Multi-Million Dollar Humanitarian Aid Scam & Tips from Snowden
Winning the Pin Up contest has inspired me to speak out about my own experiences. My goal is to empower my readers and do everything I can to help you all stay safe from fraud.
In sharing more of my investigative cases that have gone public, you will learn how to protect yourself before you get scammed and what I can do to help you if you do fall victim to fraud.
Working while ill, working with care-giving, and patient advocacy are all issues you will be hearing a lot more about from me as well.
Multi-Million Dollar Humanitarian Aid Scam
It always pays to do your due diligence. My client, a successful musician learned that the hard way. My client, along with other wealthy philanthropists from the United States and Europe have fallen victim to an international multi-million dollar humanitarian aid scam.
Senior Litigator Counsel for the Southern District of Florida Neil Karadbil states, “Cases are evaluated for investigation and possible indictment based on the following: the amount and scope of the fraud, impact on the community, status of the defendant/s, and sufficiency of evidence.”
This case certainly fits the bill. Working together with a certified fraud investigator in New York City and with some help from Interpol as well as cooperation from US authorities and international law enforcement agents, we were able to unearth evidence that the female fraudster had scammed at least $2.5 million from my client and other donors.
These deep-pocketed donors believed they were donating money to humanitarian aid and social and economic development. Instead, there were actually donating to the fraudster’s multi-million dollar beachfront property and $300,000 in jewelry.
“If it sounds too good to be true, it’s a scam” is always what a PI advises their clients. This isn’t just the warning of a paranoid PI. Financial scams are rampant, and just as many prey on financial desperation, others prey on good intentions.
Our fraudster first made contact with her marks in the spring of 2012, posing as managing director of a United Kingdom-based investment firm. This firm, they were told, partnered with a network of prominent multinational banks and NGOs whose goal was to raise money for social and economic development projects in the developing world. She assured her marks this would be a no-risk investment because her bank partners kept these investment opportunities confidential, so she was positioned to offer them a $10 million return on their investment of $1 million in about 21 banking days. Worst-case scenario, they would get their $1 million back.
Of course, they did not. In less than a month after the investments were made she cut off all communication with investors, who were left $1 million in the hole. Meanwhile, fraudster lady made out with a new house and awesome jewelry.
When we looked into who the company principals were, we found out that the buyer was a corporation known as the address of the home she had purchased. This firm was not incorporated until the summer of 2012, months after she scammed American investors. Furthermore, this firm has no registered agent.
Lady fraudster will be sentenced on January 16th, 2015 for her criminal charges to which she has plead guilty. She also awaits a pending civil lawsuit in the Brooklyn federal court.
It always pays to investigate BEFORE you make the investment. It’s better to get a PI to verify your investment firm before you lose your money and have to hire one anyway to investigate the scam you fell victim to.