Ex-Orange County financial advisor who stole from athletes gets prison

Washington quarterback Mark Sanchez watches from the sideline Dec. 16, 2018, at Jacksonville.
Then-Washington quarterback Mark Sanchez in 2018. Sanchez, a former USC star, is among the pro athletes from whom Ash Narayan of Irvine stole millions, prosecutors said.
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A former Orange County financial advisor who stole millions of dollars from professional athletes among his clientele was sentenced Friday to more than three years in federal prison.

Ash Narayan, 55, of Irvine received a 37-month sentence and was ordered to pay $18.8 million in restitution, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement.

Prosecutors contend that Narayan stole more than $30 million in savings from pro athletes including former major league pitchers Jake Peavy and Roy Oswalt and ex-NFL quarterback Mark Sanchez, a former USC standout.


Narayan pleaded guilty last year to wire fraud and subscribing to a false tax return.

Three pro athletes, including Denver Broncos quarterback and USC alumnus Mark Sanchez, lost tens of millions of dollars in an investment scheme run by an Orange County money manager, according to a civil fraud case filed by the federal Securities and Exchange Commission.

June 22, 2016

Narayan was an investment advisor at RGT Capital Management Ltd.’s Irvine office, where his clients were “high-net-worth individuals who were current and former professional athletes,“ the U.S. attorney’s office statement said.

Prosecutors said that from December 2009 to early 2016, he advised his clients to invest in a money-losing online sports and entertainment ticket company in Illinois without telling them that he was on the board, or that it was a risky and unprofitable business.

Narayan also sometimes directed RGT employees to forge his clients’ signatures on authorizations to transfer funds to The Ticket Reserve, Inc., which went into receivership — a legal action in which a court appoints a receiver to manage a business while the court tries to resolve problems that could ruin the business, such as insolvency — in 2016, authorities said.