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5 years ago
Sparky
Another of the lesser Gifting Table "leaders" sentenced to probation and monetary restitution to the government.
Forum: Multi Level Marketing and Commercial Schemes
6 years ago
Sparky
I knew a married couple who were very active in this cult. Their son was a friend of mine and was always rolling his eyes and leaving the room anytime his father and mother tried to "tag-team" me into reading their ridiculous "Bible". I actually sought out skeptical literature about their belief systems and thus had an iron-clad defense from their silly, illogical cult. (T
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
6 years ago
Sparky
Found guilty on all counts, two ringleaders sentenced to 6 years and 4 1/2 years in federal prison: They will appeal, but justice seems to have been done.
Forum: Multi Level Marketing and Commercial Schemes
6 years ago
Sparky
Here is the full article in the New Haven Register that documents to dramatic case in a pyramid scheme trial. This will have ramifications nation-wide and hopefully internationally as well as these sick money-stealing schemes spread. Called Gifting Tables in this case, they are referred to by other names as well such as Gifting Circles, etc. They seem to target women. Unlike such things
Forum: Multi Level Marketing and Commercial Schemes
6 years ago
Sparky
Norm Pattis, the lead attorney in the defense of the gifting tables schemes lashes out in an editorial at the New Haven Register that the sentencing of his clients is a "mockery of justice". Attorney Pattis has a checkered success rate of getting his clients off in the New Haven (Connecticut, USA) area. The ringleader was just sentenced to 6 years in a federal prison.
Forum: Multi Level Marketing and Commercial Schemes
6 years ago
Sparky
The sentencing is delayed in "Gifting Tables" punishment phase of the federal trial:
Forum: Multi Level Marketing and Commercial Schemes
7 years ago
Sparky
The two ringleaders were found GUILTY on all counts. Sentencing will be sometime in May 2013.
Forum: Multi Level Marketing and Commercial Schemes
7 years ago
Sparky
Down to the wire now, folks. The "Gifting Tables" case heads to the jury. Let us hope this begins the end of this and other pyramid schemes across the country.
Forum: Multi Level Marketing and Commercial Schemes
7 years ago
Sparky
Try this link. Newspaper moved last one.
Forum: Multi Level Marketing and Commercial Schemes
7 years ago
Sparky
The trial goes on and the charges keep piling up. Now it is testified that the leaders basically defrauded their fellow members (actually...don't all pyramid schemes defraud their members?) by changing the rules to suit them and move friends and cronies up the ladder faster at the expense of the weaker members. I have been closely following this trial and I am stunned by the amount o
Forum: Multi Level Marketing and Commercial Schemes
7 years ago
Sparky
Holy! IT gets better every day. Now they are talking about severed rabbit heads and a murdered woman found on her front lawn.
Forum: Multi Level Marketing and Commercial Schemes
7 years ago
Sparky
The trial is getting interesting. A local Town Clerk took part in the Gifting Tables. An attorney who is up for a state judgeship took part, an attorney and father of the woman up for the judgeship and who is the ex-head of the State democrat party took part and said the Gifting Tables were legal. Email trails to all these people talking about the pyramid scheme are being denied by these peo
Forum: Multi Level Marketing and Commercial Schemes
7 years ago
Sparky
The accused ring-leader of the Gifting Table pyramid scheme used her husband, a shady business man, to help promote and sell the Gifting Table idea to skeptical husbands and women who were concerned that the Gifting Tables were illegal or a pyramid scheme. News from the Federal trial:
Forum: Multi Level Marketing and Commercial Schemes
7 years ago
Sparky
Attorney compares "Gifting Tables" to Yale secret societies and Shirley McClain.
Forum: Multi Level Marketing and Commercial Schemes
7 years ago
Sparky
Gifting Tables trial officially begins...This could have great consequences for State law throughout the United States
Forum: Multi Level Marketing and Commercial Schemes
7 years ago
Sparky
I think the attorney on this case is whistling past a graveyard. To contest the term "PYRAMID SCHEME" in a federal trial about...well,...PYRAMID SCHEMES is like saying in a snake bite trial; "Well, you can't use the term "Snake", "Reptile", "Belly Crawler". Instead you must use the term "the poor, legless and thus physically deprived
Forum: Multi Level Marketing and Commercial Schemes
7 years ago
Sparky
Now the defense is saying that calling their clients business "Ponzi Schemes" or "Pyramid Schemes" could cost the ladies a fair trial. The Federal Government disagrees.
Forum: Multi Level Marketing and Commercial Schemes
7 years ago
Sparky
Just a side note. This apparent IWWB philosophy is the reason Calvinism lost it's power over the protestant church over the years... belief that God sets on us on paths that are not even redemable even with the full power of God. God says this baby will be a follower and this baby will be lost? You can see then how fruitless the philospohy of such a diety is: if there is no hope...wh
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
7 years ago
Sparky
New reports claim that Westboro Baptist is planning on picketing at the funerals of the little children slain in school by the mad gunman in Connecticut. What will these fanatics chant? "Thank God for dead children"? Connecticut is a legal-carry state. Emotions are running high there. I would not want to be a picketer from this Baptist cult. They could meet God face-to-face a
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
7 years ago
Sparky
Connecticut Gifting Tables criminal trial slated to start jury selection on Jan. 22 with trial to begin Jan. 23, 2013
Forum: Multi Level Marketing and Commercial Schemes
7 years ago
Sparky
Five (5) other women involved in the "Gifting Table" pyramid scheme have paid the State of Connecticut (USA) $202,500 in restitution. The money is going to the State's general funds and no talk at this time regarding restitution of monies to the victims of the fraud. Notice that the three ringleaders of this scam are awaiting Federal trials which will probably send them to
Forum: Multi Level Marketing and Commercial Schemes
7 years ago
Sparky
One of the three arrested con-artists just changed her plea from "Not Guilty": She and her co-conspirators should be spending some time cooling their heels in a federal pen (probably Danbury Connecticut). Unbelievable that these scoundrels and their fellow un-named junior conartists raked in over a Million Bucks. It looks like the un-named people have remained out of troubl
Forum: Multi Level Marketing and Commercial Schemes
7 years ago
Sparky
Try this from the"Group archive": Good luck to you in saving your friend from this highly destructive organization. Have your friend read the "visitor comments".
Forum: Large Group Awareness Training, "Human Potential"
7 years ago
Sparky
Good riddance. Now let us see if he can actually return from the dead as he once told his followers he would.
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
7 years ago
Sparky
QuoteMacReadyAnother prediction from Serge: "The future of man lies in the ability to self-realise as the Son of God on Earth. As this occurs between now and 250 years from now, the re-awakening of the Divine Hermaphrodite will slowly re-appear. They will not be freaks as man will be intellectually more advanced and well forewarned of this appearance" Once again, according to Ser
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
7 years ago
Sparky
Sorry, corboy, I should have been less "crass-sounding". I have been intrigued by "Love Bombing" since the early days of The Unification Church (to which I lost a friend). You are right, "Love Bombing" is a trickle of support and brotherly love that the initiate finds hard to leave. The Canadian film "Ticket to Heaven" is an excellent example o
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
7 years ago
Sparky
Yes, K.I.K. "Bomb with Love! Bomb with Love! Bomb with Love!" Nothing REMOTELY cult-like about THAT!
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
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