Actor who faked HBO, Netflix deals is set to plead guilty in $650 million Ponzi scheme

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The Netflix logo sign is seen on top of its office building on Feb. 4, 2021 in Hollywood, California. (VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)

The Netflix logo sign is seen on top of its office building on Feb. 4, 2021 in Hollywood, California. (VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)

Zachary Horwitz, an actor in low-budget horror and science-fiction movies, has agreed to plead guilty to running a massive Hollywood Ponzi scheme.

Horwitz, 34, admitted in court papers that he duped investors into giving him more than $650 million for fictitious movie deals with HBO and Netflix.

While Horwitz repaid much of the money in order to lure victims into investing more, he also spent large sums of it to finance his “lavish lifestyle,” according to his Sept.1 plea agreement with the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles. Horwitz acknowledged that he has failed to repay $231 million.

The agreement calls for Horwitz to plead guilty to one count of securities fraud at a hearing on Oct. 4. Prosecutors indicated in court records they will ask U.S. District Judge Mark C. Scarsi to impose a hefty sentence in light of the huge sum Horwitz swindled. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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