Ex-con Gary Growden returns to finance after prison

  • Article by: DAN BROWNING , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 5, 2010 - 8:57 PM

Gary Growden says he's reinventing himself, but some of his prospects say his deals seem too good to be true.

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markoarkoJun. 5, 10 9:24 PM

Did this guy commit a crime by trying to raise money for clients that are paying him to do so? I am not familiar with his previous sins that are described in the article, but it seems that he has served his time and is trying to make a living...is that not what we are supposed to do as Americans? Furhter, by raising money for small businesses isnt this guy actually doing more for our society and the economy than just getting a job flipping burgers?

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jmusielewiczJun. 6, 10 8:21 AM

In other words, if your involved in finance aren't you pretty much a ex-con to begin with?

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CocoLotionJun. 6, 10 8:29 AM

ah..hellllo...you were convicted of both. i don't care how "affable" you are, you are a loser.

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prancer1Jun. 6, 10 9:25 AM

Well-written article, objective and in the public interest. The reporter did lots of fact-checking as well. The article was clear despite the many layers of this person's life. Well-done, Mr. Browning.

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sanborn40Jun. 6, 1010:11 AM

I understand completely what this guy went through. Someone with a criminal background lied about me to a prosecutor. Until that time I had NO criminal background and had solid documentation to prove his lies were lies. I had to cop a plea cuz my lawyer said the prosecutor didn't care if this guy had a criminal background or whether I had the proof he was lying. He wouldn't even look at my documentation that included date stamped video and photos, bank statements, etc.! The accusor said things happened that couldn't possibly have happened because I wasn't even in the state at the time and I could prove that. Again, the prosecutor didn't care. He was new and full of his own power and simply wanted another notch in his belt - a win for his resume. Anyway, my lawyer said the same thing as this guy's did, risk going to prison for years or cop a plea and spend a few days in the workhouse with probation. Guess what I chose?

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sanborn40Jun. 6, 1010:14 AM

Also, when you cop a plea and admit to guilt you'd best make sure the judge believes you or he can FORCE you to go to trial whether you want to or not. This situation changed my view of our system - it isn't a justice system anymore and the people who hold the power don't care about anyone but themselves. And when this happens to YOU - a law abiding citizen - (and believe me IT CAN) then maybe you'll understand and have a bit more compassion on people who are supposed criminals.

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changeagent2010Jun. 6, 1010:30 AM

pathological liar or gambling addict?

inflated professional claims left and right, participation in ponzi schemes, denial of recorded "facts" including a criminal record, manipulating the systems -- financial and crminal to his own benefit at the same time claiming to be a victim, whining about a reporter trying to verify his own claims & sales pitches -- the list goes on and on.

another loser who can't walk away from the game table -- not the track or the casino, but the financial desk, computer screen and, most importantly, the game of life.

Thanks for the warning Mr Browning

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dsteele41Jun. 6, 1011:07 AM

Felons from all over the world are drawn to ply yheir trade here. It is a trade to them, and no one serves them better than us. Will we ever learn?

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textextexJun. 7, 10 8:32 AM

It makes sense he was with Amway. Amway has ripped off millions of people for several decades, to the tune of 10s of billions of dollars. Read about it on this website: http://thenetprofitgroup.yolasite.com and forward the information to everyone you know, so they don't get scammed. Amway is a scam, and here's why: Amway pays out as little money as they can get away with, so they support the higher level IBOs ripping off their downline via the tool scam. As a result, about 99% of IBOs operate at a net loss, while the top 1% make several TIMES more from their Amway tool scam than from the Amway products. This was made illegal in the UK in 2008, but our FTC is unable to pull their heads out of their butts to stop it here.

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