How to Blow the Whistle on Bank Fraud

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The Federal Government offers potentially significant rewards to whistleblowers who provide information to the government that helps protect financial institutions by “deterring would-be criminals from including financial institutions in their schemes.” United States v. Serpico, 320 F.3d 691, 694-95 (7th Cir. 2003). The Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA) and the Financial Institutions… Read more »

Rust Rare Coin: An Analysis of Utah’s Latest Massive Ponzi Scheme

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Imagine waking up one day and discovering that all of your retirement savings were gone; all the money you had been working to save had evaporated in a poof. That’s what happened to over 200 people on November 15th.  They had invested in a “Silver Pool” investment promoted by Gaylen Rust who claimed he had… Read more »

Another Former LDS Stake President Indicted for Affinity Fraud

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On Wednesday September 6, 2018 the US Department of Justice announced the indictment of Robert G. Mouritsen of Kaysville, Utah on three counts of wire fraud and three counts of money laundering. The DOJ alleged that Mouritsen used a “position of prominence” to induce friends and fellow church members to give him money to further… Read more »

More Trouble for John Zane Jeppesen of Garland, Utah

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I have previously  written about Mr. Jeppeson, now his is more trouble.  This is from the Ogden Herald Journal this week: The Utah Division of Securities of the Department of Commerce have filed court documents against John Zane Jeppesen, of Garland, bringing forth more accusations and details into Jeppesen’s nearly 20 year behavior of securities… Read more »

A Pyramid of Lies

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Editor’s Note: This is a fascinating story that appeared on the FBI’s website this week about a $43 Million Ponzi Scheme in Sparta, Tennessee.  Tractor salesman Jeff Gentry preyed on the implicit trust of friends, family, and neighbors in this small Tennessee town.  Nobody would have suspected that the affable Tennessee tractor salesman who was raised… Read more »

UPDATE: Former Salt Lake City Councilman and LDS Stake President Eric Jergensen Convicted in New York

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UPDATE: For those of you who are watching this case, I have been informed that Mr. Jergensen’s sentencing has been postponed.  The sentencing was rescheduled to March 2, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in the federal courthouse in Syracuse, NY.  I assume the judge will be the same one who conducted the trial; U.S. District Court Judge… Read more »

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

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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 to Idaho investors. In 2003… Read more »

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

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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 its subsidiaries, Brock Seminars LLC,… Read more »