UPDATES/NEWS: ASA Ponzi Forum Now Redirects To CashX.com; Arthur Nadel Gets 14 Years In Florida Ponzi Case Brought By Obama Task Force; Former Indiana Pastor Who Bilked Christians Convicted Of Securities Fraud

President Obama formed the interagency Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force in November 2009. He later became the subject of an attack ad by an affiliate of the purported MPB Today "grocery" MLM.

UPDATED 10:56 A.M. EDT (U.S.A.) The ASA Monitor Ponzi and criminals’ forum now is redirecting to a website operated by CashX.com, a Canadian payment processor that hawks MasterCard debit cards and says it permits customers to withdrawn money to Liberty Reserve.

Liberty Reserve is a Ponzi-friendly payment processor purportedly headquartered in Costa Rica after earlier operating from Panama.

Meanwhile, confessed Ponzi schemer Arthur Nadel — who briefly went on the lam from Florida in early 2009 as his $390 million scheme was disintegrating and became known as one of the original “mini-Madoffs” — has been sentenced by a federal judge in New York to 14 years in prison.

It is effectively a life sentence for Nadel, who is 77 and one of several senior citizens implicated in U.S. Ponzi schemes.

At the same time, a former clergyman from Indiana who told congregants it was their “Christian responsibility” to become pitchmen for his then-undiscovered bond scheme has been convicted of nine counts of securities fraud.

Vaughn Reeves, 66, is scheduled to be sentenced next month. The jury deliberated only four hours before returning the verdict against Reeves, himself a senior citizen. Congregants believed they were helping raise money for church-building projects, but it was a scam that led to foreclosure proceedings against eight places of worship. (See link to AP report below.)

Claims made by Reeves are similar to claims made by the Data Network Affiliates (DNA) MLM program, which told members that churches had the “MORAL OBLIGATION” to help bring business to the Florida-based firm and qualify for commissions ten levels deep. DNA purports to be in the license-plate data collection business, claiming it can help law enforcement and the AMBER Alert program recover abducted children.

Incongruously, DNA also purports to sell a “protective spray” that shields cameras from taking photographs of license plates. Equally incongruously, the company said that it could offer a free cell phone with unlimited talk and text for $10 a month. The company later backtracked on the claim, bizarrely saying it studied pricing structures only after announcing it had become the world’s low-price leader while acknowledging it hadn’t vetted its purported vendor for the service.

DNA figure Phil Piccolo later threatened to sue critics. Earlier, Dean Blechman, who said he was the company’s CEO before resigning in February, threatened to sue critics. DNA withheld the announcement of Blechman’s departure for nearly a week and then misspelled his name. DNA also described Blechman as the “future” CEO, even though Blechman had described himself as the current CEO.

Blechman complained to the PP Blog about “bizarre” events at DNA.

ASA Monitor, which is referenced in court filings as a place from which the alleged Pathway To Prosperity (P2P) Ponzi scheme was pitched and was a site from which the purported “grocery” MLM operated by Florida-based MPB Today was pitched, suddenly announced on Oct. 12 that it was closing.

Like MPB Today, DNA also was pitched from Ponzi and criminals’ forums.

The ASA Monitor closure announcement coincided with a flap in which an ASA forum moderator sought to muzzle critics of the MPB Today program, which is being targeted at Christians, foreclosure subjects, Food Stamp recipients, senior citizens, people of color and members of the alleged AdSurfDaily (ASD) Ponzi scheme.

ASD also operated from Florida before the U.S. Secret Service seized tens of millions of dollars in August 2008, amid allegations of wire fraud and money-laundering. Robert Hodgins, an international fugitive wanted by Interpol in a narcotics-trafficking and money-laundering case filed after an undercover probe by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Connecticut, provided debit cards to ASD, members said.

Nadel’s scheme, meanwhile, operated in the Sarasota area.

“Through his massive Ponzi scheme, Arthur Nadel greased his own pockets and financed his lavish lifestyle, using money his clients relied on him to invest,” said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of the Southern District of New York.

“He cheated his elderly and unwitting victims out of their retirement savings and consigned others to poverty,” Bharara said. “The message of [yesterday’s] sentence should be loud and clear — we will continue to work with our partners at the FBI to find the perpetrators of financial fraud and use every resource we have to bring them to justice.”

U.S. District Judge John G. Koeltl ordered Nadel to forfeit $162 million, five airplanes, a helicopter and real estate in Florida, North Carolina and Georgia.

The prosecution of Nadel was brought in coordination with President Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder traveled to Florida earlier this year to warn fraudsters that the United States was serious about putting scammers in prison.

By September, an affiliate of MPB Today had created a video in which Obama was depicted as a left-handed saluting Nazi who cowered to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was depicted as a drunk. First Lady Michelle Obama, the mother of two daughters, was depicted as having experienced an embarrassing gas attack in the Oval Office after sampling beans at a Sam’s Club store.

Clinton, depicted in the sales promo as “Hitlary,” knocked out Michelle Obama after barging into the Oval Office bawling and carrying a bottle of wine. Clinton, the mother of one, was the first woman ever appointed to the Walmart board of directors.

Some MPB Today affiliates have claimed Walmart is affiliated with MPB Today and that the government backs the MLM program, which appears to have accounts at at least two banks in the Pensacola area. One of the banks is operating under a consent agreement with the FDIC.

Read the AP story on the Vaughn Reeves scheme in Indiana.

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7 Responses to “UPDATES/NEWS: ASA Ponzi Forum Now Redirects To CashX.com; Arthur Nadel Gets 14 Years In Florida Ponzi Case Brought By Obama Task Force; Former Indiana Pastor Who Bilked Christians Convicted Of Securities Fraud”

  1. The phone number for CashX as shown on the WHOIS for the domain is associated with MMG member “The Banker” (currently banned). It shows up in a thread about “High-Income-Surf-Highin” with the comment:

    Why don’t you tell everyone Russ that you are a referral W**** and your MAD that you can’t get every darn penny that you think that you deserve!!!… I guess that I have to STOP everything to BABYSIT you!….

    I haven’t got the time or inclination to dredge through the mire of MMG but it is possible that “The Banker” was the “admin” of the obvious ponzi “Highincomesurf.com” which seems to have been active in 2009. The last post in the thread from July 2010 says:

    Terry does not have a legit company. What he has is patchwork. Even if this refers to CashX….he has NOT dotted his i’s or crossed his T’s….but then again maybe it’s a whole new company???

    CashX is intending to be another ponzi friendly payment processor operated by a ponzi scammer, who has likely progressed from a ponzi player. If I am incorrect, someone tell me how.

    BTW, on the subjects of obvious ponzi adverts at MMG, there’s one that is offering 123% daily. I haven’t worked out what the yearly rate is.

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  2. CashX.com is run by another scammer Terry Kurtis. Terry has had at least 5 failed programs that cost members millions of dollars. Of course he always claims he is going to pay everyone back, but never seems to manage to do so. His last major flop was a joint venture with Matt Nunn, owner of MyCashForums, who also promotes scams. I believe it was called PTSads, or something like that. Birds of a feather seems to come to mind for some strange reason. LOL!

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  3. A bit more research shows that the person behind CashX is a “Terry Kurtis” – the contact info is posted on a press release from Sept 2009 with the same phone number.

    It appears that there was a “Terry Kurtis” associated with the Pathway-2-Prosperity ponzi scheme. He may be the same person written about here:
    http://www.ptvpartner-scam.com/?p=224

    There’s also a link to “PtsAds.com” – there’s a thread on talkgold about it.

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  4. Tony,

    With 249 business days per year in the US, the annual rate of 123% compounded daily is 53,445,469,800,451,900,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 percent (Seriously).

    In other words, five times ten to the 88th power percent annually

    For perspective for the “true believers” that HYIP’s are real, there are “only” around ten to the 80th atoms/particles in the universe, so that rate of return is 100 million times larger than that. Must be real……

    Tony H:…….BTW, on the subjects of obvious ponzi adverts at MMG, there’s one that is offering 123% daily. I haven’t worked out what the yearly rate is.

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  5. hmmmmmm……even PP’s script can’t handle something that big…..

    Entertained: Tony,With 249 business days per year in the US, the annual rate of 123% compounded daily is 53,445,469,800,451,900,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,
    000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 percent (Seriously).In other words, five times ten to the 88th power percent annuallyFor perspective for the “true believers” that HYIP’s are real, there are “only” around ten to the 80th atoms/particles in the universe, so that rate of return is 100 million times larger than that. Must be real……

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  6. Terry Kurtis seems to have moved to malaisia but he still resides in Western Canada on his parents farm in a small town in armstrong BC.There are many pictures of him and his new girlfriend on facebook of which it is not hard to trace where he is by license plate numbers and geographical items in pictures.

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