Yesterday the Los Angeles Business Journal did a feature article on Barry Minkow and his investigation of Herbalife (NYSE:HLF) and other multi-level marketing companies. A few snippets from the article, Minkow Targeting Supplement Maker: Former fraudster hectors Herbalife:
Pinnacle Development Partners LLC has been charged with running a Ponzi scheme that took $69 million from over 2,000 investors. The top man, Gene O’Neal was charged with 19 counts of federal mail and wire fraud.
In 2006, Pinnacle advertised 25% returns in 60 days (which equals a 280% annual return). The company claimed it earned such high returns by purchasing distressed real estate and quickly selling it at a profit.