Articles under ‘USFIA’:

$145.4 million USFIA settlement reached, pending approval

On January 9th, the day before a scheduled trial to determine monetary relief, the SEC and Steve Chen attended a settlement conference. A settlement was reached, pending formal approval by the Commission (SEC attorneys can’t accept a settlement agreement of their own accord). Unfortunately Commission approval of the settlement is anticipated to take “approximately six weeks”.


Chen fighting SEC on monetary relief (USFIA)

Despite having summary judgement granted against him, Steve Chen is still fighting the SEC in court. The SEC allege Steve Chen’s USFIA was ‘a massive pyramid scheme that defrauded myriad investors‘. Following Judge Klausner’s summary judgement ruling, this is no longer a point of contention. Rather Chen is challenging the SEC how much monetary relief he should [Continue reading…]


USFIA trial back on for January 10th?

Following a scathing summary judgement decision that saw USFIA labelled a Ponzi scheme and Steve Chen the scammer who operated it, the SEC’s case against USFIA seemed all but over. Despite effectively losing the case, Steve Chen is still fighting it out to the bitter end.


USFIA a Ponzi scheme, SEC granted summary judgement

In an effort to save time, last month the SEC filed for summary judgement against Steve Chen. Chen opposed the filing and argued, among other things, that summary judgement would deprive him of a jury trial. Last we checked in the SEC had filed a reply to Chen’s opposition. The regulator claimed there was “undisputed [Continue reading…]


USFIA forensic accounting to be completed Jan 2017

In his 5th Interim Report, the USFIA Receiver has indicated he expects forensic accounting to be completed around January 2017. Once finalized, the accounting will confirm the entire scope of the USFIA enterprise, the number of investors, or specific amounts invested by investors and distributed to them. As per current accounting progress, the Receivership has [Continue reading…]


SEC: “Undisputed evidence shows Chen operated a pyramid scheme”

Last week we covered the SEC’s Motion For Summary Judgement against USFIA and owner Steve Chen. Chen had filed an opposition to the motion on November 7th which, in my opinion, raised a number of flawed arguments. The SEC has addressed these arguments in a reply brief filed on November 14th.


SEC file for USFIA summary judgement, Steve Chen opposes

On October 26th the SEC filed for summary judgement against USFIA and owner Steve Chen. Chen responded in opposition to the SEC’s filing on November 7th. Both filings are pretty long, coming in at thirty and twenty-six pages respectively. Below I’ve separated both filings into headers, with my own conclusion at the end.


John Wuo fined $2000 by FPPC (USFIA case updates)

It wasn’t long into researching BehindMLM’s USFIA review that came across photos of John Wuo with USFIA management. Wuo was an elected government official of the City of Arcadia, California, so his potential involvement in USFIA was concerning. As USFIA’s presence continued to grow in Arcadia, residents began to question Wuo’s involvement in the scheme. Less [Continue reading…]


Deposition discovery fails to delay USFIA Ponzi case

A joint-stipulation filed by the SEC and Steve Chen on September 30th had asked for a delay in proceedings of four months. Judge Klausner has rejected the rescheduling and preserved the original January 10th trial date.


USFIA Ponzi fraud climbs to $180 million

Back in July the USFIA Receiver estimated that the Ponzi scheme took in $164 million. This was a huge increase from the $32 million the SEC estimated when they shut down the scheme. In his fourth interim report, filed on September 2nd, the Receiver now estimates USFIA took in at least $180 million.