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Former HI resident who claimed to be UN ambassador sentenced to 18 months for fraud scheme

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Former Hawaii resident Curtis Ross was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Monday for deceiving investors with a bogus scheme. 

The 49-year-old claimed to be a United Nations ambassador and multimillionaire, making the promise to several investors that they would earn up to 400 percent in profits from his gold and diamond trading transactions. 

But those deals proved to be nonexistent, and Ross used the money for personal expenses. 

"Had the victims in this matter taken five minutes to do a simple Google search, they would have learned that the defendant was not in fact a United Nations ambassador or a multimillionaire and that the platform trading investments he was offering were fictitious," said FBI Special Agent Tom Simon. 

Ross has also been ordered to repay the $160,000 that he took from investors. 

He will surrender to authorities on January 5 and will likely serve his prison term on the mainland. 

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