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Ex-Utah County commissioner charged with posing as LDS Church officials


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Some people have a lot of nerve to try something like this:

"A former Utah County commissioner and a businessman whose company was once named Utah County Business of the Year were each charged with communications fraud Monday for allegedly posing as authorities from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Utah Attorney General's Office filed the criminal charges in 3rd District Court against former Commissioner Gary Jay Anderson, 68, and Alan Dean McKee, 56. Each is charged with three counts of communications fraud and one count of engaging in a pattern of unlawful activity.

All four charges are second-degree felonies that each carry potential penalties of one to 15 years in prison.

Both are accused of impersonating officials within the LDS Church in an apparent effort to get Ames Construction to invest in a large industrial park in Elberta, Utah County, called the Tintic Rail Line.

McKee is accused of using letterhead that appeared to be from the LDS Church and the church's Suburban Land Reserve and sending three letters and one email pretending to be an LDS Church official saying he supported McKee's Tintic Rail Line Project. Anderson is accused of calling Ames and assuring them that the LDS Church was behind the project.

"One of the letters was allegedly written and signed by Bishop Gary E. Stevenson, former presiding bishop of the LDS Church and current member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles," charging documents state. "(Elder) Stevenson confirmed through LDS legal counsel that the letter he purportedly signed was a forgery as well."

The charges accuse Anderson of posing as then Bishop Stevenson in phone calls to Ames indicating the church's support.

Anderson was a longtime Utah County Commissioner and a current defense attorney.

McKee is the owner of Ophir Minerals and Aggregate LLC, which was named Utah County business of the year in 2011.


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3 hours ago, Duncan said:

Thing that gets me about fraud is how long do these numnuts think they can keep it going? you'd be walking on eggshells the whole time, any moment the whole thing could go up in your face. So weird!

It's hard to imagine that someone would even try such a grand scale scam. Too much could go wrong at any point in the deal ending in them being caught.

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2 hours ago, JAHS said:

It's hard to imagine that someone would even try such a grand scale scam. Too much could go wrong at any point in the deal ending in them being caught.

Me thinks they were emboldened by past shenanigans.  A person doesn't start out at this level of deceit.

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This looks like an episode of "American Greed", you would be surprised to learn how many deals with large amount of money, like $100,000-$1,000,000+, the deal is a handshake type deal with little to no research involved. What is more scary is the lower-income investor who doesn't know this and invest with little to no research, thinking that the larger investor already did the research.  

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