Wanzeler’s wife arrested, denied bail and “in tears”
The $1 billion dollar Ponzi noose around Carlos Wanzeler’s neck tightened today when reports detailing the arrest of his wife surfaced.
Caught trying to flee the US for Brazil, Katia Wanzeler was apprehended at John F. Kennedy International airport. Wanzeler (right with husband Carlos) had hoped to fly out of the US on a one-way ticket to Rio de Janeiro, but instead was taken into custody by federal agents.
Wanzeler is a material witness in the case against her husband Carlos, who is on the run from US authorities for running the $1 billion Ponzi scheme, TelexFree.
Presented before U.S. Magistrate Joan Azrack, Wanzeler’s lawyer tried to argue that ‘his client had no reason to flee because she’s only a witness in the case and was planning to return by the end of the month.‘
The only problem with that though was that Katia Wanzeler was found with ‘$3,000 in cash and four suitcases weighing 70 pounds‘.
“Seventy pounds of luggage? Four suit cases? … There is no way I’m releasing her,” Azrack said in federal court in Brooklyn.
Whether or not the suitcases weighed 70 pounds each or collectively is unclear.
Wanzeler’s lawyer tried to brush off the luggage as ‘clothes she had bought for her relatives’ but Azrack wasn’t having any of it. Forty-nine year old Katia Wanzeler was denied bail.
Wearing blue jeans and a hoodie, (Katia) wiped away tears with her sleeves as she was led out of court.
She was to be taken to Massachusetts, where she’s been subpoenaed by a grand jury in Worcester.
With her plane ticket paid for in cash “by someone in Brazil” and Katia’s husband Carlos currently hiding out there, it doesn’t take much to put two and two together.
Especially considering this isn’t the first time Katia has been caught telling regulators porky-pies.
According to an affidavit filed by US regulators,
When agents raided the Wanzeler home on April 17, Katia Wanzeler “informed agents that her husband had been staying in a hotel ‘on the advice of counsel.’
In reality Carlos Wanzeler had fled the country after driving into Canada and then flying to Brazil…
Late in the evening of April 15 — the same day federal agents raided TelexFree headquarters in Marlbough, Mass. — Carlos Wanzeler and his daughter Lyvia “drove to the US/Canada border crossing at Lacolle, PQ (Provence de Quebec) in a BMW.”
The vehicle bore Massachusetts plates registered to Acceris Realty Estate LLC, a company for which Katia Wanzeler is the registered agent.
Two days later — on April 17, the same day federal agents raided the Wanzeler home in Northborough, Mass. — Carlos Wanzeler and his daughter “boarded Air Canada flight number 90 From Toronto to Sao Paulo, Brazil. Carlos Wanzeler entered Brazil using his Brazilian passport.”
Wanzeler’s daughter Lyvia returned to the US for a week, before fleeing to Italy on May 1st.
The US has formally requested Brazilian authorities hand Carlos Wanzeler over, but to no avail:
Assistant Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Jonathan Lax said Brazilian authorities have refused to return Carlos Wanzeler to face the fraud indictment in Massachusetts because the U.S. does not have an extradition treaty with the South American country.
With his fairly-tale ending escape plans now in tatters, it remains to be seen whether Carlos Wanzeler will grow a pair and voluntarily return to the US.
His parter in crime, James Merrill, will appear in court tomorrow for a bail hearing. Merrill was arrested last week and remanded to custody after bail was denied due to concerns he was a flight risk.
Meanwhile whoever is in control of TelexFree’s website appears to have begun to accept the inevitable, replacing the TelexFree mobile app placeholder with this:
TelexFREE has suspended all business activity while we address certain issues in the Bankruptcy Court and address pending proceedings by the SEC and other government agencies. Since we are not currently in a position to support our network, it is likely Customers will experience either interruption or discontinuation of service.
Independent Associates and Promoters should not be representing TelexFree on a going forward basis absent approval of a new compensation plan by the Bankruptcy Court.
We continue to believe strongly in the TelexFREE VoIP product and the direct selling model. At this point, however, we do not know when or if we will be able to persuade the Bankruptcy Court and other legal bodies of the value of our VoIP service and the potential new TelexFREE products, and the viability of the TelexFree business.
We continue to be hopeful that we will obtain approval from the Bankruptcy Court to restart day-to-day operations and restructure TelexFree’s VoIP business.
Yeah, good luck with that fellas.
70 pounds EACH SUITCASE, Oz. That’s the standard limit nowadays.
Ah oops, thanks for the pickup.
Wait, are we sure it was 70 pounds each suitcase?
I quoted a news report and I’m hesitant to add (each) in case it was 70 pounds total.
Oz, no way it can be FOUR suitcases and 70 lbs total. Read the British Air weight limit chart here. It *had* to be 70 lbs EACH. You can put a (?) mark if you doubt me.
Oh I’m not doubting you on the airline regulations, just that I haven’t seen each weighing 70 pounds explicitly mentioned in the reports. I’ll add it with a question mark just to be safe.
“Oh no… But I need to make calls using my $49.90 TF VoIP plan!”, said no customer, ever.
Four suitcases of clothes and the only thing she needed was an orange jumpsuit.
Boston Globe just published more details:
She’s not going anywhere for a while…
Not with regulators investigating Merrill and Wanzeler for money laundering and embezzlement (in addition to the wire fraud).
That’s because they are all citing the same AP report. 😛
We need the court transcripts of the bail request in front of US magistrate in New York…
To the batmobile!
IG claims that Brazil’s Federal Police, as of 14th, did NOT receive any request from US to locate Carlos Wanzeler.
An affidavit signed by a Special Agent was submitted to the Court on May 14 for the purpose of obtaining an arrest warrant. Seems likely the Feds had phones tapped and followed the wife to the airport.
The daughter flew to Italy on May 1 and the poor girl is all alone….or is she?
Yeah I saw that. I’m thinking there might be some outdated information there given the statement came from the US Attorneys Office (who are handling the criminal case).
I doubt Lyvia is alone. Italy is too random a place.
The Wanzeler’s most likely have family and/or friends there.
Katia’s son is still in the US AFAIK. He hasn’t been told to run yet.
Feel sorry for there son. He may not see his parents for a long time. From the looks of her facebook page, I guess she wasn’t really “Living in God’s Love” as it’s named one of her favorite books. I guess God’s love wasn’t enough and Greed was.
Wonder if the 75 pounds was cash, did it say ?
seems to be identifying Wanzeler as Carlos Sushant It says his daughter is Malia Sushant.
What does this mean.
Unless I’m doing something wrong, the word “Sushant” doesn’t appear on that page.
(Sidenote: That stupid flash app thing at the bottom of the page breaks Chrome)
I have no idea what the heck you’re reading, Hoss. 🙂
Her lawyer tried to pass the contents off as clothing for relatives. I’m guessing she threw her wardrobe into the suitcases and bolted.
Yeah, I’m familiar with that feeling. 🙂
One of my affiliates has positively located and identified Mr. Wanzeler. We are in position to immediately retrieve the suspect and, at the U.S. authorities wish, deliver Mr. Wanzeler to any U.S. Embassy of any of Brazil’s neighboring countries.
Sincerely, The Professional Bounty Hunter team.
How much $$$ we talkin’?
Vinicius Aguiar – Wings Network affiliate
KEEP AN EYE on this guy, friends with Sann Rodrigues…
Follow the money trail…
It would depend on the location of the drop off. As an example, $1.85 Million USD for delivering him to Paraguay’s Asuncion U.S. embassy within 48 hours of agreement.
The PBH Team.
Don’t get caught like Dog.
I was using Bing translate.
Sann Rodrigues Top One International , and BBC journalist Roberto Vieira ( Boston Business Club ) form the largest international MMN partnership.
Was that 70 pounds in clothes or cash?
What’s disturbing is that by the time they figure out who all the top promoters were they will all escape like Wanzeler did.
There are many promoters nationwide as well as in other countries who have made over 500k or 1 mil since November 2012. They should move in quickly now to retrieve all that money before it’s too late. Or maybe it’s too late already.
I doubt that anyone can get away with travelling with 70 pounds of cash. So I’m sure it was four 70 pound suitcases with her clothes, much of which she bought with TF affiliate money. She was basically moving to Brazil to live happily ever after. But it didn’t quite work out that way…
IMO, the majority of the cash from the TelexFree Fraud has been laundered and hidden away long ago and may never be found…
They have moved in against 4 of them = Rodrigues, De la Rosa, Crosby and Sloan. It made the case a little more complicated, i.e. they will need to specify more details. Parts of the case against those 4 promoters CAN be dismissed because of failure to state a claim.
Local police in Uganda have also moved in against top promoters. Or against ONE OF THEM.
Local police in the Dominican Republic have also had some actions against top promoters.
The trouble is to find the right type of action against the right type of promoters, by the right type of authority to the right time. Correctness is probably more important than “eagerness to DO something”.
Big credit to the Brazilian Consumer Agency and the lady judge in Acre. Together they froze $350 Million and to the SEC which has apparently captured over $100 million so far.
Come on Carlos! Be a MAN and stand up for your family. Don’t leave wifey alone like this.
Have some balls man, come back to USA and face your accusers. what a coward.
I wonder if it was a first-class ticket 🙂
Probably is 1st class… But that’s what attracted the attention of the authorities.
Wonder though if the Feds already have her on a watch list? Or she’s just too lazy to drive up to Canada and sneak out that way?
Content of her luggage should reveal her intentions quite well. Where’s the transcript, darn it? 🙂
Was reading through the Labriola’s defense, and his primary retort was “I don’t see anything that specifically refers to me except at the beginning”. He’s gonna go for “what does this have to do with me” defense.
Some of the letters sent to Judge Gorton is clearly based on a template. They feature the same design and very similar words. Some are even “fill in the blank” form letters.
Many of the letters copied speeches about “branding”
At least the hand-written ones seem to be sincere though, though mislead. Quite sad, actually.
On the other hand, many have written to the judge about the “packages” they purchased, so it’s not all one-sided “I heart TelexFree” flim-flam.
That template was spread all over pro-TF blogs and websites the moment they moved the BK case to Mass.
At the same time, they were warning people to not submit any information using SEC’s forms because it was a trap and people would just help SEC to gather evidence against TF (implying SEC had nothing and was desperately trying to fool people into providing them evidence).
How can we have news on James Merill’s hearing today?
Just as some have already observed, if the authorities don’t move in quickly, there are probably a dozen people that made more than $500K and they will certainly be trying to escape justice with the money they made. Especially if the have Brazilian or South and Central American passports. Some are probably quietly hoping not to get caught.
Many in the Wings network such as Vinicius De Aguiar were also alleged partners with San Rodrigues in different money schemes.
Here’s what can happen: Merril, jail time. 5-10-20. Wanzeler offered some deal, caught and brought to justice. Maybe 10 years in jail since he fled. San Rodrigues tries to sweet talk the SEC like he did in 2006.
Unless he is charged with actual crimes, uncovered by really digging into his association with Vinicius, Wanzeler, Jose Arantes and others, he might get away wit it AGAIN.
Why is Craft fading away and flying under the radar? Why is Carlos Costa no charged with anything since he kept the whole scheme going by cheerleading Brazilian promoters through scores of videos?
Did Carlos Costa become a turncoat and nailed everyone so he would not lose his dear telexfree?
Boston Globe will probably report something.
Apparently Carlos doesn’t have the same optimism that the brain dead author of this does. Just give it up for crying out loud….you guys are baked.
One more weekend in jail….please, all of you read carefully the last lines:
Well…what can i say……HAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHA
SEC is looking for 150 names that is believed to have received over 1 million dollar. One name in particular is jose arantes from worcester MA.
People are very stupid!!! If you will leave from a country because you can be in jail, for god’s sake, buy a two way ticket and get small things in your baggage!!! don’t be stupid!!
Is that true? where did you find that info?
Yep, that’s your average scammer!
Is it just me or are you guys also super duper excited for the movie to come out!?? Its an awsome plot!!! And a True story! Will win a few oscars:) ^^ 🙂
We got to have Joe Pesci in it (C.Costa?). Maybe also Dicaprio (Wanzeler?) Tom Hanks (Merril?)…Nicolas Cage…? What a movie!!!! :).
i know another guy from Dominican Republic, his name is FAUSTO FERMIN.
$$ He makes in TF more than $750K to $1M $$. He is a Real MLM leader, with 2 or 3 accounts make all that money.. wao wao wao
The SEC need to investigate … More names coming soon….
How about Demi Moore as Katia Wanzeler? They’re both brunettes with long straigh hair, age and skin colour are similar and Demi already had experience with crying scenes in Ghost.
That’s a big plus, and don’t forget that when Patrick Swayze disappeared forever Demi did wistful.
Perhaps, if Carlos would’ve coached two more kids’ games, taken care of at least two more sick people, and went to church more often, things may have turned out a little different…
…Or maybe not.
Who are we kidding?
as there is no extradition treaty with Brazil? See treaty:
or am I fooling?
Here you can hear in this link from youtube:
The Brazilian media Host Roberto Da Silva radio 650AM and affiliate from TELEXFREE and Wingsnetwork having an interview with his leaders Carlos Wanzeler an Viviane Rodrigues (grupo Internacional WingsNetwork).
The problem with the Brazilian Media and all independent radio Host and Brazilian Newspaper is that they were all involved with Ponzi Schemes lately, not only promoting but been any affiliate and recruiting people as as well. Now all they are all together attacking the ponzi.
On his interview he mentioned that he is not the only one affiliate on that radio station, but he knows more Radio hosts at the radio who are affiliate as well.
Radio Stations involved in this Ponzi: Radio 650 AM, Radio 1300 AM, Radio 1230 AM, Radio 1560AM 1550 AM.
News Paper Involved in this Ponzi: Braziliam Times, Jornal Dos Sports, Helo Brazil News, A Semana, A Noticia etc…..all this hypocrites Brazilian news paper owners and Radio hosts made lots of money with companies been an affiliate and profiting from adds sold to this Ponzi Schemes. This crooks should be prosecuted as well and they should apologized to the community for they misleading support and participation in this plot.
If go back to earlier editions, you will be able to see pages full of advertising and propaganda for this pyramids schemes.
i ve heard about another big scammer in Boston, he was scaming illegal alliens pretending that telexfree is listed in Nasdaq, :):) he was even making fake publications about that, he made more than a million dollars in 16 months.
He is still collecting money from future promoters believing that Telexfree is coming even stronger…amazing. I believe his name is: RECAREY JAMIE, i wish the Sec would stop this mess anytime soon.
You’re looking at a 1965 treaty. The Brazilian Constitution have had at least 2 major revisions since 1965.
I don’t think Carlos Wanzeler should feel very protected from prosecution in Brazil either. He felt protected in the US when Ympactus was shut down, when Brazilians signed up in Telexfree USA to bypass the injunction.
Does not apply to Brazilian citizens. (Constitutional amendment added in 1988)
Carlos Wanzeler is a dual-citizen, holds both Brazilian and American passport.
Acho que é esse ai que vale sim, pois pesquisando em orgãos do governo, eles falam que vale o tratado Brasil/EUA de 1965.
I think there is this worth is, because in researching government institutions, they say it’s worth the treaty Brazil / USA 1965.
Brazil will not extradict a Brazilian citzen.
Anyway, there are enough reasons for Brazilian autorities arresting him here.
so… any news about our friends from TF??
Cliffnotes translation please!
Brazilians want their money back from top promoters and Carlos Costa has some splaining to do.
Oz, the video is a bit long to translate, and it contains only the usual lies and nonsense. But I’ll highlight the main points.
This video is a reply to the story aired on Globo’s show called “Fantástico”. Fantástico is by far the biggest show on Brazilian TV, no question. It airs on prime time, Sundays, and if something is on there, it becomes an immediate national hit. It is watched by literally the whole country.
Telexfree only became really known to the public knowledge after it had aired on Fantastico in July/2013. At that time the story was weak, and they were scared to tell the truth because of Telexfree promoters protesting in front of the TV network.
This time they were more direct and truthful. Here’s the story: http://g1.globo.com/fantastico/noticia/2014/05/apesar-de-proibida-no-brasil-empresa-da-telexfree-ainda-funciona.html
Now Carlos Costa reply video he says: (*As I didn’t want to watch the video several times, some quotes may not be necessarily literal, but they are precise in content)
This is a fake campaign that TElexfree is doing, asking promoters who lost money to send their information through a template website. That’s the second time Telexfree does this kind of “data collection”; for no reason: they should have that info on their system already.
By the way, the Public Ministry already said they won’t accept any attempts by Telexfree to reimburse the money themselves, because they cannot trust Telexfree would have a truthful data on the amount of money owed; the restitution has to be done through official legal channels, and people have to be legally identified.
Clearly he doesn’t understand the concept of Pyramid or Ponzi schemes.
Just ask him: So what, and where is the money to make payments is coming from?
IRS only applied fines, and fines only based on data they could get from TElexfree declarations. They did not raid the company, or performed any kind of formal audition about where the money came from. This proper audition is actually being performed by private company Ernest & Yong, as a request of Acre State Court.
Costa is also bullshiting people that this later auditing is “going to prove the legality” of the company, just like he said many times before.
There’s yet to be seen such a demonstration of someone completely lost in thoughts and bullshiting like there was no tomorrow.
Really this part of the video is something unique… Mr. Costa, did you forget to say Craft was trying to ESCAPE the office with the checks?
He makes no mention that her husband is an official fugitive. Where is Carlos Wanzeler, Mr. Costa? And of course what would stop the kid to travel to Brazil at a later time to join the mother? And of course he didn’t mention which “website”, because such thing doesn’t exist, unless it was a Telexfree created website with fake news, such as they like to do so often.
Haha, did you read SEC report, Mr. Costa? SEC made a move after an avalanche of complaints to their agency. He might’ve also forgotten the invasion of Telexfree’s Office by angry promoters; or the Thousand Brazilian complaints on Reclameaqui.com; Or the lawsuits against the company filed by promoters; Or better: Just check Telexfree’s Facebook page on any post, at any time in history and see it for yourself….
THere wasn’t just not MORE complaints because Brazilian Justice in Acre acted quicker then the imminent collapse.
What about the MAJOR bonuses for people who would invest in more than one account. Passive income? “Team Builder” Bonus? “Recruitment Bonus” (even for the same person)? The fact that buying several accounts for the same person being even “PERMITTED” is a testament to the illegality of the business, as one cannot use that many VOIP minutes oneself, and the company also re-purchased all “unsold” VOIP.
This permission itself is a proof that it was an investment, and not someone who needed to sell anything.
suuuuuurrrreee….! Then why again Telexfree filed for bankrupcy protection before any action by SEC or any other regulatory agencies in US?
of coooourse…! That same VOIP Telexfree re-purchases from afiliates to pay them passive income? hahaha SEC showed that only 1% of revenue came from the sales of VOIP, and 99% from affiliate subscription fees.
What else can you do to try to clean your image or avoid jail time, Mr. Costa?
so what? That means that place was the center for your creation of your Billion Dollar Ponzi Scheme, that’s all.
Sounds he had put that on repeat since June/ 2013.
He also showed numbers on this video that don’t add up to the amount of money already blocked by Acre State Court.
There was NO MENTION of Merril’s arrest nor anything on fugitive Carlos Wanzeler. How convenient.
Basically, that was it. If I forgot something, others may add on comments bellow.
Thanks for that Frontier. Sounds as frustrating to translate as it was to read.
Dude’s a fucking muppet and then some!
According to the news, yes, Brazil doesn’t have to extradict any Brazilian citizen according to the treatise. BUT… If the US INTERPOL contacts Brazilian Federal Police, they may require that Wanzeler’s arrest be on Brazilian soil.
However no communication was made from Interpol to Brazilian Police until this date.
Well… I can’t stand that guy’s voice and body language when he lies (which is almost all the time) but here we go:
– The matter here is the “Fantástico” TV show report. CC says he will explain every topic of the report.
– First thing: about the company still operating. He says they can not be working, they have no website anymore, “Fantástico” exibed old presentations images.
He says people there are actually working as a “task force” to process data to give money back to those who requested it (if you remember, we have commented about “transparenciaympactus.com” website, in which there was some sort of form to request the money back, and now it’s a dead website that just points to the “telexapp” thing).
– About the allegations of TF making thousands of victims all over the globe, CC says that is not true, because (SCAM 101) “before being shut down in Brazil or in the US, no one has ever complained about the company, anywhere”. He says people are just unhappy today because they can not work anymore.
– The allegations TF sells unregistered securities is not true either. TF relation to promoters is just “sales”: they sell the product to the promoters who then sell to other people. He says SEC is lying too, because TF is not an investment and does not promisse/sells anything related to securities or other financial operations.
– He continues with “TF changed lives, made people earn legal money with their hard work” BS. He doubts the guy saying people sells their houses and business to invest in TF. He says “we never said people should do that”.
– He says the website images aired are not TF website. This is just another diversion, as “Fantástico” was not focusing on TF’s website, just taking ramdom examples of what was spread all over the internet.
– He says they are lying (I guess this includes you, SEC) when showed that less then 1% of money comes from VoIP sells. He shows some paper (as predicted by Oz) showing (alleged) numbers they provided to Brazilian IRS auditors proving that 96% of TF’s money comes from VoIP.
Here I had to pause to laugh a lot. This guy is just amazing: he calls eveyone liars, shows what seems to be the values of VoIP packages sold to the promoters and not to consumers and want to get away with that. He keeps on talking about how Brazilian IRS said they are legal and all that jazz.
– He continues with “we’re no pyramid”, “some people who entered after others earned more Money than people at the top”, “our contact is valid for just 12 months, so at the end everything is restarted”, “justice does not understand us”…
– He talks about Craft fleeing with the checks in the bag. CC says those checks exist just because banks asked TF to close their accounts (he, of course, does not say the reasons for that). He mentions even Wanzeler’s wife checks was going to “be returned to TF”.
– He mentions that Katia Wanzeler was comming to Brazil but would soon come back to the US because “a mother cannot live away from her son”. Hed says allegations of buying a one-way-only ticket to Brazil is false, because she had the return ticket too. Conveniently, he does not mention anything about Merrill’s jail time or Wanzeler’s “catch me if you can” news…
– He goes again with the “people were not working, as shown on TV” and “we will give the money back to those who requested it”.
– CC talks about the allegations of top promoters being considered partners in crime. He says “how can they call people victims and now accomplices?”, “nothing will be proved against us”, “those people are hard workers, just looking for a better life”, “before the shut down everyone was happy”… Yeah, right.
– About people losing money in TF, CC says (while doing his air quotes) that “nobody lost money in TF. All the time TF was operating everyone was happy, money was flowing, people were selling the produtcs”. He goes on, and on saying they are battlling to give people their money back…
– About the abandoned house shown on TV, he says he lived there for about 4 years but suffered so much with all his family because when it rained the streets flooded… And I just started playing the world’s smallest violin here.
– He nows appeals to media start talking about millions of taxes paid by TF before the shut down, that they were always so correct in computing every tax they needed to pay.
Wait, what? What about the millions they were fined for NOT paying due taxes? Oh CC, you never cease to amaze me… I guess not even him can lie with a straight face anymore, as in the end of that sentence he starts laughing and scratching his nose.
– He continues to ask media to show how TF invested in Brazil, buying a hotel, paying millions and millions of taxes (again). He says TF bought his own HQ in Brazil… wait. AFAIK, they just rent an office in one of Vitória’s most expensive business complex (that was shown in TF’s old website as belonging to TF as a whole).
He goes on (while the violin is playing) saying that media must publish how they’ve changed lives (for worse?), how they made people happy… More paper waving in the end.
I guess that’s all, folks… Now we wait for the next episode of “Costa, the exploiter”.
Man no translation for hours and then you two put up one within ten minutes of eachother?
You’re not living together are you :).
Oz, If you want, please edit my text to be more reader friendly. I do not know how to format text on this textbox, like applying “bold”, italic, etc…
Hahaha, If only… If Diego or myself knew the other was working on a translation we could’ve saved eachother some time… lol.
Nice work, Diego! It would be nice if you accepted that invitation of ours, then these double works wouldn’t happen… lol.
Done, should be easier to read now. Formatting here is WordPress. Most basic HTML formatting applies.
I’m still not too familiar with HTML formatting, but starting to learn it! 🙂
LOL… Nope. I just woke up and was reading the news. How much better can your day get when you listen to CC early in the morning?
– “Honey… I smell BS. Is that you?”
Guys stop talking about 70 lbs baggages, you have the right to fly with 2 of 70….the other 2 extra you just pay 100.00 each one…move on ….
The gold question now is Where exactly are the batman & robin ???? where the CARLOS are hidden?
Brazil is a huge country but people there loose a lot money as well it is pretty sure some one over there going to tell, there was a video on facebook few days ago showing wanzeler and carlos together in Vitoria, ES/BR.
It was important enough for Magistrate Joan Azrack to make mention of it and indicate it was one of the main factors in her decision to consider Ms Wanzaler to be a flight risk and therefore refuse to release her from custody, so it can’t be ignored.
Things don’t look good to Mr. Merrill: “TelexFree co-owner to stay in custody until trial” – http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/05/20/telexfree-owner-james-merrill-kept-custody-while-awaits-fraud-trial/kcBSMoyTxjdkpfOB8SlnmL/story.html
Meanwhile, in Brazil, TF announced they’ve hired one of the most expensive lawyers available, known for defending celebrities and politicians: http://economia.ig.com.br/2014-05-20/estou-convencido-que-telexfree-nao-e-piramide-diz-advogado-do-mensalao.html (in Portuguese).
Merrill’s bail was denied.
Minister of Justice of Brazil accused of protecting Telexfree. Federal Police pressed by the press to start arresting the owners of Telexfree in Brazil: