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Pon·zi scheme

A fraud disguised as an investment opportunity, in which initial investors and the perpetrators of the fraud are paid out of funds raised from later investors, and the later investors lose all funds invested.

[After Charles Ponzi (1882?-1949), Italian-born speculator who organized such a scheme (1919-1920).]

Ponzi scheme

a fraudulent investment operation that pays quick returns to initial contributors using money from subsequent contributors rather than profit
[After Charles Ponzi, who famously perpetrated such a scheme in the United States of America in the early 20th century]
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The people who beat up the officer had probably confused with being an CBI investigator or it may also be that this was a specific attack on him as ED is also probing the Saradha ponzi scam alongisde CBI.
Ghosh averted from accusing the leaders of being involved in the Saradha Group ponzi scam, and instead suggested that police should seek their help to delve into the scam.
Klein is currently the forensic accountant for the trustee for Fair Finance, a USD 200m Ponzi scam, and served as a fee examiner in the Enron bankruptcy case.
Siliguri (West Bengal), July 5 ( ANI ): West Bengal Police on Friday shifted Saradha Group chief Sudipta Sen and his deputy Debjani Mukherjee, the accused in the ponzi scam, to another jail in Siliguri district after the state government notified the formation of a special committee to carry out instant investigation.
Financial disasters such as Enron, WorldCom, the subprime mortgage derivatives crisis, and the Madoff Ponzi scam also belong to the same class.
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