Archive for August 9th, 2011

ASD ECHO CHAMBER? Bizarre Ponzi Case That Included Apparent ‘Sovereign Citizens’ And Crackpot Legal Theories Ends With Spectacular Total Of 465 Guilty Verdicts Against Final 2 Defendants

ASD ECHO CHAMBER? Bizarre Ponzi Case That Included Apparent 'Sovereign Citizens' And Crackpot Legal Theories Ends With Spectacular Total Of 465 Guilty Verdicts Against Final 2 Defendants

UPDATED 7:57 P.M. EDT (U.S.A.) It featured a Ponzi huckster touting a can’t-miss earnings scheme in an Internet video. For good measure, it featured apparent “sovereign citizens,” crackpot claims that U.S. law did not apply to the scheme and incongruous claims that the scheme had passed muster with the SEC. It also included a failed […]

BULLETIN: FLORIDA — AGAIN: Destroying Hope Through Wordplay: 4 Men Arrested In Alleged Loan-Modification Scam That Used ‘HOPE’ As Acronym; Fraudsters Sucked More Than $3 Million From Distressed Homeowners In Part By Claiming To Be Nonprofit, Feds Say

BULLETIN: FLORIDA -- AGAIN: Destroying Hope Through Wordplay: 4 Men Arrested In Alleged Loan-Modification Scam That Used 'HOPE' As Acronym; Fraudsters Sucked More Than $3 Million From Distressed Homeowners In Part By Claiming To Be Nonprofit, Feds Say

BULLETIN: Federal agents from the Special Inspector General’s Office for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) have arrested four Florida men on charges they collected millions of dollars from financially distressed homeowners in a loan-modification scam that claimed to be a legitimate nonprofit business. Arrested this morning in Florida on federal criminal charges filed in […]

BULLETIN: Judge Finds That Purported Forex ‘Experts’ Used Bogus Website, Former High School Coaches And J.C. Penney Sales Clerks In Scheme That Funneled Millions To Ponzi Schemer Now Jailed With Bernard Madoff

BULLETIN: Judge Finds That Purported Forex 'Experts' Used Bogus Website, Former High School Coaches And J.C. Penney Sales Clerks In Scheme That Funneled Millions To Ponzi Schemer Now Jailed With Bernard Madoff

EDITOR’S NOTE: Both the CFTC and SEC have encountered incredibly elaborate fraud schemes — some with elements that only can be described as bizarre and deeply disturbing. The story below is based onĀ  a fraud case brought by the CFTC against Gary D. Martin and Brenda K. Martin of St. Augustine, Fla. The Martins are […]