Man sentenced for defrauding investors out of more than $5M

Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say a Nevada man who defrauded investors out of more than $5 million has been sentenced to nearly seven years in prison.



Lee Vaccaro received a 78-month sentence Tuesday. The Las Vegas man had pleaded guilty last June to securities fraud and conspiracy charges.



Prosecutors say the 45-year-old Vaccaro and another person sold investors interests in companies they controlled. They say the pair falsely told investors that the companies held warrants in a California-based company that develops mobile security products.



Warrants are derivative securities that give the holder the right to purchase common stock at a specific price within a certain time frame.



Vaccaro also admitted that he and the other person made misrepresentations about the existence, number, validity, and term of the warrants.


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