Couple scams thousands in Black community during pandemic
The couple became famous after appearing on "Family or Fiance," a reality show on OWN
Legal action is being taken against a married couple from Texas who allegedly cheated black people out of huge sums of money.
Marlon Moore and his wife, LaShonda, of Prosper, Texas, are charged with running an illegal pyramid scheme. On Monday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against the couple, according to NBCDFW.
The couple rose to fame after appearing on Family or Fiance, a reality show on OWN that "follows the dynamic between eight engaged couples who get their disapproving families under one roof for three days, some for the first time," Pro Show website.
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The couple ran BINT Operations, LLC, also known as "Blessings In No Time". They recruited people from the black community to participate and, according to the lawsuit, carried out an "illegal pyramid scheme" to defraud millions in members of the African American community across the country.
Rosetta Fleming, a retired Mississippi school teacher, was a victim of the plan.
"They wanted to say it's for blacks, they wanted to say that that's what they wanted to say about building the black community," Fleming said.
Participants were organized into game boards, according to another lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Federal Trade Commission and the Arkansas Attorney General.
Fleming said the more people joined, the faster you would climb and be closer to the "blessing". She even recruited her husband, who was never paid or brought forward.
The wife and grandmother paid the initial $ 1,400 in hopes of $ 11,000 compensation.
The couple also pledged to "bless and support needy members of the African American community following the pandemic and economic and social unrest".
Fleming said she was confident doing business with the couple because "they promised they would give you a refund if you weren't satisfied".
The lawsuit states: "The defendants have promised profits and a money-back guarantee. Instead, the defendants squander assets - and leave thousands of victims in need. "
They deposited $ 7,000 before requesting a refund. You never received it.
Back in December, the couple discussed paying refunds over a Zoom phone call, saying they even received death threats.
Marlon and LaShonda Moore Image: Courtesy of BINTscam.com
"Folks, we're working on all of 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 close it,'" said Marlon Moore.
The Texas AG lawsuit states: "Since January 2021, the state has received nearly 200 consumer complaints against the defendants alleging that over $ 700,000 of defendants' funds were lost but never returned."
Fleming is angry. She and her husband cleaned up their savings account for the fraud. But she still doesn't want to see the couple in prison.
"I was so mad at them for doing all of this and they got this and they took our money."
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