Receiver Kenneth D. Bell identified the defendants as:
Shaun Smith, Bridgnorth, $262,900.31; Peter William Bennett, Wokingham, $257,573.30; Mark Anthony Ferrie, Abergavenny, $212,072.60; Gary Bryan Morris, Abergavenny, $342,405.01; Kalpesh Patel, Newham, London, $140,842.47; Parvis Parvizi, Macclesfield, $90,518.83; Cathal Lambe, Omagh, $90,311.21; Adrian John Hibbert, Sully, $82,103.51; John Noakes, Croydon, London, $59,850.62.
The action against the U.K. defendants is believed to be the second against residents of Europe. Bell sued alleged Zeek winners from Norway last month. The receiver previously sued U.S. residents and residents of Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the British Virgin Islands.
Zeek, an MLM “program,” operated from Lexington, N.C. At least three Zeek executives have been charged criminally. Court filings alleged the far-reaching scam that operated over the Internet gathered about $897 million in less than two years.
The SEC sued Zeek in August 2012, alleging a massive fraud scheme involving the sale of unregistered securities.
Bell contends the winners must return their Zeek hauls because they “won” money from victims “in an unlawful combined Ponzi and pyramid scheme.” The case against the U.K. defendants is filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.
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