“The Mantria Corporation Ponzi scheme has been described as the “biggest green energy scam” in United States history. A Federal judge in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s civil case found Mantria had scammed more than $54.5 million “by egregiously, recklessly, knowingly, and shamelessly perpetrating a fraudulent scheme” that used “misrepresentations, omissions, and blatant lies to induce unsuspecting and unwitting victim investors to liquidate the equity in their homes and take out bank loans to invest in Defendants’ scheme, which was nothing more than smoke and mirrors.” On November 16, 2009, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charged four people who targeted those nearing retirement age who were seeking real estate and “green” investments. Many of these securities were offered by Mantria Corporation.”
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Wikipedia 6 November 2009.