As part of the state's efforts to help Montanans avoid investment fraud,
the Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance has teamed up with
AARP Montana to produce a new documentary: "Gold Diggers, Investment
Fraud in the Treasure State."
The film, which is scheduled to air on TVMT in November, "tells the
shocking stories of two of Montana's most infamous investment schemes"
- the Arthur Heffelfinger case in Helena and the Anne Marie Schlenker
case in Bozeman. Together the two schemes defrauded Montana investors
out of more than $3 million.
The Commissioner's office hopes the film will help investors recognize
the warning signs of investment fraud and thereby avoid becoming victims
"Education is the silver bullet when it comes to fighting fraud,"
said Commissioner Monica J. Lindeen. "The more Montanans know about
their rights and where they can turn for help, the better they can protect
themselves from modern day gold diggers."
Actor Bill Pullman narrates the film, which includes interviews with victims
of investment fraud, industry experts, investor advocates, securities
arbitration attorneys, prosecutors, and regulators. Special screenings
will take place from Oct. 10 through Oct. 13. For more information, click