In late 2019, Horwitz began defaulting on excellent notes issued by 1inMM, leaving buyers with greater than $234 million in unreturned principal, the SEC criticism said.
Horwitz, the SEC criticism said, “falsely blamed his default on refusals by HBO and Netflix to pay for distribution rights that they had licensed from 1inMM and claimed he was engaged in promising negotiations with them to acquire past-due funds.”
Horwitz, who has appeared in movies together with The Satan Under, The White Crow and Farming, pleaded responsible in October to 1 depend of securities fraud.
Hollywood ‘Success Story’
“Horwitz portrayed himself as a Hollywood success story,” prosecutors argued in a sentencing memorandum.
“He branded himself as an business participant, who, by means of his firm … leveraged his relationships with on-line streaming platforms like HBO and Netflix to promote them international movie distribution rights at a gentle premium…. However, as his victims got here to be taught, [Horwitz] was not a profitable businessman or Hollywood insider. He simply performed one in actual life,” in accordance with the federal government’s sentencing memorandum.
As a substitute of utilizing the funds to accumulate movies and prepare distribution offers, Horwitz operated 1inMM Capital as a Ponzi scheme, utilizing victims’ cash to repay earlier buyers and to fund his personal lavish way of life, together with the acquisition of his $6 million Beverlywood residence, luxurious vehicles and journey by personal jet, in accordance with the memorandum.
Horwitz defrauded 5 main teams of personal buyers and, all through the scheme, Horwitz raised a minimum of $650 million from greater than 250 people who invested immediately or not directly in 1inMM Capital, in accordance with the Justice Division.