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Orange County father-son team charged in $20-million mail fraud scheme

March 17, 2011 |  2:41 pm

Federal postal inspectors were asking for the public's help Thursday in locating a father and son charged in connection with a $20-million mail fraud scheme, authorities said.

Robert Louis Carver, 56, previously of Irvine, and his son, Robert Louis Carver II, 36, formerly of Mission Viejo, were indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Santa Ana, according to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

The 14-count indictment alleges that the Carvers carried out a scheme using the names of several businesses based in Costa Mesa and purporting to provide, among other services, investment opportunities and long-term capital appreciation, postal officials said in a statement.

Sales agents for the companies -- Brookstone Capital, Brookstone Biotech Ventures II and Lincoln Funds International -- solicited more than 300 investors with various claims and promises, the statement said.

For example, they claimed that the elder Carver had significant business experience and that investors’ money would be used to purchase stocks.

But the Carvers neglected to tell potential investors that the elder Carver had a criminal history and had been sued by California regulators, postal service officials said.

The Carvers also allegedly failed to file business taxes and misappropriated investors’ funds, officials said.

Inspectors urge anyone with information about the whereabouts of the Carvers to call (877) 876-2455. Callers may remain anonymous and should refer to Case No. 1730332-MF.


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