Mississippi Ponzi tells the true story of a seventeen million dollar Ponzi scheme run by a church deacon and Sunday school teacher. The Yarbro family, along with many elderly investors, church members, friends, and family, discover the truth too late and lose millions of dollars. This story chronicles their struggles, fears, how they were deceived, reflections on the past, various memories of life in Mississippi, and how only their faith keep them together.
Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, Mike Yarbro paid his way through college at Mississippi State University buying and selling horses and playing guitar, piano, and violin, in a rock and roll band. Before and after college he was a horseman and deeply involved in raising, breeding, showing, racing, and selling quarter and thoroughbred horses. He was a territory salesman with a heavy equipment company before he formed his own business which took him around the world importing and exporting road building construction machinery. During his working life he had thirty four surgeries, many because of arthritis. He married Marilyn Sue Childs in 1968 and has two daughters and four grandchildren.