Arthur James Marshall, Jr. has been charged in a twenty-two-count indictment with fraud and money laundering in his real estate ventures. It was reported in news coverage of the April 3, 2009 execution of a search warrant by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Marshall’s former office building that Marshall was a local high school football star who later played at the University of Georgia and thereafter spent five years in the National Football League.
The indictment charges Marshall with eight counts of defrauding three banks in obtaining loans for seven different properties in Columbia and Richmond Counties. The indictment also charges Marshall with two counts of mail fraud for deceiving a mortgage lender and a home buyer regarding the sale of two different properties. The indictment further charges Marshall with eleven counts of money laundering involving over a million dollars that he obtained from those fraudulent transactions. An initial appearance on these charges has not yet been scheduled.
If convicted of the bank frauds, Marshall faces a maximum statutorypenalty of 30 years imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine. If convicted of mail fraud, Marshall faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. If convicted of money laundering, Marshall faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.
Edmund A. Booth, Jr., United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, made the announcement.
An indictment is only an accusation and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation which led to the indictment. The government is represented in this case by Assistant United States Attorney David M. Stewart.