By Sharon Aron Baron
An alleged Ponzi schemer was arrested at his home in Parkland on July 26 for a crime by deception exceeding $10,000.
According to court documents, Gilbert J. Peter Jr., 62, of 6041 NW 84th Terrace, now awaits extradition to Kentucky to face charges. However, he claims he has serious health concerns from pneumonia and Covid and now has breathing complications.
No bond has been set.
Victims claim Peter has stolen millions for his investment opportunities. They allege his wealth is all a facade and that he finances his opulent lifestyle on the backs of investors, including two million-dollar homes in Parkland and Pompano Beach and private school tuition for his children at North Broward Prep.
In a separate judgment, on May 4, Peter was required to pay back $478,000 plus interest by an individual named Onyx Coale, who loaned Peter $438,000 on October 8, 2021, with a promissory note. The funds were never paid back, and Peter was served on April 5 but never responded, according to court documents.
In November 2021, Parkland Talk published a story about victims, including Derek Anderson and Jenny Alfonso.
“I’m surprised,” said Anderson. after finding out about the arrest. “Maybe I shouldn’t be, but this has been going on for a long time. I know so many people he’s taken advantage of. I’m surprised it [arrest] actually happened.”
In 2016, the Parkland resident invested $150,000 into My Doc Urgent Care. On Thursday, he said he had received some money back — but didn’t get it all.
“I feel bad for his kids and family. It wasn’t the lifepath they chose,” he said. “I gotta believe at one time he had a few legitimate businesses, and they didn’t work out.”
In 2019, former Parkland resident Jenny Alfonso invested $50,000 into Peter’s Doctor Doctor business. Almost 12 months after her initial investment, Alfonso had yet to see a single dividend.
She continually reminded him that she had borrowed against her 401k and needed the money to make the payments and told him “several times” that the money could be used towards her son’s medical needs.
Hired by Peter in 2017, office manager Julia Marino alleges Peter instructed her to write checks to investors. But then the checks bounced, which she also kept track of — over $1 million, she alleges.
On July 8, 2021, attorneys Pashman Stein Walder Hayden of Hackensack filed a complaint on behalf of investors with the Superior Court of New Jersey.
They allege Gil J. Peter, My Doc, Doctor Doctor, LLC, Anastasi, New York Cardiovascular Surgical Associates, LLC, attorney Ahmed Seyam, and Gene Equity, LLC with 15 illegal acts, including breach of fiduciary duties, breach of contract, common law fraud, fraudulent concealment, and unjust enrichment.
“This case involves claims by several individual investors and related investing entities that were fraudulently induced to invest several millions of dollars into a New Jersey-based ambulatory care center…” according to the court document.
In November 2021, Parkland Talk spoke with Peter about his alleged fraud.
Regarding Alfonso, he said, “She’s getting paid back. They’re all getting paid back.”
“The office manager stole the money, and it’s being investigated.”
Then he said, “no comment,” to additional questions and hung up.
Parkland resident Ron Umbel, who Peter has contacted several times to invest but was never a victim, said, “I’m not surprised; this has to catch up to him.”
To the other victims, Umbel urges them to go to the FBI.
“You have to push this. You have to drive the hammer into the nail,” adding wire and mail fraud are what the FBI would usually charge in this type of fraud case and are the easiest to prove.
Send Your News to Parkland’s #1 Award-Winning News Source, Parkland Talk. Don’t miss reading Coral Springs Talk, Margate Talk, and Tamarac Talk.
- Sharon Aron Baron is a Parkland resident and editor of Talk Media. She has been covering Parkland news since 2012. Parkland Talk was created to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Parkland.
- News2023.03.19Coconut Creek Announces 2023 Summer Day Camp Program: Enroll Now for an Unforgettable Summer Experience
- News2023.03.18Men’s 30+ Basketball League Kicks Off This Summer in Coconut Creek
- News2023.03.18Coconut Creek Serves Up Fun With Open Play Table Tennis for Adults
- News2023.03.17Coconut Creek Crime Update: Banyan Bay Burglary Victim Robbed of $2k