Alleged Ponzi Schemes

SEC: Claims That Traffic Monsoon Was A Successful Advertising Business ‘Merely An Illusion’

SEC: Claims That Traffic Monsoon Was A Successful Advertising Business 'Merely An Illusion'

“The complaint alleges that more than 99% of Traffic Monsoon’s revenue is derived from new investor funds, making claims that it is a successful advertising business merely an illusion.” — U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, July 28, 2016 EDITOR’S NOTE: This (below) is the full litigation statement of the SEC on its Ponzi case against […]

TRAFFIC MONSOON: Whack-A-Mole — For Sure

TRAFFIC MONSOON: Whack-A-Mole -- For Sure

News came early this morning that the SEC had moved against Traffic Monsoon, calling it a Ponzi scheme. Both the “program” and alleged operator Charles Scoville were charged civilly yesterday in Utah federal court with securities fraud and selling unregistered securities to unaccredited investors. Scoville also was the braintrust behind AdHitProfits, a Ponzi-board “program” in part […]

REPORT: SEC Moves Against ‘TrafficMonsoon,’ Calls It A Ponzi

REPORT: SEC Moves Against 'TrafficMonsoon,' Calls It A Ponzi

The SEC has filed a lawsuit against the Traffic Monsoon “program” and called it a Ponzi scheme that had gathered $207 million, the Salt Lake Tribune is reporting. The assets of Traffic Monsoon and alleged operator Charles Scoville have been frozen, the newspaper reports. On June 1, the PP Blog reported that Payza — a payment […]

EDITORIAL: With Conviction Of Zeek’s Burks, Another Senior MLMer Faces Prospect Of Decades In Prison

EDITORIAL: With Conviction Of Zeek's Burks, Another Senior MLMer Faces Prospect Of Decades In Prison

UPDATED 4:31 P.M. EDT U.S.A. Zeek Rewards was always inexcusably horrid, fueled by serial willful blindness and the sort of practiced disingenuousness that props up so many MLM “programs.” In dollar volume, Zeek ended up being more than seven times larger than the $119 million AdSurfDaily MLM Ponzi scheme that put ASD operator Andy Bowdoin in federal […]

IMPORTANT: Statement From TelexFree Trustee On Sept. 26 Claims Deadline

IMPORTANT: Statement From TelexFree Trustee On Sept. 26 Claims Deadline

The claims information below was received July 22, 2016, by the PP Blog from Stephen B. Darr, the court-appointed trustee in the TelexFree bankruptcy case. ** __________________________** September 26, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. (prevailing Eastern Time) has been established as the deadline for each person or entity (including individuals, partnerships, corporations, estates, trusts, joint ventures, […]

REPORTS: TelexFree Figure Murdered In Brazil

REPORTS: TelexFree Figure Murdered In Brazil

3RD UPDATE 3:17 P.M. EDT U.S.A. Dorian da Silva Santos, described by Bloggers and in media accounts as a politician and promoter of TelexFree in Brazil, reportedly has been found murdered execution-style in the Brazilian state of Bahia. The news adds to a disturbing series of events that, since at least 2013, have become part of […]

BURKS TRIAL: Government Has Rested, Docket Says

Prosecutors have rested their case against Paul Burks of Zeek Rewards, according to the July 13 court docket. Lawyers for Burks asked for an acquittal, but U.S. District Judge Max O. Cogburn Jr. denied the motion. It appears Burks now will proceed with his defense. The trial got under way July 5. Burks, 69, is […]

ZEEK: Key Figures — And Paul Burks’ Defense

ZEEK: Key Figures -- And Paul Burks' Defense

EDITOR’S NOTE: Prosecutors and Paul Burks are clashing over expert witnesses and the admissibility of certain evidence. The article below reproduces the anticipated core of Burks’ trial defense, as advanced by his lawyers. This article is not intended to be all-encompassing. Prosecutors, of course, have an altogether different take. They have posted the indictment against Burks […]

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: Zeek Receiver Moves For Summary Judgment Against Class-Action Clawback Defendants; Kenneth Bell Says Defense Expert Witness Has Found No Evidence That ‘Disproves That The Business As A Whole Operated As A Ponzi Scheme’

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: Zeek Receiver Moves For Summary Judgment Against Class-Action Clawback Defendants; Kenneth Bell Says Defense Expert Witness Has Found No Evidence That 'Disproves That The Business As A Whole Operated As A Ponzi Scheme'

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: (3RD UPDATE 6:11 P.M. EDT U.S.A.) On virtually the eve of the criminal trial of Paul Burks, receiver Kenneth D. Bell has asked the court presiding over a huge class-action lawsuit against 9,400 alleged Zeek “winners” for a finding the MLM program was a Ponzi scheme. Such a finding would mandate […]

DEVELOPING STORY: U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz ‘Has Been Recused’ From Prosecution Of TelexFree Figures James Merrill and Carlos Wanzeler

DEVELOPING STORY: U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz 'Has Been Recused' From Prosecution Of TelexFree Figures James Merrill and Carlos Wanzeler

2ND UPDATE 6:27 P.M. EDT U.S.A. A government filing dated July 1 — a Friday before the long Independence Day weekend — says U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz of the District of Massachusetts “has been recused” from the prosecutions of TelexFree figures James Merrill and Carlos Wanzeler. The document does not say why Ortiz no longer […]

Grand Jury Was Meeting When Some Zeekers Waged Misinformation Campaign; Prosecutors Question Veracity Of Burks’ ‘Handwritten Notebooks’

Grand Jury Was Meeting When Some Zeekers Waged Misinformation Campaign; Prosecutors Question Veracity Of Burks' 'Handwritten Notebooks'

New filings by federal prosecutors in the criminal case against Zeek’s Paul Burks reveal that a grand-jury investigation was under way within days of the SEC’s Aug. 17, 2012, shutdown of the “program” and confirmation by the U.S. Secret Service that it also was investigating Zeek. Burks was subpoenaed by the grand jury on Aug. […]