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LDS Bishop Indictment

LDS Bishop Indictment

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Indictment of LDS bishop in Connecticut
Indictment of LDS bishop in Connecticut

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Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune on Mar 29, 2012
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UNITEDSTATESOFAMERICACriminalNO.3:2CRGLGloVIOLATIONS:l8 U.S.C.$341[MailFraud]18U.S.C.$343[WireFraud]l8U.S.C.$957[Moneyaundering]INDICTMENTTheGranduryCharges:COUNTONE(MailFraud).AtalltimeselevantothisIndictment:TheDefendant1.DefendantULIUSC. BLACKWELDER "BLACKWELDER")esidedn theStatefConnecticutntil20l0.2.Forapproximatelyight years,ncludingduringheeventset orthbelow,BLACKWELDERwasheBranchPresidentr BishopoftheChurchf Jesushristof Latter-daySaintsongregationocatednTrumbull,onnecticutthe..church").3.BLACKWELDERalsopurportedo be heorganizerf an nformalnvestmentpoolcalledFriend'snvestmentroupor FriendsfJuliusBlackwelder"Friend'snvestmentGroup").4.BLACKWELDERcontrolledbankaccountst certaininancialnstitutionshatwereengagednandheactivitiesofwhichaffectednterstatendoreigncommerce,ncluding,UNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTDISTzuCTOF CONNECTICUTGRANDJURYB-1I-1v.JULIUSC. BLACKWELDERBankendingn5820.
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TheVictim-Investors5.Thevictim-investorsknownto theGrandJuryconsistedof approximatelysixindividuals,ffiffiYof whomweremembersof theChurch.Certainvictim-investorsknownto theGrandJuryarerefenedo inthisIndictmentby their initialsas ollows:R.A., D.C.,J.G.,D.H.,and J.L.TheSchemeandArtificetoDefraud6.Fromapproximately2005tothepresent,heprecisedatesbeing unknownto theGrandJury,intheDistrictof Connecticutandelsewhere,hedefendant,JULIUSC.BLACKWELDER,willfully,knowingly,andwith intenttodefraud,devisedand ntended odevisea schemeandartificetodefraudandtoobtain moneyand propertyby meansof materiallyfalseandfraudulentpretenses,epresentations,ndpromises.7.The purposeof theschemewasfor BLACKWELDERto enrichhimself bydefraudingndividualsoutof moneyandpropertyby meansof materiallyfalse and fraudulentpretenses,epresentations,ndpromises.8.It was partof theschemehat BLACKWELDERfalsely andfraudulentlyrepresentedovictim-investorsthathewasan experiencedandsuccessfulnvestorincommoditiesfuturescontracts.In fact,as BLACKWELDERwellknew, hewas not a successfulcommoditiesnvestor,but insteadconsistentlyost moneynvestingncommodities.9.Itwasfurther partoftheschemehat BLACKWELDERfalselyand fraudulentlyrepresentedovictim-investorsthathewouldinvest theirfundsincommoditiesfutures contracts,insomenstancesasapartof Friend'sInvestmentGroup.BLACKWELDERfalselyandfraudulentlyrepresentedhesenvestmentsobesafe, nmanyinstancesguaranteeinghe victim-returnontheirinvestment.In
thevictim-investors'moneyasrepresented,nd nsteadivertedheirfundsorhis ownpersonal
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use andbenefit-BLACKWELDERusedhedivertedfundsforvarious purposes,ncludingrepayinghisearliervictim-investors,constructinghiswaterfronthome,and repayinghislenders,includinga TroubledAssetReliefprogram-recipientbank.10.It wasfurther partoftheschemehat BLACKWELDERprepared,executed,andprovidedcertaindocuments,ncluding,amongothers,promissorynotes,offeringmemoranda,andfraudulentaccountstatements,whichcontainedalseandfraudulentrepresentationsovictim-investors.I1.ItwasfurtherpartoftheschemehatBLACKWELDERcausednumerousvictim-investorsoinvestatotalof morethan$400,000with him.12.It wasfurtherpartoftheschemehatBLACKWELDERsought o lull victim-investorsntobelievingthattheirinvestmentundshadbeennvestedas representedndwouldbe repaid'Hedidthistopreventand forestallthediscoveryof hisschemeand the diversionofthevictim-investors'unds.Inorderoachievehisgoal,BLACKWELDERissuedperiodicpaymentsocertainvictim-investors,providedaccountupdates,andpromisedadditionalpayments,wheninfact,therewereno actualnvestmentsandBLACKWELDERsometimesusedportionsof othervictim-investors'fundstomakesuch ulling payments.Executionof theSchemeandArtifice13.On orabouthe dateset forthbelow, intheDistrictofConnecticut and elsewhere,forthepurposeof executingandattemptingto executeheaforementionedschemeand artificetodefraudandtoobtainmoneyand propertyby meansofmateriallyfalseand fraudulent pretenses,representations,nd promisesasdescribedabove,he defendant,JULIUSC. BLACKWELDER,knowinglydidcauseo bedeliveredbyUnitedStatesMailandprivatecommercialinterstateionsthereon,an itemtobe sentasset forthbelow,constitutinga
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