The DOJ wanted ten years, Merrill’s lawyers argued for just over a year… Judge Hillman mulled both side’s arguments and decided on six years.
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Cleber Rene Rizerio Rocha, better known as the TelexFree mattress money mule, was arrested by authorities in early January. On January 23rd Rocha was ordered to remain under detention pending trial. On March 7th, Rocha and Leonardo Casula Francisco were both indicted by a grand jury.
To understand how Jim Merrill became ensnared in this mess, one must understand Jim Merrill, the human being. James Merill’s March 17th sentencing memorandum reads like a list of things someone who heads up a Ponzi scheme stands to lose if they’re caught. What should be a deterrent to other Ponzi fraudsters is instead presented [Continue reading…]
In order for owners and early investors of Ponzi schemes to withdraw money, they have to convince those below them to reinvest. Also referred to as “compounding” or “building”, in a nutshell non-existent money is recycled into more non-existent money, all the while real money is being pulled out by admins and early investors. Everybody winks [Continue reading…]
Any notion that James Merril might get off lightly for cooperating with authorities has been dashed, following the filing of a ten-year recommended prison sentence. And that’s with full consideration of his cooperation.
While James Merrill has plead guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 23rd, investigations into TelexFree continue down in Brazil. The latest has seen five money laundering charges filed against fifteen individuals connected to TelexFree.
While the sentencing of James Merrill next month will see the criminal side of TelexFree proceedings in the US wind up, down in Brazil they’re just just getting started. Following a three year investigation by Brazilian Federal Police, last Thursday twenty-two Brazilian TelexFree scammers were indicted.
Following suspicion that the house Fabio Wanzeler’s Florida house had been purchased with stolen TelexFree Ponzi funds, last December the DOJ requested a restraining order against the property. The DOJ were concerned that if James Merrill and Carlos Wanzeler were convicted, steps might be taken to sell or transfer the property to obfuscate links to TelexFree. [Continue reading…]
Joseph Isaacs and his company ISG Telecom assisted TelexFree with telecommunications regulations. In early 2014, TelexFree retained ISG to register the VOIP phone service and mobile telephone service with various public utility agencies and to perform related services. For this service, Isaacs was paid hundreds of thousand of dollars in stolen Ponzi funds. In April, 2016 the TelexFree [Continue reading…]
In one of the more dramatic MLM underbelly arrests we’ve seen, earlier this month Cleber Rene Rizerio Rocha was apprehended at a Best Buy in Massachusetts. Rocha led HSI agents back to a “stash house”, where they found $20 million stashed under a mattress. Rocha was allegedly acting on behalf of Carlos Wanzeler, who wanted to [Continue reading…]