Texas man gets 17 years in prison after fake Disney park scam.
A man from Plano, Texas was sentenced to over 17 years in prison for wire fraud. The perpetraitor’s name is Thomas W. Lucas Jr. Lucas was convicted of wire fraud and for lying to the FBI. Lucas scammed investors into believing that a new Disney theme park was being built in North Texas. “Lucas claimed a Disney source tipped him off about the theme park.” This is how he was able to convince investors to buy land.
The perpetraitor committed his crime by fabricating a story about a Disney theme park. He claimed the theme park would be built near Celina, Texas. Lucas went as far as creating a map which showed the supposed location of the theme park. Then he made official looking documents and forged Disney’s logo on them.
Lucas claimed that this information had been given to him by his “secret Disney source.”
From 2006 – 2010 prosecutors say that Lucas managed to defraud 100 investors. During that time the investors paid about $60 million towards the non-existent theme park. A whopping $448,000 is how much the perpetraitor earned from this scam in sales commissions alone.
A large amount of the investments was lost due to poor contracting. Lucas’ trial occurred in 2015. In February of that year he was convicted for “seven federal counts of wire fraud and one count of lying to the FBI” according to Dallas News.