Danville businessman sentenced to 10 years for defrauding investors

jmadden@herald-leader.comJune 24, 2014 

The owner of a children's fun and gaming center in Danville was sentenced Monday for defrauding investors in his business.

Paul Christopher Turner, 50, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for aggravated identity theft and wire fraud by U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

According to court documents, Turner used the personal information of investors without their permission and forged signatures of a notary public, in order to obtain loans and open lines of credit for his business, the release said.

Turner, who pleaded guilty to an indictment alleging he raised millions of dollars from 2004 to 2013 for his business, had obtained some of that money from investors through false promises on how the money would be spent. He used the money for his own living expenses, the news release said.

Under federal law Turner will have to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence.

Justin Madden: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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