MMM Founder, Sergei Mavrodi dies of heart attack

Source : 112 Ukraine

Sergei Mavrodi was an eccentric Russian mathematician who founded the notorious MMM pyramid in the early 1990s leaving millions high and dry without their savings
14:45, 26 March 2018


62-year-old Sergei Mavrodi was reported rushed to the hospital late on March 25 with pain in his chest and died several hours later. Radio Liberty reported citing Russian media.

Mavrodi's MMM financial pyramid was a typical Ponzi scheme in which earlier investors receive their profits from subsequent investors. Mavrodi promised returns of 20 percent to 75 percent a month, as well as lotteries and bonuses for investors.

As soon as the number of new clients stopped growing, the pyramid collapsed, causing huge financial losses for at least 10 million people, in some cases leaving them destitute.

In 1994, Mavrodi was elected as a lawmaker, a decision he later said was to ensure he received immunity from prosecution. In 1996, he lost his parliamentary mandate.

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In 2007, a Moscow court found him guilty of financial fraud and sentenced him to 4 1/2 years in a penal colony.

In 2011, Mavrodi launched another pyramid scheme called MMM-2011, calling on investors to purchase so-called Mavro currency units in a bid to get rid of the "unfair" financial system. Some 15 months later, Mavrodi halted the project.

From 2011-16, Mavrodi launched Ponzi schemes under the MMM brand in India, China, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Nigeria.

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