Men Don’t Make the Cut in Diamond Scam

January 21, 2005

United States Attorney Richard Roper announced that Bryan Wilson Taylor, 70, a resident of Dallas and Jerrold Wayne Myers, 67, a resident of Tulsa, Oklahoma, were sentenced recently by the Honorable Jorge Solis, United States District Judge.

Taylor pled guilty to wire fraud and was sentenced to 36 months imprisonment. Myers pled guilty to securities fraud and received a 10-month sentence. Each was ordered to pay $532,510 restitution to the victims of their crime. Judge Solis ordered each of them to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons by Feb.16, 2005.

The two men were indicted on May 4, 2004. According to documents filed with the court, Taylor and Myers told investors that they could purchase large diamond collections at huge discounts and later resell these diamonds at a large profit through their companies, “A Diamond is Forever,” the “Bryan Taylor Group” and “Third Day Ltd.”

Taylor reportedly represented himself as an experienced diamond marketer, an expert in the diamond business, and a broker who had the ability to purchase and resell diamonds at substantial profits. Taylor further represented himself as a successful Dallas businessman with a clientele of upper-end diamond investors. Instead, previous diamond transactions had resulted in large losses to his clients.

Taylor reportedly failed to reveal that he had an extensive criminal history, was a party to several civil lawsuits, and had previously filed personal bankruptcy. Myers reportedly failed to disclose to investors that he had no prior experience in diamond investing or marketing. Taylor and Myers admitted that they used investors’ funds for their own use.

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