Nearly $2 Million Allegedly At Stake For 3 Arizona Zeek Affiliates Who Received Subpoenas, Filings Say

“[Zeek operator Paul] Burks is solely responsible for determining the amount of ‘net profits’ to share in the Retail Profit Pool . . . Defendants represent that daily awards are calculated by dividing ‘up to 50%’ of daily net profits by the number of Profit Points outstanding among all Qualified Affiliates. This calculation results in a daily dividend paid to each Qualified Affiliate that consistently has averaged approximately 1.5% per day . . . In fact, the dividend bears no relation to the company’s net profits. Instead, Burks unilaterally and arbitrarily determines the daily dividend rate so that it averages approximately 1.5% per day, giving investors the false impression that the business is profitable.”From the SEC complaint in the Zeek Rewards Ponzi scheme case, Aug. 17, 2012

“The most successful Affiliates worked the hardest, placed numerous ads, and explained the Zeekler.com penny auction to groups of people several times a month. Some of the Movants, for example, traveled extensively to maintain contact with their network of peers and to educate them, among other things, on how to be successful in the program. These Movants’ successes were a direct result of the amount of time and effort they poured into the effort to promote the penny auction.”Zeek Affiliates Dave Kettner, Mary Kettner and David Sorrells, Dec. 11, 2012

Although the SEC accused Rex Venture Group LLC/Zeek Rewards operator Paul R. Burks in August of conducting a massive Ponzi scheme and duping members into believing he was presiding over a business that created enormous profits legitimately, three members of the MLM “program” with potentially millions of dollars in ill-gotten gains subject to clawback aren’t buying it.

At stake for Dave Kettner, Mary Kettner and David Sorrells of Arizona is at least $1.94 million they allegedly earned in the “program” through hard work, according to court filings.

Zeek was a legitimate venture, they argued in filings dated Dec. 11. And it was no Ponzi scheme, they advised Senior U.S. District Judge Graham C. Mullen of the Western District of North Carolina. Mullen is presiding over the Zeek Ponzi scheme case brought by the SEC Aug. 17.

It was not immediately clear whether the Kettners and Sorrells were the recipients of payouts from Zeek’s Retail Profit Pool (RPP) or commissions for sponsoring new members — or some combination of both. The RPP also is known as the Retail Points Pool.

What is clear, according to their filings, is that each received a letter and subpoena from Zeek Receiver Kenneth D. Bell that paint them as potential clawback targets. The information about the sums Bell is seeking is contained within exhibits filed by the Kettners and Sorrells.

Zeek records, according to letters from Bell cited by the trio, suggest Sorrells received $945,539 from Zeek while paying in only $1,695. Dave Kettner received $537,577.95 while paying in only $1,378, and Mary Kettner received $465,866.67 while paying in only $1,495.

Bell has said Zeek created approximately eight losers for each winner. The SEC described Zeek as a $600 million Ponzi and pyramid scheme that potentially defrauded more than 1 million people.

The PP Blog is working on a related story about assertions by the Kettners and Sorrells that significant sums of money that belong to them effectively are trapped in NxPay, a payment processor used by Zeek. More later . . .

 

 

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2 Responses to “Nearly $2 Million Allegedly At Stake For 3 Arizona Zeek Affiliates Who Received Subpoenas, Filings Say”

  1. Well, at least we know now who the Fun Club attorneys are really representing, and why they’re placing so much on the actions on the NXPay accounts.

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  2. “These Movants’ successes were a direct result of the amount of time and effort they poured into the effort to promote the penny auction.”

    Did they just admit that the made these hundreds of thousand of dollars by recruiting??

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