I received an email from someone asking about whether there were any updates on the Oilpods investment scheme.
For those who have not been following the story, Oilpods is an investment into working interests in Canadian oil wells, with monthly returns generated from the sale of the oil and gas. Eventually, it was discovered that the scheme was operated as a ponzi, and investors stopped receiving their payouts.
I did some checking for the latest news and found that in April this year, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) actually filed a suit against Brian Fox for fraud.
This comes almost two and a half years after Powder River Petroleum International was put into receivership.
SEC claims that Fox has misled the investing public by fraudulently inflating the revenue and omitting major liabilities of Powder River in Commission filings and by making other false and misleading public disclosures.
Fox has responded to the charges pleading his innocence, blaming Oilpods and the receiver for the loss of the shareholders.
Whatever the outcome, it doesn’t look like investors with Oilpods will be getting back any of their money, especially when Power River was put into liquidation and not much was recovered from them during the process.
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