Trial begins in $100M Ponzi scheme case

Published On: Jan 17 2012 04:51:38 PM EST
Updated On: Jan 17 2012 04:53:29 PM EST
Lydia Cladek

Lydia Cladek

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -

The trial is underway in federal court for Lydia Cladek, of St. Augustine, who's charged with wire and mail fraud, and conspiracy to commit fraud in a Ponzi scheme.

The government says the Ponzi scheme bilked investors out of $100 million.

The first witness in the case told the jury how she invested $200,000 with Cladek.

The FBI raided Cladek's business and home in 2010.

If convicted, Cladek could get up to 20 years in prison.

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