Successful couple accused of ‘defrauding tens of millions in African American community’ – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
A Prosper couple are accused of scamming tens of millions of dollars from people by allegedly operating an illegal pyramid scheme from their home in Prosper over the past year.
Marlon Moore, also known as DJ ASAP, and his wife LaShonda are no strangers to the limelight.
The couple appeared on an OWN Network reality show called “Family or Fiance,” which brings together disapproving families of engaged couples.
This week, the couple are once again under a different kind of spotlight.
On Monday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against Marlon and LaShonda Moore as well as the company they operated called BINT Operations, LLC. BINT stands for “Blessings in No Time”.
The lawsuit accuses the Moores of having set up an “illegal pyramid scheme … to scam tens of millions of dollars from members of the African-American community across the country.”
Rosetta Fleming says she is one of them.
“They meant it’s for black people, they meant it’s to build black community, that’s what they meant,” Fleming said.
Fleming is a retired Mississippi wife, grandmother, and teacher.
She says she joined BINT after a relative told her about it and because the Moors made a promise.
“They promised they would refund you if you weren’t happy,” Fleming said.
For an initial amount of around $ 1,400, the lawsuit says the Moores also pledged to “bless and help needy members of the African American community in the wake of the pandemic and economic and social strife.”
In return for recruiting more people who would also pay fees, Fleming said he was promised more than $ 11,000 in compensation.
She said the program appealed to her sense of faith and her family.
“And I need it because I kept telling myself, ‘Oh, I need $ 11,400. I can get out of debt,’ Fleming said.
Members were organized into game boards, according to a separate lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Federal Trade Commission and the Arkansas attorney general.
The goal, Fleming said, was to move forward as more and more people were recruited and ultimately to be “blessed.” or paid.
She said members could be a part of many boards if they paid an additional fee that increased what she believed to be earning potential.
Fleming says she and her husband she recruited were never paid and never advanced.
After spending around $ 7,000, they asked for reimbursements.
Seven months later, they are still waiting.
“I was so mad at them that they did all of this and they got it and they took our money,” Fleming said.
While actively participating in the program, Fleming says she frequently attended Zoom meetings hosted by the Moores.
During a Zoom call to members in December, the Moores discussed reimbursement requests.
“Guys, we’re working on all the refunds, we had an active refund list and before that refund list got too long, we wanted to go ahead and say ‘let’s go and stop it’,” said Marlon Moore.
The couple said refunds will be processed in the order they are received.
LaShonda Moore also commented that the couple had received death threats.
According to the Texas AG lawsuit, “Since January 2021, the state has received nearly 200 consumer complaints against defendants alleging more than $ 700,000 in lost money paid to defendants but never reimbursed.”
One alleged victim wrote in the lawsuit: “The Moore’s SCAMMED, CONNED, HOODWINKED on 8,000 black and brown people during a pandemic.”
Despite cleaning up their savings account, Fleming said she didn’t want the Moores going to jail, but wanted people like her who aren’t happy with BINT to get their money back.
The Moores have not responded to multiple attempts by NBC 5 to reach them.
A lawyer is not listed on their online court records.
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