Orlando, Florida – Acting United States Attorney Karin Hoppmann announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Keith Ingersoll (45, Orlando) and James Adamczyk (64, Orlando) for their roles in an over $12 million fraud scheme and conspiracy. Ingersoll and Adamczyk are each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, twenty counts of wire fraud, and nineteen counts of money laundering. Ingersoll is also charged with one count of aggravated identity theft. Ingersoll and Adamczyk are facing up to 20 years in federal prison for the conspiracy count and each wire fraud count, and up to 10 years in federal prison for each money laundering count. Ingersoll also faces a minimum mandatory of 2 years in federal prison for the aggravated identity theft count.
According to theindictment, Ingersoll, Adamczyk, and others obtained more than $12 million from a victim. Specifically, the conspirators falsely represented that the funds provided by the victim would be used as refundable deposits for specific real estate transactions, that they would be held in escrow by an attorney or by an attorney as an escrow agent and, that the funds would be returned to the victim upon request. In fact, the funds were sent to two conspirators who were not licensed attorneys: a suspended attorney and, after the suspended attorney died, Adamczyk. Rather than retain the funds as had been promised, the suspended attorney and Adamczyk diverted portions of the funds for their own personal benefit and transferred other funds to Ingersoll.
As part of the conspiracy, Ingersoll, Adamczyk, and other conspirators provided the victim with real estate purchase contracts and other documents that were not executed by the owners of the properties but that contained forged signatures or were executed using the names of fictitious individuals and that falsely represented the entities that owned the properties. Ingersoll, Adamczyk, and other conspirators also falsely claimed that specific entities and individuals had expressed interest in purchasing the real estate but those potential buyers did not exist, had never been contacted about purchasing the real estate, or had declined to pursue a transaction. When the victim requested a return of some of the funds, Ingersoll and Adamczyk provided false excuses why the funds could not be returned, including false claims that Adamczyk was not allowed to leave Costa Rica due to having COVID-19 and that Adamczyk needed to be at the bank in person to return the funds to the victim. Ingersoll, Adamczyk, and other conspirators spent the proceeds received as a result of their fraud on themselves and for their own personal benefit, including for luxury car rentals, travel, and adult entertainment.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by United States Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg, Jennifer M. Harrington, and Amanda Daniels.
Department of Justice
Office of the U.S. Attorney
Middle District of Florida