Archive for February 2012

BULLETIN: American, Canadian Indicted In Alleged Ponzi Scheme Involving More Than $129 Million; Jacquline Hoegel, William Wise Charged In San Francisco

BULLETIN: American, Canadian Indicted In Alleged Ponzi Scheme Involving More Than $129 Million; Jacquline Hoegel, William Wise Charged In San Francisco

BULLETIN: Jacquline Hoegel, an American living in American Canyon, Calif., has been charged criminally in an alleged Ponzi scheme that gathered $129.5 million, the office of U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag of the Northern District of California said. Also indicted was William Wise, a citizen of Canada. Wise, 62, formerly resided in Raleigh, N.C.  A warrant […]

‘MoneyMakingBrain,’ Advocate For JSS Tripler/JustBeenPaid, Emails Threats To PP Blog; ‘That’s Not A Threat, It’s A Promise,’ First Email Claims; Second Suggests He’ll Create Banking Trouble For Blog Poster And Defend JSS Tripler Operator ‘So Help Me God’

'MoneyMakingBrain,' Advocate For JSS Tripler/JustBeenPaid, Emails Threats To PP Blog; 'That's Not A Threat, It's A Promise,' First Email Claims; Second Suggests He'll Create Banking Trouble For Blog Poster And Defend JSS Tripler Operator 'So Help Me God'

“Either we talk about here, or I talk about somewhere else (that’s not a threat, it’s a promise :)” — ‘MoneyMakingBrain (MMB), in email threat to PP Blog, Feb. 29, 2012, 7:52 a.m. ET UPDATED 4:22 P.M. ET (U.S.A.) It has happened again: The PP Blog has received yet another threat via email for its […]

SPECIAL REPORT: Domain Registered To Purported JSS Tripler Operator Features Videos Of ‘Sovereign Citizen’ Accused In Alleged Alaska Murder Plot Against Public Officials; Meanwhile, Americans Listen To ‘Frederick Mann’ Tell Them That Even A ‘1-Year-Old’ Can Have An Account And That Adults Can Open Accounts For Others; Separate Sites Have Links To Antitax Screeds And Debt-Elimination Schemes

SPECIAL REPORT: Domain Registered To Purported JSS Tripler Operator Features Videos Of 'Sovereign Citizen' Accused In Alleged Alaska Murder Plot Against Public Officials; Meanwhile, Americans Listen To 'Frederick Mann' Tell Them That Even A '1-Year-Old' Can Have An Account And That Adults Can Open Accounts For Others; Separate Sites Have Links To Antitax Screeds And Debt-Elimination Schemes

Visitors to BuildFreedom.com are greeted by a drop-down ad for JSS Tripler/JustBeenPaid that encourages them to register with a free Gmail address from Google for the outlandish “program” and its purported return of 2 percent a day. At least 11 videos featuring Francis Schaeffer Cox are accessible on the BuildFreedom page, which features remarks attributed […]

WILLFUL BLINDNESS: With Legisi Operator Now Convicted Of Wire Fraud, HYIP Colleague And Fellow Ponzi-Forum Darling Nicholas Smirnow Of Pathway To Prosperity Listed As ‘Wanted’ By INTERPOL; Meanwhile, Cheerleading For JSS Tripler Continues

WILLFUL BLINDNESS: With Legisi Operator Now Convicted Of Wire Fraud, HYIP Colleague And Fellow Ponzi-Forum Darling Nicholas Smirnow Of Pathway To Prosperity Listed As 'Wanted' By INTERPOL; Meanwhile, Cheerleading For JSS Tripler Continues

After the news broke yesterday that Gregory N. McKnight, the accused operator of the Legisi HYIP Ponzi scheme, had pleaded guilty to wire fraud in a $72 million caper, things only got worse for the serial Ponzi-forum cheerleaders — not that they’re likely to abandon their practice of willful blindness while reaching across oceans to […]

U.S., Colorado Say Bella Homes — An MLM ‘Opportunity’ — Is A Foreclosure-Rescue Scam Whose ‘Mastermind’ Is A Convicted Felon Currently On Probation; Firm’s Business Operations Halted

U.S., Colorado Say Bella Homes -- An MLM 'Opportunity' -- Is A Foreclosure-Rescue Scam Whose 'Mastermind' Is A Convicted Felon Currently On Probation; Firm's Business Operations Halted

“Foreclosure-rescue scams prey on distressed homeowners’ desire to save their homes and to find any means to help fix their dire financial situations. As is the case with most loan-modification and foreclosure-rescue operations, consumers who dealt with Bella Homes lost not only the thousands of dollars they paid for ‘help,’ but also their homes.” — […]

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: KABOOM! Gregory N. McKnight, Legisi HYIP Operator And Ponzi-Forum Darling, Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: KABOOM! Gregory N. McKnight, Legisi HYIP Operator And Ponzi-Forum Darling, Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: Gregory N. McKnight, the operator of the Legisi HYIP Ponzi scheme, has pleaded guilty to wire fraud in federal court in the Eastern District of Michigan, the SEC said this afternoon. McKnight was charged criminally on Feb. 14 — Valentine’s Day. His guilty plea followed two days later, the SEC […]

BULLETIN: 4 More Indictments In Alleged North Carolina Ponzi Caper; New Charges Follow On Heels Of 7 Previous Convictions And Criminal Allegations That Bank Turned A Blind Eye To Fraud Scheme

BULLETIN: 4 More Indictments In Alleged North Carolina Ponzi Caper; New Charges Follow On Heels Of 7 Previous Convictions And Criminal Allegations That Bank Turned A Blind Eye To Fraud Scheme

BULLETIN: With seven defendants already convicted of Ponzi-related crimes and a North Carolina bank accused of turning a blind eye to the fraud, four new criminal defendants have been named in the Black Diamond Capital Solutions probe. A federal grand jury in Charlotte has returned an indictment against Jonathan D. Davey, 47, of Newark, Ohio; […]

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: FTC Gains Spectacular Judgment Of $359 Million In Alleged Cross-Border Fraud Involving Continuity Billing; Case Features Elements Similar To Allegations Against Jeremy Johnson

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: FTC Gains Spectacular Judgment Of $359 Million In Alleged Cross-Border Fraud Involving Continuity Billing; Case Features Elements Similar To Allegations Against Jeremy Johnson

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: In a case that featured elements similar to the allegations against U.S.-based Internet Marketer Jeremy Johnson, the FTC has gained a $359 million consent judgment against alleged Canadian scammer Jesse Willms and other defendants. The agency sued Willms in May 2011, about six months after it sued Johnson. Wiilms now […]

BULLETIN: Feds Say Bo Beckman, Trevor Cook Ponzi Scheme Figure, Tried To Dupe National Hockey League In Bid To Acquire Interest In Minnesota Wild — And Used Funds Stolen From Elderly Couple And Others To Do It

BULLETIN: Feds Say Bo Beckman, Trevor Cook Ponzi Scheme Figure, Tried To Dupe National Hockey League In Bid To Acquire Interest In Minnesota Wild -- And Used Funds Stolen From Elderly Couple And Others To Do It

BULLETIN: A new indictment has been returned in the case of Jason Bo-Alan Beckman, Gerald Durand and Pat Kiley — all figures in the Trevor Cook Ponzi scheme that allegedly gathered $194 million and one was of the largest financial crimes in Minnesota history. Among the stunning new allegations is that Beckman tried to inflate […]

UPDATE: JSS Tripler/JustBeenPaid Promoters Now Trading On The Name And Image Of Actress Lindsay Lohan; Video Promo Appears After Earlier YouTube Removals — And Even As CONSOB Probe Under Way In Italy

After earlier trading on the names of Warren Buffett and Oprah Winfrey and even fictional spaceman “Mr. Spock,” promoters of JSS Tripler/JustBeenPaid now are trading on the name of actress Lindsay Lohan. A 1:14 YouTube promo for JSS Tripler/JustBeenPaid dated Feb. 14, 2012 — Valentine’s Day — flashes images of Lohan throughout the video. The […]

BULLETIN: SEC Says California Man Was Running THREE Ponzi Schemes — One Of Them Allegedly Duped Investors Into Believing They Were Funding FedEx Distribution Facility In Las Vegas

BULLETIN: SEC Says California Man Was Running THREE Ponzi Schemes -- One Of Them Allegedly Duped Investors Into Believing They Were Funding FedEx Distribution Facility In Las Vegas

BULLETIN: The SEC has gone to federal court in the Southern District of California, alleging that Steven L. Hamilton of Carlsbad was running three Ponzi schemes through three companies he set up “to solicit unsuspecting investors.” Hamilton is 42, the SEC said. One of the offers allegedly duped people into believing they were investing in […]