Bruce Russell Mock 07/19/49
Grants Pass, OR & Portland, OR — Two suspects in a continuing investigation into an investment scheme have been apprehended.
Sheriff’s detectives arrested one suspect, Andrew Meyer yesterday at about 3:30 pm at the home of Harold Van Horn. Meyer was charged with Aggravated Theft and Attempted Aggravated Theft and was lodged in the Josephine County Jail.
The arrest was the result of a six month investigation into a confidence scheme in which Meyer is believed to have defrauded Van Horn out of $200,000.00.
In April 2010, Meyer arranged a fraudulent investment scheme that centered on claims of a tribal gold mine investment located in the Republic of Ghana. Believing the investment to be legitimate, Van Horn invested his savings with Meyer.
Sheriff’s detectives and investigators from the Oregon State Department of Finance and Corporate Securities arranged a meeting between Meyer and a potential investor. Sheriff’s detectives served a search warrant on Meyer and his vehicle and were able to seize several items of evidential value to the case.
Today at about 1:30 pm, Portland Police Bureau detectives arrested a second suspect and accomplice, Bruce Mock, at his home in Portland.
Sheriff’s detectives and investigators with the Oregon Finance and Corporate Securities office in Salem have been working together on a complaint that Mock and Meyer violated securities laws and committed aggravated theft by perpetrating a scheme to bilk potential investors out of their savings.
Sheriff Gilbertson would like to ask the citizens of Josephine County to be extra aware of scams and investment opportunities promising investors huge returns. Under Oregon law, anyone offering investment opportunities must be registered with the Oregon Department of Consumer & Business Services Division of Finance and Corporate Securities. All securities being offered for investment must also be registered with the state of Oregon. For more information, consumers are encouraged to call the Oregon Department of Consumer & Business Services at 503-378-4140.
Investigations are continuing, and anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective John Auborn at 541-474-5153, ext. 3511.