American Samizdat

Wednesday, May 23, 2007. *
Founders of a defunct Provo credit services company defrauded a California man out of hundreds of thousands of dollars by persuading him to take out a home loan, promising a 30 percent profit and lying about their business acumen, according to the Utah Department of Commerce. But Mike Hale's willingness to part with his money also was a test of faith. According to the state, Mascot Financial LLC owner Samuel Duane Aston earned Hale's trust by emphasizing his membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and that he was a priesthood holder with a temple recommend, a benchmark of worthiness that requires members to assert, among other things, that they are "honest in their dealings with their fellow man."

[Article continues at link. What would it be like if the President of the United States came to power through fraud including a claim to supernatural-inspired integrity?]


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