Michael Schwartz, the former operator of the renovated SJC Sports Rink, was sentenced on Jan. 5 to 37 months in federal prison for fraud.
Orange County Central Court Deputy Clerk Deborah Goltz confirmed on Jan. 7 that Schwartz pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud at the sentencing by Judge David O. Carter. Schwartz will serve 37 months for each count concurrently, and was ordered to pay $1.79 million in restitution.
Schwartz previously pleaded guilty to wire and mail fraud charges in U.S. District Court in June. At the time, prosecutors said Schwartz defrauded investors and financial institutions of $1.8 million through his company Service First Funding Group.
In August, the San Juan Capistrano City Council voted unanimously to terminate an operating agreement with Schwartz for the sports rink. The rink, located behind Marco Forster Middle School and Kinoshita Elementary, was primarily used for roller hockey before Schwartz restored it in 2013. After renovations were completed, the rink became home to activities such as lacrosse and soccer.
The multi-purpose SJC Sports Rink is now operated by Victory Sports.