Here's a lesson in investment: don't trust just anyone who claims to be an investor.
"I felt guilty. I felt ashamed, I felt angry. I felt embarrassed," said Barbara of Baltimore, Maryland. She recently became the victim of a fraud, losing more than $90,000 in an investment scam.
"We received a mass mailing postcard in the mail from a gentleman who wanted to know if we were happy with our retirement plan," said Barbara.
Her husband, who was in failing health, decided to meet with Casey Charles. They just wanted to see what someone else could suggest.
Barbara and her husband decided to invest with Charles. A short time later her husband passed away.
"I am responsible for my own problems but I really was not capable of making good decisions at that point," said Barbara.
Charles claimed to be investing Barbara's money and sent fictitious promissory notes to her as proof, but it was all a fraud.
"He never made any investments on behalf of the investors; he just used their money for his own personal expenses," said U.S. Postal Inspector Frank Schissler.
Lincoln Police highly suggest getting a second opinion before investing.
"You should probably run it by somebody else before doing that," said LPD Officer Erin Spilker. "Even if you're sitting in an office speaking to an expert, it's a good idea to take time to think about it and run it by somebody else before investing any large amounts of money."
"They don't seem to care or think about what they are doing to other people," added Barbara. "It is almost as bad as holding someone up with a gun. They got their money however they got it."
Charles pleaded guilty to mail fraud and was sentenced to three and a half years in federal prison and has been ordered to pay restitution.