Mass. Hedge Fund Fraudster Gets 40 Months

Mar 20 2013 | 12:11am ET

Andrey Hicks, who used an exaggerated résumé to lure investors into his fraudulent hedge fund, will spend nearly three-and-a-half years in prison for it.

A federal judge in Boston sentenced Hicks to 40 months in prison for stealing $2.3 million from his victims. Hicks, 29, was also ordered to pay that amount in restitution.

Hicks in December pleaded guilty to lying to investors about his education, his work history and his Locust Offshore Management's assets under management. According to prosecutors, Hicks told clients that he developed Locust's algorithmic systems while studying at Harvard University, but failed to mention that he flunked out after three semesters and barely passed the only math class he took. He also falsely claimed to have worked for Barclays and that Locust managed $1.2 billion, prosecutors say.

Prosecutors said Hicks simply stole most of the $2.5 million he raised from clients, much of it from Brooklyn Nets basketball player Kris Humphries

Hicks was arrested in 2011 in Canada while trying to flee to Switzerland.

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