NORFOLK, Virginia — A Virginia Beach woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison for running an investment fraud scheme.
Ayanna James was also sentenced Wednesday in Norfolk to 3 years of supervised released and ordered to pay $4.6 million in restitution to her victims.
The 40-year-old was the president and chief executive officer of Wilson Capital Group Inc., a private equity firm.
Federal prosecutors say she solicited funds from clients, promising to secure capital and financing. Instead, prosecutors say she used $34,000 in fraudulent proceeds to buy NBA season tickets, jewelry, a car and to travel overseas, among other things.
James pleaded guilty in May to mail fraud and unlawful monetary transactions charges.