Posts tagged ‘PYRAMID SCHEME’


Ray Dirks, Whistleblower

Back in the news after 42 years

On March 6, 1973, Ray Dirks got an unexpected phone call in the morning from an ex-employee of a West Coast life insurance company he was following called Equity Funding Corporation of America. 


Peering into Financial Fraud

Crazy Eddie’s cousin Sam now trains Feds in spotting white-collar crime

Remember Crazy Eddie?  The 1980s electronics retailer with the famous television commercials bellowing uncontrollably about the company’s prices being “insane!

Well, despite over $300 million in annual sales at its peak, Crazy Eddie went bankrupt in 1989 after being exposed as an 18-year, $100 million accounting fraud. 

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Short-Swing Profiteers

Billionaire hedge funders play poker over an activist target

At an investor conference last December, hedge fund activist Bill Ackman spent 3½ hours explaining why Herbalife, the 33-year-old direct marketer of nutritional supplements, was nothing more than a Ponzi scheme whose stock was worthless.