BULLETIN: Legisi Receiver Goes After E-Bullion Assets Tied Up After Grisly California Murder; Robert D. Gordon Says More Than 85 Percent Of Funds Directed At HYIP Flowed Through Shuttered Processor

This Legisi "Quick Start Manual" showed investors how to open payment accounts at E-bullion and e-Gold, both of which provided services to HYIP scams and both of which were implicated in money-laundering schemes. e-Bullion operator James Fayed was convicted in 2011 of arranging the grisly murder of his wife.

This Legisi “Quick Start Manual” showed investors how to open payment accounts at e-Bullion and e-Gold, both of which provided services to HYIP scams and both of which were implicated in international fraud schemes. e-Bullion operator James Fayed was convicted in 2011 of arranging the grisly murder of his wife, a potential witness against him. (Source: federal court files.)

UPDATED 5:08 P.M. EDT (U.S.A.) How dangerous and bereft is HYIP Ponzi Land? More than 85 percent of the $72.6 million directed at the Legisi HYIP Ponzi scheme before its May 2008 collapse flowed through the now-shuttered e-Bullion payment processor operated by convicted murderer James Michael Fayed, according to the court-appointed receiver in the Legisi case.

Receiver Robert D. Gordon — noting he has consulted with federal prosecutors — now is asking a federal judge in Michigan for an order that would authorize him “to receive and collect any remission or restoration of funds recoverable or payable to Legisi investors pursuant to forfeiture actions brought by the United States” in federal court in Los Angeles.

Fayed is sitting on California’s Death Row after his May 2011 conviction for ordering the brutal contract slaying of Pamela Fayed, his wife and a potential witness against him. Pamela Fayed was stabbed 13 times in a Greater Los Angeles parking garage on July 28, 2008. The Los Angeles Times reported her husband was seated on a nearby park bench “texting” on his cell phone while his alleged accomplices carried out the slaying.

Gordon asked Judge George Caram Steeh of the Eastern District of Michigan for the order on June 6. About two weeks earlier, federal prosecutors in New York brought criminal charges against the Liberty Reserve payment processor, alleging that it had orchestrated a $6 billion money-laundering conspiracy. Both Liberty Reserve and E-Bullion were popular with HYIP scammers and other criminals.

Legisi was a “program” promoted on Ponzi-scheme forums such as TalkGold and MoneyMakerGroup. The “program” resulted in both criminal and civil charges being filed against operator Gregory N. McKnight and online pitchman Matthew John Gagnon of Mazu.com. In 2010, the SEC described Gagnon as a serial pithman for fraud schemes and a “danger to the investing public.”

Sentencing for Gagnon had been scheduled for yesterday. It now has been moved to July 9. McKnight, whom prosecutors said engaged in “semantic obfuscation” to raise millions of dollars in his HYIP fraud scheme, is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 6.

In his June 6 filing, Gordon alleged that McKnight “used e-Bullion as the vehicle to hold, receive and distribute funds from and to Legisi investors” and that McKnight used investor funds to invest in “various High-Yield Investment Programs.” He further alleged that Gagnon was a “prolific” user of e-Bullion and that “Mazu and Gagnon published on the mazu.com website how-to instructions for prospective Legisi investors to fund their accounts by opening an e-Bullion account.”

From the receiver’s June 6 filing (italics added):

The Department of Justice has established a remission process in the Central District of California to administer claims of former accountholders of e-Bullion a/k/a “Goldfinger Coin & Bullion.” McKnight, Legisi, and the majority of Legisi investors held accounts with e-Bullion. Mr. Gordon has made claims against the seized funds for the benefit of the Estates. In addition to direct claims on behalf of the Legisi-related entities, Mr. Gordon seeks to recover funds relative to Legisi investor accounts. To authorize such claims, officials at the Department of Justice have suggested an order from the Receivership Court stating: “Receiver is authorized to receive and collect any remission or restoration of forfeited funds recoverable by or payable to [Legisi Investors] pursuant to any civil or criminal forfeiture action brought by the United States in any federal jurisdiction.” Such an order would assist Mr. Gordon in recovering funds owed by net winner investors and in compensating victims of the Legisi scheme.

E-bullion has been linked to multiple Ponzi schemes, including AdSurfDaily, Legisi, Gold Quest International and FEDI. The FEDI scheme has been linked to Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari, also known as Michael Mixon. Ali Alishtari pleaded guilty in 2009 to financing terrorism and fleecing investors in the FEDI scheme.

When a jury sentenced Fayed to death in 2011, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy described him as “one cold, calculating human being.”

Here is how the U.S. Department of Justice is describing e-Bullion. (Note: this is reproduced verbatim from Gordon’s June 6 filing — with italics/bolding added):

e-Bullion was a web-based money transmitting business operated by James Michael Fayed. e-Bullion allowed individuals to deposit money and purchase virtual “e-currency” that was purportedly backed by precious metal reserves maintained by Fayed’s companies in the United States and Australia. Accountholders could use e-currency to trade in goods and services with other accountholders. Federal investigators determined that many operators of fraudulent investment schemes used e-Bullion to collect millions of dollars from victims, much of which was wired to overseas accounts.

In May 2011, Fayed was convicted of murdering his wife and is currently awaiting execution on California’s death row. On July 30, 2012, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California obtained a judgment in federal district court that resulted in the forfeiture of approximately $3.6 million in bank funds and $5.4 million worth of gold, silver, and platinum seized from two entities formerly controlled by Fayed – Goldfinger Coin and Bullion (GCB) and Goldfinger Bullion Reserve Corp (GBRC). In a related matter, the Australian Federal Police obtained a judgment resulting in the forfeiture of approximately $13 million in precious metals that were purchased and stored by Fayed in the Perth Mint in Australia. The funds forfeited in the Australia matter are also expected to be distributed to qualified e-Bullion accountholders through this remission process.

 

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3 Responses to “BULLETIN: Legisi Receiver Goes After E-Bullion Assets Tied Up After Grisly California Murder; Robert D. Gordon Says More Than 85 Percent Of Funds Directed At HYIP Flowed Through Shuttered Processor”

  1. I’ve never received any correspondence regarding any remaining assets of e-Bullion which could conceivably become available for distribution. Are you aware of whom to contact?

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  2. Dan: I’ve never received any correspondence regarding any remaining assets of e-Bullion which could conceivably become available for distribution. Are you aware of whom to contact?

    Hello Dan,

    Robert D. Gordon is the Legisi receiver. See this story:

    http://patrickpretty.com/2013/06/24/bulletin-sec-backs-legisi-receivers-bid-to-pursue-e-bullion-cash/

    On Aug. 6, 2013, U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh authorized the receiver “to receive and collect any remission or restoration of forfeited funds recoverable by or payable to Legisi investors pursuant to any civil or criminal forfeiture action brought by the United States in any federal jurisdiction.”

    Also see:

    http://www.ebullionremission.com/

    Also see:

    http://www.fbi.gov/losangeles/press-releases/2012/u.s.-prosecutors-and-australian-authorities-collaborate-to-recover-more-than-24-million-from-fraudulent-e-bullion-website

    I am not sure how much of the e-Bullion money is recoverable for Legisi victims through the receiver.

    Patrick

    Note: Edited to provide correct link.

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  3. I sent a remission form with 20 copies of attached documents to ebullion corporation in September 2013 had to wait 12 months for a refund of amount I was ripped off. The amount was within 45 days invested $13435.65. Backed by gold at egold website. Gold has incresed in value 4-5 times since January 2007. Please email me any information concerning my claim. Thank you.

    I was told it would take 12 months from September 2013 to get my refund valued at the price of gold. Your professionalism regarding this urgent matter would be deeply appreciated. Thank you.

    Russell Barnum

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