Christian Radio Star Involved in $29 Million Ponzi Scheme
A Texas federal judge recently sentenced Mr. Gallagher, who is being held in Dallas County Jail, awaiting state criminal charges related to the scheme.
According to the authorities, the radio personality is liable for multiple Securities and Exchange Act Violations. Mr. Gallagher used his radio show, which combined Christianity and financial planning, to lure the audience to become part of the alleged scheme.
Gallagher Targeted Senior Citizens for Ponzi Scheme
The complaint against Gallagher alleges that he preyed on senior citizens between the ages of 62 and 91 by promising risk-free returns when in reality, the money was deposited in business accounts he personally controlled.
According to the SEC, Mr. Gallagher used misleading statements about his background and license status to convince clients he could help them plan their retirement. He assured roughly 60 investors minimum returns from 5% to 8%.
According to court documents, of the nearly $30 million that Gallagher gathered in the scheme, only about $822,000 was recovered from Gallagher’s accounts.
The court-appointed receiver has been working on obtaining recoveries from people involved in the Ponzi scheme. In March, he announced that 11 investors and employees who benefited from the fraud had consented to turn over roughly $185,000.
Settlements are Part of Larger Set of Agreements
This agreement is the latest in a string of settlements reached since September, including a $250,000 settlement with Christian Talk (the station that broadcast Gallagher’s financial planning show), an $81,000 arrangement with his son, a $60,000 deal with a senior entertainment venue that promoted his show.
Based on public records, this is not the first time the host/author had problems with the authorities. In 1999, he was fined $250,000 by the Texas State Securities Board for giving investigators false copies of check receipts.
And in 2001, the firm he worked for was fined $10,000 by the TSSB for making misleading statements about returns on mutual funds.
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