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Updated Aug 22, 2013 - 1:21 pm

Arizona sanctions gold firm for duping investors

PHOENIX — The Arizona Corporation Commission has sanctioned a company that
raised money from investors for a gold-processing venture that touted high-tech
equipment capable of recovering more precious metals from ore.

The commission announced Tuesday that it has ordered Charles L. Robertson of
Texas and his two affiliated companies to repay 63 investors more than $1.1
million and pay a $100,000 administrative fine. The companies are Arizona Gold
Processing, LLC, and AZGO, LLC.

The commission said Robertson and others he directed contacted potential
investors through a national telephone and email marketing campaign. They touted
the company’s bogus technology and convinced investors to buy unregulated
“private placement” securities.

Robertson and the companies didn’t admit or deny the charges but consented to
the penalties.

The commission warned investors to scrutinize private placement investments.

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