DOWAGIAC, Mich. (WOOD) - Kim Mulder is smiling in the photograph -- a mug shot taken in June 1990 at the Cass County Jail.
"He is the biggest con artist that I ever knew," said Charles Sarabyn, one of his victims from back then.
Mulder, is now 51, and is the man behind Kentwood Pharmacy, which was raided on Tuesday by federal agents who allege workers were repackaging old, unused and potentially dangerous medications and reselling them to nursing homes and other care centers.
In the late 1980s, Mulder was a stock broker for Primus/Monetary Investment, on 28th Street SE in Grand Rapids, when he swindled Charles Sarabyn's neighbor, Marge Sullivan, out of $55,000, according to court records and interviews. She was elderly, lived alone in Dowagiac and was on dialysis, Sarabyn said.
"He was a con artist and being a widow and lonely, he would come and spend time with her and had a convertible and he'd take her for a ride," Sarabyn said.
And, he said, Mulder took her for a ride.
Sullivan sued Mulder in U.S. District Court, but she died in early 1990 before the case was resolved. Sarabyn, a former Cass County commissioner, was her benefactor. In September 1990, U.S. District Judge Richard Enslen ordered Mulder to pay Sarabyn $55,000.
He says Mulder never paid, "not one penny."
Also in Cass County, Mulder was charged criminally in 1989 with embezzlement after he sold a Dowagiac couple $10,000 in mutual funds from a company he identified as Ventura Inc. -- a company that police said didn't exist. He told the couple "the mutual fund would be a very safe, risk-free investment," court records show.
"Defendant Kim Mulder advised that the Ventura Inc. Mutual Fund was paying interest at the rate of 13.0124% and that Mr. and Mrs. Welch must act quickly to avail themselves of that interest rate," records show.
The deal was made in 1985 and Mulder gave the couple a "hand-written receipt," promising he would later send an official receipt in the mail. The couple never saw another document, records show.
A judge sentenced Mulder to 90 days in jail and $5,000 in restitution.
In 1987, an Ottawa County judge sentenced Mulder to six months in jail for embezzling money from a company known as Oak Concepts Inc., court records show. The judge also ordered him to pay $1,171. In 1992, the judge discharged him from probation. "Since Mulder has not come near completing his restitution obligations, an unsuccessful discharge is recommended," his probation officer wrote.
Federal agents say Mulder oversaw the operations of Kentwood Pharmacy. He was listed on the company's website as owner and CEO.
State officials, however, say he isn't listed as owner in state documents.
"Who knows why he put himself as the CEO and owner of the pharmacy, but the official record shows that his wife is the owner, that's the official record," said James McCurtis, spokesman for the state Department of Community Health, which regulates pharmacies.
Records list the owner as Joan Mulder, who lives with Kim Mulder at 3789 Lake Drive SE in Kentwood.
"That's probably how they got around that, the fact that she's the owner," McCurtis said.
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