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URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: TelexFree’s James Merrill, Carlos Wanzeler Indicted

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: TelexFree's James Merrill, Carlos Wanzeler Indicted

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: 10th Update 9:18 p.m. EDT U.S.A.) TelexFree figures James Merrill and Carlos Wanzeler have been indicted by a federal grand jury. The indictment, dated today, includes eight criminal counts of wire fraud and one criminal count of wire-fraud conspiracy. Among other things, the indictment alleged that Merrill and Wanzeler conspired […]

UPDATE: No Ruling Today On Motion By TelexFree’s James Merrill To Release Seized Money

UPDATE: No Ruling Today On Motion By TelexFree's James Merrill To Release Seized Money

UPDATED 6:07 P.M. EDT U.S.A. A U.S. Magistrate Judge issued no immediate ruling today on a motion by TelexFree figure James Merrill to release $4 million to pay for his criminal defense. Instead, Judge David H. Hennessy will take the matter under advisement and issue an order later, according to the docket of the case. […]

DEVELOPING STORY: The TelexFree Rabbit Hole, Exposed

DEVELOPING STORY: The TelexFree Rabbit Hole, Exposed

UPDATED 11:16 P.M. EDT U.S.A. We now may have an answer to some or all of these questions: What happens when you’re Massachusetts-based TelexFree — and apparently so out of touch that Sann Rodrigues, a former SEC defendant in a pyramid-scheme and affinity-fraud case, becomes one of the most recognizable public faces of your company […]

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: TelexFree Trustee Says He ‘Has No Intention Of Reorganizing Or Reactivating Their Businesses’

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: TelexFree Trustee Says He 'Has No Intention Of Reorganizing Or Reactivating Their Businesses'

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: (1st Update 8:50 P.M. EDT U.S.A.) The TelexFree trustee said in court filings today in the SEC’s civil case against the firm that he has “no intention of reorganizing or reactivating their businesses” and — based on information and belief  — “they were in fact engaged in a Ponzi or […]

BULLETIN: Prosecutors Ask Judge Not To Release Money To TelexFree Figure James Merrill

BULLETIN: Prosecutors Ask Judge Not To Release Money To TelexFree Figure James Merrill

BULLETIN: Federal prosecutors handling the criminal case against TelexFree figure and alleged co-owner James Merrill have asked a judge not to release $4 million Merrill says he needs to pay for his criminal defense. On July 1, Merrill asked for an evidentiary hearing aimed ultimately at securing “an order returning the identified funds” to him. […]

SEC Halts Trading Of Cynk Technology Corp. Stock, A Mysterious And Sudden Darling With Belize Address

SEC Halts Trading Of Cynk Technology Corp. Stock, A Mysterious And Sudden Darling With Belize Address

It’s one of those things almost too bizarre to contemplate: The stock price of Cynk Technology Corp. increased tens of thousands of percent over a period of days — except the Belize company supposedly in the social-networking business reportedly has no revenue and no assets. The SEC halted trading in Cynk stock this morning, citing […]

Zeek Receiver Seeks Nearly $2.1 Million From Alleged Winner And Former AdSurfDaily Ponzi Pitchman Todd Disner; Records Show Zeek Paid Him More Than $7,000 On Same Day He Sued United States For Alleged Misdeeds In ASD Case

Zeek Receiver Seeks Nearly $2.1 Million From Alleged Winner And Former AdSurfDaily Ponzi Pitchman Todd Disner; Records Show Zeek Paid Him More Than $7,000 On Same Day He Sued United States For Alleged Misdeeds In ASD Case

Zeek Rewards “winner” Todd Disner owes the receivership estate $2,079,757.88, according to a motion asking the court clerk to enter a default judgment. Receiver Kenneth D. Bell filed for the judgment July 9 in federal court for the Western District of North Carolina, seeking not only Disner’s alleged Zeek haul of $1,800,037.06, but also interest […]

RECOMMENDED READING: 50,000 Spaniards Reportedly Plowed Money Into TelexFree

RECOMMENDED READING: 50,000 Spaniards Reportedly Plowed Money Into TelexFree

In February 2014, the PP Blog reported that TelexFree had planned a purported “international convention” in Spain in early March. The pitch for the convention, hosted in Madrid, was voiced by Sann Rogrigues, whom the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission successfully had sued in 2006 amid allegations he was operating a pyramid scheme and engaging […]

REPORT: Pyramid-Scheme Gang In China Uses Knives In Attack On Police

The South China Morning Post is reporting that police raiding a “pyramid-selling gang” in Guangyuan were attacked with knives. At least two officers were stabbed when trapped in a room, the publication reported. From the South China Morning Post, paraphrasing a report on the state-influenced People’s Daily website and information from the municipal public security […]

BULLETIN: Zeek Receiver Moves For Default Against AdSurfDaily Figure Todd Disner

BULLETIN: Zeek Receiver Moves For Default Against AdSurfDaily Figure Todd Disner

BULLETIN: (UPDATED 9:55 A.M. EDT, JULY 3, U.S.A.) The court-appointed receiver in the Zeek Rewards Ponzi- and pyramid case has moved for default against alleged Zeek winner Todd Disner. Disner, of Miami, also was a pitchman for the 2008 AdSurfDaily Ponzi scheme, a $119 million fraud that put ASD operator Andy Bowdoin in federal prison. […]

EDITORIAL: On The War In Zeekland And HYIP Rabbit Holes

EDITORIAL: On The War In Zeekland And HYIP Rabbit Holes

EDITOR’S NOTE: On Feb. 5, 2014, Zeek figures and alleged insiders Dawn Wright-Olivares and Daniel Olivares pleaded guilty to federal crimes. Wright-Olivares pleaded guilty to investment-fraud conspiracy and tax-fraud conspiracy. Olivares pleaded guilty to investment-fraud conspiracy. Federal prosecutors in the Western District of North Carolina are maintaining an information site here. Kenneth D. Bell, the […]