GSPartners has received a securities fraud cease and desist from New Hampshire.

As per New Hampshire’s Bureau of Securities Regulation’s November 16th order, GSPartners is effectively banned across the state.

Respondents named in BSR’s order are:

  • GSB Gold Standard Bank (dba GS Smart Finance, Gold Standard Partners, GSPartners, GS Partners & GSP)
  • GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation PLC
  • GSB Gold Standard Corporation AG
  • GSB Gold Standard Pay Kommanditbolag (aka GSB Gold Standard Pay LTD, acting under the brand name GSDEFI)
  • GSB Gold Standard Trade
  • Swiss Valorem Bank LTD
  • Josip Dortmund Heit (GSPartners’ owner)
  • Bruce Innes Wylde Hughes (GSPartners’ Corporate Trainer)
  • Aline Lima (GSPartners’ Partner Relationship Manager) and
  • Dirc Zahlmann (GSPartners’ CEO)

Collectively, BSR refers to GSPartners as

an international coalition … of various fraudulent investment schemes that are threatening immediate and irreparable public harm.

This assessment is based on a joint investigation by

securities regulators from the United States and Canada, (who) identified the threat presented by GSB Group and organized a working group to collectively investigate its dealings.

As per BSR’s order, GSB Gold Standard Bank started off as GCC Gazella Corporate Capital GmbH, a German shell company “involved in the manufacture, import, export and distribution of chemicals, plastics, plant protection products, and dyes.”

GCC Gazella Corporate Capital was owned by Josip and Kristina Heit. BSR doesn’t state when it happened, but at some point GCC Gazella Corporate Capital changed its name to GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation AG.

This new shell company was owned by Josip Heit, Kristina Heit, Ulf Lammers and Andrey Labuzdko.

In 2021, GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation AG changed its name once again to Gold Standard Corporate AG.

It is this company name that Heit’s GSPartners Ponzi scheme has operated under (launched in 2021, the current iteration is “Swiss Valorem Bank“).

Heit’s Ponzi scheme is run through a series of “proprietary internal tokens”, which BSR casts doubt on even existing.

The proprietary internal tokens are represented by the tickers GEUR, CVEUR, LEUR and DEUR.

They are highly illiquid assets, are not traded on most if not all external cryptocurrency exchanges and have little or no fair market value.

Moreover, Respondent GSP is not providing clients with access to block explorers for GEUR, CVEUR, LEUR and DEUR, and they are not disclosing information relating to their consensus mechanisms, their contract addresses or their contracts.

Simply put, Respondent GSP is not providing clients with sufficient information to show GEUR, CVEUR, LEUR and DEUR actually exist.

In a nutshell, BSR has determined GSPartners’ MLM opportunity constitutes a securities offering.

Respondents GSP and Hughes mistakenly and falsely (claim) Respondent GSP uses proprietary tokens like CVEUR, which represents convertible euro, instead of external tokens like BTC and ETH, so it can pay rewards without needing a securities license.

Their statements are material misrepresentations in violation of (New Hampshire law) because:

-Using internal proprietary tokens such as CVEUR instead of BTC or ETH does not impact the regulation of the Elemental and Success Series Certificates and investments in the LYS Staking Pool by the Securities Act, and

-The Elemental and Success Series Certificates are regulated as securities regardless of the use (of) internal systems, ledgers, blockchains or tokens.

A. Parties offering the Elemental Certificates, Success Series Certificates, and investments in the LYS Staking Pool in or from New Hampshire are violating (New Hampshire law), relating to the registration of parties that offer and sell securities, and

B. Parties that offer or sell the Elemental Certificates and Success Series Certificates in or from New Hampshire are violating (New Hampshire law), relating to the registration and permitting of securities.

GSPartners’ use of the word “bank” in Swiss Valorem Bank branding is also a cited regulatory issue;

Respondents Swiss Valorem Bank and GSP are using the term “bank” in their names and describing Respondent GSP as a bank.

These statements are material misrepresentations in violation of (New Hampshire law) because:

-Respondents Swiss Valorem Bank and GSP are offering securities in or from New Hampshire and not licensed or chartered as a bank by the New Hampshire Banking Department, and

-New Hampshire residents that purchase Elemental Certificates, Success Series Certificates, and other products promoted by Respondent GSP are not protected by FDIC insurance or state laws designed to protect banking consumers.

Additionally BSR also cites retaliatory legal action initiated by GSPartners. The first example is a Virginia lawsuit filed against Chris Saunders in 2021.

For example, Christopher Saunders is a resident of Virginia that operated various social media channels, including a YouTube channel named Grit, Grind, Gold (@gritgrindgold) for new entrepreneurs looking for new ways to make money online.

He used his social media channels to publish negative information about certain members of GSB Group.

On December 16, 2021, Respondent GS Corporation AG, Respondent Heit, Antonio “Tony” Euclides Meneses De Gouveia (as an independent affiliate of Respondent GS Corporation AG) and Michael Dalcoe (an independent affiliate of Respondent GS Corporation AG) filed a complaint against Mr. Saunders in GSB Gold Standard Corporation AG et al. v. Saunders, Case No. 1:21-cv-01398-RDAIDD, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandra Division.

The lawsuit claims Mr. Saunders “uses his Social Media Channels to publish purported statements of fact related to various companies operating in the cryptocurrency space.”

They also claim Saunders published at least 99 videos in social media “that broadcast a litany of false and defamatory factual statements regarding GSB.”

On August 2, 2022, the case was dismissed without prejudice by stipulation of all parties, including Respondents GS Corporation AG and Heit.

BSR also cites GSPartners’ New York Supreme Court petition targeting BehindMLM.

Also, Behind MLM operates a website accessible at

The anonymous principal known as Oz acknowledged “[t]here’s a lot of rubbish MLM review and news sites on the internet that masquerade solely as lead generation tools” and purportedly created the website to “provide the public with relevant and
accurate MLM information, news, and company reviews.”

Behind MLM has been posting information about GSB Group and argued its members are running a Ponzi scheme.

Respondent GS Corporation AG determined the IP address for is hosted by Google, LLC, and that its domain is registered with GoDaddy, Inc.

On or about December 20, 2022, Respondent GS Corporation AG filed a petition in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York, Index No. 160880, against Google LLC and Go Daddy Inc.

The petition was verified by Respondent Heit as the Chairman to the Board of Directors of Respondent GS Corporation AG.

Respondent Heit certified the petition, and it describes Respondent GS Corporation AG as follows:

A. Respondent GS Corporation AG is “a leading software manufacturer which, in the IT and Blockchain sector, supplies sophisticated “white label” software products as well as hardware trading modules and platforms for use in the financial industry,” and

B. Respondent GS Corporation AG “provides a collection of high-quality services that rely on its own blockchain, and together forms an elite community and a structured ecosystem.

Among those services is a decentralized cryptocurrency, G999, which utilizes blockchain technology to provide its users with a reliable, secure, and confidential service to effectively build and develop private economic relations.”

It also alleges the unknown individual or individuals who operate have posted “numerous defamatory and false statements about GSB, labeling GSB as a fraud and a Ponzi scheme.”

It sued Google, LLC, and Go Daddy, Inc., to compel them to identify the individual or individuals operating the website because its “global reputation for integrity and transparency is of paramount importance to its business.”

On November 3, 2023, the Court denied motions to quash the subpoenas filed by On the same day, counsel for Behind MLM filed a notice of appeal to the Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department.

Respondent Swiss Valorem published the following information about the litigation involving Behind MLM on the Swiss Valorem Website:

… Due to current ongoing legal action against a group of criminals, and the platforms they use for their criminality, our legal team, along with the Brand and Relationship Management team, have issued instructions to suspends [sic] the accounts of a small number of offending members who are working with the criminals to further their cause.

Whoever is found to be spreading this illegal content, will also be considered accessories, and their details handed over to the legal team handling these cases.

The criminals are using the BehindMLM platform, as well as smaller platforms to hide their identities…

… We will NOT tolerate criminals or acts of abuse against our brand, associated brands, products or services.

At time of publication Heit’s retaliatory NYSC petition targeting BehindMLM remains active.

In addition to securities fraud and retaliatory litigation, BSR also notes multiple disclosure violations.

These pertain to GSPartners failing to disclose to consumers, among other things, “the identity of its owners” and “assets, liabilities, revenue, and other financial information relevant to its capitalization and operations”.

Respondents GS Corporation AG, GSP, Heit, and Zahlmann are intentionally failing to disclose the identity of companies, organizations or projects that compromise the blockfolios tied to Elemental Certificates and Success Series Certificates.

Respondents GS Corporation AG, GSP, Heit, and Zahlmann are intentionally failing to disclose the operations, revenue, capitalization, profitability, and location of companies, organizations, and products tied to each blockfolio.

In light of BSR finding GSPartners is committing securities fraud and other acts that constitute “fraud and deception”, BSR concludes;

A. Respondents are violating the Securities Act and conducting their business in a manner that is not legally sound, and

B. As described herein, Respondents GSP, Heit, and Zahlmann have implemented an illegal multilevel marketing system that compensates members for selling securities in or from New Hampshire without proper licensure.

Relief sought by BSR includes GSPartners Respondents

  • immediately ceasing and desisting from further violations of New Hampshire law;
  • immediately ceasing and desisting from “omitting information in connection with offering securities in New Hampshire”;
  • immediately ceasing and desisting from “providing material misrepresentations in connection with the offering of securities in New Hampshire”;
  • immediately ceasing and desisting from “offering unregistered securities in New Hampshire”;
  • be permanently barred from obtaining a securities license in New Hampshire;
  • pay a to be determined fine and restitution to GSPartners victims in New Hampshire; and
  • pay BSR’s legal costs

GSPartners has thirty days from November 16th to request a hearing to dispute BSR’s order, failing which the unopposed requested relief will be granted.

In addition to New Hampshire, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Kentucky, California, Washington, Alabama and Texas have all taken regulatory action against GSPartners and Josip Heit.

BehindMLM also recently confirmed ongoing CFTC and SEC investigations into GSPartners.

Outside of the US, GSPartners has received seven securities fraud warnings from Canadian authorities; British ColumbiaOntario, Alberta (G999GSTrade and GSPartners), Quebec and Saskatchewan.

As part of a joint operation with their US counterparts, earlier this week the British Columbia Securities Commission took further action against three GSPartners promoters.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission added GSPartners to its Investor Alert List on November 15th. South Africa’s FSCA also issued a GSPartners securities fraud warning on November 22nd.

Given the scope of GSPartners’ fraud across the US and involvement of federal regulators, it’s highly likely the DOJ are also building a criminal case.

To date neither Josip Heit or any GSB executives have addressed the GSPartners regulatory enforcement actions.

Instead, sometime over the last few days GSPartners announced a “booster” scheme.

Under the new booster scheme, GSPartners investors are encouraged to make an additional 20% investment of their original deposit.

This is done on the promise of

  • a 50% increased end-of-contract bonus;
  • resetting of existing 52 week contracts; and
  • a new equal value investment position in GSPartners’ new “Success Series” certificates scheme (equal to the original amount invested into a prior certificates scheme)

Notably, the booster scheme effectively pushes back the lump sum bonus GSPartners has to pay out at the end of existing contracts by up to 30 months.

In light of regulatory enforcement action from the US, Canada, South Africa and Australia, why GSPartners is desperate to dodge upcoming end-of-contract payouts should be obvious.