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Craig Gutowsky Stock Broker - Craig Gutowsky Ponzi Scam Chicago, Illinois
Posted on Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 at 11:58am CDT by 0591fd00
Company: Craig Gutowsky Stock Broker
Location: 19 S. Montclair Court
CARY, IL, 60013, US
Category: Business, Finances
At his home in Cary Illinois , Craig Gutowsky would sit and ponder how he could get out from his job, a Union truck driver for USF Holland America in Wheeling Illinois. Even thou he had 10 year, he hated being behind the wheel of an 18 wheeler, day in a day out. He was afraid that management was going to catch on to his fake workman's comp case for an injured finger. After all it was his 3rd workman's comp case in 4 years, and he was running out of body parts, back, ankle and now finger.
Monday morning at 5am he would be back behind the wheel . He had to do something and quick. With the help of his accountant at Delta financial Services, Craig started Nicks Games. The plan was to invest in PLAY and TRADE franchises. Craig advertised for investors by guarantying principle and paying a dividend of %20 .
He was so confident he had quit the union that he was a member of for over 15 years, rather than take a leave of absent
Chumming the waters for investors, Gutowsky had a retirement party at a local beer hall in Cary - Colman's, showing off his new success as a stock broker, thumbing his nose at all the other truck drivers he invited from USF HOLLAND AMERICA in Wheeling Illinois.
Gutowsky also entertained regularTexes hold em' events at their home in Cary til he bought a warehouse in Cary and held them there.
Gutowskys lifestyle seem to change overnight. He used investors money to buy turbo charged Mercedes Benz with custom plates that said ' FAST E 55'. a vintage museum quality muscle car 1966 Chevrolet Nova II Mundelein, Illinois | Elite Motors PLEASE CONTACT CRAIG AT 847-949-9933 OR 847-489-2702 , and was equipping high performance motorcycle racing team, complete with luxury trailer, equipped with plasma television and leather benches. He even purchase a new Ford pickup truck to pull the all aluminum $40,000 trailer.
Gutowskys' life indeed has changed. He was spending more in a month then he made in a year driving a truck.
Gutowsky took his wife Renee on several Las Vegas vacations and could be seen of the golf course in Cary several times a week.
Gutowsky was taking in hundreds of thousands and new he was in trouble. But he could never go back to USF Holland
Gutowsky needed to help investors raise cash by arranging for title loans on their cars and cash advances on their credit cards, taking anything of value from investors to collateralize the investment he was selling, using CRAIGS LIST to liquidate the motorcycles, golf clubs and Artwork he had received.
Gutowsky allegedly was not investing their money. Authorities said he was running a Ponzi scheme that duped investors out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
On January 28 , 2010 a DuPage County judge ordered Craig Gutowsky, 42, of the 19 the block of Montclair Court , Cary Illinois held in lieu of $150,000 dollars bail. A grand jury indictment has charged Gutowsky with theft, securities fraud, fraud and selling securities without registering.
PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS -VS- CRAIG GUTOWSKY
0001 THEFT-UNAUTHORIZED CONTROL KNOWING TO DEPRIVE - $100,000 < $500,000 ACTIVE 10225
0002 THEFT BY DECEPTION WITH INTENT TO DEPRIVE - $100,000 <= $500,000 ACTIVE 10225
0003 SECURITIES VIOLATION - INVESTMENT ADVISOR FRAUD ACTIVE 10225
0004 SECURITIES VIOLATION - INVESTMENT ADVISOR FRAUD ACTIVE 10225
0005 SECURITIES VIOLATION - INVESTMENT ADVISOR FRAUD ACTIVE 10225
0006 SECURITIES VIOLATION - INVESTMENT ADVISOR FRAUD ACTIVE 10225
0007 SECURITIES VIOLATION - INVESTMENT ADVISOR FRAUD ACTIVE 10225
Between Jan. 1, 2007, and Oct. 9, 2008, Craig Gutowsky duped investors out of more then $300,000 by creating the false impression that he was a broker at CMG Trading , 847-489-2702 , and had investments with a that were paying a 20 % rate of return with guarantee of principle. He called this the "Kevin G Carney " fund. Gutowsky in charge of selling the investments with the help of his wife Renee Gutowsky who kept the books, guaranteed the principle and took 10% commission as his broker fee. But instead of selling securities, Gutowsky used his investors' money to pay returns to other investors.
A restaurateur in the western suburbs took a mortgage on his paid off home and gave Gutowsky a $100,000. dollars. He was introduced to Gutowsky by his son. "Had I known about Bernie Madoff, I would never have talked to Craig in the first place," He said, referring to the infamous Wall Street manager who is serving a 150-year sentence for running a decades-long Ponzi scheme that has cost investors billions.
Another victim, a Palatine Mortgage Banker at first had no comment but then had this to say " Like the movie 'Wall Street" Craig and Renne Gutowsky s' greed was so great, they did not think once about the lies and manipulations and the people and families they hurt. They only thought about the cars, vacations and impressing their family and friends. "
According to one investor, Gutowsky wanted to legitimize his company and was planning to buy several Play and Trade Franchises under the now dissolved Illinois corporation NICKS GAMES .
Craig Gutowsky Cary, Illinois only spent a couple of hours in a Dupage county lock up thanks to his father in law - Phillip J Abbinanti of Buffalo Grove, Illinois , owner of Chapple Design-Builders, West Chicago, IL . Gutowsky a relative through marriage of his daughter Renee . Other family members also invested with Gutowsky.
Gutowsky will have to appear in Dupage County court on the next date of 06-30-2010 COURTROOM 4010 Court Time 09:00 AM
Craig Gutowsky s bail was set at $150,000. He is out and selling cars at Elite Motors 847.949.9933 822 N. Lake St. Mundelein IL, 60060
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