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Biden secures 21-count indictment in mortgage rescue fraud scheme

Consumer Protection | Department of Justice | Department of Justice Press Releases | Date Posted: Tuesday, February 2, 2010



Attorney General’s Office secures multi-count indictments in investment fraud schemes
Separate ponzi scheme and real estate scam defrauded investors out of nearly half a million dollars
Wilmington, DE – Today, the Attorney General’s Securities Unit announced that it has secured
indictments resulting from two separate investigations charging Thomas Dolby and Robert Smithfield
with multiple counts of securities fraud, theft, and other related crimes. It is alleged that in total the
men defrauded investors out of more than $460,000.

“The Delaware Department of Justice is standing up for Delaware’s investors by rigorously
enforcing our Securities laws,” stated Securities Commissioner Peter Jamison. “We encourage
investors who believe they may be a victim of investment fraud to contact our Securities Unit at (302)
577-8424.”

The first indictment charges Thomas Dolby, age 38, of Smyrna, DE, with securities fraud, theft,
and racketeering. It alleges that Dolby solicited funds that he claimed would be invested in a real
estate development project in Turkey. A complaint filed with the Attorney General’s Office by a
Delaware investor initiated an eight month investigation by the Securities Unit, which revealed that
Dolby took in more than $400,000 from six investors in two states. The indictment alleges that the
funds were not invested as promised, but instead were retained and used by the defendant for his
personal expenses. Investigators also learned that Dolby was not properly registered to sell securities
in Delaware, and the investment was not registered with Delaware officials as required by state law.
A separate Securities Unit investigation has also led to an indictment charging Robert
Smithfield, age 49, of Mountville, PA, with securities fraud and theft. According to the indictment,
Smithfield operated a complex ponzi scheme in which he solicited funds from individuals to invest in a
company that that he had formed. In order to continue the scheme, Smithfield used funds he secured
from investors to make promised interest payments to earlier investors in the scheme. Several
investors were swindled, including two Delaware residents who were defrauded of more than $60,000.
The Attorney General’s Securities Unit enforces the Delaware Securities Act, which regulates
the sale of investment products and the activities of investment professionals. The Unit investigates
and prosecutes securities fraud and licensing violations by investment brokers, advisors, and firms.
Delaware investors are encouraged to report suspected incidents of investment crime and fraud by
calling the Attorney General’s Securities Fraud hotline at (302) 577-8424.

The Delaware Department of Justice reminds the public that an indictment is merely an
allegation and is not evidence of guilt. Defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a jury
trial at which the state bears the burden of proving each charge beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Biden secures 21-count indictment in mortgage rescue fraud scheme

Consumer Protection | Department of Justice | Department of Justice Press Releases | Date Posted: Tuesday, February 2, 2010



Attorney General’s Office secures multi-count indictments in investment fraud schemes
Separate ponzi scheme and real estate scam defrauded investors out of nearly half a million dollars
Wilmington, DE – Today, the Attorney General’s Securities Unit announced that it has secured
indictments resulting from two separate investigations charging Thomas Dolby and Robert Smithfield
with multiple counts of securities fraud, theft, and other related crimes. It is alleged that in total the
men defrauded investors out of more than $460,000.

“The Delaware Department of Justice is standing up for Delaware’s investors by rigorously
enforcing our Securities laws,” stated Securities Commissioner Peter Jamison. “We encourage
investors who believe they may be a victim of investment fraud to contact our Securities Unit at (302)
577-8424.”

The first indictment charges Thomas Dolby, age 38, of Smyrna, DE, with securities fraud, theft,
and racketeering. It alleges that Dolby solicited funds that he claimed would be invested in a real
estate development project in Turkey. A complaint filed with the Attorney General’s Office by a
Delaware investor initiated an eight month investigation by the Securities Unit, which revealed that
Dolby took in more than $400,000 from six investors in two states. The indictment alleges that the
funds were not invested as promised, but instead were retained and used by the defendant for his
personal expenses. Investigators also learned that Dolby was not properly registered to sell securities
in Delaware, and the investment was not registered with Delaware officials as required by state law.
A separate Securities Unit investigation has also led to an indictment charging Robert
Smithfield, age 49, of Mountville, PA, with securities fraud and theft. According to the indictment,
Smithfield operated a complex ponzi scheme in which he solicited funds from individuals to invest in a
company that that he had formed. In order to continue the scheme, Smithfield used funds he secured
from investors to make promised interest payments to earlier investors in the scheme. Several
investors were swindled, including two Delaware residents who were defrauded of more than $60,000.
The Attorney General’s Securities Unit enforces the Delaware Securities Act, which regulates
the sale of investment products and the activities of investment professionals. The Unit investigates
and prosecutes securities fraud and licensing violations by investment brokers, advisors, and firms.
Delaware investors are encouraged to report suspected incidents of investment crime and fraud by
calling the Attorney General’s Securities Fraud hotline at (302) 577-8424.

The Delaware Department of Justice reminds the public that an indictment is merely an
allegation and is not evidence of guilt. Defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a jury
trial at which the state bears the burden of proving each charge beyond a reasonable doubt.

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