Archive for February 2011

SPECIAL REPORT: U.S. Counter-Terrorism Unit Intercepted Communication From Person With AdSurfDaily Ties In 2009; Intended Recipient Was Imprisoned Felon Associated With Scheme In Which Prospects Were Told They Could Rip Off Government’s Medicaid Program

SPECIAL REPORT: U.S. Counter-Terrorism Unit Intercepted Communication From Person With AdSurfDaily Ties In 2009; Intended Recipient Was Imprisoned Felon Associated With Scheme In Which Prospects Were Told They Could Rip Off Government's Medicaid Program

EDITOR’S NOTE: Lower in this story, the names of AdSurfDaily President Andy Bowdoin and other individuals appear. They are NOT the individuals referenced in the government communiqué described below. UPDATED 12:50 P.M. ET (U.S.A.) The name of a person known to have used at least two names and to have AdSurfDaily ties appears in a […]

BULLETIN: Man Implicated By Jamaica In Alleged $326 Million Ponzi Known As ‘Cash Plus’ Now Accused By United States Of Orchestrating Separate HYIP Scheme That Funneled Cash To Latvian And Jamaican Accounts

BULLETIN: Man Implicated By Jamaica In Alleged $326 Million Ponzi Known As 'Cash Plus' Now Accused By United States Of Orchestrating Separate HYIP Scheme That Funneled Cash To Latvian And Jamaican Accounts

EDITOR’S NOTE: You might feel a chill after reading the story below about Bertram A. Hill and co-defendants implicated by the SEC in an international fraud scheme that ensnared investors in the United States and Europe. The SEC case includes an allegation that U.S. retail brokers were solicited to push unqualified clients to a murky […]

PROSECUTION BOMBSHELL: Accused Ponzi Schemer Andy Bowdoin Traveled To Costa Rica In 2008 To Explore Option For Offshore ‘Autosurf’ Firm; AdSurfDaily’s Internal Software System Identified Member Payouts As ‘ROI,’ Despite ASD Claim It Was Not Offering Investments

PROSECUTION BOMBSHELL: Accused Ponzi Schemer Andy Bowdoin Traveled To Costa Rica In 2008 To Explore Option For Offshore 'Autosurf' Firm; AdSurfDaily's Internal Software System Identified Member Payouts As 'ROI,' Despite ASD Claim It Was Not Offering Investments

BULLETIN: UPDATED 9:29 P.M. ET (U.S.A.) Prosecutors have advised a federal judge that AdSurfDaily President Andy Bowdoin and unnamed “others” traveled to Costa Rica in the spring of 2008 to get the lay of the land for an offshore autosurf that would be “another version” of ASD. The alleged trip occurred less than two years […]

UPDATE: Suspect Arrested Friday In Alleged Pump-And-Dump Scheme And Costa Rican Money-Laundering Caper May Have Link To Bizarre Underwater ‘Nation’ That Sells ‘Driver’s Licenses’ For $140

UPDATE: Suspect Arrested Friday In Alleged Pump-And-Dump Scheme And Costa Rican Money-Laundering Caper May Have Link To Bizarre Underwater 'Nation' That Sells 'Driver's Licenses' For $140

Jonathan R. Curshen, one of six people charged criminally by federal prosecutors and sued civilly by the SEC last week in Southern Florida in an alleged penny-stock, securities fraud, wire-fraud and money-laundering caper, once was a purported “consulate” to the bizarre, nonexistent nation of “New Utopia,” according to web records. New Utopia was a fanciful […]

BULLETIN: Gold Quest International (GQI) UPLINE/DOWNLINE Groups Will Be Subject Of Hearing By Ontario Securities Commission; Case Alleges Respondents Were Both Investors And Promoters Who Pushed Unregistered Securities Of Bizarre Firm

BULLETIN: Gold Quest International (GQI) UPLINE/DOWNLINE Groups Will Be Subject Of Hearing By Ontario Securities Commission; Case Alleges Respondents Were Both Investors And Promoters Who Pushed Unregistered Securities Of Bizarre Firm

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you’re pushing Ponzi schemes on MoneyMakerGroup, TalkGold and other criminal forums, allegations brought by the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) against geographically localized promoters of Gold Quest International (GQI) may interrupt your delusions of invincibility over the next several weeks. Upline and downline networks within Gold Quest International (GQI), a bizarre company taken […]

KABOOM! SEC, Feds Target Alleged Money-Laundering Operation In Costa Rica; 6 People From Various Countries Charged Criminally; 7 Charged Civilly In Coordinated Probe Of ‘Pump And Dump’ Schemes

KABOOM! SEC, Feds Target Alleged Money-Laundering Operation In Costa Rica; 6 People From Various Countries Charged Criminally; 7 Charged Civilly In Coordinated Probe Of 'Pump And Dump' Schemes

BULLETIN: Two days after Southern Florida’s top federal prosecutor warned that offshore fraudsters who targeted Americans had no safe haven, six people from various parts of the world who allegedly ran or contributed to a pump-and-dump scheme that used the services of a  money-laundering operation in Costa Rica have been charged criminally, authorities said. The […]

BULLETIN: Another Alleged Forex Ponzi Scheme — This One In Texas; CFTC Says Convicted Felon And Known Securities Swindler Ran New Scam By Trading In Accounts In Wife’s Name

BULLETIN: Another Alleged Forex Ponzi Scheme -- This One In Texas; CFTC Says Convicted Felon And Known Securities Swindler Ran New Scam By Trading In Accounts In Wife's Name

A Texas man with federal convictions two decades ago in Utah on charges of securities fraud, mail fraud, making false statements and conspiracy started a Forex Ponzi scheme in 2008 and stole at least $750,000 from investors, according to a CFTC complaint originally filed under seal earlier this month. U.S. District Judge Richard Schell of […]

SEC: 77-Year-Old Amish Man Ran $33 Million Fraud Scheme Targeted At Fellow Amish; Meanwhile, CFTC Says North Carolina Pastor And Colleague Ran Forex Ponzi Scheme

SEC: 77-Year-Old Amish Man Ran $33 Million Fraud Scheme Targeted At Fellow Amish; Meanwhile, CFTC Says North Carolina Pastor And Colleague Ran Forex Ponzi Scheme

UPDATED 2:50 P.M. ET (U.S.A.) A 77-year old Amish man in Sugarcreek, Ohio, ran a fraud scheme that gathered at least $33 million and affected 2,600 investors in 29 states, the SEC has alleged. Monroe L. Beachy’s long-running scheme mostly targeted fellow Amish, the agency charged. The scheme, which operated under the name of A&M Investments […]

MIND-BOGGLER: Forex Scammer Who Never Traded Forex Charged In $35 Million Ponzi Scheme; CFTC’s Real-Life Complaint Against Keith F. Simmons And Co-Defendants Reads Like Bizarre Fiction

MIND-BOGGLER: Forex Scammer Who Never Traded Forex Charged In $35 Million Ponzi Scheme; CFTC's Real-Life Complaint Against Keith F. Simmons And Co-Defendants Reads Like Bizarre Fiction

And people actually are questioning President Obama’s November 2009 decision to create the interagency Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force when things such as this are going on? An unregistered North Carolina company that churned tens of millions of dollars in a long-running shell game and described itself as a Forex dealer was operated by a […]

Southern Florida’s Top Federal Prosecutor Says Offshore Biz-Op Fraudsters Have No Safe Havens; United States Throws Down Gauntlet To Criminal Hucksters

Southern Florida's Top Federal Prosecutor Says Offshore Biz-Op Fraudsters Have No Safe Havens; United States Throws Down Gauntlet To Criminal Hucksters

A top federal prosecutor said today that the United States would vigorously investigate and prosecute “business opportunity” fraudsters who target Americans. “This is true even if they operate from outside of the United States,” said Wifredo A. Ferrer, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.  “International law enforcement cooperation eliminates safe havens for those […]

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: Deputy U.S. Marshal Shot And Killed In West Virginia Attack; 2 Others Wounded; Assailant Killed By Return Gunfire

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: Deputy U.S. Marshal Shot And Killed In West Virginia Attack; 2 Others Wounded; Assailant Killed By Return Gunfire

BULLETIN: A deputy U.S. marshal was shot and killed this morning while serving an arrest warrant in a drug case at a home in Elkins, W. Va., a law-enforcement official said. Two other deputy marshals were wounded in the attack. Their conditions were not immediately known. Charles E. Smith, the alleged assailant, reportedly was killed […]