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 Lehman Brothers Bank filed a $58 million dollar lawsuit against Jeppesen’s company Beverly Hills Development and others in California alleging it was involved in a massive real estate loan fraud scheme occurring over a three-year period through forgery, identity theft, misrepresentations, fraudulent loan documents, wire fraud, and the illegal laundering of funds.
- In 2005 the Utah Division of Securities charged Jeppesen with raising approximately $8 million dollars for a company called Beverly Hills Development Corporation from 134 Utah investors though unsecured promissory notes. He settled that case, but the conduct didn’t stop.
- In April of 2016 he was charged by state prosecutors in the Attorney General’s office with 11 criminal counts including securities fraud, theft and one count of pattern of unlawful activity for running a real estate scheme.
- In September of 2016 the Utah Division of Securities filed another Order to Show Cause against him that included 8 causes of action including securities fraud, unlicensed selling of securities and “willful violation” of the prior 2005 Consent Order with the Division involving strikingly similar conduct.
Despite all that history of fraudulent activity, much of which he admitted, Third District Court Judge Royal Hansen sentenced Jeppesen to just 30 days in jail after he pled guilty to one count of felony pattern of unlawful activity. Presumably when he gets out of prison he will start paying back his investors, and in fact Just Hansen stated that was his intent in keeping the sentence reasonably short. When Jeppesen’s 30 days is served, he has six months to pay back the victims or he’ll return to jail to serve 11 more months. Hopefully that will provide the necessary incentive to get everyone repaid!
As detailed in the Tremonton Leader, Jeppesen originally faced eleven counts of securities fraud, two counts of theft and one count of patterns of unlawful activity, all second degree felonies as a result of his alleged role in a real estate investment scheme that has left six known victims out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. The linked articles by reporter Cari Doutre in the Tremonton Leader contain a lot of great detail about his conduct, and the heartbreaking testimony from his victims at the sentencing hearing.
I will interested to see whether he will be able to get his victims repaid after he gets out of prison. If you are a victim of one of Mr. Jeppeson’s scams please share your story in the comments below.
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