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Posted on: January 14, 2014

Securities Fraud Charges Filed Against Belleville Man

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 14, 2014

Media Contact: Caley Love
Director of Communications
785-296-3580
caley.love@ksc.ks.gov

Topeka, KS--- Kansas Securities Commissioner Josh Ney announced that on January 10, criminal charges were filed in the District Court of Republic County, Kansas against Charles Ray Mathews, a 52 year-old resident of Belleville, Kansas.

The criminal complaint alleges that Mathews committed securities fraud by unlawfully employing a scheme to defraud at least 26 persons by selling securities in a Hope Chest Entertainment Center, resulting in victim losses of over $25,000. Matthews was charged with 14 felony counts for violations of the Kansas Uniform Securities Act. The counts included allegations of securities fraud, the selling of unregistered securities, acting as an unregistered agent, and employing an unregistered agent.

If you have been approached by this individual regarding a Hope Chest Entertainment Center, please contact the Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner at 785-296-3307.

The violations listed in the complaint are allegations. Mathews should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

To view a copy of the complaint, please visit www.ksc.ks.gov

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The mission of the Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner (KSC) is to protect and inform Kansas investors; to promote integrity, fairness, and full disclosure in financial services; and to foster capital formation.

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