$600 Million Ponzi Scheme Was Incubated In Small N.C. Town

LEXINGTON, N.C. (March 30, 2013)—There are questions about how a North Carolina man operated a $600 million Ponzi scheme that attracted 1 million investors, even though regulators had received dozens of complaints about the company.

Paul Burks is the mastermind of one of the biggest investment scams in U.S. history, authorities said.

His online company ZeekRewards was based in Lexington, N.C.

The Securities and Exchange Commission closed ZeekRewards in August and Burks has agreed to pay a $4 million penalty.

Investigators say he siphoned millions for his personal use, but he hasn't been charged.

Burks said he never told anyone to invest more money than they could afford, but investors say they were duped.

They also didn't know regulators had received nearly a dozen complaints about ZeekRewards but failed to take action for months.

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