Melba Moore’s Strange Response After Her Ex Husband Made Millions Illegally
Her Ex-Husband’s Multi-Million Dollar Ponzi Scheme
Charles then found himself at the center of controversy when investigators closed in on his multi-million dollar scheme.
According to Billboard, Charles misused money from investors and ultimately stole more than $8 million. Charles, along with business partners, Charles Butchko, and Anne Thomas, fraudulently acquired investments through their two companies JYork Industries and Urogo Inc. Instead of using the funds appropriately, he used the funds for one of his record labels and paid his $7,200-a-month luxury Manhattan apartment. Although his defense lawyers argued that he stole about $2.9 million from his clients, the prosecuting attorneys pointed out that had he not been caught, Charles Huggins was on track to stealing $8.90 million in his plot against his clients:
“This fraud was extensive, brazen, and sophisticated,” [U.S. District Judge Sidney Stein] told Huggins, noting he “lived a very luxurious lifestyle on the money of presumably hardworking individuals … people who were completely innocent.”
Prosecutors also revealed Charles conned his investors into believing their money was being invested in “gold and diamonds from Sierra Leone and Liberia,” reports New York Daily News. However, Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward Imperatore argued Charles “acted out of pure greed, out of a desire to spend other people’s hard-earned money on himself.” In addition to funding his luxurious lifestyle, court papers indicated that some of the money “was used to make payments to other investors, as in a classic Ponzi scheme.”
How Melba MooreStepped In To Help Him To The Surprise Of Many
Despite the incriminating evidence against Charles, one aspect of the case was quite unusual. Although Melba’s previous sentiments were very similar to the claims of her ex-husband’s investment victims- claiming Charles also abused her economically- she took a different stance when it came to his trial years later. Instead of testifying against him, she testified on his behalf as a character witness in hopes of helping him obtain a lesser sentence. Her testimony was relatively strange because he’d left her and their young daughter high and dry after the divorce, according to what she’d publicly revealed years prior. However, Melba had a different perspective of it all.
“I know the time he’s facing will be a death sentence,” said Moore, 67. “So hopefully I can help him through this. Everyone deserves a chance.”
Charles Huggin’s Sentence
As a result of his actions (and also probably the result of Melba’s help by way of her testimony), Charles Huggins was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of wire fraud. He was sentenced to 10 years behind bars in 2015 (avoiding the government’s request of a 22 – 27 year jails sentence) and is currently still locked up paying for his decisions. This reminds me of what comedian/actress Mo’Nique once said in her stand up to a group of prisoners: ‘We’re all just one bad decision away from being your cellmate.’ In Charles’ case, that bad decision became his reality.
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