CEO Stokes--78 months in Federal PRISON
for fraud/conspiracy/money laundering
Ex-con Stokes and Eddie go back to Artfest International [ARTS- SEC Revoked] at the very least. He's a convicted federal felon who was sentenced to 78 months in prison. Eddie just installed his old crony as his latest puppet with PBHG.
Here's a good page: http://silencedogoo8.wix.com/thomasstokes
4/16/11 ARTS http://investorshub.advfn.com/boards/read_msg.aspx?message_id=62151054
12/6/11 PBHG http://investorshub.advfn.com/boards/read_msg.aspx?message_id=69660624
Here's a post I cited in 2011
Quote:Thomas Wayne Stokes
What were the specific charges that resulted in his imprisonment?
What is his involvement with Artfest?
Was he banned from being involved in anything as a condition of his parole?
This is the 2nd known felon associated with Artfest. The other being Beryl Zyskind.
Tom Stokes 'Director International Marketing'
1993 Indicted 6 Counts of Fraud, Conspiracy to Defraud,
Transportation of stoled Property, concerning investment Fraud
1996 Indicted 9 counts of fraud, Including but not limited to:
Copnsipracy to Defraud the US Government, Wire Fraud, and others
Sentenced to 78 Months Prison with 3 Years supervised Release (beginning October 2002)
New Scam [ARTS]- Pablo Picasso art Statue - claims is worth 51M, Validated with several experts - Highly questionable
Claims that Paul Garfinkle's of Flordia, family was given statue, Claims that Barry Wicker, of Chicago obtained the statue for DR who died in Chicago.
Story changes everywhere from place, origin, ownership, agreement.
Paul Garfinkle - Convicted on over 100 Counts simular to Tom Stokes.
BUYER BEWARE!!!! Art Fest International, Channel Galleries, and Brothers Reality & Invesment Group LLP is DANGEROUS!!!!!!!! http://www.stockrants.com/forum/us-penny-stock-picks/4115-arts-artfest-international-inc-4.html
THOMAS WAYNE STOKES Register# 29160-077 Age: 59 Race: White Male 10/11/2002 RELEASED http://www.bop.gov/inmateloc/
Quote:LEGALCASES 1997 LC CASE SUMMARIES United States v. Stokes No. 96 Cr. (SAS), 1996 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18742 (S.D.N.Y. 18 December 1996)
Prime Bank Instrument Scams.
Note: This is a criminal action for violation of various federal criminal statutes in connection with money laundering. In the context of an opinion denying a Motion to Suppress evidence obtained from a wiretap, the opinion notes that one of the intercepted communications indicated that the defendant, Thomas Wayne Stokes, and Eugene Alten, Thomas Major, and J. Michael Rice - alleged con-conspirators - "were also involved in an investment fraud scheme involving fraudulent banking instruments. ... In several conversations, they discussed 'prime bank notes,' prime bank guarantees,' standby letters of credit,' and 'roll programs,' investment schemes whose object, [in the estimation of federal agent giving an Affidavit in opposition to the Motion to Suppress] was to 'obtain large advance payments or down payments from the victims as part of these purported securities.'"
1998 INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL BANKING LAW & PRACTICE
"The views expressed in this Case Summary are those of the Institute of International Banking Law and Practice and not necessarily those of ICC or the other partners in DC-PRO."