By John Lee.
A US District Court has sentenced an American man to 27 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for operating two investment schemes that defrauded people of more than $200,000.
Joseph T. Morris, aged 52, and two others set up a company whose initial focus was on establishing a pizza restaurant at the U.S. consulate compound in Erbil; it also proposed establishing a business to distribute and install specialty window film on vehicles and at hotels, homes and government buildings that would protect windows and windshields from blast and breakage, and provide heat retention, ultraviolet shielding, and privacy.
The scheme collapsed in 2012, when one of his co-founders discovered the company did not have a lease or agreement to open and operate the pizza restaurant and it did not have an exclusive arrangement with a window film manufacturer to distribute and install specialty window film in Iraq.
(Source: Wilton Bulletin)
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