The PP Blog has obtained an affidavit filed by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in the Nicholas A. Smirnow/Pathway To Prosperity (P2P) case. Smirnow was charged criminally Friday with operating an international Ponzi scheme that fleeced more than 40,000 investors.
Smirnow, according to investigators, has:
A. A 2002 conviction for the crime of breaking and entering.
B. A 2001 conviction for the crime of robbery with a firearm.
C. A 1996 conviction for the crime of cultivation of a narcotic for purpose of
D. A 1981 conviction for the crime of possession of stolen property.
E. A 1979 conviction for the crime of trafficking in a controlled drug.
Smirnow “admitted having gone to prison for robbery and characterized his involvement in that crime as being ‘the wheel man,'” according to the affidavit, which is based in part on statements made by Canadian authorities. “Smirnow also admitted involvement in a double homicide in the Hamilton Niagara area of Ontario. He also claimed to have organized crime ties there.”
Additional details from the affidavit will follow in a separate story this evening (U.S.A, EDT) . . .
12:33 A.M. June 1. 2010. See follow-up story.