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KABOOM! Money-Services Firm That Turned A Blind Eye To International Scammers Will Forfeit $100 Million After Probe By U.S. Postal Inspection Service

KABOOM! Money-Services Firm That Turned A Blind Eye To International Scammers Will Forfeit $100 Million After Probe By U.S. Postal Inspection Service

“MoneyGram knowingly turned a blind eye to scam artists and money launderers who used the company to perpetrate fraudulent schemes targeting the elderly and other vulnerable victims.” — Lanny A. Breuer, Assistant Attorney General, Nov. 9, 2012 BULLETIN: The price of willful blindness just went up if you’re a money-services business that facilitates international mass-marketing […]

UPDATE: As Proposed Money-Saving Measure, Zeek Receiver Asks Judge To Treat Oct. 8 Preliminary Liquidation Plan As Status Report; Meanwhile, Yet Another Zeek Member Declares Herself A Fraud Victim

UPDATE: As Proposed Money-Saving Measure, Zeek Receiver Asks Judge To Treat Oct. 8 Preliminary Liquidation Plan As Status Report; Meanwhile, Yet Another Zeek Member Declares Herself A Fraud Victim

UPDATED 8:26 A.M. EDT (OCT. 31, U.S.A.) Saying it would save money, the court-appointed receiver in the Zeek Rewards Ponzi scheme case has asked a federal judge to treat the receiver’s Oct. 8 preliminary liquidation plan as a status report. (See Oct. 9 PP Blog story.) Separately, yet another Zeek member has declared herself a […]

FEDS: Man Tried To Scam Zuckerberg, Facebook Out Of Billions ‘By Marching Into Federal Court For A Quick Payday Based On A Blatant Forgery’

FEDS: Man Tried To Scam Zuckerberg, Facebook Out Of Billions 'By Marching Into Federal Court For A Quick Payday Based On A Blatant Forgery'

A New York man tried to scam Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook out of billions of dollars by forging documents and filing a lawsuit to make it appear as though Zuckerberg had promised him a 50 percent share of the company, prosecutors said. Paul Ceglia, 39, of Wellsville, was arrested this morning after an investigation by […]

10 Individuals, Including 6 Pitchmen, Indicted In Alleged ‘Vendstar’ Bizop Scam That Fleeced Customers $10,000 At A Time, Prosecutors Say

10 Individuals, Including 6 Pitchmen, Indicted In Alleged 'Vendstar' Bizop Scam That Fleeced Customers $10,000 At A Time, Prosecutors Say

“Instead of becoming successful entrepreneurs, the individual investors become victims of fraud, often losing their life’s savings. In this way, business opportunity schemes tarnish the American Dream of success through hard work. We will help protect the investing public by prosecuting these cases aggressively.” —  U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer of the Southern District of […]

BULLETIN: In Bizarre Blog Post, Zeek Claims ‘All’ Of Its Critics Are Behaving ‘Unprofessionally By Acting On False Information’; MLM Firm Blasts ‘ North Carolina Credit Unions’ For Circulating Memo ‘Unfavorable To Zeek Rewards And False’

BULLETIN: In Bizarre Blog Post, Zeek Claims 'All' Of Its Critics Are Behaving 'Unprofessionally By Acting On False Information'; MLM Firm Blasts ' North Carolina Credit Unions' For Circulating Memo 'Unfavorable To Zeek Rewards And False'

BULLETIN: The Zeek Rewards MLM “program” that is married to a penny-auction site known as Zeekler and plants the seed that an annualized return in the hundreds of percent is possible has declared that “all” Zeek criticism has been “unprofessional” and based on “false information.” Some Zeek affiliates have said that Zeek provides a payout […]

EDITORIAL: Is AlertPay (Payza) FINALLY Doing The Right Thing? Scam-Friendly Payment Processor That Is Darling Of Global Wink-Nod Fraudsters And Ponzi Forums Says It Is Banning Programs That Offer A Return — But Questions Remain

EDITORIAL: Is AlertPay (Payza) FINALLY Doing The Right Thing? Scam-Friendly Payment Processor That Is Darling Of Global Wink-Nod Fraudsters And Ponzi Forums Says It Is Banning Programs That Offer A Return -- But Questions Remain

EDITOR’S NOTE: Payza seems to have taken an important step Friday in the battle against online fraud. The payment-processing company perhaps deserves an accolade for that. But it’s too soon to heap praise on Payza. We are particularly concerned about the phrasing of a specific line in Payza’s altered User Agreement. More on that below […]

MOST UN-‘WISE’: 2 Ponzi Schemers Ride Their Wordplay To Prison Sentences Totaling More Than 33 Years; Judge Declares Crime ‘Evil’

MOST UN-'WISE': 2 Ponzi Schemers Ride Their Wordplay To Prison Sentences Totaling More Than 33 Years; Judge Declares Crime 'Evil'

“Defendant Trebor Company (Robert spelled backward) is a sole proprietorship owned by [Robert C. Brown Jr.] and is the name he has used for his ‘investment group.’” — U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in civil complaint against Trebor and Brown, July 23, 2008 “Evidence at trial established that much of the investor money was funneled […]

Securities Swindler/Attorney Gregory Bartko Sentenced To 23 Years In Federal Prison

Securities Swindler/Attorney Gregory Bartko Sentenced To 23 Years In Federal Prison

Gregory Bartko, the Atlanta attorney and securities swindler, has been sentenced to 23 years in federal prison after being convicted of fraud in North Carolina. “Gregory Bartko targeted church members and made empty promises for big investment returns,” said Chris Briese, special agent in charge of the Charlotte Division of the FBI. “The FBI and […]

Former Mormon Bishop Who Presided Over ‘Friend’s Investment Group’ Charged In Alleged Connecticut Fraud Scheme Targeting Church Members; Former Broker Charged In Alleged Tennessee Ponzi Scheme

Former Mormon Bishop Who Presided Over 'Friend’s Investment Group' Charged In Alleged Connecticut Fraud Scheme Targeting Church Members; Former Broker Charged In Alleged Tennessee Ponzi Scheme

Julius C. Blackwelder, the 59-year-old former bishop of the Bridgeport Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Trumbull, Conn., has been charged with money-laundering, mail fraud and wire fraud. “This defendant is alleged to have abused his position of trust as a leader in his church to defraud fellow church members […]

Illinois Man Faces Up To 5 Years In Federal Prison After Pleading Guilty To Selling Unregistered Securities Via Mail/Email; Case Brought By Postal Inspectors, IRS, State

Illinois Man Faces Up To 5 Years In Federal Prison After Pleading Guilty To Selling Unregistered Securities Via Mail/Email; Case Brought By Postal Inspectors, IRS, State

An Illinois man hawking a Yukon gold-mining venture via postal mail and email has pleaded guilty to selling unregistered securities, federal prosecutors said. Jeremiah D. Jacob, 32, of Columbia, faces up to five years in federal prison, a fine of $10,000 and three years’ supervised release, the office of U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton of […]

SPECIAL REPORT: Hollow Claim: Caller Brings Up AdSurfDaily Ponzi Prosecution In JSS Tripler/JustBeenPaid Conference Call; Frederick Mann Tells Affiliates Operating In United States That ‘We Don’t Have An Office In The U.S.’

SPECIAL REPORT: Hollow Claim: Caller Brings Up AdSurfDaily Ponzi Prosecution In JSS Tripler/JustBeenPaid Conference Call; Frederick Mann Tells Affiliates Operating In United States That 'We Don't Have An Office In The U.S.'

“[F]raudulent commercial schemes are not noted for their internal consistency.” — Professor James E. Byrne, consultant to FBI and Scotland Yard (among others) and HYIP expert hired by U.S. government to assess the alleged Pathway To Prosperity scheme in 2010 In a bizarre conference call for the JSS Tripler/JustBeenPaid “program,” a caller who identified himself […]