By Matthew Goldstein
It’s been a while since we last wrote about the legal struggles of Tyrone Gilliams, the Philadelphia commodities trader/hip-hop promoter/wannabe reality show star/self-styled preacher, whom federal authorities have charged with scamming investors out of $5 million. But the University of Pennslyania graduate is making news again with the scheduled start of his Jan. 22 criminal trial in New York federal court.
Gilliams will be on trial with his former lawyer Everette Scott. Both men are charged with working together to “devise a scheme and artifice to defraud” investors out of their money that was supposed to have been invested in Treasury Strips–a derivative of U.S. Treasury bonds the separates the coupon and principal on the underlying note into different securities.
Federal prosecutors don’t appear to be taking the trial lightly. Just a few weeks ago, prosecutors revised the indictment against Gilliams and Everette to spell out more details of how money that was raised to invest in Treasury Strips was largely misappropriated. In a court filing, prosecutors indicated that they could call as many as two-dozen witnesses.
Two potential witnesses include the alleged victim — David Parlin, a Cincinnati, Ohio businessman and John Taylor, who runs an investment vehicle that invested with Gilliams. Others on the witness list include people familiar with the splashy charitable gala event Gilliams held in Philadelphia, that money was allegedly diverted to. The government may also call some of the people–we reported on–who helped line up investors for Gilliams.