Richardson was convicted on Nov. 17, 2019 of six counts of wire fraud and four counts of money laundering.
A sole practitioner, Richardson had operated Douglas A. Richardson, CPA, LLC since Feb. 2009 and was former CFO, treasurer, and CPA of Smart Prong Technologies, Tulsa, Okla., from Dec. 2013, to June 2016. Smart Prong developed technology, and manufactured devices for charging cell phones.
Richardson transferred at least $4.4 million from Smart Prong bank accounts into his personal and business accounts and solicited loans from several clients. While the money was supposed to be invested, part it was used for his personal benefit, and to pay other individuals including prior investors and others to whom he owed money.
For example, Richardson enticed a client to loan Richardson $365,000 from his business to provide funding for a real estate deal and an automobile dealership. Instead, the CPA used $230,000 to repay to another individual, spent $72,704 to pay off a Chevrolet Corvette, and issued a $7,500 check to himself.