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Three Bay Area Men Indicted for Real Estate Investment Fraud

Three men who lured investors, including elderly ones (elder financial abuse), into placing their funds with their firm on the fraudulent claim that their real estate developments benefitted charities, have been charged with conspiracy and fraud.

The investors to S3 Partners, which had offices in San Jose, Campbell, Palo Alto and North Carolina, may lose $21 million by the time the dust settles.

The three partners are Michael Sims, 58, of Gilroy, Sam Stafford, 56, of Campbell, and Melvin Russell “Rusty” Shields, 42, of Granite Falls, N.C. Federal prosecutors are accusing the men of promising rates of return between 10 and 16 percent for their developments in Arizona, Texas and Florida. While presenting themselves as experienced professionals, Shields has a conviction for felony larceny and Michael Sims’ real estate license was “suspended indefinitely” in 1978 by the California Department of Real Estate (DRE).

Sam Stafford has pleaded not guilty and Michael Sims has yet to enter a plea. No word yet as to the pleading status of Rusty Shields.

Read the original article in the Silicon Valley Mercury News.

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