RECEIVER: Payza And Payment World ‘Facilitated’ Zeek Ponzi Scheme; Whereabouts Of $13.1 Million An ‘Open Question’
Zeek Rewards’ receiver Kenneth D. Bell has gone to federal court in the Western District of North Carolina, alleging that the Payza and Payment World payment processors “facilitated” the epic cross-border Zeek Ponzi- and pyramid scheme.
More than $13.1 million in funds from North Carolina-based Zeek that could be used to compensate victims ended up in VictoriaBank in Moldova, owing to a processing relationship among Payza, Payment World and the bank, Bell alleged.
Now, Bell contends, “based on recent developments in the Receiver’s investigation, there is an open question as to whether the Receivership Assets held on Reserve at VictoriaBank remain or were transferred from the account.”
The disturbing allegations are part of a motion in which Bell seeks to hold Payza, Payment World and VictoriaBank in contempt. They come as federal prosecutors in the District of Colombia and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are conducting a criminal investigation involving Payza and OboPay, another payment processor.
Prosecutors haven’t revealed the target of the criminal probe. It is unclear whether there is any nexus with the Zeek case, alleged overall to involve $897 million. Zeek, a Ponzi forum “program,” allegedly created tens and tens of thousands of victims worldwide.
Payza is a Ponzi-forum darling. Its predecessor, AlertPay, is referenced in court filings in the 2008 AdSurfDaily Ponzi case. Scores of Ponzi-board “programs” claim to accept Payza, including an emerging scheme known as Traffic Monsoon.
Bell accused Payza, Payment World and VictoriaBank of violating an asset-freeze order issued in 2012 by Senior U.S. District Judge Graham C. Mullen.
In a novel legal maneuver, Bell has persuaded Mullen to freeze a correspondent account VictoriaBank holds on U.S. soil at Bank of New York Mellon. Mullen authorized the freezing of more than $13.1 million in the account.
If the account proves not to hold that sum, VictoriaBank must deposit with the receivership the difference between the frozen sum and the $13.1 million Bell claims as receivership assets, according to the order.
Bell signaled on Feb. 1 that the receivership would pursue Payza, Payment World and VictoriaBank.
Moldova is situated in Eastern Europe. It shares a border with Ukraine, a world hot spot.
NOTE: Thanks to the ASD Updates Blog.