Troy Business Owner, Viktor Gjonaj Charged with Wire Fraud
(STL.News) A Troy based commercial real estate broker and investor was charged today with devising and executing a scheme to obtain money by means of false material promises and representations from victim-investors, U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider announced.
Schneider was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Timothy T. Waters, Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Viktor Gjonaj, age 43, was charged in an Information with one count of wire fraud and the case has been assigned to the Honorable Linda V. Parker, United States District Judge.
According to the criminal Information, in June 2016, Gjonaj believed he had discovered a guaranteed way to win huge jackpots in the Michigan Lottery Dailey 3 and 4 games. To accomplish this he had to substantially increase the times he played and amounts he spent. In 2017, Gjonaj began losing more money than he won and more money than he could afford to lose. Rather than ending his gambling, Gjonaj devised a scheme to trick individuals into giving him money by falsely promising them he would invest it in lucrative real estate deals. In order to make the deals look legitimate, Gjonaj created a fake title company and instructed the victim-investors to wire transfer money into the bank account of the fake company.