Man bilked investors out of more than $7 million

Katlyn Snow of Lancaster got a little help with her food.

A Hamburg man has been charged with bilking investors out of more than $7 million over the last two years.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office reports Christopher F. Venti was arrested Friday on charges of wire fraud in connection with various investment schemes. Prosecutors say between October 2011 and November 2013, Venti misrepresented the existence and success of investment opportunities.

If convicted, he could face a maximum of 20 years in prison. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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