MANHATTAN (CN) – After a 5-week federal trial, a jury on Thursday convicted Mario “Sammy” Levis of defrauding investors when he was treasurer and senior vice president of Puerto Rico-based Doral Financial. Levis propped up the share price with lies, and as the scheme unraveled, shareholders lost about $4 billion.
Levis managed to pump up Doral’s share price from $10 to $50, and his own holdings tripled in value to $60 million, prosecutors said. When the scheme collapsed, its share price dropped back to around $14.
Levis, 46, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, will be sentenced on Sept. 14.