LOS ANGELES – An accountant was sentenced today to 51 months in federal prison for running a four-year, $3.3 million Ponzi scheme that conned dozens of investors through false promises of generous returns on foreign exchange currency investments and was funded, in part, by his embezzlement from his non-profit employer.

          Steven F. Brown, 53, of Marina del Rey, was sentenced by United States District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez, who also ordered Brown to pay $3,313,346 in restitution. Brown pleaded guilty in October 2020 to one count of wire fraud.

          Brown controlled and operated Alpha Trade Analytics, Inc., a financial consulting-and-investment company he largely ran out of his home. Neither Brown nor Alpha Trade was a registered broker or dealer in securities. Brown also served as the accountant for a non-profit organization providing dance and theater arts education to children and young adults…

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