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Striking Similarities in Fraud Cases of Businessman, Ex-Judge

Posted October 11, 2007

— The fraud cases against a former judge and a Southern Pines businessman show a surprising number of parallels, according to authorities and court documents.

Sam Currin laundered about $1.4 million through some of the same shell companies in the Bahamas that David Hagen is accused of using, court records show.

Currin, a former federal prosecutor, Superior Court judge and state Republican Party chairman, pleaded guilty last November to laundering the money from a client's stock scam and lying to a grand jury about it. He is serving a six-year sentence in federal prison.

Hagen faces federal fraud and money laundering charges in connection with a stock scam for Bio-Health, which investigators call a bogus natural-health company. He was arrested a week ago when he flew into New York from the Bahamas, where he had been living in recent years.

Court records show Currin bought into Hagen's GTx Inc. and had links to Bio-Health Laboratories. Both men also had connections to Howell and Vernice Woltz, who pleaded guilty to setting up offshore accounts and companies to launder illegal stock profits, according to court records.

Hagen came to the attention of state authorities three years ago when former employees of his companies, Gatelinx and PrimeTV, said they were told to stonewall customers seeking rebates that had been promised on their satellite television service.


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  • hughjohnso Oct 13, 2007

    there's WAY more to this story. Check out http://gtxcthegangthatcantshootstraight.blogspot.com/ for inside info, news, cites, research, analysis and more.

  • Panther Oct 12, 2007

    Like with any profession, sooner or later someone is going to try and beat the system, thinking that they are smarter than every else. I hope that they throw this bum in the pokey for a long time. Better yet make him Petrick cell mate, this way they can argue the finer points of the law.

  • pleshy Oct 12, 2007

    The bench and bar of North Carolina are occupied, in vast majority, by the most honorable, honest and hardworking people in the state. there are always a small minority or absolutely criminal, terrible people in any group or profession that give everyone a bad name. Sam Currin is now a bad apple. No one seems to like lawyers until they need one, so we soldier on knowing that one day that angry individual who thinks we are all crooks will need an attorney and will probably find that his attorney is honest and helpful, and more affordable than he imagined. Always remember, if you get in trouble at work as a non-lawyer, you might get fired and yu might have trouble getting a new job in your profession. If a lawyer gets in trouble with the Bar (not the bar association) there is a good chance he will never be a lawyer again. Ever. that is a harsh punishment - but appropriate. People trust lawyers and if you are not worthy - you shouldn't be one.

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  • twc Oct 11, 2007

    I'm pretty sure napdog has had some dealings with at least one Wake County judge. As far as Wake County judges go I believe for the most part they're honorable. I would bet my life on Judge Donald Stephens! I've been in his courtroom and saw for myself! Anyone wondering who is worthy of their vote would do themselves a favor by sitting in on Judge Stephens cases. Of course, there are other judges that could enlighten one to the way the court system operates, but Judge Stephens is top notch!! As for sam currin he's getting away very lightly so far! But he's on the radar now so I expect some courageous prosecutor somewhere is going to be onto him!

  • Feisty Redneck Diva Oct 11, 2007

    Amen to that GWALLY!

  • Polly Oct 11, 2007

    Napdog, Sam Currin is a formerly sanctimonious, judgmental and hypocritical jerk who's now a convicted felon serving time in disgrace. However, to say "most judges" about the Wake County Judges I know both personally and professionally is beyond a stretch. It is insulting to both yourself and those judges. Yeah, Sam got exactly what he deserved. What does this have to do with the price of milk?

  • yeahright2 Oct 11, 2007

    Can you expect any less from a former state republican party leader? There are those family values again.

  • whatusay Oct 11, 2007

    It is amazing how low our public servants have become. They are no longer someone to look up to for protection of our rights. They are now common criminals. Even the honest ones have a stigma attached to them due to the criminal behavior of their profession. This is why fewer American citizens vote in public elections. Who cares which crook wins. And as a general rule they protect each other.

  • weasleyes Oct 11, 2007

    I am old enough to remember when a law was passed that judges "had to be lawyers." I said then that was one of the biggest mistakes we could ever make. Expect honesty, decency, statemanship ....anything other than what can fill my own pocket" from lawyers? A judge should be a decent human being, known for his/her integrity and fairness ... nothing else. Most of what we know as "law" today is written in weasles words for lawyers, has nothing to do with common sense, and should be ignored.