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June 6, 2016

Posted  June 6, 2016

Michigan filed 33 felony charges against Scott Rookus, 45 of Jenison, for his role in running an alleged Ponzi scheme between 2010 and 2015. Between 2010 and 2013 Rookus allegedly solicited and obtained investments of approximately $1.5 million for his holdings company, New Haven Holdings. His customers many of whom were senior citizens, were allegedly told that earnings from their investments would come from the profits of Rookus’ enterprises, when in fact the money he took resulted in an alleged Ponzi-scheme from which he was the primary beneficiary. To cover his tracks, Rookus allegedly issued fraudulent returns to some investors using money from newer investors. He allegedly used the investor funds to pay personal expenses such as his children’s private school education and to pay of tax liens against him. The alleged scheme was uncovered after Rookus filed for personal bankruptcy in March 2015 and his investors found out that they had lost everything they invested. MI

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