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Trial Team, United States v. Brandau et al.

2004 Federal Service Award | National Crime Victims’ Service Awards

Trial Team, United States v. Brandau et al. | Federal Service Award
Office of the U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Florida 
Miami, Florida

Indictments in United States v. Brandau et al., included 17 defendants with more than 100 assets for forfeiture, pursuant to Title 18, U.S.C. Section 982. The defendants defrauded approximately 4,000 victims throughout the United States and Europe of more than $117 million. The victims, who were mostly elderly, were conned into investing in nonexistent viatical insurance policies from which they were to receive a 42 percent profit. 

Through the work of the prosecution team, 12 individuals and four corporations have been convicted. The lead defendant is serving a prison term of 55 years. Approximately $12 million in assets have been seized, forfeited, and turned over to the victims as partial restitution.