Hedge Fund Faker Pleads Guilty

Mar 4 2013 | 12:41pm ET

A New Jersey man pleaded guilty Friday to pretending to be a hedge fund manager to steal $3.5 million from investors.

George Sepero became the third man in the scam to plead guilty in the case. He and his co-conspirators allegedly promised triple-digit returns using a proprietary algorithmic trading system that did not exist, sending clients phony account statements and e-mailing them screenshots of their much-ballyhooed computer trading program.

Among Sepero's victims were an ailing elderly paraplegic, who lost her life savings, prosecutors said. Sepero and his co-conspirators allegedly used the stolen money to fund an extravagant lifestyle and to prop up a Ponzi scheme.

Sepero faces up to 20 years in prison for fraud, conspiracy and tax evasion when he is sentenced in June.

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