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August 25, 2011

Former President of Hurst Financial Charged with Defrauding Investors in Central Coast Real Estate

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , — fayarfa @ 11:20 pm

LOS ANGELES—A Paso Robles man was charged today with federal fraud and money laundering offenses for allegedly bilking victims who invested into Central Coast real estate projects—money that was siphoned off for other purposes.

James Hurst Miller Jr., 63, the former president of the Atascadero-based Hurst Financial Corp., was charged today in a four-count criminal information filed in United States District Court. The four-count information charges Miller with mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, and making a false statement to a bank.

The information alleges that Miller solicited investments in the Beacon Road and Vista Del Hombre real estate development projects in Paso Robles, as well as the Salinas River real estate development project in Templeton, and that the solicitations were fraudulent because the funds were not used to develop those projects. The information alleges that after obtaining investors’ funds, Miller used most of the money for other purposes.

The information specifically alleges that Miller failed to disclose that he was using new money solicited for the Beacon Road project to make interest payments to older investors, as well as to investors in other real estate development projects. Miller also allegedly failed to disclose that he used proceeds from investors in the Salinas River project to pay off loans relating to a different real estate development project, and that money invested in the Vista Del Hombre project was used to develop other real estate projects. Finally, the information alleges that Miller aided and abetted false statements made to Heritage Oaks Bank relating to collateral for a loan application.

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