BULLETIN: No Immediate Comment From Federal Prosecutors On Payza/Obopay Announcement On U.S. Attorney’s Site In District of Columbia: [UPDATE: Prosecutors Confirm Probe Under Way, Decline To Provide Details Or Identify Subject Of Investigation]
EDITOR’S NOTE ADDED AT 10:09 A.M. Federal prosecutors in the District of Columbia now have confirmed that an investigation is under way, but declined to provide details. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office is involved in a pending investigation and we are unable to state the subject of the investigation or provide details,” the office of U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. said moments ago.
Original story below . . .
The office of U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. of the District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.) did not immediately respond to a request for comment this morning on a note concerning Payza and Obopay that is appearing on its website.
The two-sentence note, which appears under a headline of “Obopay/Payza,” reads as such: “If you have questions or concerns about your Obopay or Payza account, please call 202-252-1903 and leave your name and contact information. Someone will return your call within 3 business days.”
A PP Blog reader reported the existence of the note at 8:58 a.m. today. How long the note had been posted was not immediately clear. Nor was it immediately clear why Machen’s office was involved in an Obopay/Payza matter.
Machen’s office, working with the U.S. Secret Service, successfully prosecuted the $119 million AdSurfDaily Ponzi scheme. ASD used AlertPay, Payza’s predecessor brand.
And Machen’s office, again working with the Secret Service, also successfully prosecuted the eGold payment processor.
Payza/AlertPay also were processors used by the alleged $600 million Zeek Rewards Ponzi- and pyramid scheme. The Secret Service also is investigating Zeek.
See Nov. 28, 2013, PP Blog post on conflicting reports concerning the unavailability of Payza funds in the United States.