Attorney to Inmate….What Went Wrong?
By: Stephen M. Gunther
This is a meeting you can’t afford to miss! I went from being a high school dropout to a very successful and respected attorney. I owned a successful law firm which specialized in working with real estate investors. I was the President of the Tidewater Real Estate Investor’s Group, which is the largest investor club on the Southside of Hampton Roads, Virginia. Things were good! Then suddenly all of that changed.
Try to picture how you begin a typical day. Perhaps you have some coffee and look over your calendar to see what appointments you have. You then hear someone enter your office and you go upfront to greet them. When you arrive, you are met by an FBI agent who wants to go over 4 files that you closed 3 years prior. Suddenly your whole world is upside down. That’s how it began. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think something like this would ever happen to me. Suddenly I went from Virginia State Bar Member 45428 to Inmate #[masked] at Butner Federal Prison Camp.
You are probably thinking that I am just another crooked lawyer who devised some elaborate scam to rip people off. That’s where you are wrong. My profit from the 4 transactions was my normal closing fees which totaled less than $6000.00. Quite frankly, at the time of the transactions, I did not even realize that I was committing a crime. In fact, I had a conservative reputation. I was a lawyer who prided myself in keeping my real estate investor clients away from grey areas. I cannot count the number of times that I directed a client away from doing something that could have landed them in trouble. When it comes down to it though, none of this matters. It only takes once.
I am quite certain that most of you either know or have heard of a fellow investor who has been indicted for a real estate related crime. It seems to be happening everywhere. The United States Attorney is really cracking down on real estate related crime. As investors, more than ever you have to be mindful of everything you do.
Thursday nights program will consists of lessons learned from my crime and how I could have prevented it. I will provide you with detailed steps to take to ensure that a transaction is above board. I will also include review of current scams going on in today’s real estate market as well as a reflection of the time I spent in prison. The program is inspirational, informative, motivational, as well as entertaining. Find out “What Went Wrong” for me, and discover how to prevent something similar from happening to you!
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Itinerary for this event:
5:30 to 6:00 Setup and early diners.
6:00 to 6:45 Dining and networking.
6:45 to 7:00 Introductions.
7:00 to 7:05 I learned about real estate. Tips from members.
7:05 to 8:15 Our featured speaker
8:15 to 8:30 Deals
8:30 to 9:00 Networking
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FREE FREE FREE! But you must pay for the meal.
Yes, this valuable training is free if you pay $12 to our wonderful hosts, Peking International Buffet and that covers the meeting room, all you can eat, your drink and the tip. Contrary to a rumor that went around, you MUST pay for the meal to get the meeting free. It is too hard for the servers to figure out who ate. Out of respect for the speaker(s), service will not be provided during speaking. Please get your food and drink, and pay your bill before 6:45 PM. Of course you can enjoy the wonderful food at or after the meeting.
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