A long-running Arizona affinity-fraud case targeting members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints took an important step toward conclusion with the conviction last week of Guy Andrew Williams and his father Brent F. Williams. In 2009 the Williams were indicted on 40 counts of conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering and last week they were convicted of 38 counts in an action stemming from crimes targeting wealthy Mormons in Arizona and neighboring states beginning in 2002. The verdict capped a two-week trial conducted by visiting U.S. District Judge Jack Zouhary.
According to a 2005 article in the Arizona Republic, the investments offered by Mathon Management Co. founders Duane Slade and Guy Andrew Williams seemed like can’t-miss deals. The young investment stars courted clients and enticed savvy investors across the West to part with tens of millions of dollars.
Investors were promised annual returns as high as 120 percent secured by assets and prime real estate everywhere from the industrial belly of Baltimore to the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip. Investors, many of whom belonged the LDS Church, told investigators that they had confidence in Slade and Williams because they were former Mormon missionaries would steadfastly guard their clients’ money. Continue reading “Two Convictions in the Mathon Ponzi Scheme”