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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 […]

Stephen L. Cohen, SEC Official Who Introduced World To Zeek Case, Leaving Agency After Nearly 12 Years

“The obligations to investors drastically exceed the company’s cash on hand, which is why we need to step in quickly, salvage whatever funds remain and ensure an orderly and fair payout to investors. ZeekRewards misused the power of the Internet and lured investors by making them believe they were getting an opportunity to cash in […]

Sept. 26 Deadline Set For Filing TelexFree Claims; Claims Portal Opens As James Merrill Fights Evidence In Criminal Case

Sept. 26 Deadline Set For Filing TelexFree Claims; Claims Portal Opens As James Merrill Fights Evidence In Criminal Case

TelexFree participants and others who may have a claim against the estate should read this important notice from bankruptcy Trustee Stephen B. Darr. It is styled “Notice of Deadline for Filing Electronic Proofs of Claim and Claims Procedures” and appeared on the docket yesterday. The electronic claims portal has been established at TelexFreeClaims.com and is […]

Alleged Zeek ‘Winner’ Repeatedly Invokes Fifth Amendment In Clawback Case

Alleged Zeek 'Winner' Repeatedly Invokes Fifth Amendment In Clawback Case

UPDATED 3:07 P.M. EDT U.S.A. Darren Miller, an alleged winner of more than $1.635 million in Zeek Rewards and one of the lead defendants in a civil class-action clawback lawsuit filed by Zeek receiver Kenneth D. Bell, repeatedly has invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself, according to new court filings by Miller. In […]

DEVELOPING STORY: Phil Ming Xu Of WCM777 May Be Under Arrest In China

DEVELOPING STORY: Phil Ming Xu Of WCM777 May Be Under Arrest In China

UPDATED 3:11 P.M. EDT U.S.A. A report dated today at ShanghaiDaily.com says an individual “surnamed Xu” and associated with “World Capital Market Inc.” is “now in custody” after a police action against a “pyramid scheme” in China. The PP Blog has contacted the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to determine if the person reportedly under […]

After FBI Probe, Ju Ding Inc. (Juding) Exposed As Ponzi, Feds Say; Wenxing Huang Arrested

After FBI Probe, Ju Ding Inc. (Juding) Exposed As Ponzi, Feds Say; Wenxing Huang Arrested

A fraudster who used “fancy cars and parties” to dupe investors has been arrested after an FBI investigation, said Eileen M. Decker, the top federal prosecutor in the Central District of California. Wenxing Huang, 33, of San Gabriel, has been charged with money-laundering and wire fraud in an alleged Ponzi scheme that gathered at least […]

TelexFree’s Sann Rodrigues Pushing ‘WowApp’ For ‘Every Day Gains,’ Promo Says

TelexFree's Sann Rodrigues Pushing 'WowApp' For 'Every Day Gains,' Promo Says

2ND UPDATE 2:22 P.M. EDT U.S.A. “WowApp,” which has a Facebook page that thanks the “deaf community” for joining, now is being pushed by TelexFree figure and alleged immigration fraudster Sann Rodrigues, according to a web promo. WowApp says it is a communications platform. It further says it is based in Hong Kong and urges members […]

CKB168 CASE: 2 Promoters Plead Guilty To Criminal Counts; 3 Others Face Trial

CKB168 CASE: 2 Promoters Plead Guilty To Criminal Counts; 3 Others Face Trial

Two U.S.-based promoters of the noxious CKB168 cross-border pyramid scheme aimed at Chinese-Americans have pleaded guilty to wire-fraud, the office of U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker of the Central District of California said. The SEC sued Cheong Wha “Heywood” Chang, 48, and his wife, Toni Chen, 47, in 2013. Federal prosecutors later charged them criminally, […]

Faith Sloan’s Alleged TelexFree Haul: $710,319

Faith Sloan's Alleged TelexFree Haul: $710,319

UPDATED 3:32 P.M. EDT U.S.A. Faith Sloan received $710,319 from the TelexFree Ponzi- and pyramid scheme, according to filings by TelexFree bankruptcy Trustee Stephen B. Darr. Sloan, whose address was listed as Virginia Beach, Va., is a longtime Illinois HYIP huckster on Ponzi boards and social media. She and three other TelexFree promoters were charged in […]

MyAdvertisingPays Incorporated In Jurisdiction Mentioned Prominently In ‘Panama Papers’; Its Payment Vendor Lists Individuals Referenced In At Least 2 Spectacular Fraud Schemes

MyAdvertisingPays Incorporated In Jurisdiction Mentioned Prominently In 'Panama Papers'; Its Payment Vendor Lists Individuals Referenced In At Least 2 Spectacular Fraud Schemes

8TH UPDATE 11:53 P.M. EDT U.S.A. Before we get to the news that a federal judge took only a day to dismiss an April 6 libel lawsuit filed by the MyAdvertisingPays (MAPS) scheme and operator Michael E. Deese against the TaraTalks Blog, we’ll note that the 16-page complaint confirms that MAPS is incorporated in Anguilla. Anguilla is […]

Tax Problems Mount For TelexFree In Brazil, As Criminal Investigations Continue

Tax Problems Mount For TelexFree In Brazil, As Criminal Investigations Continue

It’s easy enough to forget that TelexFree and its principals have epic legal problems outside the United States, where the company has been found a Ponzi- and pyramid scheme and alleged operators James Merrill and Carlos Wanzeler are under criminal indictment. History shows, however, that the problems began in the Brazilian state of Acre in […]