California man convicted of animal welfare fraud targeting NJ residents

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A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a California man to 3 1/2 years in prison for defrauding South Jersey residents with a bogus investment plan, New Jersey prosecutors said.

Christopher Glynn, 59, of Burbank, pleaded guilty to one count each of wire fraud and money laundering in federal court in Camden last year.

To captivate his victims, Glynn maintained a variety of corporate identities, including US Grant Distribution Group, PG Philanthropic Initiative, and Perrarus Global Philanthropic Initiative, and claimed he was affiliated with an international trust funded with billions of dollars , according to the US Attorney for the District of New Jersey.

He approached two victims in Vineland with an opportunity to “invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in a business development loan,” prosecutors said, alleging the loan would be used for expenses related to a nonprofit animal welfare foundation and animal shelter that he the victims helped reasons.

Glynn claimed that the International Trust would guarantee her loan and that the loan would generate returns for the victims that could be used to support animal welfare efforts.

To convince them of the legitimacy of his proposal, Glynn arranged conference calls with alleged representatives of the National Security Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and the FBI. These were actually his associates in the scheme.

Glynn convinced his victims to transfer funds to various bank accounts under his control and to open credit cards on behalf of their animal welfare foundation, to which Glynn had access.

According to prosecutors, the scammers then used the victims’ money for expenses such as personal travel, tanning services and luxury retail purchases.

In addition to prison, US District Judge Robert B. Kugler sentenced Glynn to three years of supervised release.

The announcement makes no mention of charges against Glynn’s associates.

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