Kander puts a stop to cold-call investment scam in mid-Missouri

4 years 3 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, October 27 2015 Oct 27, 2015 Tuesday, October 27, 2015 2:52:00 PM CDT October 27, 2015 in News
By: Tom Barclay, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY- The Missouri Secretary of State shut down an investment scam cold-calling people in the state Tuesday.

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander said he filed a cease and desist order against Arizona-based AflacAssist.com, LLC and their owners Lance Himes and Leary Darling.

The state was notified about the scam after a 61-year-old Holts Summit man received a call from a company offering an investment opportunity in 2013.

After investing $15,000, the resident didn't receive returns on his investment and never heard back from the company.

The cease and desist order alleges an AflacAssist.com agent told the resident his money would be placed in "merchant residual accounts" that would guarantee him payment over time.

Kander said the order will try to place fines on the company and recover all the money it stole. 

The state of Oregon and the Federal Trade Commission have also gotten involved and taken action against Himes and Darling.

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