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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.

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Feb
14

Darrel Robinson & Michael G. Windes

Darrel Robinson

Darrel Robinson

Darrel Robinson & Michael G. Windes
(Accomplice Cindi Denton)

DBA: Business Equities of America & QCN Corp.

Will steal your money. In this case they stole $150,000.00
They will promise you huge lines of credit if you pay them Extraordinary “Credit Assistance” fees.

Business Equities or Business Equities of America

This is Their Scam Company Business Equities of America.

Here’s the summary of the case.

In July 2007, the victims Mr. Johnson and a Mr. Pleasant from the state of Georgia see an ad in a magazine reference private financing programs for real estate investment/development projects. Johnson responds to the ad and is told by a Mr. Darrell Robinson, President of Business Equities of America (pictured herein) that he can deliver money for large projects without credit or collateral being an issue. Business Equities of America has numerous addresses listed on the Internet. The one they used in this scam is 2222 Michelson Drive Irvine California. Their phone number is 951.603.0031. Darrel Robinson’s accomplice has been identified as Cindi Denton.

In Mr. Johnson’s case Mr. Darrel Robinson agreed to obtain a $3,000,000.00 (Three Million Dollar) line of credit. The “Line of Credit” was contingent on Mr. Johnson paying Darrel Robinson $50,000.00 as a “Credit Limit Assistance Fee”. Further the contract states that the $50,000.00 is “fully refundable at your request if you do not receive sufficient funding…within 30 days”. This is a LIE!!!!

Mr. Pleasant, who is an acquaintance of Mr. Johnson, also makes contact with Darrel Robinson. Darrel Robinson subsequently contracts with Mr. Pleasant to acquire a $5,000,000.00 (Five Million Dollar) line of credit for a real estate project he is working on. Darrell Robinson is able to extract $100,000.00 “Funding assistance fee” from Mr. Pleasant.

As of today, June 10th 2008 Darrel Robinson and Business Equities of America have failed to produce any lines of credit. And even after nearly a year of requesting and demanding the return of the “Credit Assistance Fees” Darrel Robinson has failed to pay one dime of the money back. Click here to view his website.

Darrel Robinson (Robinson uses various aka’s: such as Derrall, Darrel and Derrel) – AKA – Derrall Robinson, AKA – Darrel Robinson, AKA – Derrel Robinson… has made numerous promises to return the money in full to the Victims in this matter. The latest Promise was that he would return the money by March 1st 2008. When this day came and went Darrel Robinson advised that he had hired an attorney to edit a contractual agreement between the parties to allow him to return the money in payments, basically amounting to what the legal industry calls a “Forced Loan” upon the victims.

International Fraud Alert spoke with an official at the Global Advocates (globaladvocates.ch), who advised that they had been brought into the matter to examine the issue from a criminal perspective and to possibly mediate the situation to resolution.

GA advised that they had been placed in contact with a man by the name of Michael C.

Michael Byane

Michael Bynane

Bynane who claimed to be acting as Darrel Robinson’s attorney out of Houston Texas. The intent of Mr. Bynane (pictured below) being introduced to the matter was to assist with the finalization of a repayment contract. After nearly, two months of promises to bring the matter to resolution, absolutely nothing was accomplished other than what amounted to nothing by “stall tactics” by Darrel Robinson through his attorney Bynane.

IFA has concluded by information gathered from various sources that Darrel Robinson has never had the ability or resources to acquire loans for anyone. In fact it is our belief that the whole process is nothing more than a scam to entice and induce unsuspecting victims into being defrauded out of their hard earned money.

An investigation is ongoing and requests for criminal charges are being filed with the appropriate State and Federal authorities. Anyone who has been victimized by these conmen, please contact us and come forward!
In one such case a gentleman by the name of Ty Couglin was involved and ripped off by Windes. Mr. Couglin was taken for $15,000.00 himself. Windes did the same thing with this victim, promised to return his money and never did.

Further we have learned that Darrel Robinson is not the only suspect in this matter. Further information uncovered by IFA shows that another subject by the name of Michael Windes who operates QCN Corp. appears to be an associate or even an accomplice of Darrel Robinson. IFA has uncovered information that alleges that Windes has been pulling the same type of SCAM operation for years. In fact in the matter described above Windes even promised to return the stolen money to the victims himself of course this never came to fruition.

Bottom line WARNING to the public, BEWARE of Michael Windes and Darrel Robinson. These men will claim to be able to assist you in acquiring large sums of money/lines of credit and it is a scam they will take your money laughing all the way to the bank, leaving you broke.

If you have any information that will assist in the arrest and conviction of these criminals send us an email. Also please report your case to your local, state and federal authorities. Help us put stop to these scam artists from damaging anyone else!!

PLEASE – If you have ANY information which can assist us in the capture and/or re-payment to the victims of the $150,000.00 dollars(or are yourself a victim already!)

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