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Mexican Man Living In Ohio Indicted In $9.6 Million Investment Scheme

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 07:  Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) (L) gavels in a hearing about Al-Qaeda and Afghanistan with ranking member Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) on Capitol Hill October 7, 2009 in Washington, DC. On the eighth anniversary of the United States' invasion of Afghanistan, witnesses testified, and disagreed, about what affect a withdrawal of U.S. forces from that country would have on Al-Qaeda.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 07: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) (L) gavels in a hearing about Al-Qaeda and Afghanistan with ranking member Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) on Capitol Hill October 7, 2009 in Washington, DC. On the eighth anniversary of the United States' invasion of Afghanistan, witnesses testified, and disagreed, about what affect a withdrawal of U.S. forces from that country would have on Al-Qaeda. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)  (2009 Getty Images)

Federal authorities say a Mexican citizen who lived in the Cleveland area defrauded investors in four states in a $9.6 million scheme over six years and used the money for a lavish lifestyle.

Prosecutors say 27-year-old Oscar Villarreal was indicted Tuesday on 10 counts of wire fraud, seven counts of money laundering and single counts of securities fraud and investment adviser fraud.

They say the former Gates Mills resident is believed to be in Mexico. It's not clear if he has an attorney.

Authorities allege he promoted and sold limited partnership interests in funds to dozens of investors in Ohio, Florida, New Jersey and New York. He's accused of misrepresenting the funds and purported profits and using ill-gotten money for purchases such as a luxury sports car and high-end piano.

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