KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. — People gave thousands of dollars to an investment company in Kings Mountain and have nothing to show for it.

“I want to know why,” investor Stephen Di Tillio said.

Di Tillio, of Charlotte, said the $9,000 he invested in D&T Investments was to help him be financially self-dependent for the first time in his life.

“I was planning to do that myself, and they took it,” he said.

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He said some of his co-workers had invested with D&T, including Debbie Hicks, who invested $20,000 for retirement.

“Basically, I’ve got to start all over,” Hicks said.

Several investors said they were getting monthly earnings reports showing significant gains.

Hicks said employees at D&T who were also investors showed off their big-dollar purchases, like an $85,000 truck parked outside the business.

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“Showing all of us pictures of the $35,000 three-wheeler that he had just bought,” Hicks said.

Di Tillio said after D&T closed, an employee called him, saying everyone at the office had gotten a notice from the owners to go home and that the business was closed.

Di Tillio said the employee said nothing about the money people had invested.

The Kings Mountain Police Department said it is investigating the business but wouldn’t say why.

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