Real estate investor gets five-year federal sentence Other Issues, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on Aug 24, 2012 at 1:21 pm
A longtime Palo Alto and Mountain View real estate investor has received a five-year federal prison term on Aug. 20 for bilking private lenders of millions of dollars, according to a federal prosecutor.
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Posted by Patricia Wesley, a resident of another community, on Aug 24, 2012 at 1:21 pm
Having been a victim of these men, Ward should have received the full sentence of 8 years and 1 month not the middle of the road decision. If Ward was so upstanding, why was his licence to sell real estate revoked by the state in 2005. This is not the first time he has been involved in illegal activities.
Posted by Eric Ammons, a resident of another community, on Aug 27, 2012 at 8:43 am
Having know Jim Ward since I was a small boy, I can say that he has shown me copious amounts of kindness and generosity. He was good to me. And not having a father figure in my life, he made a point to stop over and visit me, taking me to football games and allowing me to meet various Stanford athletes and spending quality time with me. My grandfather was also one of Jim's very first clients, and Jim never welched on an investment or promise he made.
Perhaps over time, Jim lost his moral compass and greed or fear of failure took over and changed the once caring, compassionate person whom I grew up respecting and admiring. I hope he's learned his lesson and can still have some quality time with his family and children after this nightmare is over.