On April 20, the PP Blog reported that TelexFree Trustee Stephen B. Darr had proposed to add dozens of U.S. defendants to a class-action lawsuit that seeks the return of gains from alleged “winners” in the judicially declared Ponzi- and pyramid scheme.
Filings docketed on April 22 show that Darr also is seeking to add defendants to a class-action case against alleged international winners. Among other things, the filings show that at least 24 alleged TelexFree winners from outside the United States received at least $1 million each. Scores of others also allegedly received large sums of less than $1 million.
At least 10 people, for instance, allegedly received more than $900,000 each, but less than $1 million.
Residents of Portugal, China, Spain, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, United Kingdom, Canada, Peru and Ecuador are referenced on the list of alleged international winners.
As the PP Blog reported in January 2016, the class-actions could affect tens of thousands of alleged winners globally because the named winners effectively are stand-ins for unnamed ones. Rulings against the named winners could apply to the entire defendant class of about 93,000 individuals alleged to have received more from TelexFree than they paid in.
Hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people are believed to be TelexFree losers.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is actively involved in the criminal prosecutions of TelexFree figures James Merrill and Carlos Wanzeler, alleged by the United States to be an international fugitive.