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Ponzi Schemes Are The New Black

Thirteen days into the year and I feel like all I’ve written about is Ponzi-scheme after Ponzi-scheme after Ponzi-scheme. Today I bring to you the sentencing of Jenifer Devine, the woman who owned a purported wholesale merchandise broker and admitted to running a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme that resulted in over $2 million in losses to investors. Devine has been sentenced ... Read More »

Largest Recruiter Of Shapiro’s $930 Million Ponzi Scheme Sentenced

Sydney Jack Williams of Naples, Florida was sentenced today to a year and a day in prison for failing to report more than $12 million to the IRS in related commissions received in Nevin Shapiro’s $930 million Ponzi scheme. Williams previously plead guilty to an Information that charged him with one count of subscribing to a false tax return. During ... Read More »

Two More Charged In Rothstein Billion Dollar Fraud Scheme

On the first of this month it was announced that two more Rothstein Associates were charged in connection with the billion dollar fraud scheme. Announced was the filing of charges against William Boockvor and Marybeth Feiss for conspiring to commit crimes through the operation of the former Fort Lauderdale law firm of Scott W. Rothstein, called Rothstein, Rosenfeldt and Adler, ... Read More »

What Makes A Scam WISE?

In conjunction with a $15 million fraudulent investment scheme Duane Allen Eddings was found guilty of wire fraud, money laundering, bankruptcy fraud and tax evasion. Talk about a financial mess! According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, on February 26, 2009, Eddings and co-defendant Robert Cephus Brown Jr., were indicted on charges that, from September 2005 to May ... Read More »

$78 Million Mortgage Fraud “Dream Home” Scheme Owner Convicted

Andrew Hamilton Williams, Jr., was convicted last week in Maryland of fraud conspiracy, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection to a massive mortgage fraud scheme. The scheme, entitled “Metro Dream Homes” promised to pay off homeowners’ mortgages on the homes of their dreams but instead left them high and dry. According to evidence presented at the ... Read More »

New Defendant Named In $105 Million Ponzi Scheme

A pending federal case investigating a $105 million “ponzi” scheme has charged a new defendant in the case. Newly added defendant, Alfred Gerebizza, is alleged that he and co-defendant Daniel Spitzer engaged in a ponzi scheme that resulted in losses of around $34 million after fraudulently obtaining over $105 million from over 400 victims. On October 26, Gerebizza pleaded not ... Read More »

North Carolina Man Is Seventh Convicted Of $40 Million Black Diamond Ponzi Scheme

It was announced last week that Bryan Keith Coats of Clayton, North Carolina plead guilty to his role in connection with the Black Diamoind Ponzi Scheme Investigation that resulted in a $40 million investment fraud conspiracy. Coats admitted to one count of conspiracy to commit commodities, securities, and wire fraud and one count of promotional money laundering conspiracy. According to ... Read More »

Another MetLife Employee Strikes Again!

Just a few days ago I reported on how former MetLife employee, Mark Edward Salyer of Tennessee, was responsible for the investment fraud scheme to the tune of $6 million between June of 2005 until June of 2007. Three days later, on October 6, 2011, Pensylvannia resident John Wosotowsky pleaded guilty to two counts (mail fraud and filing a false ... Read More »

Father And Son Sentenced For $930 Million Ponzi Scheme

Sometimes the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. When children are growing up many look up to their parents and imitate them on a daily basis. “When I grow up, I’m going to be just like daddy!” But what happens when your parent is a fraudster? Father, Roberto Torres, former chief financial officer, and son, Alejandro Torres, former accountant ... Read More »

A Double Dose Of Commodities Scams In North Carolina

Two completely separate men were charged in two completely separate Ponzi schemes in one completely same city of Charlotte, North Carolina on September 23, 2011. Both defendants plead guilty to commodities fraud. Apparently they both promised victims enormous profits from trading in the Charlotte, North Carolina commodities futures market. Mitchell Brain Huffman was charged with a criminal bill of information ... Read More »

A Modern Day Bonnie & Clyde! Colorado Couple Charged With Ponzi Scheme

Marie and Richard Dalton of Golden Colorado were charged in a federal criminal complaint that was unsealed on September 30, 2011 with operating a $17 million Ponzi scheme that lulled investors in 13 states with claims of big potential returns on investments in diamonds and trading international notes. Though they were arrested in Atlanta, Georgia the couple will face charges ... Read More »

Online Payday Loan Provider Impact Cash Charged as a Ponzi.

The SEC just filed suit against John Scott Clark, Impact Cash, and Impact Payment Systems. The suit alleges Clark and Impact, which operated an online payday loan business, effectively lured investors in and took their money. From March 2006 to September 2010, Impact and Clark raised more than $47 million from 120 investors to run Impact and buy payday loan ... Read More »

Is 4Ginfinity.com Yet Another Get Rich Quick Money Making Ponzi Scheme or Pyramid Scam?

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A recent comment on a previous post of mine directed me to 4ginfinity.com, “The Next Generation Straight-Line.” Frankly, my opinion is that people need to avoid money game programs like this. It appears to be nothing more than a naked pyramid scheme. The site offers a buried statement that it is not a get rich quick program. The site header ... Read More »

Jewelry Store and Pawnshop Owner Charged With Running Ponzi Scheme

Yesterday in Miami, Luis Felipe Perez was sued by the Securities and Exchange Commission for defrauding primarily Hispanic consumers by investing money for fixed returns. From 2006 until June 2009, Perez raised approximately $40 million in a Ponzi scheme affecting approximately 35 South Florida investors, many of whom were Hispanic. Using personal and family relationships while boasting of a successful ... Read More »

If You Signed Up With a Debt Settlement Company Since in 2008, 2009, or 2010. Bad News.

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Damon Day had an excellent observation on his site in a post he wrote after the Senate Hearings yesterday on debt settlement. His concern is for people who have enrolled in a debt settlement program in the last couple of years. Since the debt settlement companies typically take their fees during the first couple of years the consumer is enrolled ... Read More »

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