URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: Legisi HYIP Pitchman Matthew John Gagnon Named In Criminal Complaint By U.S. Secret Service
URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: Matthew J. Gagnon, an alleged online pitchman for the Legisi HYIP Ponzi scheme, has been named in a criminal complaint filed by the U.S. Secret Service.
Gagnon, 42, of Portland Ore., and Weslaco, Texas, was accused civilly by the SEC in 2010 of being “a danger to the investing public,” amid allegations he promoted multiple fraud schemes — including Legisi — on his Mazu.com website.
He is accused in a Secret Service affidavit filed Nov. 28 in the Eastern District of Michigan of not disclosing $1.7 million in payments from Legisi while he was touting it to “the investing public” between January 2006 and May 2007.
Legisi, the Secret Service said in the affidavit, was a “massive Ponzi scheme” that gathered about $72 million from more than 3,000 investors before the fraud was exposed.
Among the allegations against Gagnon is that he promoted Legisi’s unregistered offering as exempt from registration requirements and “literally the greatest” program he had “ever seen. ” (The complaint includes several specific allegations about how Gagnon promoted Legisi. One promo attributed to Gagnon by the Secret Service shows that Gagnon used six exclamation points in a single paragraph consisting of about 66 words.)
Gagnon already is facing Legisi-related civil judgments totaling more than $2.5 million.
Like Florida-based AdSurfDaily, Legisi has been linked to E-Bullion, the shuttered California payment processor operated by James Fayed. Fayed, 48, was formally sentenced to the death penalty last month for arranging the brutal contract slaying of Pamela Fayed, his estranged wife and a potential witness against him before she was slashed 13 times in a greater Los Angeles parking garage in July 2008.
Legisi also was promoted on Ponzi boards such as TalkGold and MoneyMakerGroup. The Legisi Terms of Service, according to federal court filings, included language that made members avow they were not an “informant, nor associated with any informant” of the IRS, FBI, CIA and the SEC, among others.