Former Alpine Businessman Gets 19 Months In $5M Investment Scam

A former Alpine businessman who scammed investors out of more than $5 million was sentenced to 19 months in federal prison on Tuesday.

The Martin Luther King U.S. District Courthouse in Newark
The Martin Luther King U.S. District Courthouse in Newark Photo Credit: CLIFFVIEW PILOT

James Trolice, 64, previously admitted selling investors interests in companies that he and Lee Vaccaro, 46, of Las Vegas, claimed held securities that “gave holders the right to buy common stock at a specific price within a certain time frame,” U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said.

Trolice at the time was president and owner of Trolice Consulting Services LLC and president and chief marketing officer of eAgency, a California-based company that developed mobile security products.

He admitted in federal court in Newark last year that he made oral and written misrepresentations concerning the existence, number, validity and term of the “warrants” purportedly owned by the investment companies.

Trolice, who was living in Alpine, at the time, said he also lied about the amount of money he had personally invested in and raise for eAgency, as well as his position there.

Trolice, who now lives in Fairfield, CT, also admitted that, beginning in January 2011, the dollar amount of interests that he and Vaccaro sold in the investment companies “began to surpass the dollar amount of valid warrants [that they] held," Carpenito said.

“Neither Trolice nor Vaccaro disclosed to investors the risk that their investments would be diluted by the sale of additional interests in the companies,” the U.S. attorney said.

In the end, the investors lost more than $5 million, he said.

Vaccaro admitted his role in the scheme and is serving a 78-month federal prison sentence.

Trolice and Vaccaro will each have to serve just about all of their sentences: There's no parole in the federal prison system.

Trolice also was sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $5,000,512.65 in restitution.

Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI and IRS-Criminal Investigation for the investigation leading to the pleas.

He also thanked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s New York Regional Office and the New Jersey Bureau of Securities for their assistance.

Handling the case for the government are Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Shapiro and Deputy Chief Zach Intrater of Carpenito’s Economic Crimes Unit in Newark. 

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