Robert Evan (Van) Hughes
Hughes had lost his license as a securities broker in Alabama and moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. He appears to have been a corporate raider who might have crossed his partners in these enterprises once too often. He created corporations, sold stock with no value to investors and then disappeared with the money.
Hughes had a long established relationship with Jay E. Gell, who did legal research for him. Members of Gell's family apparently acted as operatives for Karl Rove in disinformation attacks. One of these attacks was the SwiftBoating of John Kerry, which employed a Gell family member.
Names used by Hughes included: VAN HUGHES, GLENN EVANS, P. DAVIS, SUMNER STROUT
2001 October - Hughes named in lawsuit by Expedian, Inc. with other individuals, one being 'Van Hughes,' his nick name, and AGIS VENTURES, a Cayman Island corporation, PRIMARY ASSET HOLDING CORP. (PRIMARY), and TRIDENT CAPITAL PARTNERS.
2001 - September - A legal proceeding in the Circuit Court of Pinellas County, Florida was filed by Zedburn Corporation, against us for breach of contract in October 1997. The breach of contract alleged was for payment of fees for Mr. David Reitz's and Mr. Steven Durland's services of arranging a public offering of our common stock.
2001 - January 24 - Ex-Florida Accountant Accused of $30 Million Investment Scam
March 21, 2008
Fraud perpetrated by Hughes against Melinda Pillsbury-Foster, Gina Di Miranda and Justin Foster.
April 10, 2008
Complaints filed to the Alabama Securities Commission
May 10, 2008
False abuse report by Hughes against Melinda Pillsbury-Foster
August 26, 2010
Robert Evan (Van) Hughes, III