FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 16, 2010
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Carnahan Shuts Down Bowling Green Manís $200,000 Scheme
Jefferson City, MO - Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan today announced that a Bowling Green man has been ordered to stop conducting business after he allegedly misused more than $200,000 given to him by four long-time friends for an investment in his company, Pike Financial Group, LLC.
According to the Cease and Desist order, Fredrick Tepen told his investors that Pike Financial was a start-up business focused on developing a commodities trading system. Some investors were allegedly promised a return up of to 10 percent on their investment. Instead, Tepen allegedly used the investorsí money for personal expenses, including paying off personal credit cards. The order states that one investor "trusted Mr. Tepen because they had grown up together in the same small town," and that another trusted Tepen "because they had been friends for a long time."
"Unfortunately this isnít the first time that my office has investigated someone for taking advantage of friends or longtime acquaintances," Carnahan said. "One person in this case has known the man he invested with for almost 50 years. Every time you consider a new investment offer, even if itís made by someone you trust, please contact our Investor Protection Hotline. With one call, you can learn if an investment is properly registered before handing over your life savings."
The investors, who the order identified as long-time friends and associates of Tepen from Bowling Green and Jefferson City, received little or no return on their investment.
The order alleges that Tepen sold unregistered securities and violated Missouri law by failing to disclose important information about the investment and by providing false information to investors, such how their funds would be spent. Tepen and Pike Financial have 30 days to request a hearing and contest this matter.
For more information regarding investments and fraud protection, or for information regarding a company or representative, call the toll free Investor Protection Hotline at 1-800-721-7996 or visit the Secretary of Stateís online Investor Protection Center at www.MissouriSafeSavings.com.
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