This is to wrap up the story about Michael Soutar, the con man from my previous stories. The man who was ultimately responsible for the journey I am on today. The man who escaped his prison sentence and was on America's Most Wanted.
Attorney Generals office called me to advise me of his capture in August of 2005. They were working on extradition back to Santa Fe. It seems like there were some other states trying to get a hold of him as well. Now, after all this time has passed they are asking me questions again, they really wanted to nail this guy. Again, they wanted me to come and testify. I finally had to contact a lawyer friend and he started talking to them. Interestingly enough his daughter is a lawyer in Albuquerque,NM and when everything was said and done, I didn't have to go to testify. It is not that I didn't think he was guilty and he had over charged my credit card, but I really was just a very small part of the big picture.
Michael Soutar was accused of taking between $150,000 and $200,000 from investors at the Santa Fe Market. He was charged with securities fraud, securities sales by an unlicensed broker, racketeering, forgery, check and credit-card fraud. The Jurors deliberated only an hour before returning the verdict of guilty. He will be serving a 36 year sentence. I can say I was conned by one of the best!!!
I could say "thank you" to Michael Soutar for his part in my journey. Today, I am content with where I am and selling gourds at Fine Art Shows in Ohio. Being "out there" isn't as important as it once was. I have made amazing friends from Eureka Springs, AR and many places beyond. All because of this little event, an entanglement in my original plans, turned out to be a wonderful thing!
If you are incline to learn more about Michael Soutar, you can google him, he is on the first page! Amazing.