Despite the SEC making it clear that MLM cryptocurrency opportunities are not exempt from securities regulation, some companies don’t appear to have gotten the memo.
One of those companies is Wealth Generators, who are currently gearing up to launch their “Crypto” mining contracts.
Randy Schrum is a Wealth Generators affiliate who markets the opportunity through his “Occupy Wealth” branding.
[7:50] We are Occupy Wealth. We are what we call “a movement”.
We break down the barriers for financial wealth. I’m the founder.
I’ve got to tell you now, I’ve been on this journey for the last several years and one of the things I’ve always looked at is, “How can I teach and share the wealth building strategies that I’ve discovered over the years and bring the best in class of people that can seamlessly open their laptops from anywhere in the world … and can produce wealth”.
They can produce passive income. Not just any type of income, but passive – meaning money that comes in whether they’re working or not.
That last sentence is key, because it pretty much defines Wealth Generators’ new Crypto mining contracts.
To cut to the chase, Schrum claims Crypto is based on a “proprietary algorithm”
Crypto uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the most profitable cryptocurrencies to mine at any given time.
Crypto’s algorithm diversifies what is being mined to reduce some of the risk associated with mining cryptocurrency.
The cryptrocurrencies that are currently being mined through the Crypto platform are ethereum, dash, monero and ethereum classic, but others may be added at any time.
Wealth Generators affiliates buy in for $149.99 and then $500 to $4999.99 per mining contract (another $99.99 is charged per mining contract invested in).
[15:36] It’s a minimum deposit of five hundred dollars. It’s 100% automated.
Once you get it set up, you don’t have to touch it.
In total, Wealth Generators offer three mining contract investment levels:
- Generator – $500
- Investor – $999
- Executive – $2499.99
- Premiere – $4999.99
Mining contracts pay out for 1200 days, with Schrum claiming Generator tier contracts pay out “about $1 to $2 a day”.
Executive contracts purportedly pay $6 to $8 a day and Premiere “anywhere from $12 to $24”.
Additional mining rigs can be obtained via a two level deep referral system, based on “crypto points”.
Wealth Generators themselves aren’t running the mining rigs, as Schrum reveals;
[8:38] As the founder and as the leader of this community, what we do is we risk, I risk my own money verifying what works.
I go out there and do the due-diligence. I go out there and do the research.
And one of the deals … (cuts out) … to you is a publicly traded company that has been in business for three years. A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau and most of all, they are publishing their results.
So you’re not going to see a company out there in this space that’s doing those three things.
And so you can see it, you can see it physically firsthand – what’s going on.
Yet despite these assurances, Schrum doesn’t name the company Wealth Generators is offering contracts through. He does however mention they supposedly have rigs in Hong Kong and New Zealand.
What Schrum does confirm is that Wealth Generators are only accepting bitcoin for the contracts, and that the daily ROI is paid out in ethereum.
As I mentioned earlier, the key take-away from Wealth Generators’ Crypto offering is that it’s clearly a passive investment opportunity.
[9:14] I’m going to break that down for you and how you can position yourself in this new digital gold rush.
But more importantly, how you can earn free mining contracts, or mining machines, that spit off cash to you and you’re not doing anything.
Understand what I just said: I’m going to show you how to earn these mining machines by the efforts of other people – and you continue to get paid the results every single day.
Ie. Wealth Generators’ Crypto platform is clearly a securities offering.
Seeing as Wealth Generators are a US company based in Utah (Schrum operates out of Missouri), the Crypto mining contracts require registration with the SEC to ensure everything is above-board.
This isn’t optional, this is established securities law in the US dating back to 1933.
A search of the SEC’s Edgar database however reveals neither Wealth Generators, Randy Schrum or Occupy Wealth are registered to offer securities in the US.
Despite this, Schrum claims he’s currently setting organizing Wealth Generators “leaders” in Hong Kong.
The company plans to officially launch its Crypto unregistered securities offering in Las Vegas over January 13th and 14th.
In addition to Crypto, Wealth Generators’ other offerings also quite clearly constitute securities offerings.
With respect to Ryze AI, Schrum claims to have earned a 16% ROI over six months.
[11:42] You see I’ve been testing this product now for over the last year. And I say “testing” but (I’ve been) using it.
In just a six month period I saw a sixteen percent return on my deposit.
Schrum also touts “guaranteed income” if a Wealth Generators affiliate build a large enough downline of recruited affiliates:
Rather than address regulatory non-compliance (pyramid recruitment and unregistered securities), when the topic of “is Wealth Generators’ Crypto a scam” comes up Schrum instead uses the “global elite”, “ultra wealthy” and finance industry as red herrings.
[29:02] If you say this looks like a scam and that, guys listen to me, alright? I’m going to bust a sacred cow here.
And the sacred cow is this: Listen, banks are known to generate forty to sixty percent of their profits, right, in the global currencies market.
Did you just hear me?
And whose money are they using to do it? They’re not using their money, they’re using other people’s money (Schrum uses the acronym “OPM”).
So listen, if you’re tired and sick and tired of the global elite um, to be making their money off of other people’s money and you wanna be financially free, then remove that sacred cow you’ve been brainwashed on by that industrial age model, and by broke people who can never get out of their mold.
Be that as it may (or not, I’m not here to debate the merits of Schrum’s red herrings), raging against “the banks” is not justification for committing securities fraud.
Unfortunately those following Schrum appear to be completely ignorant of securities law and/or blinded by greed.
Towards the end of his presentation, Schrum issues the following directive:
[29:52] Okay it’s time to make a change. It’s time to enlarge your tent stakes and make a decision for yourself.
While I can’t say I agree with Schrum over most of the presentation, this is something I can echo.
To be sure, Wealth Generators affiliates need to decide whether they wish to engage in offering unregistered securities across the US and abroad.
URGENT CRYPTO BRIEFING!
Posted by Randy Schrum on Tuesday, 26 December 2017
As we’ve seen in USI-Tech, this has the potential to open them up to regulatory liability on both a state and federal level.