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LOS ANGELES, Sept. 20 � A lawyer in Newport Beach, Calif., was expected to appear in court Thursday on charges of fraud and money laundering relating to an investment scam that prosecutors allege robbed $1 million from victims, some of whom were clients of his law office. On Wednesday, federal prosecutors at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California indicted Gerald M. Shaw, a solo practitioner, along with Gregory De Lavalette, a resident of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. According to prosecutors, both promised victims a 40% return on investments that would be refunded within 30 days upon request. Instead, they used the money for business and personal expenses and did not return any of the investments. According to the indictment, Shaw also told the victims that the investments would go toward European bank instruments. He said that he had successfully made high-yield investments in the past on behalf of other clients. Shaw is charged with 10 counts of wire fraud and two counts of money laundering and, if convicted, faces up to 230 years in federal prison. De Lavalette is charged with three counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering with a possible 70 years in prison. Both are expected to appear in federal court in Santa Ana, Calif., this afternoon.

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