Marijuana investment scam gets disbarred attorney 5 years in prison.
In March 2018, a disbarred attorney was sentenced between two to five years in prison. The former Las Vegas attorney, Easton Harris convinced interested customers to invest in his company. He claimed the money would be invested in his medical marijuana company. Although he had a marijuana business registration, no actual business existed. Harris stole investors’ money and spent it. Their money was gone.
The bogus marijuana company, Sin City Organics, LLC., was a “cultivation center and dispensary” on paper. Harris had registered the company through the secretary of state of Nevada. A physical address where the marijuana would be cultivated never existed.
Before this fake marijuana company, Harris had been disbarred from the State Bar of Nevada. The Las Vegas Review Journal says he was disbarred for “more than 100 professional conduct violations involving at least 23 clients.” He was first suspended from practicing law in 2015.
Harris pleaded guilty to theft and conspiracy to commit theft. Harris told the judge of the District court “I’m sorry, and I’m willing to take responsibility.” Harris admitted to his crimes, but his apology cannot fix the damage he caused to his investors. One victim of the investment scam, Lisa Ashby lost $92,500. Another victim, Phillip Quayle stated that he lost his retirement savings because of Harris.
In addition to his prison sentence, Harris was ordered to repay $92,500 to Ashby and $75,000 to Quayle.