Matthew A. Marshall, the CEO of Whitefish-based security firm Amyntor, has been indicted in U.S. District Court in Missoula, charged with 10 criminal counts, including wire fraud, money laundering and tax evasion.
Marshall pleaded not guilty to all 10 counts in front of Judge Kathleen DeSoto on July 30. If he is convicted of the most serious charge, wire fraud, he could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.
The indictment outlines an alleged scheme that began in April 2013 in which Marshall fraudulently convinced an unnamed victim that he was an ex-CIA agent and member of an elite Force Reconnaissance unit in the U.S. Marine Corps who had “engaged in covert missions around the world.” None of those assertions are true, according to the filing.
Court documents go on to allege that Marshall convinced his victim to make at least six payments, totaling more than $2.3 million, between 2013 and 2016 to fund “off the books” CIA missions. Marshall was to lead “assault teams” to conduct rescue and other operations. Those missions never happened and Marshall instead spent the money for his own personal use, and on loans and gifts to friends and business associates, money that he did not report as income on tax returns from 2013 to 2015.
The complete indictment consists of one count of wire fraud, six counts of money laundering, and three counts of tax evasion.
Marshall’s next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 12.