Why Is Utah Home To So Many Ponzi Schemes?

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EDITORS NOTE: this is a repost of a story that aired on our local NPR affiliate, KUER on December 30, 2019. Doug Hronek is a client of mine who agreed to speak publicly about this experience. We have filed lawsuit against Live Abundant and its agents on behalf of Doug and a number of other… Read more »

The Growing Problem With Sales of Unregistered Securities

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Recently I have been busy working to recover losses for a large number of investors who lost money in unregistered investments offered by Woodbridge and Future Income Payments or FIP. In many cases these investments were recommended by insurance agents who were not licensed to sell securities, and did not perform adequate due-diligence on these… Read more »

FIVE QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE YOU INVEST

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Whether you’re a first-time investor or have been investing for many years, there are some basic questions you should always ask before you commit your hard-earned money to an investment. Question 1: Is The Seller Licensed? Research shows that con-artists are experts at the art of persuasion, often using a variety of influence tactics tailored… Read more »

The Falls Event Centers; A Financial Scam Targeting Medical Professionals

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Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from a guest post that I wrote for The White Coat Investor, a fantastic website that provides financial tips and education to medical professionals.   I have represented a number of doctors and dentists over the years in disputes with their stockbrokers and in Ponzi schemes and investment fraud cases. My… 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 Scam Comes to Light: Future Income Payments or FIP

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Editor’s Note: I have been contacted by a number of individuals who invested in Future Income Payments or FIP through Utah-based Live Abundant, which is referenced in the article below.  This article appeared in the Wall Street Journal today and has a pretty good summary of the FIP situation.  Spoiler alert: it’s not good. Private… Read more »

The Woodbridge Group of Companies – Another Ponzi Targeting Utahns

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The Woodbridge Group of Companies was run by a flashy promoter in Los Angeles named Robert Shapiro.  Woodbridge marketed promissory notes (which were in reality unregistered securities) to an estimated 7,000 retail investors throughout the United States, including Utah.  Investors were told their funds would provide a safe, secured return from short-term real-estate loans. In… Read more »

Did you send me a letter? Call me!

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I know this is an unusual post but someone recently sent me a copy of an unsigned whistleblower letter to the SEC.  This post is for that person: To the person who sent me an unsigned letter involving a company with the initials TEG or EA (I don’t want to identify the company here) please… Read more »

Jeffrey Mowen Has Been Released From Prison

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I recently received an anonymous tip telling me that Jeffrey Lane Mowen, formerly of Lindon, Utah, has been released from prison.  I checked the Bureau of Prisons website and sure enough, he was released on January 12, 2018 and is now presumably at large in the community, so watch out Utah County! Mowen was sentenced… Read more »