CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – The Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested David Wade Watson, 62, of 8211 Presidential Court, Cape Canaveral, and Rajshree Patel, 45, of 2670 Concord Road, Deland, on charges of organized scheme to defraud after allegedly defrauding investors of nearly $2.5 million.
FLDLE says that since 2015, Watson and Patel solicited a handful of investors, claiming Watson was awaiting billions of dollars in civil settlements from the U.S. Government.
He allegedly told investors he needed additional money to help settle the lawsuits and, once they were settled and the funds released, he would pay them millions or billions of dollars for every $1,000 invested.
FDLE says that Watson and Patel initially told victims that the lawsuit stemmed from his work as a classified agent with the federal government.
In a later alleged scam, they told investors Watson started a successful film company (Mazzone Films) and asked them to invest in that company. The company was also supposedly awaiting funds from a lawsuit.
FDLE says that tn both cases, Watson and Patel created fraudulent statements to show investors, but told them the lawsuits were confidential and calling to inquire about them would jeopardize the settlements.
He allegedly used money from new investors to pay some money back to the initial investors, but most of the investor money was spent for the pair to live an extravagant lifestyle.
Watson and Patel were arrested this morning. Watson was booked into the Brevard County Jail, and Patel was booked into the Volusia County Jail, each on $250,000 bond.
Both are charged with organized scheme to defraud.