Paybacks: A Tale of Ponzi Schemes and Families

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Jeff made a fortune but lost in all in a Ponzi scheme run by his longtime friend and financial advisor.  Unable to face either his shame or his family, he puts a .357 pistol in his mouth and ends the pain. 

His older son is a respected Washington attorney, who unsuccessfully defends a serial killer known as "The Giggler."  That killer is sentenced to the same Maryland prison as the Ponzi crook.

At the urging of a remarkable woman to break everything in his life, his younger son drifts from being a waiter in Washington to being a sniper in Afghanistan.  When he returns, he visits an old buddy from both college and the Army but finds himself face-to-face with the son of the Ponzi crook.

Caught in a legal web where victims are second-class citizens, the brothers are drawn ever closer together even as destiny pulls them apart.

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Jim Flinchum is a former Special Forces officer and expert marksman, who now lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Already retired as a Senior Vice President from a major bank, he is currently the Managing Principal of Bay Capital Advisors, LLC, a state-registered investment advisor.

He holds degrees from Old Dominion University, the College of William & Mary, and the University of Dallas. In 2009, he won the Kessler Award for writing from the Investment Management Consultants Association.

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