Summarized by Eric Bunker
Judge sentences Orem man for swindling nearly$80,000
Deseret News 19Aug99 L8
By Edward L. Carter: Deseret News staff writer
PROVO, UTAH -- Roger Goff, 47, was sentenced last Wednesday to three
concurrent prison terms for securities fraud that will keep him incarcerated
for at least one year and possibly as many as 15 years for fraudulent
investments schemes orchestrated through Buckhorn Financial Services.
Operating mainly in the LDS community, banking largely on misplaced trust
while promising big returns that could finance children's college education
or LDS Church missions, he unlawfully received over $700,000 in investment
capital and eventually bilked investors out of nearly $80,000.
In his defense, he said state courts had no jurisdiction over him because he
did not consent to Utah's laws was and not subject to state law because he
did not seek benefits or protection from the state.
"For the record, I do not consent or acquiesce to the sentence," Goff told
the Judge, with the assertion that he was a resident of "the Republic," and
that he could not hire an attorney or he would become subject to the state's
With the However the judge rejected Goff's arguments and ordered him to
report to prison by Aug. 30. "You and I will probably never reach an
agreement on jurisdiction." The Judge said. ýBy living in the state of
Utah, you are submitting yourself to the laws of Utah. The concepts you are
presenting are unacceptable to this court."