FBI Cleveland
Public Affairs Officer Susan Licate
March 27, 2024

FBI Cleveland Seeking Victims in AEM Fraud Investigation

CLEVELAND, OH—The FBI Cleveland Field Office is seeking to identify potential victims of Mark Dente doing business as AEM Services LLC. AEM Services LLC, purported to manage a portfolio of real estate investments. Dente, doing business as AEM Services LLC, sold investors securities in this portfolio in the form of promissory notes and LLC interests. The investments were issued from various entities owned or controlled by Mark Dente, originating in the Summit County and/or Akron, Ohio area including:

  • The AEM Services LLC
  • AEM Funding
  • AEM Wholesale LLC
  • AEM Investments LLC
  • AEM Capital Fund

The division mailed letters via U.S. Mail over the past week from its Victim Services Division to presumed victims and seeks to find additional victims across Ohio and the United States. The FBI wishes to identify those not only victimized by Mark Dente but also other employees of AEM Services LLC (including but not limited to Jason Ramus, Brian Buckham, or Mark Gathagan).

The FBI encourages the public to share any information relevant to this investigation by completing the case questionnaire https://forms.fbi.gov/aemfraudvictims/view and also asks the public if they know of any others possibly victimized by AEM Services LLC, to encourage them to also complete the form as everyone will have an individual victim and pin identification number.

The FBI is legally mandated to identify victims of federal crimes it investigates. Victims may be eligible for certain services, restitution, and rights under federal and/or state law. Responses are voluntary but may be useful in the federal investigation and to identify you as a potential victim. Based on the responses provided, respondents may be contacted by the FBI and asked to provide additional information. All identities of victims will be kept confidential. It is important to note that the FBI does not provide updates on investigations and once the respondent has submitted information, they may not hear back from the FBI.

If people have questions or comments about the case, they are encouraged to email: AEMVictims@fbi.gov. Inquiries about the status of the case will not be addressed; if there are questions about a letter they received, they can call FBI Youngstown Victim Services at (330) 965-2920 and reference file number 318B-CV-3606224.