Victims of Oklahoma email fraud to recover $610,800
The Associated Press and The Oklahoman - August 22, 2018 1:10 pm
Mark and Holli Stevens, the principals of Trevo.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Federal prosecutors say victims of online email scams will recover $610,800 that ended up in a bank account belonging to an Oklahoma City-based multilevel marketing company.
The Oklahoman reports that prosecutors announced a settlement Tuesday in the case against Trevo LLC. The company and its principals, Mark Stevens and Holli Stevens, haven’t admitted to any wire fraud involvement.
The FBI seized the money in 2016 from a Trevo bank account. Investigators allege several individuals were tricked into transferring thousands of dollars into the account.
Trevo is a multi-level marketing company based in Oklahoma City, with its primary international office in Nigeria. Founded by Mark and Holli Stevens in 2009, its main product is nutritional supplement juice.
Prosecutors say scammers had pretended to initiate romantic relationships or offer false economic opportunities so individuals could send money to bank accounts under Trevo’s control.
Trevo agreed Tuesday to distribute the seized funds to six victims of the alleged fraud. No criminal charges were ever filed against the founders.