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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 9, 2018

Central Iowa Insurance Agent Charged with Defrauding Clients

DES MOINES, IA – On January 23, 2018, Roger Duane Goodwin, age 59, of Windsor Heights, Iowa, was charged with seven counts of mail fraud announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum.

According to the Indictment, Goodwin owned and operated “Goodwin Network of Advisors, Inc.” which was also referred to as “Goodwin Network”, “GN of A”, and “GNA Corp.” and sold life insurance, annuities, and similar investment products to individuals in the Des Moines and Houston, Texas areas. From at least February 2013 and continuing through at least August 2016, Goodwin advised several of his clients to purchase insurance products from him. Instead of purchasing insurance policies or contracts for these clients, Goodwin deposited the clients’ checks into a bank account associated with Goodwin Network of Advisors – which only Goodwin and his spouse could access. The indictment alleges Goodwin kept all or large portions of the funds and used the money for unauthorized purposes that were not for the benefit of the affected clients. Goodwin used his clients’ money, unbeknownst to them, for his personal expenses, directly repaying other clients of Goodwin’s, and making payments to the insurance companies for the benefit of other clients whose money Goodwin had failed to earlier send to the insurance company.

Goodwin has a preliminary trial date of April 2, 2018, before United States District Court Judge Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger, at the Des Moines Federal Courthouse. Mail Fraud is punishable by a maximum prison term of twenty years and a maximum fine of $250,000.
The public is reminded that an indictment is only an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated this matter. The case is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Securities, Commodities, & Investment Fraud
Contact: 
Rachel J. Scherle (515) 473-9300 Rachel.Scherle@usdoj.gov
Updated February 9, 2018