COLUMBUS: A former Dublin, Ohio, man who moved to suburban Miami has been charged with bilking $10 million from an investor in an alleged scam involving real estate purchases in Pakistan.
Federal prosecutors say Haider Zafar solicited investments by boasting of special access to information about pending purchases of property by the Pakistani government.
An indictment announced Wednesday alleges Zafar persuaded an investor to send him $10.1 million via wire transfer.
The indictment says the 35-year-old Zafar spent the money on multiple luxury automobiles. It also says he filed a false tax return in 2007 and failed to file tax returns in 2008 through 2010.
Zafar, of Miramar, Fla., is charged with multiple counts of wire fraud, money laundering and tax fraud.
A message was left with his attorney.