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I Did It

Neil Senturia & Barbara Bry

Warwick’s presents
Neil Senturia & Barbara Bry

I Did It

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 - 7:30pm PDT

Warwick's
7812 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
I Did It
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$27.95+tax: One reserved seat and one copy of I DID IT, to be picked up at Warwick's the evening of the event

PLEASE NOTE: This event is free and open to the public; free admittance is subject to available space. Limited open seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until we reach capacity. To ensure admittance, we encourage you to reserve seating for everyone in your party by pre-ordering one book per seat through Warwick's.

Reserved Seating is available when I Did It is pre-ordered from Warwick's through the linked green "Reserve Seats Here" button above. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.

On Tuesday, September 13th at 7:30pm Warwick's will host Neil Senturia and Barbara Bry as they launch and sign their new book, I Did It: The Largest Woman-Run Ponzi Scheme in American History. Neil Senturia is a San Diego entrepreneur and venture capitalist who writes a weekly award-winning business column for the San Diego Union-Tribune (I’m There for You Baby, The Entrepreneur’s Guide to the Galaxy.) He has known Gina Champion-Cain for more than 20 years. Barbara Bry is an entrepreneur who was a business writer for the Sacramento Bee and the Los Angeles Times, and has served on the San Diego City Council. She has a Harvard MBA and is the founder of three organizations that empower women. She and Neil are married, and he is grateful. They each brought two children to their marriage, so together they have four adult children—all married to people they adore.  As of this writing, they have seven grandchildren.

This real-life story that reads like a Hollywood script includes a multitude of participants, banks, hedge funds, egomaniacs, and small-time crooks, all fueled by greed, stupidity, and a keen desire to look the other way.

In August 2019, Gina Champion-Cain’s seven-year program of selling phony liquor license loans came to an end when the SEC, the US Attorney’s Office, and the FBI filed suit and shut it down. In San Diego, Gina, then fifty-four, was an icon. To the outside world, this charismatic woman looked as if she had succeeded in a male-dominated good old boys club—building an empire that included real estate, restaurants, and retail; she was a guest economics commentator for the San Diego Union-Tribune; she served on prestigious corporate and nonprofit boards. The City of San Diego even honored her with Gina Champion-Cain Day. But her life and her empire were a house of cards funded with money from massive financial fraud. What kind of chameleon was she to fool so many for so many years?

“It is true that Gina was the mastermind, but she was aided and abetted by bundlers, investors and a title company, in search of outsized returns, all desiring to never know how the sausage was really being made,” says Senturia.

Champion-Cain plead guilty and was sentenced on March 31, 2021, when she admitted that she swindled more than $350 million from investors promising to use their money to make loans to business owners who were attempting to acquire California liquor licenses. This riveting book details how she masterminded this Ponzi scheme and was able to keep the ruse going for years before she was caught.

I Did It: The Largest Woman-Run Ponzi Scheme in American History By Neil Senturia, Barbara Bry Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781956503944
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Waterside Productions - September 13th, 2022