Ronald W. Shepard Indicted by a Federal Grand Jury for Allegedly Operating a $3 Million Ponzi Scheme

February 2, 2012

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on February 1, 2012 released the following:

“Former Lee’s Summit Man Indicted for $3 Million Ponzi Scheme

KANSAS CITY, MO— Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a former Lee’s Summit, Mo., man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for defrauding 39 investors in a $3 million Ponzi scheme.

Ronald W. Shepard, 72, formerly of Lee’s Summit, was charged in a 15-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012.

According to the indictment, Shepard’s company, Safety Solutions USA, LLC, in Lee’s Summit, developed and marketed a trailer hitch called Tow-Safe. A patent request for the trailer hitch safety device was filed, but rejected by the U.S. Patent Office. Shepard also operated a company called The Real Estate in Lee’s Summit.

Shepard received approximately $3,188,765 from approximately 39 investors from January 2006 through December 2009. Shepard returned approximately $1,235,853 to the investors, and lost or spent the rest, resulting in a minimum loss to investors of $1,825,883. Shephard is charged with 13 counts of mail fraud and two counts of money laundering related to the scheme.

Shepard, who prepared tax returns for individuals, discussed their investments and pitched his own companies as investments. Shepard allegedly claimed that investors would make anywhere from a 15 percent to 100 percent annual return on their investment. He allegedly failed to inform potential investors that the state had issued a cease and desist order that barred him from offering or selling any unregistered security.

Shepard allegedly told investors that their money was used to purchase property in Kansas City, the Lake of the Ozarks and Hawaii. Except for purchasing his own personal residence at the Lake of the Ozarks, the indictment says, Shepard did not purchase any real estate. Instead, the indictment alleges that Shepard used investor funds for personal living expenses, to pay other investors, to pay relatives, in disbursements of cash to himself and in real estate ventures.

According to the indictment, many investors liquidated their Individual Retirement accounts or 401(k) accounts and transferred the proceeds to Shepard for investment. Shepard allegedly told investors that if they liquidated retirement funds, thereby incurring penalties, he would refund their initial investment, plus the amount of penalty, plus interest.

The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require Shepard to forfeit to the government any property derived from the proceeds of the alleged offenses, including $1,825,883.

Phillips cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kate Mahoney. It was investigated by the FBI and the Missouri Division of Securities.”

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41 Alleged Gang Members Charged in Five Judicial Districts

February 10, 2011

Forty-one members of various street gangs have been charged in indictments or criminal complaints unsealed today in five judicial districts, the Department of Justice announced yesterday.

The federal indictments and complaints unsealed today charge members and associates of a variety of street gangs, including: seven members of the Click Clack gang in Kansas City, Missouri; twelve Colonias Chiques gang members in Los Angeles; two members and associates of the Sureno 13 and San Chucos gangs in Las Vegas: seven MS-13 members in Washington; thirteen Tri-City Bomber members and associates in the McAllen, Texas, area.

The charges in these separate cases relate to a wide range of alleged illegal activity, including racketeering conspiracy, murder, murder conspiracy, narcotics trafficking, robbery, and gun trafficking. The individuals will make initial court appearances in the respective districts in which they are charged. Teams of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers have arrested 29 of these individuals, with additional arrests expected.

In the Washington indictment of MS-13 members (U.S. v. Carlos Silva, et al) the seven individuals added in the superseding indictment are charged with RICO conspiracy and other offenses including two murders, armed robbery, sexual abuse while armed, kidnapping, and obstructing justice. The indictment alleges that between 2008 and 2010, MS-13 members sent money to gang leaders in El Salvador, as well as participated in the stabbing of rival gang members and kidnapping, among other crimes.

The Houston indictment (U.S. v. Jeffrey Juarez, et al) of the Tri-City Bombers charges 13 individuals with conspiring to sell cocaine and ecstasy and with firearm-related offenses.

The DOJ is making very clear their efforts to address gangs and gang-related violence as one of their top priorities. This month alone, a total of 112 individuals have been arrested, charged, pleaded guilty, or been sentenced.

To view the DOJ press release in its entirety, please click here.

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Missouri Man Sentenced for Trafficking of Counterfeit DVDs and CDs

April 16, 2010

A Kansas City man, Reginald Collier, has been sentenced to two years in federal prison without parole. In addition to imprisonment, the court has ordered Collier to pay restitution in the amount of $41,361 to the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc., and the Recording Industry Association of America, Inc. Furthermore, Collier has been ordered to forfeit a laptop computer, three DVD burners, a CD recorder, and other equipment used in the commission of the offense, as well as the counterfeit DVDs and CDs.

Last August, Collier pleaded guilty to criminal copyright infringement. By pleading guilty, Collier admitted to the infringing of copyrights through the reproduction and distribution of copies of motion pictures and music.

FBI agents first encountered Collier at the Swap ‘N Shop,  in Kansas City, Mo. At the time he was selling counterfeit DVDs. Collier had several large folding tables with boxes and crates on them. The crates contained illegal copies of DVDs and CDs, including the recently released movie “World Trade Center.” A confidential source used in the investigation purchased a total of 170 counterfeit DVDs of movies from Collier, over the course of three separate occasions. The purchases included movies that were still playing in theaters and not had not yet been released for public purchase.

The 1,506 counterfeit DVDs recovered from Collier in the investigation represents a total loss to the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc., of $30,044. The 1,574 counterfeit CDs recovered represents a total loss to the Recording Industry Association of America, Inc., of $11,317.

Collier pled guilty to 18 U.S.C. 2319, Criminal Copyright Infringement. That statute states that anyone found to have violated 17 U.S.C. 506(a) may be sentenced for no more than 5 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release, and/or an order of restitution, or any combination of those penalties.

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