NEW YORK — A Florida investment adviser and onetime Oregon gubernatorial candidate has been sentenced to six years in federal prison in a $13 million securities fraud scheme that prosecutors say capitalized on enthusiasm for shares of Facebook and other Internet companies about to go public.
Craig L. Berkman of Odessa was sentenced Monday in federal court in Manhattan. He pleaded guilty in June to securities fraud and wire fraud and agreed to serve up to 10 years in prison.
Berkman admitted falsely claiming to investors that he owned shares of Facebook, Groupon and LinkedIn, among other companies. He told investors their money would be used to buy shares of companies before their initial public offerings.
Berkman also was once Oregon's Republican Party chairman and ran for governor there.