Zach Avery

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Zach Avery
Zachary Joseph Horwitz

(1986-12-05) December 5, 1986 (age 35)
Years active2009–2021
Mallory Hagedorn
(m. 2014)
ChildrenJaxon Avery

Zachary Joseph Horwitz (born December 5, 1986[1]), known professionally as Zach Avery, is an American convicted felon and former actor. In 2021, he was arrested on charges of defrauding investors of $227 million through a Ponzi scheme. He pled guilty to securities fraud and was sentenced to twenty years in prison on February 14, 2022.[2]

Early life[edit]

Avery was born Zachary Joseph Horwitz to Susan Krupitsky[1] in Berkeley, California. His parents divorced when he was 10 years old and he moved from Tampa, Florida, to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he lived with his mother and step-father. Horwitz received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Indiana University.


Avery's screen debut was in the 2009 film G.E.D. In 2014, he appeared in an uncredited role as an SS medic in Fury. In 2018, Avery starred in Hell Is Where the Home Is (also known as Trespassers), as well as appeared in a small role in the Rudolf Nureyev biopic The White Crow. In 2020, he appeared in Last Moment of Clarity alongside Samara Weaving, Carly Chaikin, and Brian Cox.[3][4][5][6][7][8]

Avery was a co-founder along with Hallivis brothers in creation of 1inMM Productions company in 2013 which purported to produce, acquire, and distribute content to mainstream audiences.[9] However, upon pleading guilty to securities fraud, Avery admitted that no distribution rights had been secured, and that he had forged distribution contracts.[10]

Fraud conviction[edit]

Avery was arrested on charges of wire fraud (18 U.S.C. § 1343[11]) on April 5, 2021, in connection with the alleged orchestration of a $690 million Ponzi scheme that began in 2015, defrauding investors of over $227 million based on false claims that investor money would be used to acquire licensing rights to films HBO and Netflix had agreed to distribute abroad, particularly in Latin America.[12][13][14][15][16][17] On October 4, 2021, Avery pleaded guilty to one count of securities fraud.[18] On February 14, 2022, Avery was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $230 million in restitution.[19]

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Mallory Hagedorn and had a son, Jaxon Avery.[20][21] On the same day of his arrest, Mallory petitioned for divorce.[20]


  1. ^ a b "Zachary Joseph Horwitz, Born 12/05/1986 in California". California Birth Index. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  2. ^ Finnegan, Michael (April 6, 2021). "Hollywood actor arrested in alleged $227-million Ponzi scheme". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  3. ^ unclecreepy (August 21, 2017). "1inMM Productions Releasing 2-3 Genre Films per Year; Hell Is Where the Home Is Announced as Next Project". Dread Central. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  4. ^ James, Daron (August 5, 2016). "How the Hallivis Bros Reincarnated The Joker & Made Viral Hit 'The Laughing Man'". No Film School. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  5. ^ Busch, Anita (August 21, 2017). "1inMM Prods. Raises $5M In Funds For Genre Films". Deadline. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  6. ^ McNary, Dave (February 16, 2018). "Carly Chaikin, Samara Weaving Join Thriller 'Last Moment of Clarity'". Variety. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  7. ^ Miska, Brad (May 17, 2018). "'Shookum Hills': Two More Fall Through An Appalachian Sinkhole [Exclusive]". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  8. ^ Busch, Anita (August 21, 2017). "1inMM Prods. Raises $5M In Funds For Genre Films". Deadline. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  9. ^ "AFM: Diego Hallivis Directing Action-Thriller 'Borderline'". Yahoo Entertainment. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  10. ^ Finnegan, Michael (February 14, 2022). "Actor who faked movie deals sentenced to 20 years in prison for massive Ponzi scheme". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 28, 2022.
  11. ^ "18 U.S. Code § 1343 - Fraud by wire, radio, or television". Legal Information Institute. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  12. ^ "Beverlywood Man Arrested for Allegedly Bilking Investors by Falsely Claiming to License Latin American Film Rights to Netflix and HBO". United States Department of Justice. April 6, 2021. Archived from the original on April 9, 2021. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  13. ^ Fieldstadt, Elisha. "Actor ran $227 million Hollywood Ponzi scheme, feds say". NBC News. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  14. ^ "Actor Zach Avery arrested on suspicion of running $227 million Ponzi scheme". USA Today. Associated Press. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  15. ^ "SEC Complaint: Zachary J. Horwitz and 1inMM Capital, LLC" (PDF). U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. April 7, 2021.
  16. ^ Bandler, Aaron (April 7, 2021). "Actor Zach Avery Arrested Over Alleged Multi-Million Dollar Ponzi Scheme". Jewish Journal. Retrieved April 11, 2021.
  17. ^ Reiner, Reggie (April 7, 2021). "Actor Zachary Horwitz Charged in $700 Million Ponzi Scheme". Jewish Business News. Retrieved April 11, 2021.
  18. ^ Helsel, Phil (October 4, 2021). "Actor pleads guilty in $650 million Ponzi scheme that lied about Netflix, HBO deals". NBC News. Retrieved October 5, 2021 – via Yahoo News.
  19. ^ Finnegan, Michael (February 14, 2022). "Actor who faked movie deals sentenced to 20 years in prison for massive Ponzi scheme". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 15, 2022.
  20. ^ a b "Here's what happened to Zach Avery's wife Mallory Hagedorn". Newsweek. February 15, 2022. Archived from the original on June 29, 2022. Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  21. ^ Peters, Shawn (February 25, 2019). "Rise and shine: Zach Avery talks about show business, fatherhood, and what it takes to follow your passion". Swagger Magazine. Retrieved April 12, 2021.

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