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Monday, 14 April 2014

Telexfree Declares Bankrupt, Files for Bankruptcy in the US

TELEXFREE FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY IN THE USA

UPDATED: TelexFree’s initial bankruptcy proposal has been rejected due to “incomplete and/or insufficient filing”. See details at end of post below.

Lately, Telexfree has been beset with a great number of problems for which they have continuously and unwisely kept their promoters and customers in the dark; instead, resorting to far-reaching changes without consultations, thus sparking off widespread anger and distaste amongst its promoters.


Also, for sometime now, many promoters worldwide have complained of delayed payouts of their earnings. Typically paid out on Fridays, these promoters were left wondering where their money was many days after.

Unofficially, everyone believed these problems were apparently due to issues with TelexFree's payment processor, iPayout, for which the company unilaterally, again without consulting its promoters, announced few days ago, the introduction of TelexCard International in its bid to 'solve the problem'.

Rather unfortunately, the real reason behind all of TelexFree's problems over recent times finally surfaced a few hours ago - TelexFree is bankrupt.

TelexFREE Declares Bankrupt

Yesterday evening, a special meeting of its top corporate echelon was held, during which critical decisions were taken, amongst which was to declare bankruptcy. Details of the bankruptcy filing and the complete minutes of the meeting can be viewed and/or downloaded in this Press Release.

Part of the minutes of the meeting is reproduced below:
On April 13, 2014 at 8:11 pm a special meeting of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Telexfree, Inc. (the “Corporation”) was held telephonically.

All of the parties present were able to be heard. All the directors of the Corporation, James Merrill and Carlos Wanzeler, were present. Also present were:
  1. from Greenberg Traurig LLP Nancy Mitchell, Jody Davis, Maria DiConza, Jonathan Bell, Matt Hinker, Avi Fox, Zack Polidoro, and Michael Cohen;
  2. from Gordon Silver Greg Garman and Teresa Pilatowicz;
  3. from Alvarez & Marsal Lawrence Hirsh, Bill Runge, Tim Meighan, and Aileen Daversa;
  4. from Joe H. Craft, CPA Joe H. Craft; and
  5. from Impact This Day, Inc. Stuart A. MacMillan.
The meeting was called to order by Carlos Wanzeler, President and a director, and on the agenda was the approval of the filing of a voluntary petition for relief under the provisions of Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code, 11 U.S.C. §§ 101, et seq. (the “Bankruptcy Code”).

Upon motion duly made and seconded, the Board unanimously approved the following resolutions:
RESOLVED, that in the judgment of the Board of the Corporation, it is desirable and in the best interests of the Corporation, its creditors and other parties in interest, that the Corporation file or cause to be filed a voluntary petition for relief, along with certain affiliated entities, under the provisions of Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code (“Chapter 11″) in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada.
Following the decision, since this morning, 14th of April, 2014, promoters have been unable to post their ads, but instead are shown a notice of the appointment of a new interim CEO for Telexfree; and also, Telexfree's filing for bankruptcy, when they try to post from their Back Office. See a screenshot of the notice below (TIP: click on image to enlarge).
Telexfree Declares Bankrupt, Files for Bankruptcy in the US
Notice declaring Telexfree bankrupt, and filing for bankruptcy in the USA

TelexFree Files for Bankruptcy in the USA

Filed on the 13th of April 2014, TelexFree’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy application is for TelexFree Inc., TelexFree LLC and TelexFree Financial Inc.

Checked on the application is an estimation of between $0-$50,000 owed in liabilities, and also a list of TelexFree’s “creditors holding the 30 largest unsecured claims”. Listed as “trade debts”, these creditors are probably TelexFree’s top investor affiliates.

Below is a reproduction of the creditors list (including the amounts owed):
  1. Jozelia Sangali – $1,346,731
  2. Leonardo Fransisco – $903,813
  3. DL1 Inc – $740,910
  4. Renato Alves – $737,264
  5. Benjamin Argueta – $673,543
  6. Marco Almeida – $553,579
  7. JMC Inc – $500,308
  8. Edwin Herman Maina Lima – $496,201
  9. David Martinez – $493,707
  10. Paola Zollo Alecci – $456,342
  11. Robert Bourguinon – $439,901
  12. Carla Peres – $439,901
  13. Pedro Taveras – $438,318
  14. Nathana Santos Reis – $402,462
  15. Jose Anominondas Jr. – $388,771
  16. Vagner Roza – $386,447
  17. Noberto Rey – $374,237
  18. Jacqueline Zieff – $367,109
  19. Jose Carlos Maciel – $364,086
  20. Michael Calazans – $350,420
  21. Bruno Graziani – $344,505
  22. Renato Ribeiro – $340,479
  23. Marcelino Salazar Bacilio – $337,291
  24. Edison Oswaldo Jurado Aleman – $312,890
  25. Roman Mishuk – $310,913
  26. Rosa Marina Cabral Souto – $303,026
  27. Du Painting Dba – $302,831
  28. Graca Luisa Andrade – $298,988
  29. Paulo Fransico da Silva – $295,946
  30. Leone da Silva Santos – $295,946
Absent from the list are company “insiders”, which, among other parties (lawyers for example), would cover all of TelexFree management.

Implication for TelexFREE and TelexFREE Promoters

Of course many pertinent questions will be playing in the minds of promoters worldwide: What is the future of TelexFREE now? Where does its promoters go from here? Are we going to be paid? If yes, when? If no, why?

Well, we are all asking the same questions, and I have tried my best to answer based on the information at my disposal:

1). What is the future of TelexFREE now? Where does its promoters go from here?
Well, the company says it "...filed a petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court..." in order to "help the company reorganize and restructure its debts while continuing to manage and operate its business on a day-to-day basis."

But who exactly is fooling who?

After lying to affiliates saying the company was 'sound' and promising that weekly payouts on old AdCentral accounts would continue until their 52 week maturity period, recent events showed the stark insincerity of TelexFREE. So, who is believing them this time around? Certainly, not me!

The truth is that TelexFree SIMPLY does not have money to continue to pay affiliates and promoters.

Laid out in an “Emergency motion” filed on the 13th of April, TelexFree indicates clearly that it no longer has money to pay its affiliates, and pegs its hopes of making money on TelexApp, TelexFree99 VOIP service and “other new products”. Read the motion below:
TelexFree is operated as a multi-level marketing company, and currently has over 700,000 associates or promoters (the “Promoters”) worldwide.

Prior to the filing of these Chapter 11 Cases, TelexFree compensated Promoters for the sales of the VoIP product, the placing of advertisements and the recruitment of other Promoters down line.

Because questions were raised about its compensation plan, the Company on March 9, 2014, discontinued its original compensation plan (the “Original Comp Plan”) and replaced the Original Comp Plan with a revised compensation plan (the “Revised Comp Plan” and together with the Original Comp Plan, the “Pre-Petition Comp Plans”).

At the time of the roll-out of the Revised Comp Plan, the Company decided to honor certain discretionary payments to Promoters under the Original Comp Plan. These discretionary payments quickly became a substantial drain on the Company’s liquidity.

The Company discontinued the Pre-Petition Comp Plans and ceased making discretionary payments under the Original Comp Plan prior to the Petition Date.

The Company believes the sales of the 99TelexFree product, the TelexFree “app,” and other new products will ultimately prove successful and profitable.
Nobody is buying TelexFree’s products and services other than affiliates, and even then only so that they could qualify for their AdCentral weekly payouts. If those payments cease because of “compensation plan revisions” you have nobody at all paying TelexFree for their products and services.

It’s just that simple.

Besides, the simple reason the payments to existing affiliates who had invested became a “substantial drain” was because, after TelexFree changed the comp rules, comparably few, if anybody, was investing any new money with them. The new comp plan was no longer attractive, so many promoters on the old comp plan were just withdrawing their monies and planning to break away at the expiration of their accounts.

Or as TelexFree puts it:
The trailing liabilities arising from the Original Comp Plan are difficult to quantify and have resulted in substantial asserted liabilities against the Company, a number of which may not be valid.

As a result, the Company filed these Chapter 11 Cases to obtain the breathing room to address its operational and regulatory issues, revise the Pre-Petition Comp Plans, and quantify and address the claims against it.
Obviously, things can no longer go on as they have because the money just isn’t there.

So what do we now have?

As I understand the situation, TelexFree has run an investment scheme for years, raked up huge sums of unpayable ROI liabilities and now, through bankruptcy, is seeking a “get out of jail free and we don’t have to pay anyone” grant from the courts.

Not only that, they’re also looking to “legally” get out of the $1.12 billion+ they will owe affiliates by the end of 2014.

And what is Telexfree telling the US courts to justify all of this?
The Company believes that a restructuring of its debt, adoption of a post-petition revised compensation plan, unveiling of new products (including the TelexFree app), and return to growing its Customer base will allow the Company to realize its full potential and generate significant value for its constituents.
I am no lawyer and do not pretend to understand US bankruptcy law. However, based on simple commonsense, the fate of TelexFree now hangs very heavily on the verdict of the Bankruptcy petition it filed with the U.S Bankruptcy Court.

I suspect the next few days (or however long it takes the court, or the SEC or other applicable party to decide) will tell us if TelexFree is going under or not. Given the facts so far, I wonder if the Chapter 11 proposal and Bankruptcy relief application will be approved and granted to TelexFree by the court.

So TelexFree may or may not be around soon. If it is going to beat this storm, all the better for all of us; but if it is going to go, so will all its promoters. For now, we are all waiting on the court's verdict. So, let's keep our fingers crossed.

2). Are promoters going to be paid? If yes, when? If no, why
Determining if an affiliate or promoter is going to be paid or not, and when, is no easy task in the current situation. This will hugely depend on the outcome of the current chapter 11 application before the courts.

If you will be paid, it will be when Telexfree stabilizes, and that will be in the unlikely event of the courts granting the chapter 11 application. On the other hand, if you are never to be paid again, it will be because their application is denied and the SEC "shut them down" in the end.

I cannot help feeling that my money, and yours too, added great value to the Telexfree top 'executives' and that it may be stashed somewhere; and that now Carlos Wanzeler, James Merril and Carlos Costa are trying to legally walk out free on us, and even get us to legally “pick crumbs”, if there will be any.

As the new TelexFree CEO Stuart Macmillan puts it:
We anticipate that our global operations will continue to provide our customers with the high-quality products and services they have come to expect.

We are taking this major step because we continue to believe in our business, our products and the enthusiasm of our world-class team. We believe that this restructuring plan, which will include significant enhancements to our governance practices and internal controls, will help us to build a stronger and more sustainable financial and operational foundation for the future.

As a result of the filing of the chapter 11 cases, TelexFREE anticipates that it will have the time to build a solid foundation based on a compensation plan that rewards sales associates and promoters for customer acquisition and the promotion of well-established and new products.

Our collective success depends on our united commitment to offer our customers the finest communications products and services available anywhere in the world. I look forward to moving through the process quickly with the support of our independent sales associates during this transition and the ongoing dedication of our customers.
So, dear friends, just like the first question I tried to answer above, determining whether to be paid or not to be paid, does not have a ready answer too. What you have now is knowledge of what is happening.

As the days pass, let us watch to see how things unfold. Let us just keep our fingers crossed as we wait!


UPDATED (15/04/2014): We have confirmation that TelexFree’s initial bankruptcy proposal has been rejected due to “incomplete and/or insufficient filing”. The 13 required declarations absent from the initial filing, include:
  1. Summary of schedules
  2. Real property
  3. Personal property
  4. Creditors holding secured claims
  5. Creditors holding unsecured priority claims
  6. Creditors holding unsecured nonpriority claims
  7. Executory contracts and unexpired leases
  8. Codebtors
  9. Declaration concerning debtor’s schedule
  10. Statement of financial affiars
  11. Statement of compensation
  12. Tax identification number
  13. Declaration under penalty of perjury
TelexFREE has 14 days (i.e. until 28th April 2014) to correct these mistakes and re-file its bankruptcy application. Friends, what do you guys make of this?

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21 comments:

  1. Hello All. Thanks I keena for posting this article. I hope that everyone gets their money back, or at least most of it.The show must go on.

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    1. That's the spirit, brother. I really do pray we all get our outstanding moneys out. God help us all!

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  2. thank God I got registered in Argent global Network before telexfree shuts down...but i lost my money .lesson learned.

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    1. Hello Zen, congrats on your AGN registration. As an aside, i feel you can share the specifics of the lessons you learned from all the Telexfree hullabaloo of recent weeks here. I never tire of learning, and I'm sure many people who visit this blog would also benefit from your own lessons. Ciao, dear friend, and waiting.

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  3. I agreed with UserAN. Ikeena you are so resourceful and compassionate to share the news with us. Ikeena is an excellent writer! I appreciate it!
    Keep up the good work! Pray for the best!

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    1. Hey David, that's very considerate of you. And i do really appreciate your words very much. Thanks a million man!

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  4. I think Telexfree should just concentrate on paying promoters the value of the money invested by them and not hope to pay claims in excess of what each individual promoter put into the company. I joined Telexfree in February and have not been able to withdraw a single cent. It seems to me that money belonging to people like me has been used to make payouts to others who joined before me. This does not seem fair.

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    1. Hi Chumamara, I feel your pain. I really do because I lost a lot of money years back when I invested in a diesel importation business that went down the drain before I could even recoup my initial investments. I was devastated; but I picked myself up, and moved on with my lessons learned. That's life, my brother.

      I think I'm on the same page with you when it comes to how telexfree should pay people back. But would they? I very much doubt they would want to, even if they could, because they are still busy talking about restructuring and rebuilding the company. God help us all!

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    2. Good news, Chumamara. After Telexfree filed bankruptcy, the Securities Division of the State of Massachusetts charged them for fraud and are going to insist they pay back every affiliate.

      How this goes down is something i would not know, considering these affiliates are in several countries of the world with different laws and procedures about these issues. Anyways, for now, this is good news.

      You can read it here: http://www.saibaworld.com/2014/04/telexfree-charged-for-90million-fraud.html

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    3. Thanks, Ikenna for all the good work, and Kool T for the words of encouragement and hope. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

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  5. Hi Friends,

    Until launching of new plan, most of the promoters withdraw their money by paying invoices of new promoters.

    But due to changes in the plan, all are trying to withdraw money from back office - ewallet - bank accounts. Yes TF couldn't able to pay now.

    Finally, promoters who earned money is only from the down line promoters (who are suffering now without earning their initial investment). In our team, my friend purchased 1+10 Adcentral to qualify team builder. Now all ?????????????

    Better to stop this nonsense business. This is my first online (MLM) and also decided the last.

    Thanks Ikeena for your regular update and support.

    Bye friends

    Sudhagar

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    1. Would be a great pity not to read your regular comments again here, my dear Sudhagar. But i agree with you that if this is your first online MLM, you'd definitely want it to be the last.

      However, the truth is you can make a lot of money online. It's all about timing, my friend. My principle is always: go in early, invest heavily within a very short period, draw out profits over 1 to 1 and half years, and get out before the fire begins to burn. If you do it that way, you will almost always avoid losses, AND even when you do, it will be very minimal. Goodluck to you, my dear friend.

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  6. Even if we dont get our money back, at least put those bastards in jail 4ever so that we can laught and spit on theyr face like theyre doing with us.

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    1. I feel you, Emil; but I prefer them giving our monies back, even if they don't go to jail. But either way, let the hands of justice and law take its course.

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    1. Yes, I already heard singhajs; but was busy at work. Already published an article on it here: http://www.saibaworld.com/2014/04/telexfree-charged-for-90million-fraud.html

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  8. Hey Ikenna, a million thanks for all the updates. You are really doing a wonderful job here. Initially, I never believed in all this online stuff but when I did, the system "crashed!" Apparently I'm gonna lose my money with Telexfree. However, Notwithstanding few weeks ago I moved to AGN. Can you please throw more lights on AGN? What are the pros and cons of AGN? I followed your link... (on your down-line) Thanks bro!

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    1. Hi Festus, sorry you got introduced into the online business on a sad note. But like they say, "Some days are like that". All i will say is that businesses, online or offline, is not for the faint-hearted.

      I really do not know what you want to know about AGN, or what you mean by pros and cons. Every business is both a pro and a con, depending on what you want from it. I already wrote some articles on AGN vi this link: http://www.saibaworld.com/search/label/Argent%20Global%20Network. Let me know if you still require something else, but be definite please.

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  9. Look guys, people are hurting out there. They need a resolution, but unfortunately it's not going to happen. TelexFree promoters have lost their money. Some have lost their life savings joining this mess!
    Chicago Bankruptcy Law Office of Lorraine Greenberg

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  10. Sad to hear such problems that have affected so many lives.
    Always advisable to consult reputable, industry experts.

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