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Edmond J. Martin
Principal, Chief Investigator
Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
Texas Certified Investigator (TCI)
Ponzi Scheme Characteristics 

In the past I was fortunate enough to investigate many fraud schemes including a number of investment Ponzi schemes, including: clothing and apparel, foreign currency exchange, promissory notes, oil and gas royalty limited partnerships, and real estate limited partnerships. For me it was stimulating and fun- similar to putting together a large puzzle of evidence in order to bring individuals to justice.
I recently read the book 65 billion reasons why you cannot trust Wall Street by Michael T. De Vita concerning his life experience with Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities (BLMIS). In my experience Ponzi schemes, no matter how labeled, contain the same general characteristics.

Case Scenario:

The Madoff Ponzi scheme was in existence in 1996 and had similar general characteristics as the Austin Forex International Inc. (AFI) Ponzi scheme orchestrated by President and CEO Russell. He took in $40 million from 700 investors in Central Texas, while less than Madoff's $65 billion received from tens of thousands of investors, it was significant in Austin, Texas.

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