8 people, including Spokane man, charged with $100 million worth of fraud and money laundering schemes

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah. – Eight people have been indicted by a federal grand jury for participating in a $100 million fraudulent dietary scheme.

According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Utah, the group sold supplements under fake pretenses, with false representations and by omitting facts.

April Gren Bawden, 36, of Salt Lake County; Chad Austin Bawden, 43, of Salt Lake County; Makaio Lyman Crisler, 39, of Utah County; Phillip Gannuscia, 52, of Salt Lake County and Puerto Rico; Dustin Garr, 44, of Washington County; Barbara Jo Jackson, 69, of Utah County; Brent Goldburn Knudson, 42, of Utah County; Robert McKinley, 45, of Spokane, Washington; and Richard Scott Nemrow, 42, of Utah County, all “knowingly devised and executed a scheme” to defraud buyers.

They are accused of obtaining more than $100 million credit and debit card payments from January 2016 through April of 2022. The release states that the money was then transferred to the defendants who purchased things like a Lamborghini, a Porsche, and a 2021 Nautique Paragon boat.

They’re suspected of committing 18 counts of criminal activity.