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Hearing Set In Ponzi Scheme Case

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Jeffrey Ripley (L) and Danny VanLiere (R) (photos courtesy Ottawa Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
Jeffrey Ripley (L) and Danny VanLiere (R) (photos courtesy Ottawa Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

GRAND HAVEN (WHTC) - Two Kent County men being prosecuted for conducting what the state Attorney General's office calls the largest Ponzi scheme in Michigan history will return to an Ottawa County courtroom in early May. A May 3 preliminary hearing is set for Danny Van Liere and Jeffrey Ripley, who are accused of bilking 140 total victims out of around 9-million dollars through their firm, API Worldwide Holdings, with individual losses of between 3-thousand and 600-thousand dollars. If convicted, each of them could face 20 years in prison. The hearing will take place before 58th District Court Judge Richard Kloote.

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