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Crime LA businessman accused of conspiring with Utah polygamists in multi-million dollar fraud scheme

15:55  21 february  2020
15:55  21 february  2020 Source:   abc7.com

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Prosecutors say Los Angeles businessman Levon Termendzhyan is a criminal mastermind and the driving force behind a scheme to defraud the government and taxpayers of more than $1 billion.

Termendzhyan allegedly conspired with Utah polygamists, including brothers Jacob and Isaiah Kingston, the chief executives of Utah's Washakie Renewable Energy.

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"Once Jacob Kingston pled guilty, they had to reverse field, and that's only been within the last seven months, which has forced them to make it out that poor Jacob was the dupe and Levon was the mastermind, which couldn't be further from the truth," said Mark Geragos, Termendzhyan's defense lawyer.

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