Greenwich Man Charged with Investment Fraud Scheme

On September 12, 2018, A federal grand jury in New Haven returned an indictment charging Leonid Pollak, also known as “Lenny,” 58, of Greenwich, with federal offenses related to an investment fraud scheme.

Pollak was arrested Thursday morning.  He appeared Thursday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert M. Spector in New Haven and was ordered detained.

As alleged in the indictment, Pollak owned a Norwalk-based company that organized trade shows and expositions throughout the US. In mid-2013, Pollak induced an acquaintance to invest $290,000 in a new business venture that was supposed to organize similar expositions in the Ukraine.  Instead of using the money to build the new business, Pollak spent nearly all of it on unrelated business and personal expenses, including Pollak’s home mortgage loan, groceries and clothing, automobiles, and private school tuition.

The indictment charges Pollak with six counts of wire fraud, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years on each count, and two counts of illegal monetary transactions, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years on each count.

U.S. Attorney Durham stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt.  Charges are only allegations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, and U.S. Secret Service, with assistance from the Greenwich Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Avi M. Perry.

The indictment was announced by John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.