Couple says they’re victims of Burlington woman’s $1.6M Ponzi scheme

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BURLINGTON, N.C. — A couple says they’re victims of a Burlington woman’s purported Ponzi scheme in which she allegedly cheated hopeful investors out of $1.6 million.

Most of the victims who were allegedly scammed by Angela Campbell have come forward from Alamance County, although some victims have spoken out from as far away as Florida and South Carolina.

Chuck and Renee Justesen say they first met Campbell several years ago when she approached them at their church.

“She told us not to tell a lot of people because she didn’t want to get over her head and have too many people coming to her,” Chuck said.

The couple says they invested $75,000 — some of it their life savings — for an expected return of $2,000 each month.  It came regularly for about 3-1/2 years before it suddenly stopped.  When they tried calling Campbell, they said her phone was disconnected.

Campbell was arrested by police at a family member’s home in Mooresville.  She has been charged with 22 counts of obtaining property by false pretense and remains in jail under a $500,000 secured bond.

“I’ve got to forgive whether I see this money or not.  I’ve got to put one foot in front of the other,” Renee said.

Investigators feel there could be more victims who have not come forward.  Those who feel they may be a victim are asked to call Burlington Police.