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    Re: Liberty Reserve owner arrested, charged with money laundering, website offline

    A tip left by "GUEST" on pastebin:


    Main LibertyReserve Founder:

    Name: Arthur Budovsky
    Corperations: B-To-B Marketplace, Liberty Reserve, Gold Age, ECSN, MonsterEscrow
    Addresses: 3053 Ave U #143, 50 Brighton Beach, 1961 28th Street, 2106 Bath Ave #115
    City: Brooklyn
    State: New York (NY)
    ZIP: 11229
    Phones: 718-288-3300, 718-265-9354, 718-382-5319, 917-690-8126
    Emails: xss5@mindspring.com, seelen@neurophonic.net

    Main LibertyReserve Co-Founder:

    Name: Vladimir Kats
    Corperations: B-To-B Marketplace, Gold Age , Liberty Reserve
    Address: 3053 Ave U #143
    City: Brooklyn
    State: New York (NY)
    ZIP: 11229
    Email: vkats@ultinet.net

    Arthurs Roommate was a founder of LibertyReserve:

    Name: James Bell
    Corperations: Liberty Reserve, MonsterEscrow
    Addresses: 773 East 73 Street, PO BOX 940538
    City: Brooklyn
    State: New York (NY)
    ZIP: 11220
    Phone: 718-468-9391
    Email: xss7@yahoo.com

    Another roomate of Arthurs had a relationship in Liberty Reserve:

    Name: Anthony Hawkins
    Address: PO BOX 940538
    City: Rockaway Park
    State: New York (NY)
    ZIP: 11694
    Email: seelen@f-m.fm

    LibertyReserves Costa Rica Failover Puppet:

    Name: Ahmed Yassine
    Alajuela, Costa Rica
    Phone: 506 8462868
    Email: business@libertyreserve.cr

    Another Costa Rician Puppet:

    Name: Allan Garcia
    Santa Ana, Costa Rica
    Emails: business@libertyreserve.cr, xrayboy777@yahoo.com

    Budovsky was also behind gdcaonline.org, EXCHANGEZONE.INFO, EXCHANGEZONE.com

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    Re: Liberty Reserve owner arrested, charged with money laundering, website offline

    I disagree on Bell and Hawkins, I believe both names been used by Budowsky himself in various registrations.
    most places contact information of those points to Budovsky himself.

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    Re: Liberty Reserve owner arrested, charged with money laundering, website offline

    Bell was apparently a separate person, but he ran Gold-Age for a while. Apparently he's Budovsky's figurehead

    James Bell, who is he? The search has returned us to the far 2002 when Ragnar Danneskjold has interviewed James Bell who appeared to be new CEO of Gold-Age.com who had bought that business from its former owner Parker Bradley. (http://www.planetgold.com/interview.asp?SPID=91334475). However it is impossible to view this page at the moment as the link is dead.

    Here is just a part of the interview:

    The sale and re-birth of Gold-Age

    Monday, April 22, 2002 Interview with Gold-Age.com new CEO, James Bell, and former CEO, Parker Bradley, conducted by Ragnar Danneskjold, editor - Planetgold.com.
    planetgold: Today, Planetgold is pleased to interview James Bell, of Gold-Age (www.Gold-Age.net)
    planetgold: The three of us are sitting here, in Albany. This is a closing for the sale of Gold-Age. Welcome, James and Parker. Thank you for agreeing to be interviewed.
    James: It's my pleasure!
    Parker: Same here.
    planetgold: So what's the deal here with Gold-Age?
    James: I am acquiring Gold-Age from Parker Bradley. Thank you for bringing us together and brokering the arrange

    One more interesting finding: the AboutUs.com wiki also contains the same Liberty Reserve/Gold-Age.net contact number for Asianagold ( http://www.asianagold.com/ ) with Anthony Hawkins as a contact person. Asianagold is an exchanger exchanging e-gold, Pecunix, Liberty Reserve, e-Bullion, 1mdc, and WebMoney. Don’t you find this list a little bit familiar?
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    Re: Liberty Reserve owner arrested, charged with money laundering, website offline

    I still insist it's still Budovsky,

    about Interview, would not it look strange if CEOs of 2 different companies giving interview to the same guy just 1 month apart used the same name ? :)

    look here: p l a n e t g o l d





    There was never any Bell or Hawkins in court documents in connection to GoldAge, their address are PO boxes, but phones and emails always of Budovsky

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    Oh, this gets better. Apparently Vladimir Kats goes by alias of Ragnar Danneskjöld (a character from Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged), who is also the owner of PlanetGold! (the same source suggests this, offered little if any proof)

    WOW, the same source also alleges that GDCA, the exchange association, was merely a front setup by Kats and Budovsky to lend credibility to themselves.

    donotlink.com/lrscam.blogspot.com

    Which seem to be copied news and posts from dreamoneyteam forum and various news items.
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    Re: Liberty Reserve owner arrested, charged with money laundering, website offline

    Quote Originally Posted by NikSam View Post
    I still insist it's still Budovsky,
    about Interview, would not it look strange if CEOs of 2 different companies giving interview to the same guy just 1 month apart used the same name ? :)
    If the allegations (see above) is true, the interview is fiction and there are indeed no Hawkins and Bell. Which means Budovsky will be charged with identity theft plus various other crimes.
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    Re: Liberty Reserve owner arrested, charged with money laundering, website offline

    Quote Originally Posted by kschang View Post
    Oh, this gets better. Apparently Vladimir Kats goes by alias of Ragnar Danneskjöld (a character from Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged), who is also the owner of PlanetGold! (the same source suggests this, offered little if any proof)

    WOW, the same source also alleges that GDCA, the exchange association, was merely a front setup by Kats and Budovsky to lend credibility to themselves.

    donotlink.com/lrscam.blogspot.com

    Which seem to be copied news and posts from dreamoneyteam forum and various news items.
    Indeed its is funny.

    2 scammers using different names and interviewing each other multiple times as different persons :)


    About gdcaonline.org i already said it is Budovsky's as well as EXCHANGEZONE.info

    CDCA_WHOIS.jpg


    EXINF_WHOIS.jpg

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    Re: Liberty Reserve owner arrested, charged with money laundering, website offline

    And this is just freaking interesting,

    guess who was the first original owner of EXCHANGEZONE.com ?

    EXCOM_WHOIS.jpg

    and guess who was first owner of perfectmoney.com ?

    PM_WHOIS.jpg


    exchangezone.com was confirmed to be run by Budovsky and was also shutdown together with LR
    Around the same time Liberty Reserve’s website went offline, so did the sites for several other digital currency exchanges, Krebs added. They include asianagold.com, exchangezone.com, milenia-finance.com, moneycentralmarket.com and swiftexchanger.com.

    Would not it be funny that Liberty Reserve is Budovsky's and Perfect Money is Kats's ? ;)
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    Re: Liberty Reserve owner arrested, charged with money laundering, website offline

    That doesn't necessarily mean anything. Eurobox apparently is well known in the Internet world as a "domain kiter" (i.e. they register expired domains then ransoms them back to the original owners for a fee)

    Is this some kind of a joke or what ? - NamePros.com

    They also act as domain proxy registrar.
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    Re: Liberty Reserve owner arrested, charged with money laundering, website offline

    This is claimed CEO/Founder of Perfect Money - "Andrew Draper"

    Andrew2.jpg

    URL: Andrew Draper, Perfect Money: "
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    Re: Liberty Reserve owner arrested, charged with money laundering, website offline

    Absolutely hilarious comment found on TG forum.

    Quote.

    "It would be great time for Club Asteria to launch an e-currency. Everybody needs reassurance, and presence of a former World Bank executive at the board would just do that."

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    Re: Liberty Reserve owner arrested, charged with money laundering, website offline

    Neither Google Image Search nor TinEye brought up any relevant details. That's the ONLY picture any one has on him. And it appears to be in a bar, not an office.

    I enlarged the picture and played with gamma a bit. The picture is way too dark, and brighten it up revealed they are indeed in a bar or cafe of some sort. I don't recognize the object to the left of him.

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    Re: Liberty Reserve owner arrested, charged with money laundering, website offline

    I think it's looks like a restaurant car of a train.

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    Re: Liberty Reserve owner arrested, charged with money laundering, website offline

    some of Budovsky's exchangers sites which were also blocked together with LR
    can still be reached by IP (means actual servers are not seized)

    AsianaGold - e-Gold
    MoneyCentralMarket - Money Central Market

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    Re: Liberty Reserve owner arrested, charged with money laundering, website offline

    Quote Originally Posted by NikSam View Post
    I think it's looks like a restaurant car of a train.
    That's what I thought. That's someones shoulder in a black shirt, and appears to be a coat hanger and jackets hanging behind that person.

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    Re: Liberty Reserve owner arrested, charged with money laundering, website offline

    Some of now dissolved NY companies
    Budovsky and Kats registered to open the bank accounts on them:


    EXECUTIVE COMMERCIAL SERVICES, INC
    INTERNETWORK MANAGEMENT INC.
    MGA INTERNATIONAL INC.
    B 2 B MARKETPLACE INC.

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    Re: Liberty Reserve owner arrested, charged with money laundering, website offline

    Always great to see the crooks get caught!!
    Don't get ripped off!! Stay informed!

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    Re: Liberty Reserve owner arrested, charged with money laundering, website offline

    More their sites:
    unitedlc.com
    goldstores.com
    autocambist.com
    libertyimpact.com
    xss5.org
    tritongroupcr.com
    xsgts.com


    Looks like those guys cornered the market before LR became big, and that let them make money out of thin air, by selling first non-backed LR "credits" on all their exchanges.
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    Re: Liberty Reserve owner arrested, charged with money laundering, website offline

    Quote Originally Posted by NikSam View Post
    I think it's looks like a restaurant car of a train.
    Good point. But it's not a luxury train, as those usually have curtains on the windows, and it's not a super-modern train, as those usually have white or beige interiors.
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    Re: Liberty Reserve owner arrested, charged with money laundering, website offline

    TicoTimes has an updated article:

    Budovsky is in Europe negotiating with European banks and server farms to move the stuff out of PR. He can't open accounts in PR or Panama because he can't get certified by SUGEF, the PR financial regulatory agency.

    And everybody at the top of LR used aliases.

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    Re: Liberty Reserve owner arrested, charged with money laundering, website offline

    Quote Originally Posted by kschang View Post
    TicoTimes has an updated article: ...
    I have a feeling that they read our thread over here :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by NikSam View Post
    More their sites:
    unitedlc.com
    goldstores.com
    autocambist.com
    libertyimpact.com
    xss5.org
    tritongroupcr.com
    xsgts.com


    Looks like those guys cornered the market before LR became big, and that let them make money out of thin air, by selling first non-backed LR "credits" on all their exchanges.
    Cyberfuel.com
    grupolulu.com
    websa.cr
    SMARTWEBCREATIONS.COM

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    Re: Liberty Reserve owner arrested, charged with money laundering, website offline

    If they are all pimped by PlanetGold, and if PlanetGold was really run by Kats, then yes, definitely.
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    Re: Liberty Reserve owner arrested, charged with money laundering, website offline

    Quote Originally Posted by kschang View Post
    Good point. But it's not a luxury train, as those usually have curtains on the windows, and it's not a super-modern train, as those usually have white or beige interiors.
    River boat? Not that it matters (does it?).
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