SAN ANTONIO – A Boerne man was sentenced yesterday to 135 months in prison and ordered to pay $7,424,927.10 in restitution for running a Ponzi scheme.
According to court documents, Victor Farias, 48, owned and operated Integrity Aviation & Leasing (IAL). Farias used IAL to perpetuate a Ponzi scheme resulting in net losses to victims of over $7.4 million. Farias persuaded victims to invest in IAL by misrepresenting that investors’ funds would be used to purchase aircraft engines and that the aircraft engines would be leased to airlines for profit. In addition, Farias also told investors he would not pay himself a salary or commission.
Instead, Farias bought one aircraft engine and sold it shortly thereafter, making no profit for investors. He used investors’ money to pay himself a salary, commissions, and personal expenses. He also paid out false investment returns to prior investors and financed the construction of the Fair Oaks Country Store, a convenience store unrelated to the IAL investment.
On January 27, 2021, Farias pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud.
“Through deception and greed this defendant stole from his victims, some of whom were retired public servants. He deprived many of these victims of the restful retirement they worked all their lives to achieve,” said U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff. “We hope the Court’s sentence provides some measure of justice to the victims and sends a strong message to other fraudsters that…