Entertainment Actor Zach Avery Arrested in $227 Million Ponzi Scheme Case Involving Fake HBO, Netflix Deals
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Little-known actor Zachary Horwitz, who performs under the stage name Zach Avery, was arrested Tuesday in Los Angeles on charges that he ran a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors out of $227 million, according to an affidavit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Horwitz, 34, was accused of fabricating emails from HBO and Netflix executives about fake film distribution deals in order to stave off demands for payments to investors, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday in Unites States District Court.
FBI agent John Verrastro alleges Horwitz bilked investors of significant sums by persuading them to invest in his supposed film distribution company called 1inMM Capital LLC.
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Horwitz's film credits as Zach Avery include 2021's "The Devil Below," 2020's "You're Not Alone" and the 2017 sci-fi thriller "Curvature."
The scheme as laid out by the FBI feautured a 2015 annual investors report that named 52 movies the company was said to be distributing in Africa, Australia, New Zealand and South America. Bottles of Johnny Walker Blue Label scotch were included with the investors package, according to the FBI report.
Horwitz, who the FBI says owes investors $227 million in principal alone, is alleged to have used much of the proceeds for the fake company toward personal income.
, which first reported the news, FBI agents arrested Horwitz on a wire fraud charge Tuesday morning at his home in Beverlywood and searched the house for evidence. The home is listed for sale on the real estate website Zillow for $6.5 million.
U.S. Magistrate Jean P. Rosenbluth agreed Tuesday in a hearing in downtown Los Angeles to release Horwitz on a $1 million secured bond, the Times reported.
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