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61-Year-Old Scammed Many with False Promise of Turning the Investors into Millionaires

61-Year-Old Scammed Many with False Promise of Turning the Investors into Millionaires

Authorities claim that Anson Jean-Pierre assured other Haitian-Americans that if they invested with him, they would not only become “millionaires,” but that their hundreds of thousands of dollars would also help to grow business in Haiti. But investigators found that none of it was true.

Rather, they claim that Jean-Pierre used some of the funds for personal expenses, such as flights, hotels, restaurants, groceries, and trips to the Caribbean. He allegedly didn’t spend a dime on any of the initiatives that he had promised.

The 61-year-old is currently being prosecuted by state criminal authorities. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission had previously focused on him for “affinity fraud” that targeted other Haitian-Americans.

On a long list of allegations including organized crime, securities fraud, money laundering, and racketeering, authorities checked Jean-Pierre into Miami-Dade County’s Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on Tuesday. One other man is arrested along with Jean-Pierre. The other person is Edy Durosier, 50. He is also facing the same charges.

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In a warrant, agents with the Florida Department of Financial Regulation claim that Jean-Pierre defrauded investors out of around $700,000 between 2017 and 2019. The victims of the fraud claim that he was the owner of Brothers Investment Group International, LLC, a business located in North Miami Beach, a community that is home to many Haitians.

He purported to be a law professor at St. Thomas University and an attorney, according to the authorities.

According to an arrest warrant, the two met in South Florida to invest in Haitian agricultural and real estate. Durosier faces accusations of misleading investors by claiming to have created a “renewable energy device” that would offer Internet access and solar electricity to the underdeveloped Caribbean country.

Authorities alleged that Brothers International also offered fictitious “foreign diplomatic classes” for $600, with the promise to investors that they would be “recognized as highly-ranked representatives of (the company) with special privileges when they traveled internationally” upon payment and successful completion of the course.

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Durosier promised investors in Brothers’ “Real Estate Group” that he would apply for credit cards and get cash advances on their behalf, to use the proceeds to “buy and flip” Miami-Dade County residences, according to officials.

As per the warrant, Jean-Pierre did not put money into a single project that would generate revenue; instead, he kept telling investors that their money was safe in the bank, even though he had already spent it.

Authorities claim that the only thing that resembled an investment by Brothers was a down payment of $60,000 transferred to BurgerIM Group USA, Inc. for a burger franchise; nevertheless, “none of the investors gave money for investment in a burger franchise.”

According to authorities, Jean-Pierre did compensate a few investors $21,000 to allay concerns regarding Brothers Investment.

Jean-Pierre, who is accused of over forty offenses, was being held as of Wednesday afternoon in Miami-Dade’s Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on a $730,000 bond, according to jail records.

Durosier is not yet in any Miami-Dade or Broward court or jail records, even though he is facing comparable allegations. His whereabouts are still unknown.

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