A Panhandle man accused of swindling investors out of thousands of dollars is on trial this week.
David Nesbitt headed Ameriware Corporation based in Holmes County in 2000.
He told investors he planned to manufacture his invention of a computerized heating and cooling control system.
But, Nesbitt reportedly fled the area with the invested money and was later arrested in Atlanta.
Defense lawyers say their client is being used as a scapegoat by the state.
The case is expected to go to the jury today.
If convicted, the 52-year-old Nesbitt could face a maximum sentence of 20-years in prison.