Nevada women charged with money laundering after $7 million Ponzi scheme

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey announced Tuesday that a Nevada woman has been charged with charges related to a $7 million Ponzi scheme.

Anna Kline, formerly Jordana Weber, 33, of Sparks Nevada, was charged by arraignment with two counts of wire fraud, 11 counts of money laundering, four counts of criminal proceeds transaction and two counts of obstruction of justice.

According to court documents, from April 2017 to July 2019, Kline owned and operated several front companies that falsely claimed to offer loan services to clients. Clients were typically small business owners seeking large loans, often around $100 million.

Kline would require victimized borrowers to pay up to 5% of the potential total loan amount as a “fee” before the loan is funded. After the victim’s ‘expenses’ are paid, she would claim to do due diligence on the loans, according to court documents.

During this period, Kline often gave victims “fake” explanations as to why their loan funding was delayed. According to documents filed for that case, it was common for victims to receive falsified or fraudulent documents, such as bank statements, showing that the shell companies had enough money to fund the loan.

Meanwhile, Kline and her significant other, Jason Torres, used the “expenses” paid by the victims to fund their daily expenses and other purchases. The ‘fees’ were also used to pay off previous victims in the manner of a traditional Ponzi scheme.

Torres is charged by complaint and the charges are still pending.

Six victims have been identified with approximately $7 million which was transferred to bank accounts controlled by Kline.

Kline was arrested in July 2019 on charges related to the Ponzi scheme. She was released on bail and, through her attorney at the time, provided the government with a PDF document purporting to be part of a Cellebrite report showing messages between Kline and Torres.

The messages appeared to show Torres threatening Kline and insinuating that Torres was primarily responsible for the fraudulent fee advance scheme.

However, a forensic examination of the PDF document revealed that it had been tampered with and further investigation revealed that Kline had previously submitted the false report to a family court in California in a custody dispute. between the two.

During that hearing, Kline said the report was generated by a medical examiner named Drew Andrews, but further investigation revealed that Andrews did not exist. Andrews was actually an alter ego of Kline whom she used to trick the California Family Court, her attorney at the time and a forensic expert, according to court documents.

In addition to the fraudulent report, Kline provided the government with a computer that she said contained an iTunes backup containing alleged text messages from Torres. After a forensic examination of the computer, it was revealed that the data on the computer had been manipulated. Kline changed some timestamps on the computer to make it look like the iTunes backup was created in April 2020.

The date when Kline will appear before a U.S. District Judge has yet to be set.

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