A federal judge sentenced a California man to 3 1/2 years in prison on Tuesday for defrauding South Jersey residents using a bogus investment scheme, prosecutors in New Jersey announced.

Christopher Glynn, 59, of Burbank, pleaded guilty last year in Camden federal court to one count each of wire fraud and money laundering.

To hook his victims, Glynn maintained a variety of corporate identities, including U.S. Grant Distribution Group, PG Philanthropic Initiative and Perrarus Global Philanthropic Initiative, and claimed he was affiliated with an international trust funded with billions of dollars, according to the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey.

He approached two victims in Vineland with an opportunity to “invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in a business development loan,” prosecutors said, and claimed the loan would be used for costs related to an animal welfare charitable foundation and shelter he was helping…

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