Firstly, I have very little knowledge of US law, so this could possibly be a dumb post to make, but I've been following the Donald Lapre case and find the actual charges interesting
In June 2011, Lapre was charged with conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering. The indictment alleges:
- Lapre's sales pitches for the Greatest Vitamin program greatly exaggerated its income potential.
- Buyers were never told that their Internet-based businesses would ultimately be competing against more than 200,000 other "businesses" offering the exact same limited number of products in essentially the same manner.
- Although their initial investments were small, buyers were sold expensive marketing programs that had little or no potential for generating sales.
- From 2004 to 2007, 226,794 people invested more than $51.8 million and received just $6.3 million in commissions .
He was recently found hanged in his cell:
(Officially, he comitted suicide. He was previously found in a gym with stab wounds in his groin days before he was arrested ... they also chalked this up to attempted suicide (!), but unofficially he owed money to the wrong people, who apparently had some influence inside prison!)
Does anyone know what part of selling an effectively turnkey site, similar to hundreds of others currently being sold, is the part that found him on the wrong side of the law?