DEVELOPING STORY: The website of MPBToday — a Ponzi forum darling featuring a 2X2 matrix cycler in 2010 — has been inaccessible for at least 24 hours.
Fabled Ponzi huckster “Ken Russo” — later of Zeek Rewards — was among MPBToday’s promoters.
Although the MPBToday site returns this message — “Site temporarily unavailable. Connection timed out – please try again.” — it is returning a ping. MPBToday’s domain registration is not expired. The reason the site will not load is unclear.
MPBToday, operated by Gary Calhoun and tied to a home-delivery grocery business known as Southeastern Delivery in Pensacola, Fla., was the subject of controversy since its inception.
Some MLMers promoted the purported “opportunity” in bizarre fashion. In one promo, for example, President Obama and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were depicted as Nazis — with First Lady Michelle Obama depicted as having experienced an embarrassing gas attack in the Oval Office after having sampled beans at a Sam’s Club store.
In another bizarre pitch, an MPB Today affiliate claimed there were scammers within the company’s ranks, a circumstance that made it important for prospects to enroll in an honest downline.
An investigation of MPBToday was said earlier this year to be under way. The website continued to appear online after vague reports of the probe surfaced. Now, however, the website is offline.
In 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said it was conducting a review of MPBToday.
Questions also have been raised about whether MPBToday was conducting a pyramid or Ponzi scheme or both.