EAST ST. LOUIS • A woman from the Netherlands who defrauded investors in Southern Illinois and elsewhere of $3.2 million via various investment scams was sentenced to five years in federal prison, prosecutors said Monday.
Heintina Roor-Potman, 52, was also ordered to forfeit $3.2 million and pay restitution, they said.
Roor-Potman, also known as Heleen Potman, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and two counts of wire fraud.
From 1998 to September 2010, Roor-Potman and her ex-husband, Pieter Roor, ran a series of online investment schemes that promised quick riches, prosecutors said.
When investors realized that the promised “mother load” was not going to pay out, the “investment programs” like “Dollar Dazzler” and “We Let Your Money Grow” would close and open under a new name, Roor-Potman's plea agreement says.
The programs continued despite a Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit in 1999.
After the SEC action, Roor got a Brazilian passport with the name Pedro Dispenza, court documents show.
The couple incorporated a series of businesses in countries all over the world and used a series of bank accounts and online currency accounts to move money, prosecutors said.
The couple was indicted in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis in 2010. Roor has been arrested but is fighting extradition, prosecutors said.
Roor-Potman was arrested earlier this year, pleaded guilty in July and was sentenced Sept. 30.