Alleged Ponzi Schemes

In Extraordinary Development, Federal Judge Approves Temporary Restraining Order ‘Without Notice’ That Directs Zeek Vendor ‘To Immediately Deposit With The Receivership’ Nearly $5 Million

In Extraordinary Development, Federal Judge Approves Temporary Restraining Order 'Without Notice' That Directs Zeek Vendor 'To Immediately Deposit With The Receivership' Nearly $5 Million

DEVELOPING STORY: (Updated 10:02 p.m. EDT U.S.A.) In an extraordinary development on this Halloween Friday, the federal judge presiding over the SEC’s Ponzi- and pyramid-scheme case against Zeek Rewards has issued a Temporary Restraining Order and directed a Zeek vendor to immediately turn over to the receivership more than $4.85 million. The order was entered […]

Some Zeek Claimants From Outside The United States Unable To Deposit Distribution Checks; Receiver Provides Guidance

Kenneth D. Bell, the Zeek Rewards receiver, published an announcement last night that certain Zeek claimants from outside the United States who received a distribution check were unable to deposit it. Here is the announcement, dated Oct. 30, 2014 (italics/bolding added). ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE RECEIVER – October 30, 2014 Various foreign claimants have reported that […]

IN MEMORY: Thomas Menino, Personification Of ‘Boston Strong’

IN MEMORY: Thomas Menino, Personification Of 'Boston Strong'

On April 13, 2013, a 70-year-old common man named Tom Menino had surgery. The procedure entailed the “placement of a plate and screws to repair the spiral fracture of [his] right fibula.” The break had occurred near the ankle. Two days later, on April 15, Menino was still in the hospital. Sometime shortly after 2:49 […]

BULLETIN: Receiver Sues Zeek ‘Winners’ In Canada

BULLETIN: Receiver Sues Zeek 'Winners' In Canada

BULLETIN: New court filings today in the Western District of North Carolina show that the court-appointed receiver in the Zeek Rewards Ponzi- and pyramid-scheme case has sued 26 alleged “net winners” in Canada. Each of the defendants allegedly received at least $50,000, according to filings by receiver Kenneth D. Bell. More . . .

SEC Official Speaks On TelexFree Case At ‘Fraud Affects Every Community’ Event At FTC, Announces ‘Pyramid-Scheme Task Force’ And Tells Audience That ‘Program’ Consumed Entire $50,000 Retirement Account Of Trusting Mom

SEC Official Speaks On TelexFree Case At 'Fraud Affects Every Community' Event At FTC, Announces 'Pyramid-Scheme Task Force' And Tells Audience That 'Program' Consumed Entire $50,000 Retirement Account Of Trusting Mom

“We know of at least one victim who borrowed, I think, $50,000 from his mother and gave it all to [TelexFree]. And it was her entire retirement.” — Melissa Armstrong, assistant chief litigation counsel, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Oct. 29, 2014 UPDATED 12:19 P.M. EDT OCT. 30 U.S.A. Affinity fraud was one of the […]

Nevada Isssues Warning On Wings Network MLM ‘Program'; Says It Is Being Sold ‘Door-To-Door’ And Is Targeting Spanish And Portuguese

Nevada Isssues Warning On Wings Network MLM 'Program'; Says It Is Being Sold 'Door-To-Door' And Is Targeting Spanish And Portuguese

As the PP Blog reported on May 15, Massachusetts Commonwealth Secretary William Galvin sued the Wings Network MLM “program” and some of its promoters, alleging securities violations and a “thinly veiled pyramid scheme” targeting minority communities. Now, Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller has published a warning on Wings Network, saying the online “program” even […]

TelexFree Probe Continues; ‘Substantial Amount’ Of YouTube Video Content Sought In Search Warrant Served Oct. 16

TelexFree Probe Continues; 'Substantial Amount' Of YouTube Video Content Sought In Search Warrant Served Oct. 16

The TelexFree probe continues in the United States, with prosecutors revealing today that federal agents served a search warrant on Google on Oct. 16 that sought a “substantial amount” of content on YouTube. Precisely what content prosecutors are seeking was not immediately clear. Google told agents that “compliance will take several weeks,” according to the […]

REPORTS: Chinese Man Arrested In Thailand Faces Charges He Swindled $277 Million In Cross-Border Pyramid Scheme

Reports in Thai media say Song Migui, a Chinese man and purported philanthropist, was arrested in Bangkok and will be transported to Phuket to answer charges he and others swindled 9 billion baht and allegedly operated a cross-border fraud empire. The sum is the equivalent of about $277 million. PhuketWan, which says its is a […]

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: Zeek’s Paul Burks Indicted

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: Zeek's Paul Burks Indicted

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: (3rd update 9:15 p.m. EDT U.S.A.) Alleged Zeek Rewards operator Paul R. Burks has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Charlotte, N.C., on charges of wire and mail fraud, wire- and mail-fraud conspiracy and tax-fraud conspiracy. Burks, 67, of Lexington, N.C., is the third Zeek figure to be […]

BULLETIN: More TelexFree-Related Raids In Brazil

BULLETIN: More TelexFree-Related Raids In Brazil

BULLETIN: In a follow-up to July’s “Operation Orion,” federal authorities in Brazil today conducted more TelexFree-related raids based on evidence uncovered during the first raids. A statement in Portuguese by Receita Federal — the Brazilian equivalent of the IRS — said it was aided by Brazilan federal police (Polícia Federal) and federal prosecutors (Ministério Público […]

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: Massachusetts Charges 4 Alleged Promoters Of EmGoldEx Scheme, Saying ‘Program’ Was Fraud And That Hucksters Stacked Children In Downlines

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: Massachusetts Charges 4 Alleged Promoters Of EmGoldEx Scheme, Saying 'Program' Was Fraud And That Hucksters Stacked Children In Downlines

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: (14th Update 4:33 p.m. EDT U.S.A.) Massachusetts has charged promoters of the EmGoldEx MLM “program” with securities fraud and selling unregistered securities, alleging they “created a complex web entangling investors throughout the Commonwealth” in a “pyramid scheme” that offered “guaranteed returns of up to 1,105% for recruiting more individuals.” The […]