Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a lawsuit against reality star couple Marlon Moore and his wife LaShonda for allegedly stealing millions of dollars from Black Americans.
According to The Christian Post, the lawsuit asks for an injunction against the Texas couple for using deceptive trade practices and asks the court to rule closing the business, known as Blessing in No Time Operations, LLC.
According to Texas authorities, nearly 200 consumers complained about the company, saying they had lost about $700,000 to the company. They said they had been promised a refund if they wanted.
"Marlon & Lashonda Moore & staff of B.I.N.T., LLC, used deceit, celebrity connections, name dropping & the collective fear, grief & trauma that Americans were experiencing during & after the 2020 Spring/summer riots to scam over 8k Black people out of over $40 million. Blessings In No Time (B.I.N.T., LLC) was presented as a Godly, ALL-Black, socially conscious gifting community that came about on the tail-end of a lot of this past summer protest.
"They claimed that B.I.N.T. was completely legal, they repeatedly said that they were not a sou-sou or pyramid scheme, they said there is no way to lose money because guarantee," one complainant noted in the lawsuit.
Marlon and his wife started the "gifting community" after appearing on the reality show, "Family or Fiance," which follows the lives of engaged couples and their families.
Their company had promised to "bless" and assist needy Black families with an eight-fold return if they placed an initial investment in B.I.N.T. of $1,400 to $1,425. They also had to recruit other people to join what the company called "fires."
In January, during a Zoom meeting, the couple told investors that they could not give refunds.
Many victims of the pyramid scheme have launched a website, bintscam.com, to collect information and make people aware of the company.
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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.