court on May 15, Nemec will face up to 15 years in state prison.
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