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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Colleyville man who fled to Greece sentenced in Ponzi scam

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A North Texas businessman who fled to Greece after pleading guilty to running a Ponzi scheme has been returned and sentenced to more than 17 years in a U.S. prison.

A federal judge in Fort Worth also ordered 34-year-old Christopher Blackwell of Colleyville to repay about $8.6 million.

Investigators say Blackwell, who was arrested last April on the Greek island of Corfu, ran the scheme from 2007 to mid-2011. He was indicted on two counts of wire fraud before being arrested in Phoenix. Authorities say Blackwell pleaded guilty but fled before sentencing.

Prosecutors say Blackwell defrauded dozens of people by using their money for his personal benefit and to repay previous investors.

He was sentenced Wednesday.

 

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Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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