Audrey Strauss, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney Jr., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced today the arrest of DEREK JONES on charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. As alleged in an Indictment unsealed today in Manhattan federal court, JONES, while licensed as an attorney in California, defrauded investors in businesses JONES controlled out of at least approximately $4.5 million. The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska. JONES, who was arrested this morning in California, will be presented later today before a magistrate judge in the Central District of California. Arraignment will be tomorrow before Judge Preska by teleconference.