Ephren W. Taylor II just wanted to write books and hear his wife sing, in a manner of speaking. Problem is he needed other people's money to make that happen, nearly $11 million of other people's money. Recent SEC charges suggest he thought he could get away with just swiping it. Between 2008 and 2010 he raised money from hundreds of investors nationwide to fund what amounted to a Ponzi scheme, the SEC charged.
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