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Defendant:  John Nemec (DOB: 03/06/1971)

May 4, 2018 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. today announced that a Yonkers man was arraigned in Westchester County Court on Grand Larceny charges after he defrauded three victims of more than $190,000.

John Nemec of Yonkers was arraigned May 2, 2018, before Judge Larry J. Schwartz on an indictment charging him with:

  • one count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony
  • two counts of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, class D felonies
  • one count of Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, a class E felony
  • one count of Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree

Background
The indictment alleges that John Nemec conspired and engaged in a fraudulent investment scheme to steal over $190,000 from his victims. To carry out the scheme, Nemec first fraudulently induced his victims to trust him, and then he stole their money. He told his victims that he left his short-lived employment as a police officer years ago to become a financial success in both the film industry and as a stock trader. He showed one victim a fraudulent investment account statement falsely stating that Nemec had over $58,000,000 (58 million dollars) in personal investments. Once Nemec gained their trust, he then convinced his victims to transfer their life savings to him and his co-conspirator under the guise that their money would be held and invested on their behalf. Shortly after their savings were transferred, Nemec orchestrated the withdrawal of their money for his own personal use.

Between August 2010 and October 2010, Nemec stole approximately $50,285 of investment funds from his first victim. In May 2011, he stole approximately $4,900 from his next victim. Then, between June 2011 and October 2012, Nemec and his co-conspirator stole approximately $137,068 from his third victim.

In March 2014, after learning that the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office was investigating his crimes, Nemec began actively evading investigators and apparently fled to Spain at one point. Arrest warrants were issued by the Yonkers City Court March 28, 2014, and by the Westchester County Supreme Court Oct. 11, 2016.  

However, John Nemec’s yearslong attempt to evade authorities ended this week. Through the persistence of coordination between the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office and the Westchester County Department of Public Safety’s Warrant-Fugitive Unit, John Nemec was located and apprehended early Wednesday morning, May 2, 2018, in LaGrange, New York.  

Nemec is currently remanded. His next court date is May 15, 2018. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in state prison.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Brian Fitzgerald, Deputy Bureau Chief of the Westchester County District Attorney’s Public Integrity Bureau.

 

John Nemec

John Nemec

 

In compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.6, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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