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SEC & Forsage – Crook Review

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The SEC has moved to provide alternate service to three of Forsage’s four founders.

Vladimir “Lado” Okhotnikov, Lola Ferrari, and Sergey Maslakov all live in other countries.

Okhotnikov, Vladimir “Lado”
According to the SEC;

Okhotnikov is a Russian citizen who is thought to be living in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. He is the operation’s public face, hosting many of its YouTube videos and participating in interviews with key promoters.

Okhotnikov engages with Forsage investors and promoters on a daily basis via Forsage and, more recently, Meta Force social media, YouTube, and Telegram.

Okhotnikov also has personal social media profiles via which he communicates, including Instagram, Facebook, VK, Telegram, and Twitter. He also has his own personal website.

Okhotnikov has stated on his Instagram profile that he is “constantly traveling,” and he appears to have visited Indonesia, Dubai, and Peru in the last two years.

During the inquiry, the Commission received a copy of Okhotnikov’s passport, which indicated him to be a Russian citizen but had no residence.

Despite attempts by Commission employees, the Commission is unsure of Okhotnikov’s present address.

He did, however, imply that he was in Georgia in both his August 19 and August 22 Instagram postings, and he reposted those same images on Facebook.

Similarly, he indicated that he was in Georgia in an interview he conducted on August 8, 2022, following the filing of the Commission’s Complaint in this situation.

Maslakov, Sergey
According to the SEC;

Maslakov is said to live in either Gelendzhik or Moscow, Russia. He has mostly appeared in Forsage Russian-language commercial films.

Foris DAX, the parent company of crypto exchange Crypto.com, provided the SEC with Maslakov’s email address and “last known whereabouts.”

Maslakov’s email address is smas*@yandex.ru, according to the account information obtained by Crypto.com.

The records also show that Maslakov visited his account from an IP address in Moscow, Russia, during 2021.

Maslakov’s present physical address and whether he is still in Russia are unknown to the Commission.

Furthermore, despite Internet searches, subpoenas, and voluntary inquiries to third parties, the Commission was unable to locate his actual address.

We suspect he is in Russia since he cites Russia as his location on his Facebook and VK profiles, and he accessed his Crypto.com account from a Russian IP address.

Ferrari, Lola
According to the SEC;

Ferrari, whose true identity is unknown but who goes by the name “Lola Ferrari,” is said to be a Russian national living in Bali, Indonesia.

She refers to herself as Forsage’s “goddess” and has starred in several of its advertising films.

The Commission’s officials established that Ferrari’s principal social media account is her Instagram profile during the inquiry.

Ferrari advertises Forsage on this website. She has also uploaded photos and videos that indicate she is in Bali, Indonesia.

Despite several efforts, the Commission has no knowledge of Ferrari’s present address or if she is still in Indonesia.

Service Alternative
With Maslakov in Russia and Lola Ferrari in Indonesia, Hague Convention service is no longer available.

Although Georgia is a signatory, because the SEC does not know Okhotnikov’s address, service under the Hague Convention is also ruled out.

As an alternative, the SEC is offering Maslakov service via email. Service on Okhotnikov and Ferrari will be carried out through social media.

The Commission intends to serve Okhotnikov and Ferrari by direct messages to their Instagram accounts, as well as Okhotnikov via direct messages to his Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Okhotnikov is still active on Facebook, where he posts about his life in Georgia:

Okhotnikov was last seen in Borjomi, a vacation town in central Georgia, according to a Facebook post from August 25th.

He’s also active on Meta Force’s YouTube channel, where he posts bizarre conspiracy theories and justifications for why investor cash and withdrawals are still frozen.

Lola Ferrari has made her Instagram account private since being accused by the SEC.

In support of their request, the SEC claims Okhotnikov is “indisputably” aware of the complaint.

Okhotnikov reacted directly to the claims in the Complaint via a video message aired online after the Commission filed action.

Following that, he gave an eighteen-minute interview on his Meta Force YouTube channel in which he denied the charges in the Commission’s complaint.

Authorizing service on a defendant via social media is especially acceptable when the defendant is clearly aware of the situation.
the case against him

Okhotnikov is already aware of the litigation against him, making such alternative service much more necessary.

Ferrari’s decision to make her Instagram page private implies she is aware of the litigation.

On September 2nd, the court granted the SEC’s motion for alternate service. The SEC verified service against Maslakov through email later that day.

Mikail Sergeev is Forsage’s fourth co-founder. Sergeev, according to the SEC, also resides in Moscow, Russia.

I’m not clear why Sergeev was omitted from the SEC’s motion, but I presume it was due to an inability to validate his personal information (email etc.).

The SEC has confirmed alternate service on Lola Ferrari and Lado Okhotnikov on September 9th and 13th, respectively.

Both defendants have till September 26th to respond.

Okhotnikov hasn’t posted anything on social media since August 27th. Since September 1st, there have been no MetaForce updates.

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Awakend & Zenith – Crook Review Part 3

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Mickey Burns, a BehindMLM reader, contacted me earlier today to let me know.

This blog’s content is fantastic, and it has really aided me throughout the years.

She also criticized our coverage of Awakend’s prelaunch, notably their leptin supplement Zenith.

Oz, the white paper is available on the internet. Even a cursory Google search will reveal how the hormone Leptin functions.

This encouraged me to visit Awakend’s new website (which didn’t exist at the time I covered the company’s prelaunch) and download a copy of their “whitepaper” (tell me you’re a crypto bro without telling me you’re a crypto bro).

Oh, no.

You’ll see in the opening paragraph of the whitepaper report that it’s a 2008 study released in 2009. In other words, the research was carried out fourteen years before Zenith existed.

The next thing you’ll notice is that “Zenith” has been edited in, thus doctoring the published paper.

This renders it ineffective.

What was the original study’s purpose, as published? Is Zenith based on the same formula? Are the researchers okay with having their study doctored?

I’m not well-versed in academic process, but I can’t image doctoring published articles going over well. I know I’d be upset if someone took a published research with my name on it and changed it.

Awakend should publish the original study and include an update showing Zenith employs the exact same formula as examined in 2008.

Looking at the document’s attributes, we can see that it was last modified on August 12th, 2022 by Ashlee Headlee.

Ashlee Headlee James manages Awakend’s exclusive business Facebook community. Her precise function inside the organization has not been revealed.

Awakend’s website has no information about the company’s ownership or executives. Compensation paperwork is also missing, as recruiting is presently the company’s only priority.

The full Awakend evaluation of BehindMLM is pending the introduction of the company’s pay plan.

Awakend has updated the doctored study with a blanked out version of the original as of August 27th, 2022.

The following remark appears to have been added to the supplied 2008 research in reaction to this article;

The 2008 research referred to Trisynex, as stated in the comments below.

Roger Catarino sells Trisynex through First Fruits Business Ministry LLC.

The claim by Awakend to have “exclusive worldwide rights” is dubious because Trisynex-containing products exist and have been accessible for some time.

At the time of this update, Awakend had not addressed the availability of Trisynex in competitor products.

1st September 2022 – Update Because of the uncertainty surrounding Awakend’s assertions that Zenith is an exclusively licensed recipe, formulator Vietal Nutrition issued a statement.

Unfortunately, this has simply generated additional suspicions about Zenith’s exclusivity.

9th September 2022 – Update First Fruits Business Ministry has issued a stop and desist letter to Awakend about its Zenith marketing claims.

TriPharma (dba Vietal Nutrition) has achieved the appointment of a Receiver as of September 14, 2022.

FFBM will be placed under the control of the Receiver. The funds generated will be used to pay TriPharma’s 2013 judgment against FFBM.

Awakend has also deleted the previously supplied Trisynex research from its website, unless I’m mistaken.

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Dot Dot Smile – Crook Review Part 2

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Dot Dot Smile has declared bankruptcy, two and a half months after discontinuing its MLM opportunity and going wholesale.

On September 3rd, Dot Dot Smile filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in California.

According to the statement, Dot Dot Smile has $4.4 million in assets and $5.6 million in debt.

The following companies are Dot Dot Smile’s major creditors:

Gary Thompson – $200,000 (apparently a family loan)
CloudFund LLC (debt management firm) – $325,000
Mirror Fashion Company $1.5 million in Hong Kong
$600,000 for Nano (no details supplied).
Network Ventures LLC (contract violation) – $353,846
Nothing MLM-related shows on Dot Dot Smile’s file, at least not outside of the corporate side of things.

According to a BerhindMLM reader, as of July 31st, 2022,

Since May, no one has been paid. Thousands of dollars are owing to certain persons. They fired everyone on their team.

The cynic in me finds it difficult to perceive Dot Dot Smile’s bankruptcy as anything other than premeditated.

Nicole and Jeff Thompson (right) of the company presumably knew bankruptcy was imminent and reasoned that they needed to sell the MLM firm before filing.

Without the MLM possibility, there was definitely no intention of ever continuing Dot Dot Smile.

I might be wrong, but Dot Dot Smile suddenly being $5.6 million in debt in three months does not seem realistic.

I’m not sure how any of this works legally. Even if everything is legal, it reflects poorly on the Thompsons in terms of openness and Dot Dot Smile’s distributors.

Dot Dot Smile’s State of Financial Affairs report is expected on September 19th. A creditors’ meeting has been arranged for October 12th.

Nicole Thompson, the daughter of co-founders DeAnne and Mark Stidham, is connected to Dot Dot Smile.

It is unknown whether Dot Dot Smile’s bankruptcy filing has had or will have any influence on LuLaRoe’s business operations.

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EazyBot – Crook Review Part 2

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On paper, Mohammed Omer Ali is the creator and CEO of EazyBot.

Ali was previously unknown in MLM crypto circles prior to EazyBot. Ali worked in the elevator and escalator installation profession before reinventing himself as a crypto dude.

Ali is headquartered in and runs EazyBot from Dubai, the world’s MLM crime capital.

According to SimilarWeb, the biggest sources of traffic to EazyBot are the United States (23%), Russia (12%), and Germany, Ukraine, and Canada (all 8%).

While Ali is an unknown, EazyBot is being promoted by a group of serial Ponzi marketers headquartered in the United States.

Today, we’ll look at the connections between EazyBot and 10X Crypto Traders. David Charles, Vineet Chhabra, Ken Chickk, and Peter Antony are among the ringleaders.

As part of our May 2021 Matt Bot AI study, BehindMLM stumbled across 10X Crypto Traders.

Matt Bot AI was a crypto bot Ponzi scam that paid out 10% to 30% each month.

While Matt AI Bot is thought to have been controlled by scammers based in Southeast Asia, it did have a substantial US investment base.

In our Matt Bot AI review, we mentioned that 10X Crypto Traders was driving the recruitment of US-based Matt Bot AI investors.

From May through November, we had the usual swarm of irate scammers claiming Matt Bot AI was a Ponzi scheme.

Matt Bot AI is expected to have failed by early 2022. By Q2 2022, all that remained were Indian Matt Bot AI promoters feverishly attempting to recruit anybody they could.

Matt Bot AI eventually went offline in late May or early June 2022.

The website domain for EazyBot was registered at the end of December 2021. EazyBot then entered prelaunch in early 2022 before launching in March 2022.

David D. Charles, alias Dawoud Louis-Charles, is the CEO of 10X Crypto Traders.

10X Crypto Traders is incorporated as “10X Crypto Traders LLC” in Florida. The company’s managers are Lisa Louis-Charles and Dawoud Louis-Charles.

Charles, a US resident located in Florida, appears in EazyBot commercial videos:

Charles is the Chief Operating Officer of EazyBot, and he was in Dubai for the company’s February 27th 2022 launch event:

Charles is said to be the principal benefit of US investors attracted into Matt Bot AI as the owner of 10X Crypto Traders.

Vineet Chhabra, also known as Vincent Chhabra and Vaneet Kumar Chhabra, is up next.

Chhabra is the Chief Marketing Officer at EazyBot.

Chhabtra remarked during EazyBot’s prelaunch ceremony in February 2022;

I am India’s national country leader. And it is my responsibility to market EazyBot in India and persuade everyone in India to use EazyBot to get passive money.

Matt AI Bot was pushed by Chhabra via 10X Crypto Traders:

Chhabra, who also lives in Florida, has an unusual backstory.

Chhabra pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute a prohibited drug in 2004. Chhabra was a part of a $125 million illicit pill manufacturing network.

According to the Washington Post, Chhabra

He launched his firms in Ohio, relocated them to Virginia when Ohio medical board officials raised worries about their legality, and then moved them back to Florida when Virginia state officials voiced similar issues.

Chhabra was sentenced to 33 months in jail after submitting a guilty plea.

In 2004, the FTC pursued Chhabra and his enterprises Dynamic Health and Chhabra Group.

Pedia Reduction, a weight loss supplement, and Fabulously Feminine, a female sexual enhancement supplement, were among the goods marketed, branded, offered for sale, sold, and disseminated to the general public by respondents.

The FTC ruled that Chhabra advertised Pedia Loss and Fabulously Feminine using “false and deceptive statements.”

In 2006, Chhabra agreed to resolve the FTC’s charges.

Chhabra was charged in a puppy mill scheme in 2011.

One of Chhabra’s victims told NBC Miami that after paying more than $2000 to one of Chhabra’s firms, she received an animal that resembled a tiger.

She arrived in California near death, behaved oddly, plagued with worms, ear mites, parasites, and fraudulent documents, and looked nothing like the dog she saw online.

Another victim reported receiving a dog that was “near death, unconscious with open wounds, mites, and a strange behavior.”

Last Chance for Animals, a local animal welfare organization that conducted an independent investigation into Chhabra, believes he established the company from prison.

When challenged,

According to Chhabra’s business counsel, Chhabra assists in the management of the firm that his father started.

Their primary website, breedersdirect.com, has been decommissioned and renamed. According to critics, when websites receive online complaints, they simply re-open under a new name.

At the same time, Chhabra was issuing false accreditations through “imposter schools” in the United States and the United Arab Emirates.

In 2020, a lawsuit was filed in Florida, identifying Chhabra as a defendant.

It was also determined that Defendants… were working closely with Defendant Vincent Chhabra, and that Defendants were running several counterfeit school websites and firms as diploma and “drop-out mills,” as well as funneling money to several other businesses with convicted criminals.

The civil complaint encompasses the years 2009 through 2020. That lawsuit is still open as of late August 2022.

Vincent Chhabra, Michael Chhabra, and Sushma Chhabra were named Defendants in a case brought by 160 female Plaintiffs in November 2020.

Plaintiffs are 160 women who were implanted with pelvic mesh devices to address stress-urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse and were duped by Defendants through an intricate scheme in which Plaintiffs were duped.

Regardless of Plaintiffs’ medical condition, they were pressured and scared into undergoing invasive procedures to remove their pelvic mesh devices.
Plaintiffs’ health insurance could not be utilized to cover the price of the operations, they were told.
were charged high fees for operations that greatly beyond the legitimate cost of the procedures; and
To meet the price of these procedures, they were tricked into taking out loans with usurious interest rates.
Through an illegal data breach, the defendant legal marketing business stole Plaintiff’s personal contact information and medical records.

Chhabra is cited as a non-attorney member of a number of businesses that are accused of receiving allegedly unlawfully obtained medical documents and passing them on to “surgical facilitator defendants.”

The case against Chhabra is still ongoing as of August 2022.

I’m not sure what else Chhabra has been up to, but it appears that he’s shifted to MLM crypto securities fraud in the last several years.

Ken Chickk refers to himself as “Coach Ken.”

Chickk, a US citizen and Florida resident, is EazyBot’s Global Sales Director.

Chickk sponsored Matt Bot AI and had a direct relationship to the company’s proprietors in Southeast Asia:

EazyBot’s Chief Support Officer is Peter Antony.

Antony is from Canada, which sets him apart from the other ringleaders.

I couldn’t prove Antony was a member of 10X Crypto Traders or supporting Matt Bot AI.

The closest I got was “Peter,” who was hosting Matt AI Bot training webinars alongside Ken Chickk.

Antony explicitly hinted that he’d ride Matt Bot AI out with the rest of the 10X Crypto Traders gang as EazyBot’s February 2022 prelaunch event;

We’ve been working on many projects over the last year, and one of the issues has been customer service. And everyone had the same problem, and we have no contact with the guys who constructed the bot.

Antony may be referring to Matt Bot AI when he says “bot.”

Putting it all together, we have a collection of con artists led by David Charles.

All but one of EazyBot’s corporate team members benefited directly from the recruiting of US investors into Matt Bot AI via Charles’ 10X Crypto Traders club.

Except for Peter Antony, who is based in Canada, Charles’ 10X Crypto Trader management team, who are now primarily responsible for EazyBot, are all headquartered in Florida, USA.

I’m not sure what the link between Mohammed Omer Ali and David Charles is, but EazyBot is clearly a reboot of Matt Bott AI.

As Matt Bot AI began to fail in late 2021, Charles’ crew of 10X Crypto Traders fraudsters abandoned it. The official Facebook page of 10X Crypto Traders was shut down in November 2021.

EazyBot’s website domain was in place by the end of December 2021, and EazyBot went into prelaunch two months later.

Matt Bot AI victims of 10X Crypto Traders were left to fend for themselves.

The same thing is happening with EazyBot, however this time Charles and the 10X Crypto Traders crooks are in command.

David Charles, addressing at EazyBot’s prelaunch event in the UAE in February 2022: “The reason we’re all here isn’t just by chance.”

Everyone here is on a sincere, honest path to assist a community of people and (are) seeking for a better answer than the one we had.

That is where we are now. As I previously stated, Mohammed did not wake up one day and decide, “Let me develop a bot.”

Host: Did you guys push him towards it? The (Matt Bot AI) investors pushed him in that direction.

Charles: Absolutely, after it became evident that a better solution was required.

Given that the US accounts for 23% of traffic to EazyBot’s website, SimilarWeb recorded 415,000+ visits to EazyBot’s website in August 2022.

EazyBot is a classic MLM crypto securities scam.

Investors sign up, pay optional tether costs, invest funds through a centralized crypto trading bot, and pay fees in returns.

EazyBot charges and collects payments in tether. For investors who do not pay yearly EazyBot membership fees, ROI costs can reach 30%.

Despite the fact that EazyBot provides a passive investment option, neither EazyBot nor David Charles, Vineet Chhabra, Ken Chickk, Peter Antony, or Mohammed Omer Ali are registered with the SEC.

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