Zachary Joseph Horwitz, 34, of Los Angeles, used money from the years-long scheme to buy a $6 million house and pay off hundreds of thousands of dollars in credit card debt.
He pleaded guilty to one count of securities fraud Monday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California said in a statement.
Horwitz told investors their money would be used to secure rights for films that Netflix and HBO agreed to distribute abroad, officials said.
But the money was not going to that, and the licensing agreements and deals with Netflix and HBO were fake, Horwitz admitted in a plea agreement. The streaming giants said they never did business with him or his company, prosecutors said. The overall scheme raised at least $650 million and caused more than $230 million in losses.
“Mr. Horwitz has accepted responsibility for his actions, and today’s plea is an important step in that process,” his attorney, Ryan S. Hedges, said.
The Ponzi scheme eventually collapsed, and 1inMM Capital began defaulting on promissory notes in 2019. Horwitz used the money coming in to pay off earlier investors and prop up the scheme, according to court documents.
Horwitz used some of the stolen money to buy a $6 million house in Beverlywood, a Los Angeles neighborhood south of Beverly Hills, and paid off more than…