A police investigation that began in Wilton three years ago has resulted in the sentencing of Joseph T. Morris to 27 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for operating two investment schemes that defrauded people of more than $200,000. Morris was sentenced Tuesday, Nov. 24, by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer in U.S. District Court in New Haven and must report to prison on Jan. 15, 2016.
According to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s office, Morris, 52, presently of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., but formerly of Connecticut, and two other individuals formed a company in October 2011 to develop business opportunities in Iraq. The company’s initial focus was on establishing a pizza restaurant at the U.S. Consulate compound in Erbil, Iraq, and establishing a business to distribute and install specialty window film on vehicles and at hotels, residences, and government buildings, which would protect windows and windshields from blast and breakage, and provide heat retention, ultraviolet shielding, and privacy. Morris, who claimed to have extensive military and business experience in Iraq, was the company’s in-country manager there.