By MELINDA WILLIAMS
ROANOKE – A jury trial has been set for a Pulaski County businessman accused of bilking investors out of nearly $600,000, however the date isn’t set in stone.
Brian McGinn, spokesman for the Western District U.S. Attorney’s Office, said the two-day, March 4-5, trial date is “tentative” at this point and “likely to get changed down the road.”
Charles G. Shomo, 64, is accused in a federal indictment of running a Ponzi scheme in which funds obtained from investors allegedly were used for “personal expenses and to help fund an unrelated scooter business.” McGinn said the scooter shops in question were Chubber’s Scooters, which were located in Pulaski and Fairlawn.
Shomo faces three counts of mail fraud, two counts of securities fraud and one count of money laundering in U.S. District Court in Roanoke. The crimes are alleged to have occurred between December 2006 and June 2013.