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Complaint against 4 Agape World brokers

Complaint against 4 Agape World brokers

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Compliant filed against four brokers in the Agape World Ponzi scheme run by Nick Cosmo.
Compliant filed against four brokers in the Agape World Ponzi scheme run by Nick Cosmo.

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Published by: Long Island Business News on Apr 25, 2012
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JJD:CCCF.#2011R00447UNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTEASTERNDISTRICTOFNEWYORK
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UNITEDSTATESOFAMERICA-against-COMPLAINTANDAFFIDAVITINSUPPORTOFARRESTWARRANTSJASONKERYC!ANTHONYMASSARO!ANTHONYCICCONEandDIANEKAYLOR!(T.18,U.S.C.,
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1349)Defendants.--XEASTERNDISTRICTOFNEWYORK,SS.:RICHARDCINNAMO,beingdulysworn!deposesandsaysthatheisaPostalInspectorwiththeUnitedStatesPostalInspectionService("USPIS")dulyappointedaccordingtolawandactingassuch.Uponinformationandbelief,inoraboutanqbetweenOctober2003andJanuary2009,bothdatesbeingapproximateandinclusive!withintheEasternDistrictofNewYorkandelsewhere,thedefendantsJASONKERYC,ANTHONYMASSARO!ANTHONYCICCONEandDIANEKAYLOR!togetherwithothers!didknowinglyandintentionallyconspiretodeviseaschemeandartificetodefraud!andtoobtainmoneyandpropertybymeansofmateriallyfalseandfraudulentpretenses,representationsandpromises!andforthepurposeofexecutingsuchschemeandartifice,placedandcausedtobeplacedinpostofficesandauthorizeddepositories
 
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formailmattersrmattersandthingsranddepositedandcausedtobedepositedmattersandthingstobesentanddeliveredbyprivateandcommercialinterstatecarrierstowit:documentsandenvelopescontainingchecks,contrarytoTitle18,UnitedStatesCoderSection1341.(Title18,UnitedStatesCode,Section1349)Thesourceofyourdeponent'sinformationandgroundsforhisbeliefareasfollows:
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1.IhavebeenaPostalInspectorwiththeUSPISforapproximatelyfourteenyearsandhaveparticipatedinnumerousinvestigationsofviolationsoffederaloffensescommittedusingtheUnitedStatesmailandinterstatecarriers.ForthepastnineyearsrIhavebeenassignedtounitsthatprimarilyinvestigatefraudoffenses,includingrbutnotlimitedtOrmailfraud,wirefraudandviolationsofthefederalsecuritiesandcommoditieslaws.IamcurrentlyassignedtotheHicksvilleofficeoftheUSPIS.
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2.SinceAugust
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Ihaveparticipated,alongwithagentsoftheFederalBureauofInvestigation(the"FBI")
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inanongoinginvestigationofAgapeWorld,Inc.("Agape"),AgapeMerchantAdvance,LLC.
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andindividualsassociatedwithBecausethepurposeofthisaffidavitistostateonlyprobablecausetoarrest,IhavenotdescribedalltherelevantfactsandcircumstancesofwhichIamaware.
 
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AgapeandAMA.OnJanuary26,2009,federalagentsexecutedcourt-authorizedsearchwarrantsatAgapeandAMA'sofficesandseizedcomputersandvoluminousdocuments.OnJune16,2009,federalagentsexecutedcourt-authorizedsearchwarrantsofmorethan30emailaccountsofformerAgapeemployees,includingemailaccountsusedbythedefendantsJASONKERYC,F~THONYMASSARO,ANTHONYCICCONEandDIANEKAYLOR,andseizednumerousemailsrelatingtoAgapeandAMA.Additionally,duringtheinvestigation,federalagentsobtainedbankrecordsandotherAgapedocuments,pursuanttosubpoenas.Further,otherinvestigatorsassignedtotheUSPISandFBIandIhaveinterviewedapproximately80individualswhoinvestedmoneyinAgapeandAMA.WealsointerviewednumerousformerAgapeandAMAemployees.Theinformationcontainedinthisaffidavitisbasedon,amongotherthings,myownpersonalobservations,myreviewofdocuments,includingemailsto/fromthedefendants.myparticipationinandreviewofconsensuallymaderecordings,conversationswithotherlawenforcementofficersandinterviewsofwitnesses.3.Todate,theinvestigationhasrevealedthatthedefendantsJASONKERYC,ANTHONYMASSARO,ANTHONYCICCONEandDIANEKAYLOR,togetherwithothers,knowinglyandintentionallyengagedinfraudulentactivityinvolvingtheuseoftheUnitedStatesmailandprivateinterstatecarriers.Specifically,the

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