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Pyramid Scheme: Charges Raised against Hungarian with UK-registered Company

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.02.18.

The Budapest chief prosecutor’s office has raised charges against a Hungarian national based in the UK who ran an alleged pyramid scheme between 2012 and 2014, Budapest chief prosecutor Tibor Ibolya said on Tuesday.

The 50-year-old man, the managing director of a company registered in the UK, set up and ran a Hungarian company, the statement said. He developed a system resembling a pyramid scheme by collecting and distributing payments, the prosecutor added.

The man held presentations online and in Hungary and used web conferences and personal meetings to recruit participants. He promised them that by recruiting further members, through subsidiary companies, they would enjoy favourable conditions under the arrangements of leasing to buy real estate or to repay an existing mortgage.

More than 1,500 people transferred sums ranging between 15,000 forints (EUR 45) and several million forints to the man’s bank account. He was in charge of the money received and made decisions about payouts and transfers, Ibolya added.

The demands of people at the bottom of the pyramid could only be satisfied on condition that further members were recruited. Failing this, the promised financial gains did not materialise in a large number of cases.