SENIOR FRAUD CAVALCADE CONTINUES: Ponzi Schemer, 86, Pleads Guilty; Stephen J. Klos Ripped Off Fellow Senior Citizens, Prosecutors Say
Stephen J. Klos, an 86-year-old church usher who sold elderly congregants in the Seattle area into a $3 million Ponzi scheme that began in 2004, has pleaded guilty to 10 counts of securities fraud, the office of King County Prosecuting Attorney Daniel T. Satterberg said.
Klos “met several of victims at his church and told them that he would invest their money but used most of it to repay prior investors and for his personal benefit,” Satterberg’s office said. He faces between 51 and 68 months in prison when sentenced Dec. 28 by Judge Bruce Heller.
Only four years short of his 90th birthday, Klos now joins a curiously long list of convicted or alleged Ponzi schemers and/or swindlers who were detected or charged after their 65th birthdays.
Others on the list include Bernard Madoff (New York/Florida); Andy Bowdoin (Florida); Arthur Nadel (Florida/now deceased); Martin B. Feibish (Rhode Island); Richard Piccoli (New York); Anthony Lupas (Pennsylvania); John William “Jack” Cranney (Massachusetts); Pat Kiley (Minnesota); Richard Elkinson (Massachusetts); Edward May (Michigan); John F. Langford (Texas); Hans P. Seibt (Nevada); Louis J. Borstelmann (California); Gerald J. “Jerry” Berke (California/Canada); Richard Horace Mayfield (Colorado); Richard M. Hersch (California); Richard Taft Johnson (Michigan); Julia Ann Schmidt (Texas); Ronald Keith Owens (Texas); James Blackman Roberts (Arkansas); Larry Atkins (North Dakota); Maxwell B. Smith (New Jersey); Judith Zabalaoui (Louisiana); Arthur Ferdig (California).
NOTE: The list above is incomplete.