Ex-FA Who Stole Millions from NHL Players Gets 17 Years in Prison

By Alex Padalka November 13, 2020

A federal court judge has sentenced a former Boston financial advisor to 17 years in prison and his business associate to 10 years for a multimillion-dollar fraud targeting professional hockey players.

In 2015, a jury found Phillip Kenner, the advisor, and Tommy Constantine, guilty of swindling National Hockey League players out of millions of dollars in various business deals.

Their schemes date back to at least 2004 and include a struggling prepaid credit card business used to funnel money from investors to Kenner and Constantine; a Hawaii real estate investment scheme in which Kenner borrowed investors’ lines of credit to acquire a personal stake in unrelated projects in Hawaii and Mexico; and a fund in which their clients invested more than $2.9 million, the Department of Justice says. The pair then used the fund to pay legal bills, buy Constantine’s home out of foreclosure, and to launch an unsuccessful effort by Constantine to buy Playboy Enterprises, the DOJ adds.

Kenner’s clients included former New York Islander Michael Peca, former New York Islander and New York Ranger Bryan Berard, two-time Stanley Cup champions Darryl Sydor and Bill Ranford, and other NHL players, the DOJ says.

The DOJ refers to Kenner as “a Boston-based financial advisor.” Kenner isn’t registered with Finra’s BrokerCheck, nor the SEC’s Investment Advisor Public Disclosure database.

Last month, U.S. Circuit Judge Joseph Bianco sentenced Kenner — who’s been in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons since his arrest in 2013 — to 17 years in prison and to pay restitution that will be determined by the court at a later date, according to the DOJ.

“Previously, the Court entered a forfeiture money judgment in the amount of approximately $17 million and ordered Kenner to forfeit all his right, title and interest in an oceanfront resort in Mexico, real property in Hawaii and a Falcon 10 jet airplane, among other assets,” the DOJ says.

This week, Bianco sentenced Constantine to 10 years in prison and ordered him to forfeit $8.5 million, along with the right and title to the Mexican resort, the Hawaii property, and the jet, and to pay $5.2 million in restitution, the DOJ says.

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