On July 9, a federal jury in Central Islip, New York convicted Philip A. Kenner, a financial advisor, and Tommy C. Constantine, a part-time race car driver, on charges of wire fraud, wire fraud conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy.  Kenner and Constantine pocketed millions of dollars raised from Long Island businessmen and professional athletes, ostensibly for the purpose of funding the development of land in Hawaii and a startup credit card business in Arizona.  The defendants employed a labyrinth of holding companies to siphon investor dollars away from their intended use and into ventures that solely benefitted the defendants.  As a college hockey player, Kenner befriended then-teammate and future Olympian and NHL star Joe Juneau; Juneau testified that, after college, he introduced Kenner to other NHL players and Kenner used those contacts to develop a clientele that included former New York Islanders forward Michael Peca, 1995 first-round draft pick and U.S. Olympian Bryan Berard, and Stanley Cup champions Darryl Sydor, Bill Ranford, and Sergei Gonchar, among other NHL players.  Kenner and Constantine used their victims’ investments to pay for homes, legal bills related to Kenner’s personal investment in a Mexican tequila company, litigation regarding Constantine’s disputed race car sponsorship, and an aborted effort to buy Playboy Enterprises.  They face a maximum of 20 years’ imprisonment on each count of conviction as well as forfeiture of up to $30 million.  United States v. Kenner and Constantine, 13-cr-607 (E.D.N.Y.).  DOJ Press Release