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Lawyers convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud

TAMPA, Fla. – Two lawyers from Houston, Texas, were found guilty in federal court Tuesday of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, following an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Secret Service.

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, from February 2005 through July 2006, Roger Lee Shoss, 67, and Nicolette Loisel, 55, conspired to steal the identities of dormant, publicly–traded companies. They used the stolen corporate identities to create fraudulent empty-shell companies and sell them for a profit.

All four companies listed in the indictment – Mobilestream, Inc., Regaltech, Inc., Nanoforce, Inc., and Rocky Mountain Gold Mining, Inc., which emanated from 3E International, Pacific Chemical, Webgalaxy, and Greensmart corporation, respectively – were ultimately sold and used in connection with a sophisticated investment fraud and money laundering scheme.

In payment for the companies, multiple wire transfers, totaling at least $800,000, were initiated from the Middle District of Florida to Shoss. He, in turn, paid Loisel more than $450,000 for her role in the scheme.

Sentencing is scheduled Aug. 9 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., respectively, before the Honorable James S. Moody, Jr.