Rashida Samji was found guilty on 14 counts of fraud relating to 284 named investors and companies who were led to believe their money was being invested in a winery’s planned expansion to South Africa and South America. “She knew exactly what she was doing and went forward with eyes wide open,” said provincial court judge Gregory Rideout. Rideout also said Samji used her victims’ money to live the kind of comfortable lifestyle she could no longer afford. Samji hooked investors by promising steady, secure returns of up to 12 per cent. In reality, money from new investors was used to pay dividends to old ones. Samji was also ordered to pay restitution of more than $10 million to victims. She is also facing a $33-million fine previously ordered by the B.C. Securities Commission.