Lilian Varga and Laura Pont
Yet Another "Fairer" Sex Scheme to Defraud
Bill E. Branscum
This page will be continually updated as information comes in.
Just a few years ago, I would have said, based upon my experience, that investment fraud schemes were the virtually exclusive domain of men . . . not so anymore. "Dr." Ruth Liverpool, Jenifer Hoffman, Julie Holden, . . . I have had a series of fraud cases perpetrated by women that would have made Cassie Chadwick proud.
We are currently investigating forty-one year old Escambia County, Florida resident, Lilian Varga and fifty-four year old Brevard County, Florida resident, Laura Pont, doing business together as LiLa Acquisitions, LLLP, and LiLa Capital, Inc. We have their identifying information, and social security numbers.
According to a Complaint filed by the Florida Attorney General in 2005, this is not Lilian Varga's first rodeo." Since at least October 2003, Lilian Varga, doing business as New Leaf Associates, purported to provide “debt elimination,” which it alternatively referred to as “debt termination” services and a “Credit Card/School Loan Termination Program,” to consumers throughout the United States and Canada, for up front fees of $3,795.95 (to “eliminate” loans of up to $50,000), $5,295.95 (to “eliminate” loans of $50,000 up to $100,000), or more to “eliminate” loans in excess of $100,000.
The Florida Attorney General reported that, throughout the conduct of its business, New Leaf has had no functioning process for termination or elimination of debt, and the process described by New Leaf was fictional at the outset. New Leaf, despite its stated purpose, never eliminated a single debt through its so-called “administrative process,” and upon information and belief, has never actually attempted to eliminate debt through such a process.
A copy of the Attorney General's Complaint is provided for your review.
Our current case relates to outright investment fraud. Rather than pour "good money after bad" in an effort to pursue recovery, our Client has retained us to "throw the perpetrators under the government bus." These fraud scheme promoters invariably forget that the government has a special term for the proceeds of investment fraud - "taxable income."
If anyone has information that would be useful to our investigation, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Bill E. Branscum, Investigator