Lawsuit over failed investment names Marion firm

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa-based investment broker has been sued in federal court by investors who lost money in a failed real estate investment deal.

Berthel Fisher & Company Financial Services of Marion promoted securities sold by Thompson National Properties, a California real estate investment company.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids, seeks class-action status, recovery of losses, and other damages.

The lawsuit is filed by Jon Hanson, a Colorado retiree who invested $75,000. He’s suing on behalf of about 200 other investors who committed about $26 million to the scheme.

The lawsuit alleges Berthel Fisher should have investigated the investment and failed to tell investors the TNP was failing and shuffling money in a “Ponzi-scheme fashion.”

Calls to Berthel Fisher and TNP were not immediately returned.

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