Convicted fraudster to pay $1.4 million to victims

Convicted fraudster to pay $1.4 million to victims

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Provo man convicted of luring investors into believing he had salvage rights to materials from Geneva Steel has been ordered to pay $1.4 million to three people who were sucked into his fraudulent scheme.

The Utah Attorney General's Office said Thursday that Rodger Graham told investors in 2004 that he had access to $5.5 million worth of salvaged material that could be used to make new buildings.

Two people invested in the plan, including one who paid him $1 million. Another person hired Graham to build a Harley Davidson dealership with the materials and paid him hundreds of thousands despite very little work getting done.

Graham never paid them back.

Graham pleaded guilty to securities fraud, a pattern of illegal activity and possession of stolen property. He is serving one year in jail.

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