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Investor Fraud Alert – Berger Montague Investigates Alleged Investment Sham by Gina Champion-Cain; ANI Development, LLC; and American National Investments, Inc.

DATE: September 3, 2019

September 3, 2019. SAN DIEGO—Berger Montague is investigating an alleged multi-year $300 million investment sham by San Diego businesswoman Gina Champion-Cain and her investment company, ANI Development.

On August 28, 2019, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint alleging that Champion-Cain and ANI Development masterminded an “egregious fraud” that bilked investors of over $300 million, including more than $100 million in the past year alone. While promising returns of up to 25% on short-term, high-interest loans to people applying for alcohol licenses in California, Champion-Cain purportedly diverted investors’ money to fund her approximately 40 other businesses, including coffee shops, lifestyle brands, San Diego restaurants, and rental properties. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Champion-Cain, Case 3:19-cv-01628-H-BLM (S.D. Cal.).

If you invested with Gina Champion-Cain; ANI Development, LLC; or American National Investments, Inc., please contact the head of Berger Montague’s San Diego office, Benjamin Galdston, at 858-539-9767, or additional investigating attorneys, Michael Dell’Angelo and Barbara Podell, at 800-424-6690, 215-875-3080 or 215-875-4690, or via email at, and

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Benjamin Galdston
Shareholder and San Diego Office Head
Berger Montague

Michael Dell’Angelo
Managing Shareholder
Berger Montague

Barbara A. Podell
Berger Montague

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