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Secured Investment Corp – Deceptive, Shady and Illicit

Although the law in the United States might be stringent when it comes to running a company, many companies in the country manage to scam innocent people. This is why you must perform sufficient research about each company you come into contact with before spending your hard-earned cash. It is the only way that you can be safe. Otherwise, your money would be wasted and you would be unable to reclaim your money. One of the fraudulent companies that you need to watch out for is Secured Investment Corp.

Did You Know?

‘Secured Investment Corp’ was founded by Lee Arnold in the year, 2011. Lee Arnold started his career in real estate, since he was 18 years old. Now the point to ponder is, the experience he gained is beneficiary to you, too or solely him.

It has a history of scams that will make you worry about the people who have been ripped off by the company. It does not care about its customers and continues to rob people using deceptive practices. In our investigative post, we cover everything the company has done and where it stands today. Read on to learn more. 

About Secured Investment Corp

Secured Investment Corp

Secured Investment Corp offers real estate investors capital to finance projects. It is a private money company that brings borrowers and lenders together. The company has various divisions and subsidiaries including The Lee Arnold System of Real Estate Investing, Lake City Servicing, and Cogo Capital – The Private Money Company. Although it might seem like a company that has good intentions, it has ripped off countless clients and does not pay heed to its deceptive practices. 

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Founded back in 2011, Secured Investment Corp is located in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. It was established by the notorious Lee Arnold and claims to be the fastest-growing company in the private money industry. The company has loan expertise and provides a comprehensive lending platform that focuses on commercial real estate and occupied residential real estate. It claims to have helped countless borrowers by providing funds worth millions of dollars

Everything started for Secured Investment Corp when The Lee Arnold System of Real Estate Investing provided real estate theory and workbook education combined with experience. Cogo Capital was also established by Lee Arnold to provide real estate investors with access to funds for investments that were non-owner occupied. Secured Investment Corp claims to have been involved in more than 1 billion dollars worth of deals. It also created SIC to lend on real estate liens and targeted high returns for investors in comparison to bond investments, bank CDs, and even the stock market. As it combined education, funding, and training, it wanted to create a circle of wealth for its clients. Thus, Secured Investment Corp was formed to take advantage of the circle. 


The core service that Secured Investment Corp provides is access to private money funds. It offers passive cash flow and claims to provide no management responsibility. It aims to align fund managers with investors and delivers investment diversification opportunities. It targets people who want to invest in real estate without becoming a landlord. 

How They Scammed Their Customers? 

Anyone who visits the official website of Secured Investment Corp will think that the company is genuine and has the best interests of its customers in mind. However, it could not be further from the truth. In reality, the company is engaged in deceptive practices and has scammed countless customers out of thousands of dollars. Here are some of the scams that it has pulled off over the years.

Defaults on Multiple Loans


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One of the scams that Secured Investment Corp pulls off is that it defaults on multiple loans. Customers who invest hoping to receive funds from the company never see the light of day. What the company does is that it stops providing the funds that it promises. It ends up providing a useless service that customers experience massive losses. This is why anyone who puts in any investment in the company would not receive any return whatsoever. 

Even though customers have tried to reach out to the company for access to funds after investing, it does not provide any relief to them. Instead, they end up losing out on their investments altogether. Hence, it is crucial to steer clear of the company. The only objective of Secured Investment Corp is to gain access to the funds of its clients. Then, it does not provide anything in return after a few months. This results in customers defaulting on their investments and ending up in hot water. On the other hand, Secured Investment Corp does not provide any form of support at all. 

False Claims


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Another huge scam that Secured Investment Corp pulls off is that it makes false claims of helping provide millions of dollars to its clients. It shares forged images of helping secure millions of dollars, whereas, in reality, it has not helped its clients but has only robbed them. All of the claims made by the company on its website are bogus and completely false. Nothing is true which is why it is crucial that everyone is careful of the company and does not make any commitments to them. 

What the company does is that it shares false information to lure innocent clients to use its service. Hence, you mustn’t fall into its trap. None of the accomplishments that the company claims to have made are even real. This is why customers who have researched the company have avoided it. However, there are still many customers who have been ripped off by believing the false claims made by the company. There is nothing notable about the Secured Investment Corp. All it does is make unreliable promises. 

Does Not Respond 

After Secured Investment Corp has ripped off its customers, it does not respond to them whatsoever. Customers try to reach out to the company in several ways. However, all of the attempts to get a hold of the company go to waste as the company simply does not respond to its clients who end up in hot water. Customers have suffered tremendously due to the scams carried out by the company. They put their trust in the company and found them to be unreliable. There is nothing that it does for its clients. It only seeks payments until they are fully paid. Then, it is a no-show.

No matter how many times customers contact Secured Investment Corp, it does not answer them. Since most of the investments made are worth thousands of dollars, all the money goes to waste. The company does not even try to help its customers out in any way. It just loots them for all their worth and disappears. It has an extensive history of such actions. 

Expensive Fees

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When you compare the fees charged by Secured Investment Corp for its service with other companies in the market, it becomes clear that it is charging much more despite not providing a quality service. Anyone who has partnered with them knows just how frustrating things can get. The fees are possibly the highest in the industry and simply ridiculous, especially considering the poor quality of service and the lack of accountability for their actions. The fact is that the fees being charged by Secured Investment Corp are outrageous and against industry practice. This is why there is a need for strict action against the company. 

Many customers who fell into its trap ended up paying more for a pathetic service that they could have received for much less in the market. It cares to show just how bad Secured Investment Corp is at its job. There is no worse company in the market for seeking a loan for real estate investment. The moment it has taken out all the money from its clients is when it shows its true colors. 


In addition to the above, Secured Investment Corp can be very disrespectful to its clients. Its employees have a nasty attitude and treat their customers like they are worth nothing. The worst of them all is Peter Slaney according to customers who have complained about his misbehavior online on various platforms. He needs to learn how to treat humans. The poor ratings clearly explain just how frustrating it can be for customers to deal with the company. 

When it comes to offering loans, the team at Secured Investment Corp is biased and does not provide any support. Despite making several promises, the company does not uphold any of the promises. The employees might seem honest at first. However, the more you deal with them the more you will realize that they are disappointing and do not have your best interests at heart. You must stay away from the company as its employees will trap you through their false promises. To avoid any trouble while trying to invest in a property, it is best that you do not contact the company as reported by numerous customers who had been in some of the worst situations while dealing with the company representatives of Secured Investment Corp.

Illegal Loan Schemes

The majority of complaints that have been left by customers indicate that Secured Investment Corp is run by a bunch of crooks who want nothing but your hard-earned cash. If you accept their loan, the company will rob you like it has robbed countless innocent people. What the company does is that it charges illegal interest on the loan from the very beginning. On top of this, it does not even provide the full loan amount to its customers. The loans are void and illegal which is why many customers are seeking legal action against Secured Investment Corp.

What Happened To Secured Investment Corp?

After complaints by customers against Secured Investment Corp, the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has taken action by issuing the company a notice for its violations. Although the company claims to have made changes to its referral program and has made compliance, the government is still pursuing the case to ensure that justice is served. The government will issue a cease and desist order to the company and bar some form of settlement. As for Cogo Capital, its former office has been closed. One of the notices issued to the company directs it to stop offering business opportunities that are out of the jurisdiction of the state of Washington. The Cogo Capital office has been transformed into a training facility, whereas, the company claims that it was not gaining traction and they had to shut it down. 

As Secured Investment Corp has violated the Business Opportunity Fraud Act, the Department of Financial Institutions plans to take the company to court. The notice against the company would not go away even if it registers itself in the state of Washington. The body also alleges that the company misinterpreted its purchasers and failed to provide them the service it ought to provide. It also claims that the company had not followed through with most of its promises. On top of this, the state alleges Arnold paid customers $1,500 who had been referred to them. The company would have to make refunds to its customers to ensure that they are reimbursed for the losses they endured. There was also litigation that involved Arnold back in 2009 in Utah when he was alleged of misappropriating funds. 

According to the BBB website, four complaints have been lodged against Secured Investment Corp over the last few years which remain unresolved. Even though the company claims to have provided offers for resolution, no resolution has been reached so far. The case is likely to drag on a bit longer until a decision is reached to ensure that innocent customers are refunded what they are owed. 


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Best to avoid!

After you have finished reading our post, you will come to know about the scams that Secured Investment Corp has pulled off. Although its Spokane office might have closed, there is a need for further action against the company so that it does not rob innocent people again. The fact that action is underway is good news for the customers who have been ripped off.

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Dr. Henrique J. Duck
Dr. Henrique J. Duck

Dr. Henrique Duck, PhD in Media Studies and Critical Theory, specializes in writing detailed critics stories and reviews. He has contributed to prominent newspapers and websites, providing insightful analysis of media content and its effects on society.

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  1. I am trying to sell my house and the buyer is using cogo. It’s been a nightmare. They have pushed the closing back 7 times over 7 months, including 6 minutes before closing this morning. It’s been ridiculous reasons every time that show they are unprepared, unorganized, and careless. My ex has taken off work 7 times, and we drove 40 minutes to the closing. I’m a single mom of 5 kids paying a mortgage on my old house and my new one. They are unprofessional, inept, and don’t care about people. I wouldn’t recommend them to my worst enemy. Run.

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    I worked as a business development consultant for the above mentioned company. It took me a few months to peel back the onion it really is.

    I spoke my mind about it’s mistreatment of a very neat and dear client that I was working with during my time there. This lady is incredible, intelligent and driven. She is the type of person who would be successful at anything that she chose to do. I found out the hard way. I’m truly sorry for the people that I influenced under that banner. I really thought I was helping people.
    I voiced my disbelief on how they were dealing with her and her loans and I was thankfully removed from the company.
    I still communicate and help her with her business Development and consult with her on projects. Many people who are in the BDC sales floor truly have no idea what they are actually doing to people. There are some who are very well aware. I really didnt know what the loans were about because it’s a different department until I was trying to help client get the money back they had invested for education on RREO for 20,000. We have a 90 plan put in place and 4 mo later she and I reunited. She expressed that everyone quit responding to her, loan team hadn’t spoken with her in months and I just wanted you to know. Most employees have no idea that they are this way and just go to work like most people to get a check.


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  3. I am very Sorry to hear of your loss. I did something similar recently also. However, I have been following this man researched him before but didn’t think much of the negative information. Simply because there is always going to be some dissatisfied customers, but his record of negative dissatisfied customers or blown way off the charts. I fell for his BS being a minister and holy thou self man. Through me off and gave him the benefit. I didn’t do my deep due diligence like I should of. Purchased a few of his programs, thought it was a good idea of having the ability to loan and or borrow as an real estate investor to other investors. When you wholesale to them and get paid from the sale and the loan. It sounds great doesn’t it? But the fact is, it’s all a lie and depending on your state it is actually illegal.

    There are many in his office that will take the partial payment. But, don’t do it, what they won’t say is that they won’t even send you the program or if its a log in course provide you the login. Until you make the full payment. I have been to many of his live webinars, the So called, “Circle of Wealth and the “Fireside” whatever. Mr. Arnold is a very good marketer. But, what tactics he uses is the same most all ,marketers use, however, if you get more than one upsell which usually a legit upsell usually its more of what you are purchasing at a discount you know buy 3 or more at a discounted price other than that. Beware!! And that’s what I noticed from Mr. Arnold he would hit you with an upsell on every purchase and the webinar that started a lot of promises just became nothing but well spoken words that can be taken as granted in other words. Very deceiving but leads you to believe you are getting all the material and software in the package until you purchase and realize it wasn’t true. I only purchase I believe 3 programs total from him. I never really trusted him I could see all the what is called black hat marketing moves. Although, he is very knowledgeable and talks the talk, sounds very persuasive and uses his Christian upbringing and teaching to make it picture perfect for folks. He talks the talk there also. And in public no doubt ,walks the walk. But I bet you in his real deals acquiring the properties. I have no doubt and would bet it is all a whole lot of shady moves. That are most like way past being ethical let alone legal. In my personal opinion I have no doubt he has past the line and continues because he believes he will continue to get away with it. Of course he isn’t doing the purchasing no doubt but the puppet master he is. So its easier to encourage others in his control and like I said the man know real estate and how to work it to his advantage, ethically and legally knows the line but smart enough go past it without immediately getting caught. And that is with a bible in one hand so folks trust and believe him. Therefore harder to realize the reality, and/or they will look past the the illegal or unethical. Even to the point of doing the illegal deal themselves, and thinking if the Lee Arnold says to do it it must be ok. Yet, when the house comes down the whole house will follow don’t think that he will come by himself. Anyone, that was or is evolved will be Bunkie’s with him. Young, old, female, male, bible thumping and honest belief, the law does not care. If you happen to read this and involved, trust me that this is a fair warning. Just remember any well known cases and if your smart, if they aren’t on you no doubt they will be. So time will tell the more he does it and gets away the more he will overstep, and therefore it’s only a matter of time.
    I personally like others I have met. Can’t stand Chumps that take advantage of folks elders hardworking or anyone’s desperate reach for something to better themselves, regular folks trying to make or want a life that some greedy people just take full advantage of. Yet they think they are holy than thou…..Wow what a shame and disgusting lowest life In the world if ask me. Even the addict living on the street is above those that live like Lee Arnold. that is the real……

  4. Man I wish I had read this before I paid them money Friday 3/11/22 I paid $1,000.00
    to a guy name Larry and tomorrow I’m supposed to pay $497.00 which I wont pay .But I guess I’ll lose my $1,000.00 . Man I am so tired of these scammers , This is so disappointing .
    Here Iam trying to retire from my job and have a way to make money from home and leave something to my children and grandchildren and these thieves are stealing my retirement
    money I took out to start this business. This is the second business in the past 6 months
    that I have been scammed by. Just so you know the other one is Modern Millionaires.
    Well thanks for the information. I thought I was going to be on my way to success.

    • Sorry about the mis-spelling and not proof reading and formating kind of took more time than I wanted but at least got the information out there.

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