FBI Article on Affinity Fraud in Utah

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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 it is particularly loathsome when these… Read more »

UPDATE: The Shocking Story of A Small Town Fraud

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UPDATE: Yesterday United States District Judge David Sam rejected a plea deal that had been worked out between Thomas Andrews (the subject of the story below) and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  According to a story in the Deseret News, Judge Sam rejected the plea deal because he believed it was too lenient.  Andrews withdrew his guilty… Read more »

The Deseret News’ Three Part Series on Affinity Fraud in Utah

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My friend Dennis Romboy is a great reporter over at the Deseret News who put together a very detailed two-part story on affinity fraud that was published over the weekend. Part One of the series was called “Utah’s fraud ‘epidemic’: Victims share anger, embarrassment, hurt” and provided the details of how a number of Utahn’s… Read more »

Another Case Where Investors Should Have Googled Her Name

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This is a story that appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune yesterday.  As I have said before, many of these fraudsters are serial offenders.  They get out of prison and quickly get back into the business of soliciting investments from innocent investors.  So please do your homework before giving anyone your hard earned money.  In this… Read more »

UPDATE on the Fraud Case Against Roger Bliss of Bountiful, Utah

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I previously wrote about the numerous red flags that were raised by the investment pitch given by Roger Bliss in Bountiful, Utah. That post has generated a significant number of comments and interest, so I thought an update would be appropriate. This was a fairly unusual case involving  cooperation between multiple state and federal agencies.  The interrelated state… Read more »

The Steven B. Heinz Ponzi Scheme

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Today I realized that I never posted about the case against Steven B. Heinz.  Please accept my apologies for this oversight, as this is a story that fits the purposes of this blog perfectly.  Heinz solicited his clients at his brokerage firm, Ogilvie Security Advisors Corporation, and used his membership in the Mormon Church to gain trust with… Read more »

Another Utah Ponzi Scheme? The SEC’s lawsuit against Marquis Properties

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Last month the Salt Lake Regional office of the US Securities and Exchange Commission filed a lawsuit and obtained an asset freeze against Marquis Properties, LLC, its CEO and President Chad R. Deucher, and the company’s Executive Vice President, Richard (“Rick”) Clatfelter.  In its complaint the SEC alleges that these men orchestrated a $28 million Ponzi scheme… Read more »

Mark Pugsley’s Recent Interview on Mormon Stories

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I was recently interviewed by John Dehlin who runs the “Mormon Stories” Podcast about affinity fraud in Utah.  This episode is available in audio only through John’s podcast, or you can watch the video below. Episode 606: Mormonism and the Culture of Fraud with Attorney Mark Pugsley by John Dehlin • January 1, 2016 In this episode… Read more »

Whistleblower Claims under the Dodd-Frank Act

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This is a repost of an article by Jennifer Korb that appeared in the Utah Bar Journal: Whistleblower Claims under the Dodd-Frank Act: Highlights from the SEC’s Annual Report to Congress for the 2014 Fiscal Year On November 17, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (referred to herein as the SEC or the Commission) issued… Read more »

SEC Warns Investors to Check the Credentials of Their Stock Broker

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The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy recently issued this Investor Alert reminding people to thoroughly check the background of thei investment professional.  The Alert cautions investors not to “trust someone with your investment money just because he or she claims to have impressive credentials or experience, or manages to create a ‘buzz of… Read more »