Affinity Fraud Scheme
September 26, 2011
It’s an FBI white-collar crime case involving a family business that exploited people’s faith, trust, and hope.
Mollie Halpern: It’s an FBI white-collar crime case involving a family business that exploited people’s faith, trust, and hope.
Daniel Hemmersmeier: There was no underlying business, just a massive fraud.
Halpern: I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau, and this is Gotcha. Roy Flucker, Jr. and his son and daughter targeted African-Americans at churches to market his business. Special Agent Daniel Hemmersmeier…
Hemmersmeier: People really believed that Mr. Flucker was a religious person and that he would never be out to hurt them.
Halpern: But, that’s exactly what he did to nearly 2,000 victims in Chicago and across the country who were bilked out of $10.7 million. Flucker promised people a 200 percent profit in one year for investing in his company’s financial program. The company’s housing program purportedly provided a way for people to own their own homes within five years. In reality…
Hemmersmeier: They didn’t make the necessary payments to pay off anyone’s home.
Halpern: An FBI forensic accountant examined the company’s bank accounts. The Bureau and its law enforcement partners gathered evidence that landed Flucker and his children in jail. This is the FBI’s closed case of the week.
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