Des Moines Stockbroker Lewellyn: Catch Me if You Can

A stockbroker's get-rich-quick scheme goes sour

I want to be filthy rich," Des Moines

Stockbroker Gary Vance Lewellyn, 33, often told friends, and for a while the curly-haired financier from Humboldt, Iowa (pop. 4,794), made his dreams come true. Lewellyn, who ran a brokerage company in Des Moines, wore custom-made suits that he bought in batches. He lived with his wife and two children in a $200,000 home in a suburb of Des Moines. The family owned a Mercedes-Benz, a BMW, a Chevrolet and a Jeep Wagoneer.

Lewellyn also had plenty of money for Kathryn Barakat,...

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