John Zane Jeppesen of Garland, Utah And His History of Fraud 

John Zane Jeppesen of Garland, Utah is probably not someone you want to invest your money with. In 1999, Jeppesen entered into an agreement with the Idaho Securities Bureau, under which he admitted to violations of registration, licensing and anti-fraud provisions and was ordered to pay outstanding principal and interest …

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FBI Article on Affinity Fraud in Utah

This is a re-post of a great article on the unique problem we have with affinity fraud here in Utah.  This article appeared on the FBI’s website yesterday. Affinity Fraud White-Collar Criminals Use Bonds of Trust to Prey on Investors Financial fraudsters are known to be an unscrupulous lot, but …

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SEC Creating Searchable Database of Bad Brokers

This is a repost of an article that appeared in ThinkAdvisor today.  Apparently the SEC agrees with one of the main goals of this website; people are increasingly googling the names of people they want to do business with, so information about people who have a documented history of unethical …

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A New Podcast Interview

For those who are interested in the intersection between the LDS Faith and the epidemic of affinity fraud and Ponzi schemes in Utah and the LDS community worldwide,  take a listen to this podcast in which I was interviewed by the brilliant scholar Gina Colvin who manages the A Thoughtful …

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Barred Broker Hank Brock Pleads Guilty to $10 Million Tax Fraud Scheme

Henry (“Hank”) Brock of St. George, Utah pleaded guilty on Monday to tax evasion, securities fraud and wire fraud. According to the Department of Justice press release, Brock sold fraudulent tax-avoidance and investment strategies to his clients through a financial services company he ran called Mutual Benefit International Group, Ltd.  and through …

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The Financial Fraud Institute is coming to St. George, Utah

STOP FRAUD UTAH and the Financial Fraud Institute are coming to St. George!  The event will take place on November 2nd from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Dixie Center.  The keynote speaker will be John W. Huber the United States Attorney for the District of Utah. Click on this link to …

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Arizona Resident Cory Williams Sued for $13 Million Fraud Scheme Targeting LDS Ward Members

Today I received a tip that earlier this year the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) filed a lawsuit in Federal Court in Arizona against Cory Williams and his company Williams Advisory Group of Gilbert, Arizona. In its complaint the CFTC alleged that Mr. Williams defrauded 40 investors out of at least …

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Utah Federal, State, and Local Government Officials Join Forces to Educate Investors on How to Avoid Fraud

Public Seminars to be Held in Salt Lake City and Utah County SALT LAKE CITY  April 5, 2017 – In a new, collaborative effort, Utah federal, state and local government officials established the Financial Fraud Institute and will hold two separate multi-agency seminars designed to educate Utah investors and consumers …

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SEC Publishes Recommendation on How Avoid Common Investment Scams in 2017

The Securities and Exchange Commission has published its annual list of tips designed to help investors with managing their money and avoiding common scams in the New Year.  Here is the list which is published by the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy: SEC INVESTOR BULLETIN: 10 INVESTMENT TIPS FOR …

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