Florida Office of Financial Regulation

Husband and Wife Duo Arrested for Role in Alleged Fake Investment Scam

07/15/2016

For Immediate Release                               
Friday, July 15, 2016
 
Media Contacts:
Jamie Mongiovi (850) 410-9709
Katie Norris (850) 410-9826
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Husband and Wife Duo Arrested for Role in Alleged Fake Investment Scam

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Office of Financial Regulation (OFR) announces the arrests of Miguel Angel Perez and his wife, Maritza Belinda Perez, on charges of organized fraud, grand theft and mortgage fraud in connection with the sale of investment offerings in Clearwater.
 
“The Florida Office of Financial Regulation remains committed to protecting Floridians from financial fraud,” said Commissioner Drew J. Breakspear. “Potential investors interested in these types of offerings are urged to proceed with caution and take time to fully research the investment and company, including verifying proper licensure.”
 
Miguel and Maritza Perez allegedly defrauded at least 13 Floridians out of approximately $500,000 through a fraudulent investment scheme. Potential investors were purportedly recruited through “free” real estate investment seminars held at various hotels throughout the Tampa Bay area, where investments in an assisted living facility were offered. The OFR investigation revealed that the assisted living facility never came into operation and the pair are alleged to have used a large portion of investor funds for personal living expenses, including the purchase of their home in New Port Richey.
 
At the time of their arrests on June 24 and July 13 respectively, Miguel and Maritza Perez were believed to be actively recruiting investors in a new investment offering involving multi-level marketing and real estate projects. These offerings are believed to be made through their companies, including Investors Mentorship Club, LLC, Allegi, Inc., and I Dream Big Coaching, Inc.
 
The OFR opened an investigation based on a complaint from a potential investor. The case is being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution. The OFR appreciates the assistance of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
 
For helpful tips on avoiding investment scams, please check out the OFR’s Consumer Knowledge Center and these consumer alerts:
 
 
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