Man Pleads Guilty to Trying to Influence Victim of Hopkinton Ethanol Plant Investment Scheme

A man has pleaded guilty to trying to influence a victim of his brother’s investment scheme involving an ethanol plant in Hopkinton.

U.S. District Court records says David Emerson Smith of Idaho pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding. A sentencing hearing has not been scheduled.

Smith’s brother, Darrell Smith, of Forest City, was sentenced last October to nearly 15 years in prison. He had pleaded guilty to wire fraud and identity theft in connection with the investment of clients’ money into the former Hopkinton ethanol plant.

Prosecutors say Darrell Smith had David Smith contact a woman who lost nearly 162-thousand dollars in his brother’s scheme and offered her money, tax credits and shares in an energy company if she’d stop complaining to authorities about the amount of her loss.