ZEEK RECEIVER: ‘No Comment’ On BitClub Network Story

Zeek receiver Kenneth D. Bell had “no comment” this morning on an Aug. 30, PP Blog story that reported Zeek figure T. LeMont Silver now was pushing a murky “program” called “BitClub Network.”

Bell has raised concerns that Silver is a serial promoter of Zeek-like schemes to defraud.

As the PP Blog noted yesterday, Silver also has been linked to a “program” known as “Gold Crowdfunding” that has links to the OneX scam that put AdSurfDaily Ponzi schemer Andy Bowdoin in jail in 2012. Like Bowdoin, Silver pitched OneX.

OneX used an image of a bomb in its logo.

OneX logo.

OneX logo.

Bell is suing Silver for the return of his alleged gains in Zeek, saying they came from Zeek victims. The SEC and federal prosecutors in the Western District of North Carolina have described Zeek as a Ponzi- and pyramid scheme that collected hundreds of millions of dollars in less than two years of operation.

The SEC shut down Zeek in August 2012.

Zeek figure Dawn Wright-Olivares pleaded guilty to criminal charges of investment-fraud conspiracy and tax-fraud conspiracy in February 2014. Her stepson, former Zeek programmer Daniel Olivares, pleaded guilty to a charge of investment-fraud conspiracy.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a warning on Bitcoin-themed scams on Aug. 11, 2014. Silver’s promotions for BitClub Network began to appear on the Internet about three weeks later.

CFPB did not immediately respond to a request for comment on BitClub Network, which Silver has described as a “mining” venture.

BitClub Network purportedly pays out a daily dividend for 1,000 days and has three “mining pools” with tiered buy-in rates: $500, $1,000 and $2,000. Early birds — described as “Leaders” — are being encouraged to send in $3,599 to qualify for a “Founder’s” position.

Much is murky about BitClub Network.

Also see Sept. 1 report on “Gold Crowdfunding” by BehindMLM.com.

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