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Vemma Called ‘Pyramid Scheme’ By FTC; Direct Selling Association’s Early Response Muted

Vemma Called 'Pyramid Scheme' By FTC; Direct Selling Association's Early Response Muted

UPDATED 6:44 P.M. EDT U.S.A. The Federal Trade Commission voted unanimously (5-0) to charge Vemma Nutrition Co.  with operating a pyramid scheme. So much for the absurd proposition that Republicans on the commission are like hapless “Wheel of Fortune” contestants who couldn’t form the term “pyramid scheme” if spotted 12 of the 13 letters that comprise it. Want […]

TelexFree Members In Massachusetts Get Payout From Bank Fund

About 14,000 TelexFree members in Massachusetts have received a payout from a $3.5 million fund set up last year as a result of a settlement between the state Securities Division and Fidelity Co-Operative Bank, the office of Commonwealth Secretary William Galvin said today. “While this money does not make the TelexFREE victims whole, the distribution does […]

PP Blog Now 2,700 Posts Strong: Get Your Subscription Today!

NOTE: This post originally was published June 30 at 8:41 p.m. EDT U.S.A. It was republished in this slot on July 2,  July 20, July 29 and July 30. Dear Readers, We are pleased to report that this is Post 2,701 on the PP Blog since December 2008. There are four “penny-a-post” subscription options in […]

BULLETIN: Feds Seek Information From Victims Of ‘Achieve Community’ Scam

BULLETIN: Feds Seek Information From Victims Of 'Achieve Community' Scam

BULLETIN: (2nd updated 8:54 p.m. EDT U.S.A.) The office of Acting U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose of the Western District of North Carolina has published a webpage for victims of the “Achieve Community” scam. Victims are asked to “submit information concerning the amount of your losses to the U.S. Probation Office,” which is compiling a […]

Filho Listed As Inmate At Federal Detention Center

Filho Listed As Inmate At Federal Detention Center

UPDATED 8:41 A.M. EDT U.S.A. DFRF Enterprises’ and Platinum Trade Bancorp figure Daniel Fernandes Rojo Filho this morning is listed as an inmate at FDC Miami, a federal detention facility. His inmate registration number is 08217-104 and he is listed in federal Bureau of Prison records as “Daniel F Rojo Filho.” Some apparent DFRF apologists […]

Daniel Fernandes Rojo Filho, Accused In Alleged DFRF Enterprises Ponzi Scheme, Made Donation To 2012 Obama Campaign: What Is Platinum Trade Bancorp?

Daniel Fernandes Rojo Filho, Accused In Alleged DFRF Enterprises Ponzi Scheme, Made Donation To 2012 Obama Campaign: What Is Platinum Trade Bancorp?

In 2012, Daniel Fernandes Rojo Filho, purportedly an employee of an entity known as Platinum Trade Bancorp and using the address of a mansion in Boca Raton, Fla., made a $250 campaign contribution to Obama for America, according to Federal Election Commission records. The PP Blog is declining to publish the address of the 6,742-square-foot […]

DFRF Asset Freeze Affects Accounts At At Least 13 Banks; Judge Orders Repatriation, Blocks Flow Of New Money

DFRF Asset Freeze Affects Accounts At At Least 13 Banks; Judge Orders Repatriation, Blocks Flow Of New Money

UPDATED 6:55 A.M. EDT JULY 30 U.S.A. In the SEC’s civil case against DFRF Enterprises, a federal judge in Massachusetts has issued an order that freezes accounts at at least 13 banks and enjoins DFRF from soliciting or accepting any more money or opening any new accounts. Dated July 28, the order by Chief U.S. […]

Guilty Pleas Entered In eAdgear Ponzi- And Pyramid Criminal Case

Guilty Pleas Entered In eAdgear Ponzi- And Pyramid Criminal Case

UPDATED 1:10 P.M. EDT U.S.A. Two eAdGear Ponzi- and pyramid-scheme figures have pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges of structuring transactions to evade bank-reporting requirements and conspiracy, according to court filings and records in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The SEC charged eAdGear in September 2014, alleging it had gathered $129 […]

BULLETIN: ‘The DFRF Fraud Is Much Larger Than It First Appeared,’ SEC Tells Court

BULLETIN: 'The DFRF Fraud Is Much Larger Than It First Appeared,' SEC Tells Court

BULLETIN: (2nd Update 9:46 p.m. EDT U.S.A.) The SEC has gone to federal court in Boston, alleging that “the DFRF fraud is much larger than it first appeared.” The agency also alleges that at least one DFRF investor told investigators that he first heard of DFRF in May or June 2014 from TelexFree Ponzi- and […]

Accused Ponzi Suspect Daniel Fernandes Rojo Filho Arrested, But New Mystery Emerges: NFL Draft Pick Was Seen Driving Same Car

Accused Ponzi Suspect Daniel Fernandes Rojo Filho Arrested, But New Mystery Emerges: NFL Draft Pick Was Seen Driving Same Car

2ND UPDATE 6:23 P.M. EDT U.S.A. Ponzi-scheme suspect Daniel Fernandes Rojo Filho of DFRF Enterprises has been arrested in Boca Raton, Fla. after an FBI investigation — but a new mystery is emerging on how he came into possession of a gold Lamborghini bearing Florida tag DJBU10. The extremely pricy automobile is shown in at […]

DEVELOPING: Herbalife V. Twitter: More Latino Polarization?

DEVELOPING: Herbalife V. Twitter: More Latino Polarization?

UPDATED 3:33 P.M. EDT U.S.A. Herbalife International of America Inc. has sued Twitter Inc. in a reported bid to out the identity of a person posting on Twitter as @AfueraHerbaLIES and then potentially sue that person for defamation, Reuters and other media outlets are reporting. The PP Blog this morning identified the action as case […]