State Auditor Files Against Wife of Man Accused of Securities Fraud

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By: Benjamin Kibbey

The Montana State Auditor’s Office has filed for a temporary order to cease and desist against the wife of a Bonners Ferry man who has been accused of securities fraud, conducting unlicensed financial transactions and exploitation of an older person.

The investigation is ongoing, and being carried out by Montana State Auditor Matt Rosendale’s office. Special Lincoln County Attorney for the State of Montana Brett Olin — who is prosecuting the case — is a member of the state auditor’s office, but to prosecute in Lincoln County, had to be appointed as a special county attorney.

According to the temporary order to cease and desist from Deputy State Auditor Kristin Hansen, Ginny Hartman — the wife of Kip Hartman — has been ordered by the auditor’s office to cease “from engaging in further acts or activity wherein the respondent acts in violation of the insurance code.”

Ginny Hartman, who is licensed in financial transactions, has been accused of allowing her husband, Kip Hartman, to sell financial services under her license. She is accused of signing off on the transactions he was unable to sign off on due to his lack of license.

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