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    Bankcard Empire

    http://www.bankcardempire.com/

    http://www.azcentral.com/business/ar...n-phoenix.html

    Four Phoenix-area locations of a telemarketing company with a history of consumer complaints were raided Tuesday by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

    Postal inspectors, assisted by the Tempe Police Department and the Arizona Attorney General's Office, served search-and-seizure warrants on the offices of Bankcard Empire and its affiliates.

    Patricia Armstrong, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service in Phoenix, said the agents confiscated two truckloads of records and computer equipment and made one arrest.

    Leslie Mersky, the father of Bankcard Empire's president David Mersky, was arrested on charges of forgery and fraudulent schemes and artifices.

    Leslie Mersky could not be reached for comment.

    In 2001, Leslie Mersky was sentenced to 42 months in prison for his role in a massive money-laundering scheme.

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    Re: Bankcard Empire

    from: http://businessrecoveryservices.net/...PIRE_INFO.html





    Wednesday, January 10, 2001

    13 Sentenced in Largest Non-Drug Money Laundering Case
    Ever Conducted by U.S. Customs

    Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Customs Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today announced the sentencing of 13 individuals in Gainesville, Fla., in connection with "Operation Risky Business," the largest non-drug money laundering investigation ever conducted by Customs.

    "Combating fraud and money laundering schemes like the one uncovered in ?Operation Risky Business? is a top priority for U.S. Customs," said Commissioner Kelly. "The individuals sentenced in this case stole at least $60 million from hundreds of people around the world. Their penalties should serve as a warning to others."

    Customs and the FBI launched the probe in 1994 after scam artists began placing ads in major U.S. newspapers and business publications. The ads offered venture capital loans to entrepreneurs in exchange for "advance fees." Victims worldwide began paying advance fees, ranging from $50,000 to $2.2 million apiece, to get access to the venture capital.

    After paying the fees, victims were asked to sign a contract requiring them to promptly obtain a letter of credit, ranging from $2 million to more than $20 million, as collateral for the loan. When victims were unable to obtain letters of credit for such amounts so quickly, the scam artists told them they had violated the terms of the contract and kept their advance fees.

    At least 400 people around the world lost money to the scheme, including singer Dionne Warwick, records show. Far more were targeted. Records seized in the case showed that one of the scam artists alone had a client list of 3,502 individuals. The total dollar amount of the fraud may never be known, but $60 million is considered a conservative estimate.

    To hide the money they had stolen, the scam artists created the Caribbean American Bank Ltd. in Antigua in 1994. Customs and FBI agents found that the bank was nothing more than a storefront operation, one of 18 such operations under the control of American International Bank, Ltd. in Antigua. Both banks have since been closed in connection with the fraud.

    Using these banks and numerous front companies, the scam artists were able to buy airplanes, yachts, vehicles, real estate, and other assets with the fraud proceeds. Some of the defendants were issued major credit cards -- in the names of front companies -- by the Antiguan banks so they could spend stolen money on credit anywhere in the world.

    To date, 19 people have been convicted or pleaded guilty in Operation Risky Business. Customs is seeking the extradition of a defendant in Antigua accused of establishing Caribbean American Bank for the scam artists. Customs is also seeking the extradition of another defendant in Thailand. Agents continue to pursue additional leads in the case.

    Prior to last week, two targets of Operation Risky Business had been sentenced. Last week, senior U.S. District Court Judge Maurice Paul of the Northern District of Florida handed down sentences to 13 additional individuals over the course of three days. Four more defendants, including a former mayor, are scheduled to be sentenced in 2001.

    The following are the sentences issued last week:

    Robert Petrie was sentenced to 188 months incarceration, 3 years supervised release, and a $100 special monetary assessment. Last October, a trial jury awarded the government a $23 million criminal forfeiture judgement against Petrie.
    Lawrence Sangaree was sentenced to 105 months incarceration, 3 years supervised release, a $20,000 fine, and a $100 special monetary assessment.
    Arthur Householder was sentenced to 75 months incarceration, 3 years supervised release, and a $100 special monetary assessment.
    Leslie Mersky was sentenced to 42 months incarceration, 3 years supervised release, and a $100 special monetary assessment
    Barry Lichtman was sentenced to 40 months incarceration, 3 years supervised release, and a $100 special monetary assessment.
    Peter Burnham was sentenced to 21 months incarceration, 3 years supervised release, a $5,000 fine, and a $100 special monetary assessment.
    Maxine Burnham, the former wife of Peter, was sentenced to 21 months incarceration, 3 years supervised release, and a $100 special monetary assessment.
    Frank Dzwonkowski was sentenced to 18 months incarceration, 3 years supervised release, and a $100 special monetary assessment.
    Michele Lynn Newman was sentenced to 18 months incarceration, 3 years supervised release, 100 hours of community service, and a $100 special monetary assessment.
    Kieron Thomson was sentenced to 18 months incarceration, 3 years supervised release, and a $100 special monetary assessment
    Jessica Maun was sentenced to 18 months incarceration, 3 years supervised release, and a $100 special monetary assessment.
    Jerrell Breslin was sentenced to 18 months incarceration, 3 years supervised release, and a $100 special monetary assessment.
    Teri Sangaree, the wife of Lawrence Sangaree, was sentenced to 5 years supervised release, a $20,000 fine, and forfeiture of her interest in tanning salons in Jacksonville, Fla.
    Last edited by mumbles; 05-18-2010 at 12:11 PM.

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    Re: Bankcard Empire

    http://www.ripoffreport.com/credit-d...frua-e6d46.htm

    Part of the scam was to have me sign paperwork authorizing the 15K payment. The companies that did this, where shut down by the attorney general of AZ in April of this year, property and cash where confiscated, and perpetrators jailed. (Ref:Bankcard Empire/Leslie Mersky) This was a verified scam operation.



    Capitol One would not help recover the monies as they have a different definition of Fraud than what the Card Association uses: "Any situation to where a cardmember has made a purchase due to information which was intentionally misleading or deceptive". Cap One says that since I agreed to the withdrawal by these scam artists, there was no fraud committed. I never recieved any services or money from MRS, and the advertisiing compaign I paid for that these companies suppossedly ran was never done, and the company was shutdown before the campaign could be finished if done anyway. The form I signed, agreeing to the withdrawel of the money, was obviously part of the scam operation, and not legitimate, but Cap One is still holding me responsible for the amount, instead of going after these crooks. CapOne has created a huge "loophole" in the system for scam artists to operate as in what has happened in this case. If Cap One follows the Card Association rules and regs, then they are in violation of what the Association defines fraud as. This is definitely a fraud claim that Cap One is trying to shirk even though they have the resources and proof I can supply to do so.


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