Cengiz Jan Comu, 59, of Dallas, Texas, pleaded guilty on March 10, 2020, to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, 10 counts of mail fraud, 10 counts of wire fraud, and two counts of money laundering, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Toliver. Comu’s sentencing is currently scheduled for July 8, 2020, before Judge Kinkeade.
Why would 300 people invest $9.5 million over a five-year period in a company that sells water that is similar in color to oil? EarthWater, a Dallas (Addison) based operation had a great name, good story, and targeted elderly investors with promises of fast, high-yield returns.
According to the indictment, Comu, who is EarthWater’s founder, chairman and chief executive officer, falsely represented to victim investors that he was a successful Wall Street veteran with decades of experience and did not disclose to investors that, among other things, he was permanently barred from selling unregistered securities as a result of actions filed by state and federal securities regulators.