bidsthatgive-logoI’ve always maintained that there’s something unnerving about charity-based MLMs.

The notion of a business opportunity and charity are polar opposites, with an intermingling of to the two more often than not a front for something else.

What that something else is varies from individual to individual running the company. Nonetheless, it takes a certain type of marketer to front an income opportunity entwined with charity.

Randy Jeffers was one such marketer, who you might remember as the owner of Bids That Give. He’s also just been named the state of Oregon’s top delinquent tax payer.Bids that Give was a penny auction MLM business. Launched in 2012, the scheme was loosely modeled on the then-success of Zeek Rewards.

Bids That Give launched in July 2012, a month before the SEC shut down Zeek Rewards for being an $850 million dollar Ponzi scheme.

Following the Zeek Rewards shutdown aftermath, Bids That Give renamed itself BTG180. Through Robert Craddock, a Zeek Rewards insider, BTG180 sought to pitch itself to Zeek victims.

That arrangement fell through, with Bids That Give retaliating by initiating legal proceedings against Craddock.

Craddock launched a public campaign alleging BTG180 was a Ponzi scheme, and threatened to launch his own legal proceedings against the company. Those plans were later abandoned.

Craddock has since been convicted of wire fraud, he was sentenced to six months jail late last year.

BTG180’s lawsuit against Craddock continues. The latest saw the Judge hearing the case order Craddock to show cause as to why default judgement should not be entered against him.

The order was made on February 29th, 2016, with Craddock given until March 14th to comply.

randy-jeffers-founder-bidsthatgiveBTG180 as an MLM opportunity has since collapsed, with Jeffers (right) now on the line for almost $4 million dollars in unpaid taxes. To what extent the taxes are related to BTG180’s business operations is unclear.

According to the Oregon Department of Revenue, Randall D. Jeffers, with a reported address on Crosby Road, owes the state nearly $3.9 million — more than any other individual and well over $500,000 more than the second name on the list.

The listing on the Department of Revenue’s website is a new strategy to collect debt.

“This is a pilot project, testing a new tool to encourage tax compliance and increase collection of delinquent taxes,” said Chris Wytoski, collections manager for the Personal Tax and Compliance Division, in a press release.

“More than 30 states use public posting of delinquent taxpayer information, with positive results.”

Prior to being publicly identified as Oregon’s top tax delinquent, Jeffers ‘receive(d) a warning notice and (had) another opportunity to resolve their debt‘. The publishing of his status as a tax delinquent followed, with the actual amount now owed quite possibly over four million dollars.

The list is generated based on the highest dollar amounts shown on active tax warrants recorded by Oregon’s 36 counties.

The amounts shown online may not be the current amount owed to the state, as the recorded amount doesn’t reflect payments made or additional amounts added, such as interest.

Whether or not Randall’s outing as Oregon’s top tax delinquent will yield “positive results” remains to be seen.