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Globetrotting Newport Beach fraudster finally captured, sentenced to 34 years in elaborate Ponzi scheme

A 58-year-old Newport Beach man who eluded authorities for two years before being arrested was sentenced Friday to more than 34 years in prison for stealing about $3 million in a real estate fraud Ponzi scheme. Thomas Franklin Tarbutton was convicted Jan. 20, 2016, of 40 felony counts, including grand theft and securities fraud, involving […]