Wednesday, May 14, 2008
The SEC announced that on May 9, 2008, the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois filed a 14-count criminal information against Michael E. Kelly ("Kelly"), a former South Bend, Indiana businessman that the SEC previously charged with securities fraud in a civil action filed in September 2007. The information alleges that Kelly engaged in a fraudulent investment scheme by offering and selling through fraudulent means approximately $34 million in promissory notes and more than $450 million in investments called Universal Leases. The criminal information charges Kelly with 10 counts of mail fraud, two counts of wire fraud and two counts of securities fraud and also seeks the forfeiture of approximately $500 million. Kelly was initially charged in a criminal complaint when he was arrested in December 2006.