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AusLaw
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I came across the name Mario Pino on here via Google. The MLON, nee Mellon Research Inc, Wall St Sec, Alexander Estate and Trust etc - bloody hell, I can't believe this guy is still running around. Consider this a public service announcement from a bloke who has met Mario, and been a DIRECT witness (no hearsay) to a number of fraudulent transactions he entered into in Australia with a guy called Nicolaas Johannes Botha.

About himself he says -

"During his tenure with Alexander Estate and Trust in the 1999-2003 timeframe he worked closely with some of the largest and most successful banking institutions and private trust companies in the world to create financial packages for SMB companies to ensure credit facilities that were established for a client would meet time requirements specified by the client and by Wall Street Securities firms. During this period he also established and managed a network of 200 associates located in key markets all over the world, developing successful joint ventures that generated a strong deal flow and revenue stream for the company."

(Note - dealflow and revenue for the company - nobody else saw revenue, just upfront fees and no performance.)

Well just before 1999 he was using Alexander Estate and Trust to co-operatively dupe a large number of clients out of upfront fees for loans that never materialised. He was a conduit for referrals to Botha, and if you think he did not know what the deal was, well, I have a pretty famous bridge over a certain famous Australian Olympic city harbour I can sell you. Confirmation of funds letters from brass plate banks in Nauru and kiss your money goodbye.

Pino was very lucky that he left the country when he did, and even luckier that the Federal Police and State CIB were concentrating on Botha - who was convicted of fraud and sentenced to 8 years in a Queensland prison, serving 2.5 years.

These guys are still pulling the same scams, and still getting away with it. Mario at least seems to have expanded his reportoire, which surprises me because I never figured him as a smart enough dog to have more than one trick.

Seriously, nothing Mario Pino does could ever be legit, in my humble opinion. He's a grub of the highest magnitude, totally amoral and a complete opportunist.

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Mario Pino should be in jail.
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cant they do something about thieves like this guy?
ive gotten in more trouble showing up late for work than this guy has for cheating people out of alot of money. They threw Martha in jail for being a liar, but at least she was trading a legit company's stocks. [Smile]

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rumor is? he was involved in BCIT....

that is going to be reviewed by the Senate Commerce Committee, or so one of my Senators aides assured me....

he's been working the pink sheets....they aren't likely to do alot about it, since the pinks are not highly regulated...

the way i see it? the brokers themselves need to clean it up...
the brokers are the ones that have the most to gain/lose by keeping the markets clean...

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It is often true that those that grant great value to self proclaimed achievements are providing misinformation.
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Sorry to dredge up an old thread, but does anyone have contact details current for Nico Botha?
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im hoping its a jail address.. or cemetary

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