Articles under ‘TelexFree’:

TelexFree net-winner class objects to claim resolution procedures

Having followed the Zeek Rewards case, it’s my understanding that net-winner and victim claim procedures are pretty straight forward. Both parties file claims and what’s provable on paper is accepted. The rest of the claims are tossed out and funds are then clawed back from net-winners and returned to victims. Fearful of being held accountable [Continue reading…]


Net-winners still trying to weasel out of TelexFree securities fraud case

Four and a half years after the SEC shut it down and with one of its founders in jail for wire fraud, you’d think TelexFree’s net-winners wouldn’t have a leg to stand on. Not these shameless scammers. With criminal proceedings against James Merrill concluded and Carlos Wanzeler a fugitive in Brazil, the SEC’s civil case [Continue reading…]


TelexFree Trustee proposes plan to resolve 19,530 disallowed claims

Although it has likely been eclipsed by some of the scams currently doing the rounds, the SEC’s 2014 bust of TelexFree was at the time easily the biggest ever seen. With three billion dollars purportedly pumped into the scheme by over a million affiliates, the size of TelexFree alone meant piecing together the fraud from [Continue reading…]


TelexFree mattress money mule pleads guilty

Back in January Cleber Rocha, an accomplice of TelexFree owner Carlos Wanzeler, was caught trying to launder over twenty million dollars in stolen investor funds. An indictment on two counts of money laundering followed in March, which Rocha initially plead not guilty to. As of June Rocha was still contesting the indictment, however earlier this month [Continue reading…]


TelexFree mattress money mule to change money laundering plea

Cleber Rocha, accomplice of TelexFree’s Carlos Wanzeler, was indicted back in March for money laundering. The indictment followed the arrest of Rocha in January, after authorities caught him distributing large sums of money on Wanzeler’s behalf. Information provided by Rocha lead to the seizure of twenty million dollars, hidden under a mattress in an apartment [Continue reading…]


Joseph Craft banned from appearing before SEC as an accountant

Continuing their pursuit of professionals who enabled the $3 billion dollar Ponzi scheme TelexFree, the SEC today announced it has banned Joseph Craft from appearing before them as an accountant.


TelexFree civil case resumes, SEC files second complaint amendment

With criminal proceedings against TelexFree’s James Merrill completed, the SEC filed for a lift on the stay that froze their civil case back in 2014. That motion was granted on September 12th, which will see the SEC resume proceedings against TelexFree, Carlos Wanzeler, Santiago De La Rosa, Randy Crosby and Faith Sloan.


SEC obtain Final Judgment against James Merrill & Joe Craft (TelexFree)

Last we checked in the SEC were seeking Final Judgment against TelexFree cofounder and President, James Merrill. In a parallel criminal case Merrill was sentenced to six years prison back in March. According to a filing by the Trustee in July, the SEC had also reached a stipulated settlement agreement with TelexFree’s CFO, Joseph Craft. [Continue reading…]


Final Judgment sought in SEC vs. James Merrill (TelexFree)

With the criminal side of TelexFree wrapped up (for now), the SEC’s civil proceedings have resumed. Back in September, 2014, the DOJ were granted a stay on all civil proceedings involving TelexFree, pending the outcome of their criminal case. With Merrill sentenced to six years in prison back in March, the SEC are now looking [Continue reading…]


Fabio Wanzeler claims properties not purchased with TelexFree funds

As part of ongoing efforts to secure ill-gotten assets obtained by TelexFree co-owner Carlos Wanzeler, the DOJ sought to secure Boynton Beach and Coconut Creek properties in Florida. The property in question is held in the name of Carlos Wanzeler’s brother Fabio and his wife Claudia.