BULLETIN: (6th update 6:10 p.m. EDT U.S.A.) There are reports on Twitter, citing a Boston Globe story, that the wife of accused TelexFree figure Carlos Wanzeler has been arrested at an airport.
The office of U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz of the District of Massachusetts confirmed the arrest to the PP Blog at 11:46 a.m., saying “Katia Wanzeler was arrested last evening at JFK Airport [in New York] as she attempted to board a flight to Brazil.”
Katia Wanzeler, Oritiz’ office said, “will appear in federal court in [New York] today for an initial appearance.”
Carlos Wanzeler was charged criminally last week, as was TelexFree figure James Merrill. Court records show that federal undercover agents conducted a probe into TelexFree’s operations. The probe began at least by October 2013.
TelexFree has been described as a combined pyramid- and Ponzi scheme that gathered more than $1.2 billion. The U.S. Department of Justice has labeled Carlos Wanzeler a fugitive.
PP Blog story continued here.
— Beth Healy (@HealyBeth) May 15, 2014