FORT MYERS — A Cape Coral resident and former real estate broker was sentenced to 5 years and 10 months in federal prison for defrauding a retired school teacher out of $561,000.
U.S. District Judge John E. Steele sentenced Aaron Eyerman, 38, on Sept. 9 for wire fraud, money laundering and false oath in relation to a bankruptcy proceeding, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release. As part of his sentence, the court also entered a money judgment of $562,407.38, the proceeds of the charged criminal conduct. Eyerman was found guilty by a jury on June 4, 2019.
The release says that evidence presented at trial showed Eyerman met the victim, a retired schoolteacher from Pennsylvania, working in the real estate industry. In 2015, Eyerman convinced her to invest $300,000 in a real estate venture of flipping houses.
Instead of using her money for that purpose, the release says Eyerman gambled away a large portion of the money at casinos and, over a matter of seven weeks, spent the remainder on personal luxury goods, including a custom Porsche 911, a $12,700 Rolex watch and a $50,000 down payment on a waterfront residence in Cape Coral.
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