Archive for Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Woman waives right to hearing

November 26, 2003

A Tonganoxie woman, who faces 33 criminal charges that allege she was running a $1.2 million Ponzi scheme, last week waived her right to a preliminary hearing.

Carla Jean Meyer Senger will be arraigned on the charges at 9 a.m. next Wednesday in Leavenworth County District Court, according to Fran Brunner, associate general counsel in the state securities commissioner's office.

"A trial date probably will be set then," said Brunner, who is alleging that Senger defrauded eight area investors.

Court documents Brunner filed allege Senger illegally sold securities between June 1999 and September 2000 and sold securities as an unregistered broker during that time. She also faces 31 other charges, which allege she used false or misleading statements to sell stocks, limited partnership interests and investment contracts to eight northeast Kansas residents.

The investors lost about $358,000.

In a Ponzi scheme, early investors in a venture are paid with investments from later investors.

"Basically, she would offer to sell a security or a stock to someone and then she would not actually purchase that stock," Brunner has said. "She told folks that she was a stock broker or she had been a broker-dealer, and she was not."

Eight victims are listed in court documents: One from Tonganoxie; three from Basehor; two from Overland Park; one from Edgerton; and one from Shawnee.

Senger also is known by several other names, including Carla Jean Garry-Meyer, Carla Jean Garry and Carla Jean Meyer, according to court documents.

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