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What Now for Oilpod Investors?

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.

Timeline of events:

  • December 2003: Brian Fox becomes chairman, president and CEO of Powder River Petroleum International.
  • Late 2004: Powder River begins conveying working oil and gas interests to investors in Asia for more than $43 million.
  • Mid-2007: Powder River’s guaranteed payment obligations to investors exceeds actual oil and gas production revenues.
  • December 2008: Company files for Chapter 11 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Oklahoma City.
  • November 2010: Chapter 11 case is converted to a Chapter 7 liquidation.

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Ha Ha says 12 years ago

Singapore is a wonderful open playground for scammers and con artists, especially those from western countries. Most s’poreans still have Pinkerton syndrome and will believe a confident and smooth-talking ang moh in a suit. They don’t realise that most ang mohs with only O-levels can talk and present better than most S’porean MBA grads. Many of these con jobbers actually have low qualifications, and back in their home countries they can at most be only insurance agents or property agents. But here in Singapore, they can be investment gurus and can get S’poreans to open their wallets with just a flick of their tongues and a wave of their laser pointers over a powerpoint slide.

For S’poreans who donated to Profitable Plots, you contributed to their directors buying HDB and also 3 properties in M’sia. No prizes for guessing whether they even put in 1 cent into the garbage landbanks that they were flogging to you.

The wife and her mother just sold their HDB to take advantage of the peaking property market in S’pore. Even scammers know about property cycles and when to take profit. Ha ha.

This also means that the whole family are PRs. Those talents that S’pore sorely needs.

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