URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: Legisi HYIP Operator Gregory McKnight Sentenced To More Than 15 Years In Federal Prison

McKnight. From U.S. court files.

McKnight. From U.S. court files.

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: Gregory N. McKnight, the operator of the $72 million Legisi HYIP Ponzi scheme popularized in part on the TalkGold and MoneyMakerGroup forums, has been sentenced to 188 months in federal prison for wire fraud and ordered to pay more than $48.9 million in restitution.

McKnight also was ordered to serve three years’ probation following his prison release. Legisi collapsed in 2008.

Legisi pitchman Matthew John Gagnon was sentenced last month to serve five years in federal prison and to pay $4.4 million in restitution.

The criminal cases against Gagnon and McKnight were prosecuted by the office of U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade of the Eastern District of Michigan. The civil cases were prosecuted by the SEC.

Legisi bizarrely made members affirm they were not associated with the SEC, the IRS, the FBI and the CIA — along with “Her Majesty’s Police,” the Intelligence Services of Great Britain and the Serious Fraud Office.

Prosecutors said McKnight engaged in “semantic obfuscation” in which investors were told they were joining a “loan program,” not making an “investment.”

Among Legisi’s payment processors was e-Bullion. The Legisi receiver is pursuing claims tied up after the 2008 arrest of James Fayed, the operator of e-Bullion.

Fayed was convicted in 2011 of ordering the murder of his wife, a potential witness against him. Pamela Fayed was slashed to death in a Greater Los Angeles parking garage in July 2008. The SEC brought the Legisi fraud prosecution in May 2008, just two months before Pamela was killed.

E-bullion has been linked to several Ponzi schemes. In court filings on June 6, receiver Robert D. Gordon said more than 85 percent of the $72.6 million directed at Legisi had flowed through the defunct processor.

The Legisi investigations were led by the SEC, the U.S. Secret Service and state regulators in Michigan.

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4 Responses to “URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: Legisi HYIP Operator Gregory McKnight Sentenced To More Than 15 Years In Federal Prison”

  1. This is a great result and was well worth the long wait to see justice served…
    One can only hope it works as a deterrent to other would be admins and pitch men…

  2. YES! Thanks for the update, this has been a long time coming.

  3. As far as the Pamela Fayed murder goes, they do have the husband and another person in prison. However, the person who actually committed the killing is still at large. There has been a development with some close up cctv footage which identifies the man of interest.

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