VesCor Capital owner Val Southwick pleaded guilty in June 2008 to nine counts of securities fraud and was sentenced to 1 to 15 years in prison on each count, with the sentences to run consecutively. At least one other person, business agent William J. Hammons, has been found guilty of crimes connected with the scheme.
Moore managed investor relations for VesCor and offered and sold investments, according to the Utah Attorney General's Office.
He was convicted at the end of a six-day trial of defrauding five groups of Utah investors who suffered losses estimated at more than $489,000.
Among other things, prosecutors said that when Moore pitched investments he failed to disclose the terrible financial condition of the company, which forensic accountants have said was insolvent from its inception and operated as a Ponzi scheme to give the illusion of profitability.
Moore is scheduled to be sentenced by 3rd District Judge Katie Bernards-Goodman on April 12.
VesCor Corp., a brief history
Its business • Offered investments in real estate projects
Its crime • Insolvent since inception, it operated as a Ponzi scheme
Its consequences • Three people have been found guilty of crimes connected with the scheme