Sacramento, California - Matthew Sarad, 42, of Bakersfield, was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison for securities fraud, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to court documents, Sarad lived in Folsom and was the founder and chief executive officer of Rancho Cordova-based Telomolecular Corporation. It purported to be a biotechnology startup company and claimed to have developed nanoparticle technology that could eradicate cancer and treat other age-related diseases. Between November 2005 and July 2008, Sarad solicited investors nationwide, offering them stock in Telomolecular. In selling the Telomolecular stock, Sarad made untrue statements, such as telling investors that the company believed its cancer curing products would complete clinical trials, obtain requisite government approval and make it to the market in less than three years. He also claimed Telomolecular had a deep management team with experience taking companies public. Sarad collected about $6.7 million from approximately 400 investors. Telomolecular never developed a marketable cancer-curing product, never conducted any clinical trials, never had a deep management team with experience taking companies public, and never went public.
Between January 2009 and December 2009, Sarad also owned a Folsom-based company called Sun Nanosystems. It purported to install solar energy systems for residential and commercial customers. It claimed to have developed nanoparticle technology that vastly increased the efficiency of solar panels. In selling the solar panels, Sarad falsely claimed that Sun Nanosystems worked with state-of-the-art proprietary technology that could increase the efficiency of conventional solar panels by as much as 50 percent. He claimed that Sun Nanosystems had a great deal of experience installing solar panels and had satisfied past customers. Sarad collected approximately $300,000 from customers but failed to complete installation of any solar panels.
In sentencing, United States District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller found that Sarad had engaged in a “pattern of purveying false information” and that a “significant sentence is warranted.”
“The FBI is committed to identifying and investigating corporate fraud cases and encourage those who have information about such illegal activity, wherever it may be found, to come forward,” said Supervisory Special Agent David Hanzal of the FBI’s Sacramento field office. “Approximately 400 people fell victim to Sarad’s inaccurate claims and false promises regarding his company’s investment opportunities and products, resulting in significant and unacceptable losses.”
This case was the product of an extensive investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Lee S. Bickley and Christopher Hales prosecuted the case.