OHIO AG’S OFFICE: Parties Have Negotiated In Profitable Sunrise-Related Litigation, But No ‘Final Settlement Document At This Time’
Although the court docket in Williams County, Ohio, indicates that a settlement has been reached in a July 2013 civil case brought against Profitable Sunrise figure Nancy Jo Frazer and others, the office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said this afternoon that there was nothing to announce immediately.
The PP Blog contacted DeWine’s office today, after reports surfaced online last night that a settlement had been reached in advance of a three-day trial that had been scheduled to get under way next month. No details of any settlement appear on the docket
Kate Hanson, a spokeswoman for DeWine, said today that “the parties have been in negotiation,” but noted that “the State of Ohio does not have a final settlement document at this time.”
She added that “further updates” could be forthcoming.
With no final settlement document available, it remains unclear if any fines, restitution or disgorgement were ordered or whether there was any finding or acknowledgement of fault.
DeWine’s office, working with the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Securities, accused Frazer and a related entity known as Focus Up Ministries of serving as a “front” for the Profitable Sunrise HYIP scheme purportedly operated by “Roman Novak.”
The SEC described Novak as a possible ghost who was targeting Christians in a cross-border securities-fraud scheme that used a “mail drop” in England.
“Profitable Sunrise operates for the benefit of unknown individuals and/or organizations doing businesses through companies formed in the Czech Republic and using bank accounts in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, and China, among other places,” the SEC alleged in April 2013.
Like many other fraud schemes, Profitable Sunrise was a Ponzi-board “program.” Its asserted “Long Haul” plan purported to provide a daily interest rate of 2.7 percent, plus compounding.
The SEC said Profitable Sunrise spread on social media through “numerous promoters in the United States.”