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TelexFREE Program Alleged to Be $1 Billion Ponzi Scheme

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A well-known international network marketing business has been labelled a massive Ponzi scheme by civil authorities in Massachusetts just a day after it filed for bankruptcy protection. According to the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s Office, TelexFREE, a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) sales program, is alleged to have raised $90 million in the Commonwealth alone… Continue Reading

Wannakuwatte’s Helpers: Who, What & When

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The civil case against Deepal Wannakuwatte will not stop with a guilty plea in his criminal matter. The pursuit of truth will continue, and the classic questions featuring in any thorough investigation will endure. What happened? The Wannakuwatte Ponzi scheme is at least $125 million and a dozen years in the making. Civil investigations of… Continue Reading

Stanford Brokers Targeted in Multimillion Clawback

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In the latest dispute over the ruins of Allen Stanford’s $7 billion empire of fraud, 329 former Stanford brokers have been targeted for $215 million. Stanford Receiver Ralph Janvey is looking to undertake clawback action against the onetime sales agents of Stanford Financial Group (SFG), which collapsed in 2009 after its signature certificate of deposit… Continue Reading

Ponzi Roundup: Two Guilty Pleas and International Clawback

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Tom Petters: Clawback efforts in the aftermath of Minnesota mega-fraudster Thomas Petters’ $3.65 billion Ponzi scheme have escalated to a new level, with the case’s bankruptcy trustee looking to pursue actions to recover funds in several foreign countries. Asserting that “potentially hundreds of millions of dollars” found their way to international investors, Trustee Douglas Kelley’s… Continue Reading

.44 Magnum Scheme Shot Down Over Fraud Charges

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A Colorado man has been charged with wire fraud and money laundering in an epic clown prime bank scheme. Peddling something called the “.44 Magnum Leveraged Financing Program,” 58-year-old Boulder-area bozo resident Geoffrey Lunn was able to pull off an investment fraud that flushed away $5.77 million from 70 investors, federal authorities say. Prior to… Continue Reading

SEC Says $65 Million “Cloud” Scheme Hot Air

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The SEC has levelled civil action against a far-flung technology marketing scheme that has burned through $65 million in just one year. World Capital Markets, also known as WCM777, is the subject of the agency’s complaint over allegations that the company funneled at least $28 million of investor funds to bank accounts in Hong Kong…. Continue Reading

Puppeteer’s Ponzi Makes for Massive Clawback

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The court-appointed receiver in the $600 million Zeek Rewards Ponzi case has launched the first round of clawback lawsuits against the principal figures in the scheme as well as net winners. Receiver Kenneth D. Bell filed two complaints in US District Court in Charlotte, NC, last Thursday for the purpose of recovering proceeds from Zeek’s… Continue Reading

Ponzi Indictment for “Financial Rock Star”

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A Cleveland, OH, hedge fund manager has come under indictment for allegedly pulling off a $2 million Ponzi scheme. 34-year-old Anthony Davian, having once billed himself as a “financial rock star,” now faces multiple charges of fraud and money laundering in US District Court. Federal prosecutors say Davian was able to convince at least 20… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Decision Aids Ponzi Victims

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The United States Supreme Court ruled today, February 26th, that victims of R. Allen Stanford’s massive $7.2 billion Ponzi scheme may proceed in state court actions against law firms, accountants and investment companies that allegedly aided the enormous fraud. The firms that had been sued argued that federal securities law insulated them from state-class action lawsuits. … Continue Reading

IRS Rules for Clawbacks

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You could be the victim of a Ponzi scheme? At first you think that it simply can’t be. You know that the promoter showed inventory – financial statements – tax returns. You saw it yourself. Friends invested. It looked legitimate.  Now there’s shock. Racing thoughts. Betrayal. The promoter was a liar? A cheat? A fraud? The… Continue Reading

Alleged Fake Movie Scheme Brings Indictment

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Four men in Hollywood have come under federal indictment for allegedly scamming investors in a fake movie project that resulted in $1.8 million in losses. The US Attorney’s Office says that Samuel Braslau, 53; Rand Jay Chortkoff, 64; Stuart Rawitt, 47; and Robert Matias, 50, were running a telemarketing fraud that flushed away the money… Continue Reading

Megachurch “King” Settles Alleged Ponzi Claims

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Bishop Eddie Long, the preacher at Atlanta’s New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, has reached a confidential settlement with thirteen congregants who had their money vaporized in an alleged Ponzi scheme. The plaintiffs claimed that Long endorsed the investment programs of Ephren Taylor, the “social capitalist” whiz kid accused by the SEC of defrauding over 1,000… Continue Reading

Indictment in Alleged $110 Million CA Ponzi Scheme

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Two developers have been arrested by FBI agents over an alleged $110 million real estate Ponzi scheme that enveloped Southern California. Long Beach resident John Packard, 63, and Phoenix resident Michael Stewart, 66, had their January indictment released to the public yesterday by federal prosecutors. The two each face 11 counts of wire fraud, three… Continue Reading

Indictment Issued for Prime Bank Buffoonery

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Want to make $10 million on an investment of just $60,000? So do we, and creative finance extraordinaire Frank Geivelis would be happy to show us how. Unfortunately, though, Geivelis is otherwise detained at the moment. The 34-year-old Florida resident, also known as Fotios Geveilis and Frank Anastasios, has been indicted in US District Court… Continue Reading