In time, Burgamy brought up a purported private capital fund that he operated. He first got Wilson to provide $15,000 to a business that needed a loan — and paid Wilson back $18,000, a decent return.
Eventually, Wilson lent $30,000 and $50,000 to Burgamy’s investment capital fund for purported investments. No returns followed those loans. Burgamy repaid little of the $30,000 and none of the $50,000.
“Asked how he dealt with this loss, Wilson explained that Burgamy was his friend, ‘and that’s what friends do,'” Howard said. “At the time, Wilson did not realize that Burgamy was manipulating and stealing from him. Instead, Wilson took Burgamy at his word.”
A federal prosecutor called that notion “absurd,” noting that Wilson was well-educated and more than capable of resisting Burgamy. Prosecutor Raj Parekh, an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, noted that Wilson went along with nearly every request