Raj Mahadevan, “Altos Escondidos”-Panama Fraud

BEWARE: Athisayarai Mahadevan (aka: Raj)

Altos Escondidos-Development Fraud

 

     Athisayaraj Mahadevan (aka: Raj) has promoted the “Altos Escondidos” developmentin Panama since 2007.  He and his original partner, Jes (Jason) Black, set up “Offering Documents” for the Ranger Panama Fund Series, S.A.  The purpose/intent was to lure potential investors into an apparent ruse involving a land (Resort) development project in the inland area of the Republic of Panama which existed only through a series of misleading official papers, phony land documents with false values and repeated promises of strong returns on their investments. 

The following are the facts based on victim statements and findings of a subsequent investigation:

In August of 2007, Dr. Rebecca Castaneda, a dentist in San Francisco befriended the reporting victim, a former patient.  It has been alleged by one victim that Dr. Castaneda has a reputation for having used her dental practice as a front for pushing risky business or investment schemes.  It is further alleged that Castaneda received referral fees for doing so.

Dr. Rebecca Castaneda

Dr. Rebecca Castaneda

On the surface this conduct appears to be at the least unethical conduct.  Further, information has surfaced that indicates Castaneda had her own brush with the law in the past, was fined and ordered to do community service. 

Castaneda misled the victim by saying she was borrowing $75,000 from her Home Equity Line to invest in Altos Escondidos.  Based on the information and the materials provided and discussions with Castaneda the victim decided to invest in the Ranger Panama Fund Series, S.A – the “Altos Escondidos” Project, and wired $50,000 to Ranger Funds, LLC

Later, when asked by the victim/patient to provide proof that she actually invested her own money in Altos, Castaneda refused to do so.  Even though Castaneda is fully aware that Altos Escondidos is a scam she continues to collaborate with Raj Mahadevan to this day.    

In October 2007, the victim and Castaneda met with Jes Black and Athisayaraj Mahadevan (aka: Raj), (Ranger Panama Principal Partners) in Panama City, Panama.                      

            (“Raj” pictured below with Panama President Martinelli)

The victim understood before their trip to Panama that they would be taken by plane to the “Altos Escondidos” location for a development site visit.  However, once they arrived they were told they would not be able to fly to the site location due to poor weather conditions.                                                                           

     After years of false promises, sketchy accounting practices, continuous misinformation the victim filed a complaint with our sister organization globaladvocates.ch in an attempt to uncover the truth.  The prospectus for “Altos Escondidos” indicates that between April 15, 2007 and April 27, 2007 Ranger raised $1.5 million in seed capital to purchase the land, a “69 Hectare parcel”, for 1.38 million (US).  

(“Raj” pictured at a party in Panama City)

Raj at party

     The investigation showed “Altos Escondidos” owns 69 Hectares of undeveloped land in the Capira region, northwest of Panama City. Its purchase price was $345,000 (US), not the $1.38 Million that Athisayaraj Mahadevan (aka: Raj); (pictured left at a party in Panama City)  claimed he had paid for the land.   It was also discovered that there is a current mortgage lien listed in government registry as of February 15, 2013 against the property for $250,000 (US) in a short-term loan. This lien continues to be listed in the public registry as an active loan.  The land is registered for tax purposes (finca 3352, ubicacion 8201 is $2,000 (US), this may or may not be an attempt to defraud the government land tax authority, information regarding this is pending a review.

     The investigation further revealed:  AE Alleged Office HallwayThe listed office for this project is now closed at least two years, now a Gynecological medical office-for women.  (See Photo Right)

They victim originally visited the “Altos Escondidos” office at this same location, and  received signed copies of all agreements/documents. A new address has not been provided; and the phone is disconnected.

A local contractor hired to cut roads for the project was never paid (he is owed $50,000) and he is now threatening to sue “Altos Escondidos” and Athisayaraj Mahadevan (aka: Raj); the roads were not finished.  

     Locals in the area have heard rumors about the project but nothing has surfaced; Phone Calls and emails to the AE office in Panama by our investigators were not returned; Annual meetings of Investors have not been held as directed by the operating agreement; Investors have been kept away from each other.   

     For more than six years the victim tried to get financial statements and other documents regarding the projects progress and expenditures.  The victim was met with one excuse after another -why the project has been delayed and why the documents were not forth coming.   The detailed case report provides documents; timelines and lists of all the promises and excuses made by Mr. Mahadevan in reference to “Altos Escondidos”.  Investigators in Panama, realtors and attorneys in Panama provided vital information aiding our investigation.

Altos Escondidos 017

 

     When the Investigators went to the “Altos Escondidos” property; they found there was not a single presence for “Altos Escondidos”, locals spoke of project rumors but have not seen any activity or signage.  Investigators did speak with a representative of Groupo Howard, identified by Mr. Mahadevan on 2-22-2011 in an email to our victim as the road builder.   The representative told the investigators they contracted to cut the roads to the project but were never paid.  Groupo Howard has indicated its intent to file suits against Mr. Mahadevan and “Altos Escondidos” for $50,000 – non-payment.  The roads have never been completed.

(photos of Altos property taken by investigators above right show no evidence of the claimed improvements)

(Copy of Offer Memorandum, filing of lein Registration and Land Sale Registry Document #338563 & 296778 respectively from the Registro Publico De Panama are evidenced below at the bottom of this page.

     Barr International http://www.barrarchitects.com/projects lists Altos Escondidos as a current project, calls to Barr regarding their progress have not been returned.  [email protected]     1875 Eye Street NW, Suite 500 Washington,D.C.20006  tel:202-429-2076

     BARR GROUP INTERNATIONAL LLC is a full-service Washington-based firm offering Architecture, Engineering, Interior Design, Construction Management, Development, Sustainable Design, Infrastructure, Preservation and Planning services. Established in Washington DC in 1981, the firm provides design services throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.  

          Dr. Raj Barr Kumar; FAIA,RIBA, IIDA, USGBC is an architect, interior designer and environmentalist, and President of Barr Group international LLC and Barr-Kumar Architects Engineer PC, established in Washington, DC in 1981.  Athisayaraj Mahadevan is Dr. Raj Barr’s brother.

     Contact information for BARR Group International:

[email protected]     1875 Eye Street NW, Suite 500 Washington, D.C.20006  tel:202-429-2076

                It is evident that Mahadevan and his brother Dr. Raj Barr Kumar are exploiting the fact that Raj Barr was a FORMER president of AIA to lend to the credibility of the Altos Escondidos fraud.

     Neither US nor Panama Authorities have not been alerted at this time, allowing Mahadevan the opportunity to rectify this matter before facing regulatory or criminal sanctions.

Note: In 2007 – The National Futures Association filed a complaint against Black Flag Capital Partners LLC (NFA ID# 345533) & Jason Black (NFA IF # 344149) – Case # 07-BCC-029

     Any other victims or witnesses to this fraudulent enterprise or any other perpetrated by  Athisayaraj Mahadevan (aka: Raj) et, al.; are asked to contact this forum to file a complaint or offer additional testimony in the pursuit of justice.

      Based on the information we have received – this project is questionable and may have been misrepresented to the public.  If you have information pertaining to the projects validly and/or you are an investor still waiting for a return on your investment please contact us.

New information received indicates that “RAJ” Mahadevan may be residing in Playa del Carmen Mexico, perpetrating a similar investment scheme.

One victim contacted this forum making the following statement; “Raj Mahadevan, is a liar, cheat, con artist and cyber-bully. He scams people of their, and then when confronted attacks their character and that of the victim’s family members in an effort to intimidate them from trying to recover the funds he had stolen from them. The guy is a sick sociopath that knows no boundaries”.

A source in Playa del Carmen brought to one victims attention an article in the local paper that Raj allegedly visited “Chilly Willy’s” a local “strip club”/brothel and was pursued by police when he ran out without paying for services rendered.

Additional links to complaints against Raj Mahadevan:

ttp://www.whoscammedyou.com/current-scams/17554/sex-toy-ripoff/

 

http://www.whoscammedme.com/current-scams/17093/altos-escondidos-rip-off-or-dog-bite/

 

http://www.scambook.com/report/view/270845/Raj-Mahadevan-Complaint-270845-for-$50,000.00

 Contact us at [email protected] or email us via our “contact us” page.

Certificate of Land-registry

investor Memorandum

Certificate of Land

HO-CHUN “JEFF” LEE-Reward/Wanted

Los Angeles, California – August 28, 2012

HO-CHUN “JEFF” LEE– WANTED on a $1.1 Million dollar US Felony warrant, after stealing more than $1.5 Million from Elderly US Employer

Ho-Chun "Jeff" Lee

FUGITIVE-HO-CHUN “JEFF” LEE

 

Ho-Chun Lee aka: “Jeff” LEE, President of “Circle Transportation”, AKA: “Upswing Logistics, Inc.” Registered at  87 Hoping First Road, Kaohsing, Taiwan wanted for embezzling more than $1,500,000.00  (ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS) from his elderly employer-INCARE CARGO SERVICES of Los Angeles, California.

Lee is believed to possibly hiding as a FUGITIVE in Taiwan.

INCARE Cargo Services, Inc., conducted business as a freight forwarding/customs brokerage company.  As part of its freight forwarding services, INCARE received checks from its customers to pay for customs duties.

From 9-1-2006 to June 1, 2008 Jeff LEE was INCARE Services’ chief administrator whose duties included:

1} Outside Sales

2} Management of INCARE Services customer list

3} Control and supervision of INCARE Services business accounts

4}Overseeing customer relations.

LEE a trusted employee with a high level of responsibility, used his position to STEAL the $1,500,000.00 from INCARE Cargo Service, Inc. Lee accomplished this by accessing INCARE Cargo Services’ incoming mail and customer files.

In June of 2006, Jeff LEE incorporated a separate, but similarly named company-“INCARE Cargo Express, Inc.” and opened a corporate bank account at a local Los Angeles Bank.

LEE then began intercepting checks made out to INCARE Cargo Services Inc., and deposited them into his new account.

LEE also managed to acquire an INCARE Cargo Services Stamp which he used to endorse checks written to INCARE Cargo Services Inc.  In addition to falsely endorsing checks made payable to INCARE Cargo Services Inc.

Further, LEE misappropriated INCARE Cargo Services Inc. customer list which eventually put INCARE out of business.

The theft was discovered when the elderly victim contacted a customer regarding a late payment. The customer provided a copy of canceled checks with endorsements, which prompted the victim to contact all of his customers – discovering the scope and magnitude of the crime.

Shortly after the theft was discovered LEE also misappropriated INCARE’s customer list to his brother-in-law companies’ HCLM Express Services Inc. and Up Swing Logistics, registered at 8717 Aviation Boulevard, Inglewood, CA.

CHUNG FUNG MAK, LEE’s brother-in-law, is the registered agent for HCLM EXPRESS SERVICES, INC and UP SWING LOGISTIC.    It is unknown if CHUNG FUNG MAK,  had knowledge of the criminal activity.

Information that leads to his arrest and extradition WILL be rewarded!!!!   Please contact the FBI/Los Angeles Police  or [email protected]

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HO-CHUN LEE Aka: Jeff Lee-SUSPECT/FUGITIVE

HO-CHUN LEE Aka: Jeff Lee-SUSPECT/FUGITIVE

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.

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.

Robert “Bob” Mihailovich-Scam Convicted Again!

Robert “Bob” Mihailovich Sr. Creates

“New” investment scheme: Violates

terms of Parole on previous conviction!

Beware of Mihailovich and the companies he has traded for (FXCM, I-Trade and Taurus Global Markets)  You will likely be swindled and LOOSE YOUR MONEY!!!!

Robert Mihailovich Sr. (a convicted felon) of 6218 new Forest Drive, Rockwall, Texas 75087 is under investigation for defrauding at least 14 individual investors of $900,406,000 dollars through Growth Capital Management Corporation.

Mihailovich pled guilty to a charge of mail fraud, aiding and abetting on 03-24-2005 for offenses which took place in 1999 and 2000. Federal District Court of Dallas Texas (3:05-cr-00067-N).   He was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $197,446.12 and pay a $50,000 fine and was ordered to serve 21 months in prison beginning October 3rd 2005.  After his release he was to serve three years of supervised release with a special condition that he “refrain from incurring new credit charges or opening additional lines of credit without approval from his probation officer Sherry Britt, probation office in Garland, Texas.  It was also alleged he obtained a line of credit in the amount of 50,000 from Chase Bank activity prohibited by his prior felony conviction.

Mr. Mihailovich claimed to have a 30 years history of never losing money investing in the futures market using his proprietary software program and “Better Math”. Mihailovich marketing materials made statements:  “NO WAY TO LOSE”, “NO RISK TO THE INVESTED CAPITAL” AND “RESULTS ARE GAURANTEED”.  At least one investor has a signed affidavit “Under penalty of perjury that he was told, “I have never experienced a loss in more than 30 years of trading”

Victims indicate that between about May 2008 and January 2009 Mihailovich operated by guaranteeing at least a 10% profit per month on each account, which he would then split -50/50 with each investor.  14 investors all have had similar experiences:   After depositing large initial investments to a joint trading account Mihailovich would draw down the account in a very short period of time.

The victims accounts some with beginning balances over $100,000 would be drained of value to less than a few hundred dollars in less than few short days blaming the losses on accounting errors of investment/trading firms holding the funds.

A source at the National Futures Association stated, “Failure to declare Mihailvoich was a convicted felon would be grounds for immediate dismissal”.   The SEC  (Securities and Exchange Commission) and the CFTC (Commodity Futures Trading Commission) indicate that Mihailovich nor anyone from his company were registered to act as traders until September 12th 2008 when Robert Mihailovich Jr became a registered agent for Growth Capital Management through NFA http://www.nfa.futures.org/ and the CFTC http://www.cftc.gov/ .

Mihailovich entered agreements with and was allowed to manage and “Trade” funds through three different currency-trading companies without proper credentials;

TAURUS: http://tgmfx.com/  1300 Oak Creek Drive #319 Palo Alto, CA 94304 Tomo Sagare, President 650-814-7320, Kaz Nakanigaishi, Chief Representative 650-291-6642

ITRADE: 400 Colonial Center Parkway Suite #300 lake Mary, FL 800-842-6061 trading

FXCM (http://www.fxcm.com  Forex Capital Markets, Financial Square 32 Old Slip, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10005 USA  888-503-6739

FXCM was the only company that stepped forward and accepted any type of responsibility in this fiasco offering one investor who is a retired widow living on a “fixed income” a paltry  $3000 in exchange for signing a hold harmless in an attempt to have the victim release them of any further responsibility after her account went from $50,000 to $500 “within hours” between the 5th or 6th of January 2009.  This victim has since been forced to come out of retirement and gone back to work due to her significant loss. Additionally a previous employee has stated that Mihailovich owes him over $40,000 in back wages and has since terminated his employment.

If you have any information related to Mr. Mihailovich’s investment schemes please contact:

[email protected]

See press release from the CFTC:

CFTC Seeks to Revoke Registration of Growth Capital Management LLC Based on CFTC Anti-Fraud Action

Washington, DC – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today filed a notice of intent to revoke the registration of Growth Capital Management LLC (GCM) of Rockwall, Texas. GCM is a registered Commodity Pool Operator and Commodity Trading Advisor.

The CFTC’s notice alleges that GCM is subject to statutory disqualification from CFTC registration based on a default judgment order and an order of permanent injunction entered by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas on March 15, 2011, and June 26, 2012, respectively (see CFTC News Release 6299-12, July 9, 2012). The permanent injunction order requires GCM jointly and severally to make restitution to defrauded customers, disgorge ill-gotten gains, and pay a civil monetary penalty, together totaling over $9.3 million, for fraudulently soliciting over $30 million from customers to trade commodity futures contracts and foreign currency (forex). The order also permanently bans GCM from further violations of the anti-fraud provisions of the Commodity Exchange Act and permanently bans GCM from engaging in certain commodities related activity, including trading and seeking registration in any capacity with the CFTC.

The court’s order arises out of a CFTC complaint filed on July 27, 2010, against GCM, Robert Mihailovich, Sr., and Robert Mihailovich, Jr., the son of Mihailovich, Sr. (see CFTC Press Release 5863-10, July 28, 2010). Mihailovich, Sr. was convicted and incarcerated on federal wire fraud charges, served 27 months and, while on a three-year supervised release, fraudulently solicited and accepted more than $30 million from approximately 93 customers to open managed trading accounts, according to the complaint. Mihailovich, Jr., at the time of GCM’s initial registration, failed to disclose Mihailovich, Sr.’s involvement with GCM and failed to disclose in CFTC registration filings that his father was a controlling principal of GCM, the complaint alleged.

The CFTC Division of Enforcement staff members responsible for this case are Alison B. Wilson, Boaz Green, Stephen T. Tsai, Maura M. Viehmeyer, Philip Tumminio, Michelle Bougas, Anne Termine, Gretchen L. Lowe, and Vincent A. McGonagle.

http://www.cftc.gov/PressRoom/PressReleases/pr6335-12

 

BEWARE OF WORLD BANK CONSULTANT; JOE STEWART

World Bank Consultant; Joe Stewart,
Gordon Building Supply (owner);
Bryan MacKenzie, Omnia Worldwide UK (owner);
Bill Todd, M-I SWACO Consultant.
 
These parties in collusion Solicited $330,000 Performance Bond for Diesel Oil Investment.
The Bond was mysteriously lost after 8 months of repeated attempts $330,000 be returned after DIESEL contract deadline had past. 
 
Stewart, Mackenzie, and Todd also signed contract to repay $82,500 each if Bond was lost, stolen, or forfeited for any reason. 
 
Repeated attempts to collect this LEGAL OBLIGATION have been unsuccessful. DO NOT AGREE TO ANY BUSINESS DEALS WITH ANY OF THE ABOVE LISTED INDIVIDUALS OR THEIR ASSOCIATES! INDUSTRIES INVOLVED  INCLUDE REAL ESTATE, RESORT PROPERTIES, FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING, OIL, OIL TANK CLEANING, BUILDING MATERIALS, AND CONSULTING.
For additional information contact: www.equalizergroup.org

Keith Eugene Mitchell

Keith Eugene Mitchel

Keith Eugene Mitchel

ALERT: Keith Eugene Mitchell and Alleged Co-Conspirator “Dr.”/“Pastor” Stephen J. Cooney

DBA: “The Option Group” Operating out of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Without remorse they will lose your money!
In this case they scammed their victims for over $500,000.00.

They make empty promises of extraordinary returns with little to no chance of losses.

Be warned, you will lose your money in their illegal schemes.

Here’s the summary of the case:

In about June of 2007, Keith Mitchell and Stephen Cooney held an Investors meeting at a high-end resort in Coeur D Alene, Idaho. The VICTIMS present consisted of several retired Christian Missionaries and senior citizens with limited financial resources.

Some of the investors allege that they were shown documents that demonstrated annual returns of 100%. It was indicated that at the least the investors should see a return of 3 to 5% a month.

Further it was promised that in the worst case scenario the investors would never lose more than 5% in any one month and should the investors desire they could immediately withdraw their investment at anytime with 30-days notice. In short the pitch was that the investment was fool-proof”

Cooney who purported to be a Christian minister, a man of God of unshakable integrity, supported Mitchell’s claims stating that he had over $1,500,000.00 (One Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) invested in Mitchell’s program and was experiencing huge returns to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The two men worked in concert to entice and induce the various investors into giving them money. In fact it was stated by Mitchell that Cooney received compensation for assisting Mitchell.

As follow-up to the group meeting in Coeur D Alene, Mitchell even traveled to Yakima Washington to meet with some of the same investors in order to perpetuate his scheme. Ultimately the group invested over $500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) with Mitchell.

A few months later the members of the investment group began to receive “Margin Call” notices on their investments. Mitchell employed the services of a securities broker named “Yarjana”. When the investors came to Mitchell and Yarjana with concerns about the notices, they both directed the investors to ignore or disregard the notices that they were in fact errors.

In February of 2008, the investors discovered that the majority of their principle had been lost by Mitchell and directed them to liquidate what was left of their money. With more than 50% of their money gone, Mitchell confirmed in March that he would liquidate the account and return the money. Further he promised that he personally would “payback the lost principle” himself.

Shortly after this order to liquidate the account, Mitchell and partner in crime, Yarjana went on vacation to Mexico together without following thru with the liquidation. In short the victims lost their money. None of the promises have been brought to fruition.

When confronted with the issue Pastor Cooney’s only comment was, “It must have been God’s will”. Yet the investors discovered that when the investment program began to lose money, Cooney’s accounts were liquidated saving him the fate of the rest of the investors.

Investigation has shown that not only is Keith Mitchell not licensed to sell or market Securities, but that he previously had been under investigation by the State of Idaho for selling securities without a license and was subsequently fined some $25,000.00 and ordered to “Cease and Desist” his activities.

Mitchell and Cooney have within the last two months employed the services to two different attorneys to shield themselves from the outrage of the bilked investors. They have done everything from tell the investors to pound sand to promise to make good on the lost money.

Mitchell has on several occasions stated that he has got some Swiss Deal in the works that will allow him to pay the victims back. But, time and time again refuses to reveal any details of this purported Swiss Deal” Both of the attorneys hired to protect Mitchell and Cooney have dropped from the picture as Mitchell continued to stonewall them as well.

Fraud Alert spoke with an official, 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. However, to date, the suspects have made no substantive attempt at any type of resolution. Investigators stated that they are close to completing their investigation and will be forwarding their findings to various governmental agencies requesting official intervention.

Bottom line WARNING to the public, BEWARE of Keith Eugene Mitchell and Stephen J. Cooney. These con men will claim to be able make you incredible returns on your investments. Their claims are a SCAM they will lose your money laughing all the way to the bank, leaving you broke.

UPDATE: Cooney who is currently listed as a Director of Candlelight International, Inc. {DBA: Candlelight Christian Church} with the Idaho Secretary of State.  Is now showing his home address to be 8917 W. Cougar Gulch Road in Couer D Alene ID.

SEE ATTACHED PDF BY CLICKING THE LINK BELOW:

CandlelightChurchReg-Cooney

http://www.sos.idaho.gov/xt/?xp=\20151014\XMLPORTS_C189590_1510141216.xml

If you have any additional information that will assist in bringing these criminals to justice please send 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!!.

For additional information please contact: http://www.equalizergroup.org

David Earl Roper

Scam Alert David Earl Roper
(Alleged accomplices: Paul & Larry Roper, Michael Adams)

DBA: Signature Industries, Inc. (a defunct Wyoming company)

(Operates out of Dallas County Texas)
David Earl Roper will steal your money. In this case he defrauded $40,000.00 from an elderly WWII Veteran. David Earl Roper will promise incredible returns on oil well investments, pocket your money & you will never hear from him again.

Offense Summary:

The Victim, Mr. Williams a senior citizen and a resident of the state of California, advises that he was victimized by a subject identified as David Roper, DBA; Signature Industries, Inc. at the time operating in Irving, Texas. Mr. Williams alleges that Roper did in fact knowingly Steal and/or by deceptive means defraud him in the amount of $40,000.00 (forty Thousand U.S. Dollars).

On or about the first week of December 2006, Mr. Williams received a phone call from a man who identified himself as David Roper. Roper stated that he was the Vice President of a company out of Texas called Signature Industries, Inc. Roper talked/enticed Mr. Williams into mailing him a check for $25,000 as an investment in a highly productive oil well project he was working on. Roper promised monthly updates on Williams’s investment and that the investment was fool proof with excellent returns.

When no updates were given, Williams over several months attempted to contact Roper who gave excuses and avoided his phone calls. Finally in July of 2007, Roper called Williams and advised that the oil wells he had first invested in weren’t producing. But, he had other wells that were highly productive and with a larger investment Roper would switch the investment to the new wells. He talked Williams into mailing him another check for $15,000.

A short time after he had taken the victim’s money for a second time, all of Roper’s phone numbers were disconnected. Williams then realized he had been a victim of fraud and that Roper had stolen his money.

Investigation has determined that Roper has been involved in this type of “business” for several years. He has been partnered up with Larry and Paul Roper who are believed to be his brothers and Mike Adams an old high school buddy.

Roper’s company Signature industries, was originally opened by a subject by the name of John Harris. According to Wyoming officials this company became defunct in May of 2006 more than six months prior to Roper soliciting and inducing the elderly victim in this case. Roper has operated several companies in the greater Dallas area: Roper Adams Marketing Group, David Roper and Associates to name a couple.

Roper has utilized websites (www.signatureindustries.net– now deleted) to promote his fraudulent activities and references other legitimate oil companies such as Venture Oil and Gas, Rockland Oil, JP Exploration and Gordon H. Johnson as references.

At the time of this incident, David Roper was conducting his nefarious business operations at an office building located at 4322 North Beltline Road Suite# 212-B Irving Texas. A source at the management office for that building advised that Roper and his associates moved out of the building owing in excess of $25,000.00 in delinquent rent. They also indicated that the Texas SEC had served them with a warrant for the records of the tenants at that time.

FRAUD ALERT has learned from Dallas County Court Records that David E. Roper 01/27/74 has arrest records on file. One such record reflects a charge of Theft involving bank checks.

A source at the Secretary of State’s office indicated that as of March 2008 Roper was using a POB of 202613 Arlington Texas and a physical address of 6018 Brenhaven Rd. also in Arlington.

A source at Global Advocates (globaladvocates.ch)  advises that they were asked by Mr. Williams in March of 2008 to investigate and advocate as his behalf. Further, GA advises that since April 2008, Roper has promised time and time again to make good on the $40,000.00 by way of a Forced Loan payment program. However, continues to stall by introducing as many as three different attorneys into the picture apparently to stall and delay finalizing a re-payment agreement.

Roper has indicated time and time again that he was selling legitimate oil wells to the victim. However, he refuses to produce any sort of documentation to support the legitimacy of what he sold Mr. Williams.

Bottom line WARNING to the public, BEWARE of David Earl Roper. This man will attempt to induce you into oil well investments and it appears to be nothing more than a SCAM! Roper will take your money laughing all the way to the bank, leaving you broke as he did the senior citizen in this case.

David Roper is described as follows:

Race: African American

Height: 5’09-5’10

Weight: 280 lbs

Build: Stocky/Heavy Set

Age: 34

Alleged Crimes/Offenses committed:

Theft by Deception,

Investment/Securities Fraud,

Unfair Business Practices,

Tax Evasion,

Money Laundering

If you have any information that will assist in the arrest and conviction of this criminal, or if you too have been victimized by Roper please Help us put stop to this SCAMMER from damaging anyone else!!

If you should have any additional information regarding the fraudulent activities of Roper we urge you to contact the authorities and this forum.
{Allegations are substantiated/evidenced and are on file with an independent investigative entity}

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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