By Margaux Mannion Brown
Editor’s note: Margaux Mannion Brown is the pen name for a Lovefraud reader.
Everyone liked Joe. He was charming, flattering, and helpful. So helpful, that through his career as an investment broker, he was able to scam hundreds of thousands of dollars out of his clients, friends and family. Most of the money was lost on gambling. The rest of it went on big houses, fancy cars, and expensive vacations he pretended to afford. Things fell apart for Joe when people began to demand their investment returns.
Rather than go to prison, Joe committed suicide, leaving hundreds of investors broke and without retirement funding. He left his wife, Carol, with mountains of debt, emotional and spiritual devastation and two young children to raise on her own.