BULLETIN: Judge Issues Order That Directs Justice Department’s Bankruptcy Watchdog To Appoint Trustee Over TelexFree Case

breakingnews72BULLETIN: U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Melvin S. Hoffman of the Massachusetts Central Division in Worcester has ordered the appointment of a trustee in the TelexFree Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.

The U.S. Trustee, the U.S. Department of Justice’s watchdog arm in bankruptcy cases, pressed for the appointment last month.

“There are reasonable grounds to suspect that the members of the governing board who selected the Debtors’ new executives participated in actual fraud, dishonesty and criminal conduct in the management of TelexFree,” the U.S. Trustee argued last month.

Notice of  Hoffman’s order appeared this morning on the TelexFree bankruptcy website. (Court Docket: #0234.)

Based on the order, Jordan Maglich of PonziTracker.com is reporting that “TelexFree’s vision of emerging from bankruptcy with new products and revenue streams appears dismal at best.”

For days, some TelexFree affiliates have been planting the false seed in various web reports that the appointment of a trustee means that TelexFree had been cleared of pyramid- and Ponzi charges. That simply is not the case.

From PonziTracker (italics added):

Now that an independent trustee will be appointed, he/she will follow Section 1106, which includes the filing of a statement of investigation, as soon as practicable, that includes “any fact ascertained pertaining to fraud, dishonesty, incompetence, misconduct, mismanagement, or irregularity in the management of the affairs of the debtor…”  Additionally, the trustee may recommend the conversion of the case to another Chapter under the Bankruptcy Code, including a liquidation under Chapter 7.

See April 23 PP Blog story: BULLETIN: U.S. Trustee Says ‘Compelling Evidence Of Fraud’ And ‘Reasonable Grounds’ To Believe ‘Criminal Conduct’ Occurred On Road To TelexFree Bankruptcy Filing

See May 1 PP Blog story: BULLETIN: Trustee: ‘It Appears That [TelexFree’s] Merrill, Wanzeler, And Craft Have All Fallen Down The Rabbit Hole And Are Now Expecting The [Bankruptcy] Court To Follow’

James Merrill, one of TelexFree’s co-owners, was jailed in the United States May 9 on criminal charges of wire-fraud conspiracy. Carlos Wanzeler, another co-owner, allegedly fled to Brazil through Canada after U.S. federal agents raided TelexFree’s headquarters and seized computer equipment elsewhere on April 15.

Like Merrill, Wanzeler was charged with wire-fraud conspiracy. The U.S. Justice Department has deemed him a fugitive.

Joe Craft, TelexFree’s CFO, was appointed by Merrill and Wanzeler to that post on April 13, the same day TelexFree declared bankruptcy. On April 15, the SEC accused Craft of securities fraud. Court records show Merrill and Wanzeler are under criminal investigation for securities fraud and money laundering.

The SEC has alleged that Craft was in possession of nearly $38 million in cashier’s checks on April 15, the date of the federal raid. One of the checks alegedly was for more than $2 million and was made out to Katia Wanzeler, the wife of Carlos Wanzeler.

See May 20 PP Blog report: Realty Firm Linked To Carlos And Katia Wanzeler Also Linked To Former TelexFree CFO Joe Craft

Earlier this week, the SEC linked Carlos Wanzeler to millions of dollars in real-estate acquisitions allegedly made with TelexFree investors’ money. The agency, in turn, linked Wanzeler, his wife or Merrill to companies external to TelexFree, including at least three firms allegedly formed by Craft.

“[Carlos Wanzeler] made most of the acquisitions using companies under his control including: (i) JC Real Estate Management Company LLC, a Nevada limited liability company that was formed in July 2012 with Wanzeler and [James] Merrill as managers; (ii) Above & Beyond the Limit, LLC (“Above & Beyond”), a New Mexico limited liability company that [Joe] Craft formed for Wanzeler in September 2012, (iii) CNW Realty State, LLC, a Nevis corporation that was formed in October 2012 with Above & Beyond as manager; (iv) KC Realty State LLC, a Florida limited liability company that Craft formed in October 2012 with Katia Wanzeler as manager; (v) Acceris Realty Estate, LLC, a Massachusetts limited liability company that Craft formed in February 2013 with Katia Wanzeler as manager; and (vi) Makeover Investments LLC, a Florida limited liability company that was formed in July 2013 with Marilza Wanzeler, Wanzeler’s 65-year-old mother, as a manager.”

In April, the SEC linked Craft to other TelexFree-related entities.

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3 Responses to “BULLETIN: Judge Issues Order That Directs Justice Department’s Bankruptcy Watchdog To Appoint Trustee Over TelexFree Case”

  1. Looks as though the Boston Globe sent Beth Healy down to Brazil to get the lay of the TelexFree land in Vitoria and environs.

    Patrick

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  2. Patrick Beth Healy had to be presented to Nassif in Brazil
    https://twitter.com/luisnassif

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  3. she has returned to the USA

    suncase:
    Patrick Beth Healy had to be presented to Nassif in Brazil
    https://twitter.com/luisnassif

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