U.S. Secret Service

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Two Former Federal Agents Involved In Silk Road Probe Were Bitcoin Thieves And One Was An Extortionist, Justice Department Says

Two Former Federal Agents Involved In Silk Road Probe Were Bitcoin Thieves And One Was An Extortionist, Justice Department Says

UPDATED 8:33 P.M. EDT U.S.A. There must be some long faces at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Secret Service today. That’s because two federal agents once assigned to a Task Force investigating the illicit Silk Road marketplace have been charged with federal crimes. Carl M. Force, 46, of Baltimore, was a DEA […]

BULLETIN: Receiver Sues USHBB Inc., Maker Of Zeek Videos — And Ties Firm To AdSurfDaily Ponzi Scheme

BULLETIN: Receiver Sues USHBB Inc., Maker Of Zeek Videos -- And Ties Firm To AdSurfDaily Ponzi Scheme

9th UPDATE 9:01 P.M. EDT U.S.A. Indianapolis-based USHBB Inc. and three of its principals — James A. Moore, Robert Mecham and Oscar H. Brown — have been sued by the court-appointed receiver in the Zeek Rewards Ponzi- and pyramid-scheme case. Receiver Kenneth D. Bell alleges USHBB, a producer of videos, also did work for the […]

SEC Enforcement Chief References Investor Alert On ‘Pyramid Schemes Posing As Multi-Level Marketing Programs’ In Congressional Testimony Today, Says ‘Coordinated Effort’ To Disrupt Them Under Way

SEC Enforcement Chief References Investor Alert On 'Pyramid Schemes Posing As Multi-Level Marketing Programs' In Congressional Testimony Today, Says 'Coordinated Effort' To Disrupt Them Under Way

“The staff also has recently seen what appears to be an increase in pyramid schemes . . . under the guise of ‘multi-level marketing’ and ‘network marketing’ opportunities . . . These schemes often target the most vulnerable investors, and social media has expanded their reach. The Division is deploying resources to disrupt these schemes […]

BULLETIN: Zeek Figure Robert Craddock Indicted In Separate Scheme

BULLETIN: Zeek Figure Robert Craddock Indicted In Separate Scheme

BULLETIN: Florida resident Robert Craddock, a figure in the Zeek Rewards Ponzi-scheme story, has been indicted in a separate scheme involving the alleged theft of more than $135,000 from a compensation fund set up to assist businesses affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. The office of U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley III […]

‘Achieve Community’ Domains Disconnected

'Achieve Community' Domains Disconnected

Two domains linked to the alleged “Achieve Community” pyramid- and Ponzi scheme appear to have been disconnected. On Feb. 17, the PP Blog reported that the domains — ReadyToAchieve.com and TheAchieveCommunity.com — were displaying “Account Suspended” messages. ReadyToAchieve appears still to have DNS servers, but now displays nothing and will not return a ping. TheAchieveCommunity, […]

Top Official Who Warned About Cross-Border ‘Criminal Enterprises’ And ‘Frivolous Libel Cases’ To Mask Them Is Leaving Justice Department

Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole, the No. 2 official at the U.S. Justice Department, is leaving after four years, Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed in a statement. (Holder also is leaving, a topic for another day.) Cole said something in Mexico City at the¬†High-Level Hemispheric Meeting Against Transnational Organized Crime in March 2012 that […]

NEW ENGLAND PUBLIC RADIO: Secretary Galvin Talks TelexFree, Sann Rodrigues And ‘IFreeX,’ Tells Station Accused Huckster’s ‘Current Whereabouts . . . Unknown’

NEW ENGLAND PUBLIC RADIO: Secretary Galvin Talks TelexFree, Sann Rodrigues And 'IFreeX,' Tells Station Accused Huckster's 'Current Whereabouts . . . Unknown'

UPDATED 8 A.M. EDT U.S.A. New England Public Radio has a minute-long audio report on TelexFree, iFreeX and Sann Rodrigues, including comments from Massachusetts Commonwealth Secretary William Galvin. An NEPR text report is available here. Look under the byline of Kari Njiiri for a link to the audio report. Rodrigues, accused in April 2014 by […]

Email Address In Faith Sloan’s DMCA Complaint Against BehindMLM.com Appears In 2010 Promo About Purported $10,000 Payout From Matrix Cycler; ‘You Can Do That Over And Over Again,’ Veteran HYIP Huckster Claims

Email Address In Faith Sloan's DMCA Complaint Against BehindMLM.com Appears In 2010 Promo About Purported $10,000 Payout From Matrix Cycler; 'You Can Do That Over And Over Again,' Veteran HYIP Huckster Claims

The Gmail address used by TelexFree figure Faith Sloan in a Sept. 23 DMCA takedown notice filed against BehindMLM.com appears below a 2010 video promo for a “program” known as “Diamond Holiday Feeder,” part of a larger “program” purportedly engaged in the travel business while also operating a matrix cycler. Matrix cyclers sometimes are known […]

SPECIAL REPORT: eAdGear ‘Program’ Allegedly Traded Falsely On Names Of Famous Companies And Brands; SEC Contacted Google, Yahoo, Target, Victoria’s Secret (And More) To Refute Claims; Separately, ‘Bossteam’ Enterprise In Canada Operated In Similar Fashion, Records Show

SPECIAL REPORT: eAdGear 'Program' Allegedly Traded Falsely On Names Of Famous Companies And Brands; SEC Contacted Google, Yahoo, Target, Victoria's Secret (And More) To Refute Claims; Separately, 'Bossteam' Enterprise In Canada Operated In Similar Fashion, Records Show

EDITOR’S NOTE: eAdGear, which had entities in California and Hong Kong, “primarily” targeted “investors in the U.S., China, and Taiwan” and gathered $129 million in a combined pyramid- and Ponzi scheme that engaged in brand-leeching, the SEC alleged last week. An MLM scam known as WCM777, which allegedly gathered more than $80 million, also engaged […]

ANOTHER MLM PR DISASTER: Zhunrize, Alleged Worldwide Pyramid Scheme That Gathered $105 Million, Was Presented As A ‘Plan B’

ANOTHER MLM PR DISASTER: Zhunrize, Alleged Worldwide Pyramid Scheme That Gathered $105 Million, Was Presented As A 'Plan B'

2ND UPDATE 5:25 P.M. EDT U.S.A. Purported “Plans B” are one of the core signatures of the the MLM HYIP sphere, which is known for incredibly toxic global frauds such as Zeek Rewards and AdSurfDaily. In 2009, an ASD reload scam known as AdViewGlobal was positioned as a “Plan B.” The individual schemes of Zeek […]

Jailed Ponzi Schemer, 2 Family Members Indicted In Alleged Asset-Concealment Conspiracy; Cash Allegedly Hidden In ‘Ammunition Canister'; Case Follows On Heels Of Case In Which Now-Convicted Pitchman Tried To Duck Clawback Lawsuit

Jailed Ponzi Schemer, 2 Family Members Indicted In Alleged Asset-Concealment Conspiracy; Cash Allegedly Hidden In 'Ammunition Canister'; Case Follows On Heels Of Case In Which Now-Convicted Pitchman Tried To Duck Clawback Lawsuit

So, you want to hide assets from a court-appointed receiver in a Ponzi scheme case? And when the U.S. Secret Service asks questions, you want to lie? South Carolina Ponzi schemer Ronnie Gene Wilson — sentenced in November 2012 to serve nearly 20 years for the Atlantic Bullion and Coin Inc. fraud — has been […]