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Refunds available to select Kentuckians who purchased precious metals

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentuckians who previously purchased precious metals from GSI Exchange, also known as True Bullion, may soon be eligible for a refund. This follows a consent order between GSI and the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) for unregistered securities sales.

According to the order, GSI and Anthony Allen Anderson, a senior partner, unlawfully acted as an investment adviser and investment adviser representative through business transactions, namely the sale of precious metals. The company did so without proper securities registration with DFI, nor was it exempt from it. To meet the conditions of the order, GSI must allow eligible purchasers to request a refund.

Who Qualifies for a Refund?There are at least eight known Kentucky residents to whom GSI has sold precious metals since its organization in August 2014. Residents must meet the following criteria to be eligible for a refund:

  • Are a current GSI customer.
  • Purchased precious metals from GSI before July 22, 2021.
  • Kentucky resident at the time of purchase.

How to Request a RefundGSI will issue two notices to eligible Kentucky customers concerning the opportunity to receive a refund. Customers will receive the first notice by certified mail and email within 30 days of the order’s effective date. The second notice will be sent approximately 30 days following the first notice. Customers wishing to receive a refund must respond to the notice within 60 days of receipt of the first letter.

Refunds will be paid within 90 days. Those deemed eligible will receive a refund of the original sale price of the precious metals they purchased.

“Along with the offer of refunds, GSI compiled a compliance plan per the consent order. This plan outlines how the company will adopt transparent policies and practices. As we advance, GSI must also make it clear to customers that the company is not acting in the capacity of an investment adviser,” said Chad Harlan, DFI’s securities division assistant director. “As with any investment, DFI strongly encourages customers to do their homework before investing. If you are unclear about any aspect of an investment opportunity, or the company cannot answer your questions, do not invest.”

Kentuckians are further encouraged to utilize the following resources to verify that a person and/or their firm are registered:  

Kentucky’s consent order results from an investigation led by Alabama, Arkansas, and Texas. A full copy of DFI’s consent order can be found at KFI.ky.gov by clicking “Legal” and “Securities Enforcement Actions.”

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