Fla. man gets 8 years for $8 million Ponzi scheme

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By: ap Email

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- A Florida man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for running a Ponzi scheme that swindled hundreds of victims out of $8 million.

Court records indicate between 600 to 800 investors were victims of the scheme run by 62-year-old Stanley Shew-A-Tjon (SHEW-eh-john) of Davie, Fla., who promised returns of 5 to 18 percent a month.

The eight-year sentence imposed Friday by Judge James Cacheris at federal court in Alexandria was much closer to the seven-year sentence sought by the defense than the 16-year sentence sought by prosecutors.

Shew-a-Tjon apologized for his actions, and his lawyer said that investors are likely to recover more than $3 million of their losses.

AP-WF-05-25-12 1837GMT

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