Federal prosecutors said this week they have returned $9.8 million to roughly 1,000 victims who invested with e-Bullion.com, an e-currency business once operated by a man convicted of arranging his wife's murder in Century City.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the website operated for years as an illegal money-transmitting business.
The $9.8 million -- the final civil proceeds recovered in the case -- were disbursed Wednesday pursuant to a civil forfeiture judgment from gold and silver stored at a mint in Perth, Australia.
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The funds had been stored there by James Fayed and his companies -- e-Bullion.com, Goldfinger Coin and Bullion and Goldfinger Bullion Reserve Corp.
This week's disbursement in the e-Bullion civil forfeiture cases follows previous disbursements of $1.8 million in civilly forfeited funds to more than 300 victims in December 2014, and about $12 million disbursed to more than 1,000 victims in November 2015.
Fayed was arrested in 2008 on charges that he paid a former employee to orchestrate the slaying of his wife, Pamela Fayed, in a Century City parking garage.
He was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy in May 2011 in Los Angeles and sentenced to death.
According to federal prosecutors, authorities obtained information from e-Bullion's and GCB's encrypted computer servers in Switzerland.
That information was used to identify e-Bullion account holders and the value of their individual accounts.