Wednesday, December 4 2013 4:08 PM EST2013-12-04 21:08:10 GMT
EVANSVILLE (WFIE) -Evansville Police are on the scene of a barricaded gunman. According to the department's Facebook page, it happened Wednesday morning in the 1500 block of South Alvord Boulevard. DispatchersMore >>
Several streets near Covert Avenue and South Alvord Boulevard were closed Wednesday morning as police responded to a man who barricaded himself inside his home. More >>
Tuesday, December 3 2013 11:01 PM EST2013-12-04 04:01:42 GMT
EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) – Police and emergency crews are on the scene of an accident on I-164 near mile marker 11. According to dispatch, a dump truck ran off the road and down an embankment. No other carsMore >>
I-164 is back open on Tuesday night after a semi carrying a load of coal ran off the roadway. More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 2:30 PM EST2013-12-08 19:30:32 GMT
The Tri-State area is seeing a lot of snow and ice resulting in dangerous conditions. Perry County officials have declared a snow and ice emergency. Due to the amount of snow and ice, road crews areMore >>
Officials say the extreme winter weather has diminished enough for roads to be passable. More >>
(Toledo News Now) -
"My name is Nanci Jo Frazer. And I live in Ohio."
That's how Bryan, Ohio's Nanci Jo Frazer introduces herself in an online webinar. She also offers up statements of faith.
"I've asked God to guide me in his wisdom as to where I want to be."
In the webinars, Frazer claims she's been guided, through her charity Focus Up Ministries, to help people invest in an online investment group. The group's called Profitable Sunrise.
She says: "He is bringing me to the reality that my job is to help the ministry - the kingdom expand...I put my own money in and I saw it grow and I saw it explode and I said - OK - this thing is incredible."
Not incredible. But illegal - according to multiple government agencies. WTOL 11 found the Securities and Exchange Commission sued Profitable Sunrise in district court - charging the company with fraud - and freezing its assets.
The Ohio Department of Commerce filed a notice of intent to issue a cease and desist order - accusing Frazer personally of recruiting investors on multiple websites. Twenty-nine other states filed similar orders.
Read the official intent to issue a Cease and Desist order from the State of Ohio Department of Commerce[PDF]
The amount of money invested, millions of dollars. The number of investors who never got their money back - unknown.
A state document accuses Frazer and Profitable Sunrise of using "confusing statements" and "misrepresentations" that are "designed to deceive."
Here's one claim she made online: "From Monday to Friday, we are able to see ourselves grow 2.15% - and that is unheard of in the regular world."
That would mean a $10 dollar investment would bring you $7,840 dollars after one year. Frazer also claims investors can get their money back in as few as 170 business days.
WTOL investigated further- and found Frazer declared bankruptcy in 2009. In addition, we found Focus Up Ministries is not registered with the IRS as a non-profit. We went to Frazer's house to try to ask her about the complaints.
So, we showed licensed financial advisor Allen Lancz the SEC lawsuit, who told us "The numbers at all didn't make sense."
Lancz told us that "[What] scammers do is they tie in to people's emotions, whether it's trying to gain goodwill or credibility through a non-profit, or through a charity, church, religious pursuit - and in this case that's exactly what they did. They'll use the words and make it seem like they know what they're talking about, and unfortunately a lot of these entities are great salespeople. They motivate and tug on your emotions, and they're not knowledgeable at all, they can't even handle their own finances."
We spoke to the Bryan Chamber of Commerce - where her husband was a member - they didn't comment. Ultimately, Craig Thomas did speak to Frazer on the phone as we finished our investigation - and asked her to discuss the allegations.
She said she couldn't.
He also spoke to multiple investors who told us they don't want to go on camera. Some are embarrassed, others just want to put this behind them. All say - they don't think they'll get their money back.
The Ohio Department of Commerce is still investigating, and wants any victims to come forward. If you want to contact them, call 877-683-7841, or go to www.com.ohio.gov/secu
Sunday, December 8 2013 8:30 AM EST2013-12-08 13:30:02 GMT
This week, Nicole Collier joins Jerry to dig deeper into the murder of 18-month-old Elaina Steinfurth.More >>
This week, Nicole Collier joins Jerry to dig deeper into the murder of 18-month-old Elaina Steinfurth. Hear new details of the case from Lucas County Prosecutor Julia Bates and Toledo Police Caption Brad Weis just days after Steven King and Angela Steinfurth accepted plea deals in the case.More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 10:23 AM EST2013-12-08 15:23:18 GMT
A small town came together Friday night to do something that a special little girl will likely never forget. Outside Oak Grove, MO's city hall, the signs of Christmas are up with lights and wreaths everywhere.More >>
A small town came together Friday night to do something that a special little girl will likely never forget.More >>
Saturday, December 7 2013 3:27 PM EST2013-12-07 20:27:07 GMT
Many people grew up with model trains around their Christmas tree. Well, one Evansville man keeps his up all year round and they're even more special when the holidays roll around. Some Tri-Staters mayMore >>
Many people grew up with model trains around their Christmas tree.More >>
Saturday, December 7 2013 8:38 AM EST2013-12-07 13:38:56 GMT
BITHLO, FL (Central Florida News 13/CNN) - A central Florida man made quite a discovery inside an old Christmas tree box that was filled with $50,000 in bonds. Anthony Garafalo, a single father, foundMore >>
Anthony Garafalo, a single father, found the tree a few years ago while looking for scrap metal to sell and finally opened it this year for his son. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:48 PM EDT2013-05-21 18:48:17 GMT
14 News, the Tri-State's News and Weather Leader is proud to announce a full featured weather app for Apple and Android devices. Our new weather app has an interactive radar, 10 day and hourly forecastsMore >>
14 News has a new weather app in the iTunes store and Android market. It has interactive radar, hourly forecasts and targeted weather alerts.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 1:28 AM EST2013-12-06 06:28:26 GMT
A second case of disturbing animal abuse has been discovered involving a puppy's mouth tied shut. A man found a puppy in a box with filthy blankets in Kane Park in Gresham at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The puppyMore >>
A second case of disturbing animal abuse has been discovered involving a puppy's mouth being tied shut.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 4:46 PM EST2013-12-06 21:46:36 GMT
A woman has been arrested after police say she used her small child to enter her neighbor's home though a doggie door to steal.Rockdale County Sheriff's deputies arrested Cheryl Keele, 25, at her homeMore >>
A woman has been arrested after police say she used her small child to enter her neighbor's home though a doggie door to steal.More >>
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