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Jan
13

Mark (aka: “Zio”) Segovia & Betty Segovia

Mark Segovia is now calling himself “Zio” Segovia

(Zio-meaning Uncle or Slang for Brother in Togo western Africa)

Accomplice/Co-conspirators”

Mark Segovia

Mark Segovia (“ZIO” or “Uncle” Segovia)

Kurt Bowker, Lidio Rancharan
(Other accomplice’s names being withheld pending further investigation)
DBA: Vault LLC & “Grupo Bannorth” Banking Services, Panama.

Will steal your money! In this case they stole over $1,600,000.00 and did
knowingly cause losses to investors in excess of $2 Million Dollars

They will promise you they can effect major financial transactions
or investments with incredible returns then rob you blind!

Here’s the summary of the case:

Lidio Rancharan

Lidio Rancharan

In February of 2006, numerous potential investors/victims attended an investment seminar in the state of Washington put on by a group out of Vancouver, WA. One of the local presenters was a man by the name of Kurt Bowker. Other local names are currently being withheld pending further investigation. It is now understood that none of the persons involved in marketing the investment product were licensed to do so.

The investment proposal was purported to produce a high yield with a monthly cash flow using Life Insurance Policies that the group would purchase and subsequently sell at a profit to institutional investors. Then the group would see a return of their investment to the tune of 15-30% monthly.

Based on the convincing presentation, written prospectus and the name-dropping of investment companies like Fidelity, the group bought into the pitch. Over the next several weeks the group put together approximately $2.3 Million Dollars to invest in this scheme.

The group was told initially that the funds invested were being used to purchase 3 life insurance policies, 2 policies with a $10 Million benefit and one with a $3 Million dollar benefit payout for a total of $23 Million US Dollars. Ultimately, the promised returns never came to fruition.

Later it was discovered that these same Life Insurance Policies were utilized by Lidio Rancharan to bilk investors out $100’s of Thousands of dollars from a separate group of victims in Canada.

Early on in the first few months of the scheme, some or the Washington affiliated investors became nervous and were actually able to withdraw or recover approx. $350,000.00.

When returns did not begin as promised, the group began pressuring the local, Vancouver Washington accomplices who finally admitted that they were not in control of the subject policies. In fact the policies were under the control of “Vault LLC” company that was owned by Mark and Betty Segovia who seem to bounce around from the states of New York, Georgia, Arizona, California to Panama.

Shortly after this realization, in September of 2006 the first of many weekly conference calls were held with Mark Segovia/ZIO Segovia. During these calls Segovia continued promising to make good on the investments with various other “Deals” he was making, always indicating that even though the policies hadn’t been turned over for a profit that they still existed and the investors money was secure.

This was the story from Mark Segovia (Zio Segovia) up until the first months of 2008. It was around this time that the investors learned that Mark Segovia had allowed the all three of the Life Insurance Policies to lapse by failing to pay the premiums. On top of that the Segovia’s “Gutted” the cash value of the policies to the tune of $1,600,000.00 and absconded with the money that was rightly the property of the investors.

Once the investors confirmed and collected sufficient evidence to support their findings, they confronted Segovia, who is currently “on the lamb” residing in Panama acting as a financial consultant for Grupo Bannorth Bank. Once confronted with the overwhelming evidence, Mark Segovia conceded that he had indeed drained the cash value from the policies and allowed all of the policies to lapse. . It was also learned that Bowker was allegedly paid off by Segovia to the tune of $250,000.00 and then fled Washington and started another business in Arizona.

Victims of this scam at one point were advised by the Segovia’s, that they were represented by one Mr. Albert Coleman, an attorney out of the Atlanta area. When contacted Mr. Coleman denied any personal involvement in the scam to the victims, however did supply significant information and documentation as to his role and involvement in the set-up and structure of Segovia’s web of business entities.

As late as January 2009, Mark (Zio) and Betty Segovia continue to make empty promises to return the stolen money. But, it is apparent that all have been just a ploy to stall and put off the investors in hopes that they will not actually take any action and just go away.

International Fraud Alert spoke with an official at the GlobalAdvocates.ch, who advised that they had been brought into the matter by one of the investors to examine the issue from a criminal perspective and attempt to possibly mediate the situation to resolution.

IFA has concluded from the information from various sources that Mark Segovia (Zio Segovia) continues to attempt to entice others from his hideout in Panama City, Panama. In fact it is alleged that Mark-Zio Segovia lives a very highlife on the backs of unsuspecting victims with promises of riches and financial success. Our belief is that Segovia does nothing more than entice, induce and scam unsuspecting victims into being defrauded out of their hard earned money.

In fact IFA has learned that this incident is not the first time that Mark Segovia’s nefarious activities have caught up with him. If would seem that he was party to a legal action in 2004 in Federal Court for allegedly the same type of conduct against a Mr. Peter Fagan and Comanche Investments the court issued a judgment against Segovia for approximately $500,000.00.

Mark Segovia is described as: Black Male, approx. 47 yoa, with a dark complexion, 5’10-6’00 ft tall, 180-200 lbs, likes to dress in expensive clothes and speaks with a slight European/Caribbean accent and a silver tongue.

Betty Segovia: is believed to work as a flight attendant out of the Atlanta area on route(s) between Phoenix and San Diego, CA.

Bottom-line WARNING to the public, BEWARE of Mark (aka: Zio) and Betty Segovia, Lidio Rancharan or anyone associated with them. These crooks will claim to be able to assist you in making large sums of money in their investment programs and it is a scam they will take your money laughing all the way to the bank, leaving you broke.

Note:

{IFA is still in the process of verifying the legitimacy of Grupo Bannorth, Panama City, Panama. All documents executed by Grupo Bannorth have been executed by the below listed entity.}
Grupo Bannorth S.A.
Urbanizacion Marbella
Ocean Business Plaza, 13th Floor, Office 1311
Republic of Panama
Attn: Alexis Vargas
Vice-president and Legal Representative

If you have any information that will assist in the arrest and conviction of these criminals send an email. This case is currently under investigation any and all sworn statements will be taken and appreciated in the pursuit of these Fraudsters! Also please report your case to your local, state and federal authorities. Help us put stop to these scam artists from destroying the lives of anyone else!!

{Allegations are substantiated/evidenced and are on file with an independent investigative entity}
Contact us at [email protected] or email us via our “contact us” page.

Jan
10

Jim Frazier

JIM FRAZIER

IFA: OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

DBA: Orbit Petroleum/Pyramid Petroleum
(Operates out of Oklahoma City, Irving/Houston Texas, New Mexico, Calgary Alberta)
Jim Frazier and his companies will steal your money. In this case he defrauded his victim for nearly $200,000.00. Numerous other victims where also taken for nearly $2,000,000.00 (Accused of stealing in excess of two million U.S. dollars) Jim Frazier will promise incredible returns on Oil Well Investments, pocket your money & you will never hear from him again.

Offense Summary:

The Complainant, a resident of the state of Georgia, advises that he was victimized by a subject identified as Jim Frazier, President of Orbit Petroleum (pictured above) at the time operating out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The victim alleges that Jim Frazier did in fact knowingly steal and/or by deceptive means defraud him in the amount of $187,500.00 (One Hundred Eighty Seven Thousand Five Hundred U.S. Dollars).

www.orbitpetro.com

In late 2006, Jim Frazier solicited the victim regarding what Jim Frazier referred to as an incredible investment opportunity in an oil well project located in New Mexico. At the time the victim had been looking for a secure investment to assist with paying for tuition for his two children who were attending college.

Jim Frazier delivered and investment prospectus and supporting geological survey documentation on a particular project he referred to as the “Chavaroo Oil Field” in New Mexico. Over the course of the next several weeks he contacted the victim numerous times by way of phone, fax, email and U.S. Postal Service.

Jim Frazier enticed the victim by promising that there was NO way to lose, as the investment was “full proof”. Jim Frazier assured that leases of the Chaveroo site secured the investment and that the leases value far exceeded the amount of the investment.

The pitch and the prospectus indicated that the investment was divided into “Units” and that each “Unit” had an actual value of $70,000.00. In fact in follow-up correspondence Jim Frazier indicated that each Unit had an actual value of $76,227.00. However, Jim Frazier purported that in order to raise the necessary operating capitol for the bountiful Chavaroo oil field the Units were being offered at a reduced rate of $37,500 each.

Further, Jim Frazier Guaranteed the units were to produce a return of $1,000.00 per month each. Jim Frazier called this investment scheme “OPPJV” (Orbit Petroleum, Partnership Joint Venture). The investigation into this matter has uncovered an important piece to the puzzle in relationship to the value of the “Units” that Jim Frazier represented to the victim.

In February of 2008, a “RICO” lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court in the Central District of California. The complaint surrounds this very same scam that Jim Frazier and his Co-Conspirators played on a separate group of people. The “Complaint” alleges that between April 2006 and July 2006, Jim Frazier was instrumental in the inducement of 16 different victim for a total of $2,288,000.00 (Two million two hundred and eighty eight thousand U.S. Dollars)

In this situation Jim Frazier and company pitched that there existed 100 “Units” in the Orbit OPPJV each having a value of $100,000.00. Ultimately Jim Frazier and his cronies induced these victims into buying a total of 26 “Units” at a price of $88,000.00 each. As in the case with our victim the Federal Court record indicates that the money was converted and stolen, leaving the victims with nothing.

In December of 2006, Jim Frazier had finally convinced the case subject victim that this scam was legitimate and he wired Jim Frazier $187,500 which amounted to his children’s entire college fund. In exchange for this investment the victim was to receive 5 units and immediately begin receiving $5,000.00 a month in returns, but none ever came to fruition.

The Share Price of Orbit Petroleum as of January 2009 was $.07 a share.

By July of 2007, Orbit Petroleum entered into bankruptcy proceedings in New Mexico. Further, at about the same time Jim Frazier sold the Chaveroo oil field Leases that supposedly secured the victim(s) investment to Ridgeway Petroleum, who subsequently changed their name or “EOR” (Enhanced Oil Recovery), for a measly $600,000.00 which amounts to about 6% of the value that Jim Frazier had stated in writing.

enhancedoilres.com

Investigation has shown that Jim Frazier has left a path of financial destruction for numerous individuals and companies. A source at Tipton Oil advised that they had originally had been hired by Jim Frazier to operate the Chavaroo field however Jim Frazier made no real attempt to make the Chavaroo site a legitimate operation and that his claims of the potential production were nothing more than embellishments to entice unsuspecting victims. Tipton also said that Chavaroo had been all but pumped dry and more or less shutdown for lack of production.

Further, the Tipton source stated Jim Frazier defrauded their company out of literally millions of dollars. They also say that once Jim Frazier had begun the bankruptcy in New Mexico, he began selling off assets of Orbit in violation of Federal Bankruptcy Law.

Tipton has filed Lawsuits against Jim Frazier who has been represented in court by a John Green an attorney who works for another oil company called, Pyramid Petroleum.

pyramidpetroleum.com

Pyramid has since hired Jim Frazier as their Cheif Financial Officer.

Tipton oil sources speculate that Pyramid may have become involved with Jim Frazier in order to place themselves in a position to absorb some of Jim Frazier or Orbit’s ill-gotten assets. All attempts to contact Jim Frazier, Orbit Petroleum, Mike Myers (current president of Orbit) and Pyramid have been ignored by all.

www.orbitpetro.com/

A source at GlobalAdvocates.ch advises that they were asked by the victim in November of 2008 to investigate and advocate as his behalf. They believe that the evidence will show that Jim Frazier violated numerous state and federal laws.

Alleged Federal Crimes/Offenses committed*:

Mail Fraud-(Title 18, USC, Section 1341)

Wire Fraud-(Title 18, USC, Section 1343)

Securities Fraud-(Title 28, USC, Section 1658)

Money Laundering-(Title 18, USC, Section 1956)

Tax Evasion-(Title 26, USC, Section 7201)

RICO-(Title 18 USCA, 1961)

Bankruptcy Fraud-(Title 18, USC, Section 157

Bottom-line WARNING to the public, BEWARE of Jim Frazier. This man will attempt to induce you into oil well investments and it appears to be nothing more than a scam! Jim Frazier will take your money laughing all the way to the bank, leaving you broke as he did the victim in this case and numerous others.

Jim Frazier is described as follows:
Race: Caucasian, ruddy/pasty complexion
Height: 5’10-6’00
Weight: 210 lbs
Build: Stocky
Age: 45 yoa
Red Hair & Blue Eyes

If you have any information that will assist in the arrest and conviction of this criminal, or if Jim Frazier too has victimized you, send us an email. Also, please report your case to your local, state and federal authorities. Help us put stop to this scam artist from damaging anyone else!!

{Allegations are substantiated/evidenced and are on file with an independent investigative entity}
Contact us at [email protected] or email us via our “contact us” page.