URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: Judge Begins Process Of Ordering Judgments Against Zeek Net Winners; Millions Awarded So Far, Millions More Pending
URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: At long last, there is a spectacular crack in the ceiling of MLM HYIP Ponzi Land!
Senior U.S. District Judge Graham C. Mullen of the Western District of North Carolina has begun the process of ordering judgments against Zeek Rewards’ winners sued by receiver Kenneth D. Bell, according to the docket of the clawback case.
Millions of dollars in final judgments have been awarded so far, with millions more awaiting Mullen’s signature. Bell, for example, is pushing for a judgment of more than $3.1 million against veteran HYIP huckster T. LeMont Silver, his wife and a Silver shell company.
The Silver amount includes more than $2.3 million in winnings, plus more than $802,000 in prejudgment interest. Pending the judge’s signature, any Zeek income derived by the Silvers will become attachable, with the prospect of Mullen also awarding postjudgment interest.
Final judgments against the Silvers and several other Zeek winners could be entered by the end of the year.
Mullen already has issued final judgments against Zeek and AdSurfDaily Ponzi scheme figure Jerry Napier ($2.349 million, including prejudgment interest of more than $600,000); Darren Miller ($2.198 million, including more than $561,000 in prejudgment interest; Aaron Andrews, Shara Andrews and an Andrews shell company ($1.359 million, including more than $347,000 in prejudgment interest).
Longtime HYIP hucksters, Aaron and Shara Andrews were known as Team Aaron Shara.
Each of the orders Mullen already has signed includes this language (italics added):
The Court confirms this amount is the Final Judgment of the Court against this Defendant and hereby authorizes the Receiver to pursue appropriate collection proceedings.
On Nov. 29, Bell won against the named winners and a defendant class of more than 9,400 other winners in summary judgment, meaning the judge rejected arguments they were entitled to keep more than $200 million in Ponzi proceeds.
“How much of that we will be able to collect for distribution to claimants with allowed claims is uncertain at this time,” Bell wrote on Nov. 29. “However, we will pursue collection of these judgments vigorously, and expect the ultimate amount collected will be a substantial sum.”
The money will go to the Zeek losers who filed the appropriate paperwork and whose claims were approved.
Stephen B. Darr, the trustee for TelexFree, has followed Bell’s lead in pursuing net winners from MLM HYIP fraud schemes. Darr effectively has sued more than 93,000 alleged TelexFree winners.
Other receivers in HYIP cases potentially could follow the leads of both Bell and Darr in pursuing clawback litigation against alleged winners.
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