Archive for January 21st, 2016

UPDATE: Sann Rodrigues Wants To Avoid ‘Con Air’ Flight

UPDATE: Sann Rodrigues Wants To Avoid 'Con Air' Flight

Through defense counsel, TelexFree figure Sann Rodrigues said in court filings today that he wanted to avoid a flight on “Con Air” from Florida to Massachusetts to face a contempt proceeding in federal court there. “Con Air” is a nickname for the Justice Prisoner & Alien Transportation System (JPATS) operated by the U.S. Marshals Service. It’s […]

‘Phone Card’ Ponzi Schemer Caught With Pipe Bombs, IEDs And Thousands Of Rounds Of Ammunition Sentenced To Prison

'Phone Card' Ponzi Schemer Caught With Pipe Bombs, IEDs And Thousands Of Rounds Of Ammunition Sentenced To Prison

Istvan Merchenthaler, the “PhoneCard USA” Ponzi schemer who fabricated ties to Walmart and later was caught with pipe bombs, improvised explosive devices, a machine pistol and 16 other firearms spread across three states, has been sentenced to 140 months in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Robert F. Kelly of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania also ordered Merchenthaler to […]

Is Profitable Sunrise Pyramid Case At Risk? SEC Declines Comment

Is Profitable Sunrise Pyramid Case At Risk? SEC Declines Comment

The SEC this afternoon declined comment on an order by a federal judge in Atlanta that could lead to the dismissal of the agency’s 2013 case against Profitable Sunrise, an alleged international pyramid scheme and offering fraud targeted at U.S. residents by one or more murky figures. Such a dismissal almost certainly would embolden overseas HYIP scammers […]