Did the Zeek Receiver shut down Robert Craddock?
After weeks of promising to reveal a “really good” revenue-sharing that MLM opportunity that everyone was welcome to invest in, a somewhat unexpected message appeared today over at ZTeamBiz.
November 13, 2013
Fellow Zeeker’s, this is our final posting. As you know the goal was to assist the people of Zeek Rewards, and provide relevant information relating to the Zeek Receivership.
What? This from the guy who solicited donations to fight the Zeek Receivership and SEC, pledged his unwavering support for revenue-sharing MLM Ponzi schemes over the past year and a half and, only just last month, declared he was bringing Ponzi back Justin Timberlake style?
Robert Craddock, say it isn’t so!
Fellow Zeeker’s, this is our final posting. As you know the goal was to assist the people of Zeek Rewards, and provide relevant information relating to the Zeek Receivership.
Here are a few links you need to have to finish the process.
This site is operated by Kenneth Bell the appointed receiver for Rex Venture Group.
Again it has been a pleasure this past year providing updates to help you stay informed and hope you visit the zeekrewardsreceivership for further updates.
Using the phrase “out of character” to describe Craddock’s backflip and show of support for the Zeek Rewards Receivership is an understatement. It also raises the question of whether or not the Zeek Receiver and/or the SEC are behind it.
Craddock (right) was only last week professing his continued love and support for MLM revenue-sharing Ponzi schemes. Two weeks ago he was on the verge of announcing a “really good” scheme he apparently hoped would recapture the Zeek Rewards “excitement”.
Pending an announcement from either Craddock or the Zeek Rewards Receivership however, what exactly prompted Craddock’s sudden change of heart is a mystery.
What we do know though is that he’s not happy about having his Ponzi revenue-sharing plans thwarted.
So what happens when a staunch Ponzi supporter has his dreams irrevocably crushed by US regulators, is forced to accept he participated in a $600M Ponzi scheme and is being hounded by a Receivership to force him to pay back his Ponzi profits?
Typically one might suggest a bit of humility and acceptance. Not Robert Craddock though, he’s furious.
Faced with the reality of now being unable to spout bitter falsehoods at the SEC and Zeek Rewards Receivership, Craddock has now shifted the focus of his ire elsewhere.
In addition to pledging his full support behind the Zeek Rewards Receivership, Craddock has also announced a new website he is launching:
We wish everyone well and we will be taking on a new roll providing information on people that attack MLM companies with false, defaming and inaccurate information designed to cause disruption, and business interference with the great companies that operate each day, in a legal and compliant way.
The new site is slowing coming on line and we hope it is a source of information that allows you to make informed decisions and enable you to have a better picture of all the online posting, both positive and negative.
The new site is internetclowns.com
A quick visit to Craddock’s “Internet Clowns” site reveals articles on “extortion”, “criminals”, “the never ending blame game” and “why false information is so dangerous”.
Kind of ironic given Craddock’s ongoing refusal to accept that Zeek Rewards (who simply took new affiliate money and paid it to existing affiliate investors) was a Ponzi scheme, and his being responsible for mountains of misinformation about the scheme post shutdown (primarily through ZTeamBiz).
Currently Craddock’s website contains password protected sections on Troy Dooly (MLM Helpdesk), Patrick Pretty (PatrickPretty.com), Joseph Isaacs (FHTM pyramid scheme whistleblower, Joseph-Isaacs.com) and of course, myself.
With the possible exception of Isaacs, all of authors on Craddock’s site were/are critical or have since become critical of the Zeek Rewards Ponzi scheme and Craddock’s involvement and continued defending of it.
Taken from the Internet Clowns “about us” page:
Internet Clowns is a highly skilled team of people that devote their time to getting at the truth. In the Network Marketing Industry, companies that have exhibited high standards, earned the respect of hundreds of thousands of people can be damaged over night with false and inaccurate postings on the web.
Internet Clowns is the site that levels the playing field, and takes these disrupting people (The Clowns) and exposes the lies that have been published for reasons unknown.
While I can’t speak for Patrick Pretty, Dooly or Isaacs, I can state that after almost half a decade of covering the MLM industry readers should be able to draw their own conclusions about BehindMLM’s track record on MLM coverage.
Contrast this with Robert Craddock’s impact on the MLM industry and… well. Craddock first appeared on my radar as the right hand man of Gregory Caldwell.
Caldwell owns “White Hat Solutions” and was essentially hired by Zeek as “active” COO, with a primary aim of silencing criticism of the company on the internet.
On the White Hat Solutions website Caldwell’s executive bio reads as follows:
Gregory J. Caldwell has owned corporate investigation and security management consulting firms for over thirty years.
During this time, he uncovered million dollar embezzlements, exposed a rogue IRS auditor, stopped a $5.1 million insurance fraud and was the court-appointed investigator for the largest serial murder case in Colorado.
Despite this however Caldwell somehow managed to miss Zeek Reward being a $600M Ponzi scheme. Caldwell even went so far as to issue the following statement in August of 2012, mere weeks before the SEC shut Zeek down:
All our critics (are) self-appointed with no standing in the professional community (and are) behaving unprofessionally by acting on false information.
In a Batman & Robin style relationship, Caldwell engaged Craddock to police the internet for Zeek Rewards criticism. The most public of Craddock’s efforts was the taking down of critic Kasey Chang’s hubpage on Zeek Rewards.
The page was later resorted, but not after Craddock, posing as a “Rex Ventures consultant” had it taken down under false pretences.
“K. Chang” noted yesterday that “Craddock” had identified himself in an email as a Rex Venture Group “consultant” interested in obtaining “K. Chang’s” phone number to discuss Zeek-related matters.
“I’m following up about the content you published on HubPages, regarding Zeek Rewards and companies connected with or believed to be connected with,” “Craddock” wrote, according to “K. Chang.” If you would respond with a number so I can discuss this matter with you.”
“K. Chang” added that “Craddock” used a Gmail address when contacting him, not an address linked to any of the Rex Venture domains.
That communication was signed “Robert Craddock” on one line, with the name of “Rex Venture Group LLC” appearing on the next line, according to “K. Chang,” who posts on the PP Blog in addition to maintaining the now-missing HubPages site.
After “K. Chang” received that communication, “K. Chang” received another one from “Craddock” that introduced the specter that a “corporate attorney” for Zeek “will also want to weigh in on this discussion if that is what it takes to keep your posting from being re-published on Hub Pages or anywhere else, as we believe and know this story contains false information and is disruptive to our affiliates.”
And since that debarcle, Craddock has pretty much been the public face of the “Zeek Rewards was not a Ponzi scheme” movement.
Greg Caldwell hasn’t been heard from publicly since Zeek Rewards was shut down. Whether he’s involved in Craddock’s new “silence the critics” website is unclear.
The tone of Internet Clowns certainly mirrors what Caldwell and Craddock were up to at Zeek:
Having arrived at Internet Clowns you may be asking, ”why are we here,” what do we do, who is a clown, and what do companies do when threatened and extorted by a clown.
As you are starting to understand Internet Clowns will expose the people, correct the problem and provide valid information to concerned people on the Internet trying to locate the truth.
Next, what do we do? Again we take the facts, investigate the people involved, expose the truth and lies to provide a better picture of the emails, websites and rumors now affecting you, your company and team.
Once we have investigated the facts, we place the person causing the disruption in our Clown database, do an extensive background check, research the events leading up to the posting or email(s) and provide a narrative, clearly for you to understand the events leading up to the posting.
Internet Clowns focus is to help everyone view the negative poster as what they are, an Internet Clown!
When you experience this event happening to you, just email us, we will provide a simple questioner for you. Next step will be to schedule a phone conference with you and your team. Internet Clowns will discuss the time line, pricing and expectations you can expect.
A business opportunity no doubt for Craddock, but a far cry from what the “really good” revenue-sharing company he had promised to reveal over the past few weeks.
At the end of the day, based on analysis of their business model, BehindMLM identified traces of a Ponzi scheme within Zeek Rewards well before the SEC shut them down. Eleven months prior to be exact.
This wasn’t a guess and it wasn’t speculation. I sat down and did what anybody conducting their due diligence on an MLM company should do.
I followed the money.
The rollercoaster that followed over the next 11 months was nothing short of remarkable, the journey of which is spread out over the archives of this blog. It spans dozens of articles and thousands of comments, in addition to the legal and death threats I received.
On August 18th of 2012 it culminated in over 100,000 visitors to BehindMLM in a single day. Visitors who wondered how the likes of Craddock had managed to shovel mountains of bullshit down Zeek affiliate’s throats on such a widespread scale.
Turns out following the money trumps theatrics hands down.
As Craddock’s online activities become increasingly personal in nature, specifically targeting those that dared publish what nobody else would at the time, I think it’s important to put his behaviour into context.
As more and more industry and MLM association darlings jumped on board and professed the company’s legitimacy, at times it it felt there was no end to the madness that had gripped the industry.
Today there are thousands of webpages all readily informing you that Zeek Rewards was a Ponzi scheme.
I have no idea what Craddock has published or plans to publish on his new website, but what I do know is that it’s little more than an attempt at distraction. A last-ditch effort by an utterly defeated Ponzi supporter with nothing else left, fuelled by a fallacy ridden “tit for tat” logic.
BehindMLM, Troy Dooly, Patrick Pretty and Joseph Isaacs didn’t get Zeek Rewards shut down. Paul Burks did when he launched the company with a Ponzi scheme business model.
Whatever Craddock throws up on his Internet Clowns website cannot change that simple fact, and I offer my thanks in advance for your continued support.
Footnote: Any comments left mentioning or discussing non-MLM related personal details and/or information of any of the authors Robert Craddock is targeting will not be published.
BehindMLM is and has always been first and foremost an MLM industry information resource.
So who is his new client?
Keep up the good work.
Take your pick.
According to his Internet Clowns website, the “Affected Companies” are:
Coffee First LLC
Debt Free America
Golden Pride Online.com
Nu Skin International
USANA Health Sciences
World Financial Group
Youngevity For Life
There is no indication on the Internet Clowns site
* If any of the above mentioned “Affected Companies” are paying clients of IC
* If any of the companies is aware it is named on the IC site
* If any of the companies will be pleased at being associated with the likes of the Zeek Rewards and World Financial Group HYIP ponzis.
Makes me wonder if these are the ones where the clawback targets dumped their ill-gotten gains into.
From the website
“Next step will be to schedule a phone conference with you and your team. Internet Clowns will discuss the time line, pricing and expectations you can expect when Internet Clowns is working for you to correct the negative posting against your company, team and affiliates.”
I am greatly upset that he did not mention me !!! LOL
* July 6, 2012. North Carolina opens Zeek probe and issues Civil Investigative Demand.
* July 22, 2102, just 16 days after North Carolina’s Zeek CID, Craddock goes after K. Chang’s Zeek Hub. Rather than investigating Zeek, Craddock goes after Kasey. If Craddock knew about the CID when he was pursuing Kasey, it’s going to look like paid harassment and a conspiracy to deprive Kasey of his 1st Amendment right to free speech.
It could be even worse because Craddock appears to have tried to weaponize the shingle of an actual attorney when pursuing Kasey.
* Aug. 4, 2012: Zeek bizarrely claims on its Blog that “all” criticism of it has been unfair and accuses a North Carolina credit union of slander. Zeekers effective get a “we’re watching you” warning from Zeek: tow the company line — or else.
* Aug. 17, 2012, just 13 days after Zeek’s bizarre Blog claims, the SEC files its emergency enforcement action against Zeek. The U.S. Secret Service confirms on the same day that it is investigating Zeek.
* c. Sept. 14, 2012: Craddock goes after Ted Nuyten at BusinessForHome.
* c. Nov. 15, 2012: Craddock goes after MLM attorney Kevin Thompson, ridiculously planting the seed that Thompson is practicing law without a license.
* c. Dec. 20, 2012: Craddock says he’s going to file a police report against Troy Dooly, after hearing from Zeek members unhappy about Dooly’s Zeek coverage. Craddock announces that he’s determined Dooly is a “distraction” who needs to be gotten “rid of.”
* Jan. 10, 2103: Craddock continues his long-running attack against the Zeek receiver.
* March 22/23, 2013: Oz breaks the news that GoFunRewards and JubiMax had sued the shit out of each other. The lawsuit narrative references the name of T. LeMont Silver, a Craddock conference-call buddy (along with ASDer/Zeeker Todd Disner) after the Zeek bust.
* April 30, 2013: The name of a certain Todd Disner appears on IPetitions.com in a petition related to the Themco scam. The petition demands that Payza release frozen money.
It wouldn’t sell as fiction in “The Onion.”
So I guess instead of attacking the message, he’s turned to attacking the messengers.
I can’t see a guy like Craddock just meekly giving in and supporting the Zeek receivership without threats of legal action.
What else can he do at this point? He’s tapped out the naive members of his support base and can not even purport to help them any further (not that he ever could.)
This seems to me like a message; along the lines of “every man for himself, take to the lifeboats” which suggests Bell is very close to filing suit against the net winners.
If so anything Craddock could say about how to deal with that would be tantamount to practicing law, so he is well advised to step out and let the litigation takes it course.
Let’s not forget that Craddock once tried to trademark the word “Scam”.
…..in the interest of his clients of course.
I’m sure that’s the case, but I can’t understand directing people toward the receiver’s website if not as part of a settlement agreement.
A November 8th order was passed granting the Receivership full permission to instigate clawback litigation against net winners who haven’t paid up yet.
I’m guessing Craddock is one of those net winners.
Maybe he settled…
OK. So you think Craddock has settled with the Reciever and part of the deal is that he has to suggest that die hard Zeek heads obtain information from the receiver’s website.
I don’t think he has settled. He is certainly not urging anyone to cooperate with the Receiver or to settle. More than anything else, it seems he has nothing more to say to “his folks” concerning Zeek. It is what it is people go get your info on the receivers website.
The SEC, he USAA backed up by the DOJ and the IRS need to kick this scammers ASS all over the federal courts for defrauding the zeek-sheople of their money while raising capital to ‘fight’ the SEC…that always was bull-S*&^!
There were civil and criminal fraud with deceit & intention. If the SEC doesn’t refer this case for prosecution in criminal federal court then its just a bunch of emaciated wussy’s too…
What causes of action you ask?
Start here…(mail, wire & bank fraud, money laundering and structuring are charges to start with)…
Not sure you could make the case that Craddock has done any of those things.
He’s a PR guy.
….with nothing more to say.
I have never posted on this or any other blog, but have followed BehindMLM for a long time. I am in a network marketing business for about 8 years that flies under the radar as far as complaints because they are very careful about being solid and legal.
Anyway, I try not to read negative things about network companies in general but am drawn to your site because of anything I’ve read…you are the most thorough, present facts and although you are not a fan of network marketing, I think you are the most fair of them all. I’ve seen you even praise certain ones you think are good.
Keep up the great work…companies like Zeek need to be exposed…we had one of our leaders get really burned on Zeek and is totally burned out from the whole industry because of her experience.
Just an idea I was throwing out there. He’s not urging anyone to settle with the receiver to be sure, but his sudden “We’re shutting this down and ex-Zeekers should go here (receiver’s website)” sure looks suspicious, especially since he was the most vocal in claiming that the government had no right to shut down Zeek and was the most critical of the receivership.
Or it could be that he just sees the writing on the wall and realizes that no more phony baloney legal tricks are going to keep him or anyone else from having to give back their ill-gotten gains, so he’s shutting down his site, pointing people to the receivership, and is going to focus on trying to dig up dirt on MLM critics with his new site.
I personally think he settled. It’s likely the settlement would include a clause that forbids the settlee from commiting hypocrisy, i.e. insult the receivership AND settle with the receivership at the same time.
I doubt the legal “tricks” have been exhausted. However, the one’s tried so far were weak and of no consequence, but, Bell still has to prove his case and there are miles to go before judgments are had.
Not saying that the Fun Club will prevail but there are doubtlessly legal arguments and technicalities that the will raise when the clawback suits begin.
Bell expects such resistance but has told the court he anticipates no serious legal hurdles in overcoming this opposition.
Its possible. Why would he have withheld that from his good bye letter? I mean if he has capitulated why the half measure?
As Chinese say, “saving face”. Gotta read between the lines.
What he is attempting to save is a bit lower and on the opposite side…..
….and the lines that you are reading between are in the letter he wrote to his folks…from which, you infer that he has settled?
My crystal ball is a little too cloudy to reach such a conclusion.
I lean towards the conclusion that he is just sick of reiterating the same BS and answering questions from thousands of people.
I mean after nearly fourteen months of self delusion what is he supposed to do? Keep answering the same questions in the same old way? Even he needs to move on from that.
Don’t think Craddock settled. If he did, it would have been awhile ago and he would not have continued the posts since the close of the settlement period.
If he settled recently, Bell would have had to request from the court more time. Then to be fair to remaining net winners if a second round of settlements was being offered, Bell would have made an announcement about “settlement round 2”.
Finally, if Craddock is to be believed, his net winnings were in the low 4 digits so he’s probably betting that the class action suit doesn’t sweep that low.
You assume a settlement would only be about his net winnings. With Craddock there are more issues on the table than that.
This was not a second round of settlements based on a new settlement offer. Its a supplemental filing based on the original offer.
The clawback suits are imminent. When the summons and complaints arrive at net winners homes there will be hundreds of thousands of panicky and confused people with questions. Most of them will have no idea what they are even looking at except it will scare them.
Is the Zteambiz attorney supposed to answer them all? Is Craddock? Realistically they can’t, and don’t want to. Better to just tell people to follow the receiver site.
When these lawsuits hit the street the netwinners are going to shit. They will want to know what if means, if they need to hire a lawyer etc…and they will start to call everyone they think can give them answers.
In particular they will believe that the $200 they sent to Zteambiz entitles them to lifetime legal services. (obviously it does not) and that is in essence what Craddock is saying to them. Talk to the reciever, not to us.
Eventually these mutton heads will understand the complaint and it is at that time that it will finally dawn on them what they were involved in….and Craddock will have closed up shop and moved on to the next deal.
Craddock is a parasite feeding off the host, its his MO… its sorry that is all he knows how to do…nice to your face then…
I guess this site has some competition in mud slinging, because you both are all too sorry to create anything legitimate…let alone help others succeed in life.
Define succeed. We provide information and I’d wager a great deal many have “succeeded” in making a more informed decision with the help of the information and discussion provided on BehindMLM.
If you were involved in Zeek, which I assume you were, I totally understand why you’re upset. Diddums.
Does this qualify for “help others succeed in life”, or was that solely about recruiting people into income opportunities?
The link is about the frozen NxPay e-Wallets and other failed payouts that had been included in the 1099 and W2 tax forms.
What a sanctimonius a hole. You recruit naive illiterates like yourself into crooked schemes for your own benefit and profess to be helping people. You can’t even help yourself.
You think Craddock is a parasite? Take a look in the mirror.
After reading through this article, I then checked out the internet clowns site and found the MLM company which I work for listed in the ‘Affected Companies’ section.
Could someone tell me what this means?
Any information would be greatly appreciated.
It means Robert Craddock has some beef with them.
I wouldn’t take any notice of it, Craddock has a lot of beef with a lot of individuals and companies.
Many thanks Oz.