URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: Colorado Division of Securities Confirms ‘Achieve Community’ Investigation

breakingnews72URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: (5th Update 5:35 p.m. ET U.S.A.) The “Achieve Community” money-cycling scheme is under investigation in Colorado.

“We do have an open investigation,” said Lillian Alves, Colorado’s Deputy Securities Commissioner.

It is the first official public confirmation that Achieve Community, a Ponzi-board program that claims to turn $50 into $400, is under investigation in the United States. In Colorado, the Division of Securities operates as part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).

In a story earlier today, BehindMLM.com reported that Colorado appeared to be setting the stage to open a probe. Alves confirmed the investigation to the PP Blog at 4:23 p.m. today.

For the time being, she said, Colorado would not provide additional details. In January 2014, Colorado issued a cease-and-desist order against the WCM777 “program” operated by Ming Xu. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission later accused Xu of orchestrating a massive fraud scheme.

Achieve Community purportedly is operated by Kristi Johnson of the Denver area and Troy Barnes of the Detroit area.

At least one Achieve Community promoter recorded an ad for Achieve and two other Ponzi-board “programs.” The ad included footage from the SEC’s website. The SEC declined Jan. 12 to comment on the ad, which implied Achieve would have no trouble with securities issues.

Colorado officially confirmed a securities investigation 10 days later.

Visit the complaint area of the Colorado Division of Securities website.

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14 Responses to “URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: Colorado Division of Securities Confirms ‘Achieve Community’ Investigation”

  1. interesting the you break this today and barnes allegedly, suddenly has someone in the hospital and won’t be around much according to his facebook.

    and after trying to censor critics yesterday:

    Hey everyone I know we all Love Achieve and we are all looking forward to an Amazing life change in 2015. Achieve Community NonOfficial Commenters page is just a few people trying ruin our 10,000 members lives and thats not going to happen. If you liked that page please go and unlike it and please report this page to fb. I Love this Community and I wont stand for anyone trying to hurt it. I hope you all understand. As for comments on this post haters will be blocked as they should be. You all mean way to much to us so please report this page to fb and unlike it .
    Thank you for your support

    if achieve is legit as they claim, no facebook page can take it down.

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  2. Achieve is the best program.

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  3. lol. wacky scammer.

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  4. F[***] You Haters [Username edited by PP Blog]: Achieve is the best program.

    I’m sure Kristi Johnson and Troy Barnes would agree with you.

    Mind you, with them having the money and you having none of it makes me wonder why you’d be thinking the way you do.

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  5. As Whip notes above, Troy Barnes was rolling out the “haters” talking point on or about Jan. 21. Of course, it was in play by other Achievers earlier — at least by Dec. 14:

    http://patrickpretty.com/2014/12/12/federal-prosecutors-have-no-immediate-comment-on-achieve-community-call-in-which-senior-citizen-with-86-year-old-ailing-husband-was-told-you-are-exactly-the-type-of-person-that-the-achieve-comm/comment-page-1/#comment-145924

    Oz at BehindMLM.com, meanwhile, is reporting today that Barnes is encouraging Achievers to “report” unofficial Achieve Facebook sites that are “bad.” (Link below.)

    This has a BannersBroker-like feel:

    Background from February 2014:

    http://patrickpretty.com/2014/02/08/banners-broker-cultists-rip-play-from-zeek-adsurfdaily-adviewglobal-hyip-scambook/

    BannersBroker already was under investigation when its efforts to compartmentalize/derail were under way, as we learned in October 2014:

    http://patrickpretty.com/2014/10/04/kaboom-banners-broker-mlm-program-described-as-criminal-enterprise-that-gathered-tens-of-million-of-dollars/

    The efforts to compartmentalize info to Achieve only continue:

    “Please stay off of Facebook and the social media when it comes to our Community,” Oz notes, quoting Barnes.

    http://behindmlm.com/companies/achieve-community/achieve-community-in-denial-over-regulatory-investigation/

    The PP Blog noted on Dec. 11 that Achieve efforts to compartmentalize info appeared to be getting under way:

    http://patrickpretty.com/2014/12/09/special-report-were-like-a-ride-at-disney-world-achieve-community-cycler-bizarrely-claims/comment-page-1/#comment-145399

    We supplemented that with this Dec. 31 story:

    http://patrickpretty.com/2014/12/31/achieve-community-heads-underground-in-run-up-to-new-year-as-promoters-switch-to-new-ponzi-board-scams/

    The story notes that the Legisi scam also was trying to compartmentalize info. History shows that the state of Michigan and the U.S. Secret Service had launched an undercover probe into Legisi months before there was any public news.

    Now, an observation: There is no good place to run a Ponzi scheme or securities swindle in the United States. But Michigan and Colorado — states in which Achieve has a presence — are two of the worst.

    That’s because both states have a racketeering statute that has been used in Ponzi-scheme cases. It’s hard to say what the triggers are. Point is, a criminal charge of racketeering is an option in both places — on top of bringing other criminal and civil charges.

    Patrick

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  6. anyone feel like bill murray in achievehog day? before they’re both busted and start plate stamping i’m sure they want to go out on the sweetest sweet notes. it softens those long hard days coming up.

    kristi’s jan 26 latest pile

    Hello Achieve Community!

    Lots of work got done this weekend! I hope you all enjoyed yourselves and are ready to go! One more reminder to check your details in your back office.

    We are starting the programming for the processor today. Until that is done I won’t have instructions for you, but we do not anticipate a lengthy process here, a couple of days at the most, so do watch the updates for information about what you will need to do.

    I will also send out an email to our membership when everything is ready. If you purchased in September-October you especially want to get signed up right away once we announce that we are ready for you.

    Payments will start going out right away to everyone who went through the matrix once you get signed up with the processor. Doesn’t that sound good? It’s been a long time and I can’t tell you all how much I appreciate your patience and support.

    We are on our way again!

    Some of you are aware that we had plans to meet in Las Vegas as a community this spring. Because we would like to see as many of you there as possible, we are going to postpone the date for a few months and get more of you paid first. But the party is still on!

    Keep checking with us here please….everything you need to know will be here soon!

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  7. karen, quoting Kristi: Some of you are aware that we had plans to meet in Las Vegas as a community this spring. Because we would like to see as many of you there as possible, we are going to postpone the date for a few months and get more of you paid first.

    This sounds a bit like the situation at Zeek Rewards, when it mysteriously canceled its Red Carpet event in August 2012. The rest is history:

    http://patrickpretty.com/2012/08/16/on-heels-of-ag-examination-zeek-blog-says-red-carpet-event-for-aug-22-is-canceled/

    http://patrickpretty.com/2012/08/17/urgent-bulletin-moving-u-s-secret-service-confirms-probe-of-zeek-under-way/

    http://patrickpretty.com/2012/08/17/urgent-bulletin-moving-sec-calls-zeek-600-million-online-pyramid-and-ponzi-scheme/

    Patrick

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  8. More be from the queen!

    Thursday Update

    Kristi Johnson

    January 29 2015

    Hello Achieve Community!

    We are coding the processor and still waiting for their instructional video, but I’ve had a chance to do a bit of testing and this is going to be a very easy sign up! Which is good for all of us, and also means we will be able to start payments quickly.

    While the programmers make it all perfect, thought I would share a bit more detail about the virtual card.

    As soon as you sign up with the processor, the virtual card is available to you. You fund the virtual card just like you would a prepaid card, and it works the same way for online purchases, and you can do it right online. This means everyone can purchase positions with us from their funded virtual card and/or their earnings, right from the back office, right away. This also means that purchases will be much more secure for our community. And that is very important to us.

    We are still working with our merchant to keep you safe, and the banks are working with us as well. If you or your bank have done a charge back in the last week your account may be suspended until we can resolve the problem. This only affects a very few of you, and will be temporary until the issue is resolved. We are committed to your safety here. I just want everyone to know that.

    I’m really excited about this program and where we will be able to go now. Once we have the instructional video from the processor I’ll share that with you, and then we can start getting everyone signed up and moving again. Payments will start going out next week!

    Keep taking care of each other – we are a very special community.

    To your success,

    Kristi

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  9. Acheive update 1 of 2

    Friday Update

    Kristi Johnson

    January 31 2015

    Hello Achieve Community!

    We have one last bit of coding that the processors are working out so that you all will be able to login to your accounts with them. Everything else is working fine now, so I had rather hoped to be able to say tonight that we were ready.

    So, what we’ve done today is get you all pre-signed up with the processor. This means, once that coding is fixed, you will go to your back office, click on the link for the processor and fill in the information there, and, you will be signed up with our processor and approved! So, we will be able to start paying out right away as you all get signed up! This will begin to go very quickly.

    We are still working tonight with the coding, and I may do another update later if this gets done soon. I know you all are waiting! So just wanted to get this much information to you now….we are so close!!

    Thank you all, please check back here when you have time.

    To your success,

    Kristi

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  10. 2nd Friday Update

    I did not realize that working 22 straight hours on a ponzi scheme was even possible

    Kristi Johnson

    January 31 2015

    Hello Achieve Community!

    Our processors programmer said he has been working 22 hours straight and needs sleep! So it won’t be tonight. It’s his Sunday tomorrow, so not sure if we will have this done tomorrow or the next day. I’ll let you know.

    Get some rest yourselves! And I’ll update when we are ready to go!

    Kristi

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  11. Secwatchin, quoting Kristi: We have one last bit of coding that the processors are working out so that you all will be able to login to your accounts with them. Everything else is working fine now, so I had rather hoped to be able to say tonight that we were ready.

    So, what we’ve done today is get you all pre-signed up with the processor. This means, once that coding is fixed, you will go to your back office, click on the link for the processor and fill in the information there, and, you will be signed up with our processor and approved! So, we will be able to start paying out right away as you all get signed up! This will begin to go very quickly.

    We are still working tonight with the coding, and I may do another update later if this gets done soon. I know you all are waiting! So just wanted to get this much information to you now….we are so close!!

    Thank you all, please check back here when you have time.

    Compare this narrative to one emerging on the MoneyMakerGroup Ponzi forum about “Trinity Lines”:

    From “zoezeth” dated yesterday and quoting “Dom Purcell”:

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    Hey folks… What a day! I’m just sitting down now and there is so much happening its ridiculous. We didn’t do an update today because I had meetings outside the office today with the programmer and my business strategist .. Yes I’m being mentored.

    The programmer is currently testing the line automation and I’m impressed. The website is 95% complete and the processor IT guys have been talking with our IT guy this evening regarding our link and credit card processing.

    We have all that we need now to implement a truly life transforming business. We expect to roll everything out tomorrow but it could be Sunday.
    The programming deadline for phase 1 (line automation) is set for next Friday.

    We have made changes that we think you are gonna love and will certain speed up our cash reward lines.

    I will post a more detailed update tomorrow.. Right now me and the kids are relaxing.

    I’m beside myself at what we have done in under 50 days!

    Talk to you tomorrow and we will have a line update too.

    Dom Purcell

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    Also see:

    http://patrickpretty.com/2015/01/29/update-bacon-program-pushed-by-achieve-community-hucksters-reportedly-put-on-hold-by-admin-second-program-may-be-doa-after-purported-payza-freeze/comment-page-1/#comment-150978

    Patrick

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  12. Secwatchin, quoting Kristi: Our processors programmer said he has been working 22 hours straight and needs sleep! So it won’t be tonight. It’s his Sunday tomorrow, so not sure if we will have this done tomorrow or the next day. I’ll let you know.

    Based on the Friday timing of this, if it’s “his Sunday tomorrow,” perhaps Achieve has found another processor on the other side of the world.

    Patrick

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  13. Quick notes: The ReadyToAchieve.com website is inaccessible, generating this error message: “Executing in an invalid environment for the supplied user.”

    Patrick

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  14. Quick note: TheAchieveCommunity.com also is inaccessible.

    Patrick

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