DEVELOPING STORY: The TelexFree Rabbit Hole, Exposed

UPDATED 11:16 P.M. EDT U.S.A. We now may have an answer to some or all of these questions: What happens when you’re Massachusetts-based TelexFree — and apparently so out of touch that Sann Rodrigues, a former SEC defendant in a pyramid-scheme and affinity-fraud case, becomes one of the most recognizable public faces of your company and tells the troops (on video) that he’s made “$3 million?”

What happens when, on your home turf, you’re effectively targeting the same population group (Brazilian immigrants who speak Portuguese) Rodrigues was accused of targeting in his earlier scam, a scam that operated in part from Massachusetts? What happens when you’re also targeting Dominicans who speak Spanish?

And what happens when Rodrigues becomes one of the most recognizable public faces of your company after a federal judge — years earlier — had permanently enjoined him from violating the antifraud provisions of the federal securities laws?

Further, what happens when other promoters are going around telling recruits that $15,125 sent to TelexFree will return a guaranteed payout of $1,100 a week for a year and you don’t have to sell a single product to triple or quadruple your money? Further yet, what happens when Rodrigues plants the seed that all is well because an award-worthy American MLM lawyer is aboard the ship?

What happens when, say, serial MLM HYIP huckster Faith Sloan, fresh off the Zeek Rewards and Profitable Sunrise scams, also emerges as one of your top promoters?

Moreover, what happens when promoters are going around saying things such as TelexFree has gained “SEC approval” and publishing claims such as this?

“With the authorization from the attorney general to launch in the US, many predict we’ll see extraordinary growth in the United States in 2013.”  From promos for TelexFree in 2013

What happens when, say, the claim that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has vetted TelexFree appears on a Facebook site purportedly operated by “TELEXFREE TEAM NIGERIA.”

Think you might gain the attention of, say, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security? Think that attention might increase after promoters suggest that President Obama had your back? Think it might further intensify if it turns out that Brazilians and Dominicans in Massachusetts weren’t enough, that you’d also reached into communities in South America, Hispaniola, Europe, Africa and Asia?

What if you plant the seed that the memory of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan is the inspiration behind your business — this after you’ve also targeted the people of Haiti and Rwanda?

Might the attention you’re receiving intensify after you’re suddenly filing bankruptcy on a Sunday night when, during the two previous months, you’d been telling Public Utilities Commissions in one state after another that you’re flush with cash — so much so, that you even can lend millions of it out?

What happens when, say, one of the states you assured of your financial clout played host to the “2012 Cybercrime Conference” hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice at which one of the top national-security advisers to the President of the United States observed that cybercriminals bent on poking holes in banks may be responsible for “the greatest transfer of wealth in history?”

What if President’s Obama’s national-security adviser had said something such as this at the conference?

“Outside the public eye, a slow hemorrhaging is occurring; a range of cyber activities is incrementally diminishing our security and siphoning off valuable economic assets”  — Lisa Monaco, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, Oct. 25, 2012. NOTE: Monaco now holds the title of Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism.

What if you’ve used U.S. banks and payment systems to help you gather more than $1.2 billion and then declared bankruptcy just a little more than two years after you launched your “program” in cyberspace? What happens when, just days earlier, you’d been telling Public Utilities Commissions that you were so flush with cash you could lend millions to entities of your creation or choosing, but now are claiming to to have liabilities of as much as $600 million and assets of only approximately $100 million?

What if your bankruptcy filing and program compensation tweaks occurred under conditions that strongly suggested you were trying to beat regulators to the courthouse? What if, only days later, it became known that undercover federal agents had the lay of the land inside your operation before you even went to bankruptcy court?

Think the U.S. Bankruptcy Trustee might use the term “rabbit hole” to describe your operation and push for the appointment of a trustee to burrow down that hole and gain a deep understanding about TelexFree?

Think that federal criminal prosecutors might get the idea that your operation “has a disturbingly cult-like quality?”

And do you think — do you just think — the SEC might be inclined to file something such as this? (Italics added.)

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) hereby moves, and defendants TelexFree, Inc., TelexFree, LLC, and relief defendant TelexFree Financial, LLC (collectively “the Debtors”) hereby assent, to modify the May 9, 2014 consent order (docket no. 100) to allow Stephen B. Darr, as Chapter 11 Trustee of TelexFree (the “Trustee”), to maintain bank accounts at RaboBank, NA in the name of the Debtors, as well as permit the Trustee to pursue claims and recover all property of the respective Debtors apart from those assets seized or restrained now or in the future by the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts or its agents.

The SEC filed the motion above yesterday.

Darr is now running things at TelexFree. He said in court filings yesterday that has “no intention of reorganizing or reactivating their businesses.”

It seems very much as though Darr’s plan is to go very deep into the rabbit hole of TelexFree.

NOTE: Our thanks to the ASD Updates Blog. Also see “TelexFree business reorganization dead in the water” at

From a July 16 motion by the SEC.

From a July 16 motion by the SEC.


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4 Responses to “DEVELOPING STORY: The TelexFree Rabbit Hole, Exposed”

  1. Great summary!

    This TelexFree phenomenon has definitely Hollywood potential!

  2. Bruno: Great summary!

    Thanks, Bruno.

    Looks as though some of the TelexFree troops are claiming on Facebook that the news about what the Trustee said in court filings yesterday is bogus.

    It also looks as though these reports about the news being bogus are based on the theory that nothing appeared on the bankruptcy court docket, so the reports must be false.

    Trouble is, the document filed by the Trustee was filed in the SEC’s civil case, not the bankruptcy case.


  3. <font><font></font></font>: Graças, Bruno.

    Parece que algumas das tropas Telexfree estão reivindicando no Facebook que as notícias sobre o que o administrador disse em documentos judiciais ontem é falso.

    Também parece que os relatórios sobre a notícia ser falsa são baseados na teoria de que nada apareceu na súmula tribunal de falências, de modo que os relatórios devem ser falsa.

    O problema é que o documento arquivado pelo Agente Fiduciário foi ajuizada em processo civil da SEC, não é o caso de falência.


    the interpretation given by carlos castilho says the document exists but says nothing and that the trustee does not have access to information Telexfree because the SEC led all servers, everything. This information is with the SEC and that he had no access to anything for it based only on what the SEC says he is obliged to agree with everything the prosecution says.
    Calmed down and told everyone to stay quiet

  4. Sure, none of the lawyers and consultants and etc. that trustee subpoenaed have have nothing to show the Trustee that TF was not a scam. :) Really?