Internet Business Group.com, Inc. (http://internetbusinessgroup.com/
) also goes by the names PositiveSearches.com (http://www.positivesearches.com/
) and PositiveSearchResults.com (http://www.PositiveSearchResults.com/free.html)
. It was formerly known as IBG.com (http://ibg.com/
), but like these scam artists do to everyone, they failed to pay the owner of the ibg.com domain, so they lost control of their website. HA! This supposed Internet marketing company purported to cure your bad reputation online using "proprietary" methods. In reality, they used a few illegal methods (low-level hacking) that briefly worked for their clients, but failed to work in the long run. They also used off-the-shelf methods available to anyone. [continued below]....
The number of their angry clients is too long to list here. Suffice it to say, those clients paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for little, if any, positive results. They have almost no staff in the company, just a big, flashy online marketing presence. The staff that they do have lacks knowledge of how to provide solutions for their clients just as they lack integrity.
IBG, Internet Business Group, Positive Search Results, Positive Searches, or whatever name they choose to go by these days, are all controlled by two-time felon, Russell Pike. See this http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2001/feb/13/attorney-mum-on-criminal-record-of-man-suing-purch/
. You can see from that article that Russell Pike's resume is a saga of failures and scams and time served. Unfortunately, his failures drown everyone who invests with him, works for him, lends money to him, lends their credibility to him, produces products for him, gives services to him, lays in bed with him, is sired by him.
Companies run into the ground by Russell Craig Pike include Advanced Cart Technologies, E-Destiny, John Scott's Nitro, Xyience, Mainstream Ventures, Global Business Marketing, and now IBG. There are sure to be more. The list will grow as long as Pike continues to be free to operate and feed on peoples hopes with his c**k & bull stories and predatory instinct. That's his specialty, bankrupting companies, and lining his pockets in the process. This sociopath can smell the money in your pocket from a different area code.
It has been said by many that Pike is a major degenerate sports better. Purportedly, he uses investor money and company payroll to place bets. Many of his employees can speak to this. Pete Rinato, who purportedly is being groomed to be CEO of IBG has gambled with Russell for years.
Pike and Rinato were co-owners of Xyience Apparel (http://nvsos.gov/sosentitysearch/CorpDetails.aspx?lx8nvq=fy7M97oGyc2IFduKlJQA%252fg%253d%253d&nt7=0
) which they used to purportedly siphon up to a million dollars out the back door of Xyience in a manner very similar to embezzlement, using falsified invoices that overstated the amount owed. Regardless, what a joke (and opportunity for fraud) that a CEO of Xyience should authorize such insider, related-party dealings with himself. It's unconscionable.
Pike supposedly pulled the same crap at Mainstream Ventures, Inc. (http://nvsos.gov/sosentitysearch/CorpDetails.aspx?lx8nvq=mZCJjxhqcFzXlqN1XTHDXA%253d%253d&nt7=0
) which was set up by his girlfriend, Lindsey Pinapfel. The way he supposedly did it at Mainstream was through R & J Apparel (http://nvsos.gov/sosentitysearch/CorpDetails.aspx?lx8nvq=LmhiKccVYCysXc0pUmeMvA%253d%253d&nt7=0
), a company founded by Lindsey Pinapfel and which his brother William "Billy" Pike, Jr. serves as resident agent. Again, just as he scammed Xyience using Xyience Apparel, Russell purportedly scammed Mainstream using R & J Apparel. In the process, the shareholders and lenders also are said to have been scammed out of nearly $1,000,000.
If you've been encouraged to enter into business with Russell Pike or any of his toadies, you'll want go elsewhere. Not everyone around him is a bad person, but he is a superb con man, and even good folks fall under his spell (and end up doing bad things in his name).
Consider all the legal trouble he's in (e.g. currently up on federal felony charges, http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/apr/15/energy-drink-company-founder-charged-tax-evasion/
). Where do you think the money to pay for the attorneys for all that comes from? Certainly not his accounts. If he had accounts, they'd be seized by now by any of his many creditors. No, his current spending money more than likely comes from you, the investor, the lender, and from the unpaid wages of employees, the unpaid bills to vendors, etc. Do not become a victim. Do not be part of his bail-out fund.
His toadies and beneficiaries include:
Lindsey Pinapfel: girlfriend and "President" of his most-recent scam company IBG, Internet Business Group, Positive Searches, whatever name it goes by today
Dana Pinapfel: The president's sister. This chick is in "control" of the financial records...that is until they get re-reviewed by Russell and Lindsey. Just collect your paycheck and keep your mouth shut. Who cares if you're overseeing a syndicate's accounting. The feds never hold the bookkeeper responsible, so you're safe, I'm sure. Did you read that part about how Russell has destroyed his company's books and records in the past?
David Michael Flynn: up on felony charges for Robbery with a Deadly Weapon (http://www.jailbase.com/en/arrested/nv-ccdc/2011-06-29/david-m-flynn-01559668
Nancy Starkey (aka Nancy Flynn): lives in a house in Irving, TX, with her husband, David, that is paid for using dirty IBG money. Also has enjoyed elective surgery with improper related-party loans to her husband authorized by Russell Pike.
Larry Pettis: apparently a former crack dealer (http://www.streetgangs.com/billboard/viewtopic.php?f=161&t=5785&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&start=20
Ric Klingengberg (aka Richard Weston, Richard West): whose been with Russell Pike since the Xyience days (http://www.lvrj.com/business/13967192.html
) or before and who has apparently been involved in the scamming of hundreds of millions (http://www.justice.gov/tax/txdv04738.htm
Ronald Solomon: http://www.lvrj.com/business/13967192.html
Pete Rinato: who has a long history with Russell going back to the Xyience days and purportedly taking over the current operation in the event Russell gets sentenced to prison again following his pending trial (http://nvsos.gov/sosentitysearch/CorpDetails.aspx?lx8nvq=d8DUXYKA0%252f55mnGl%252b5D51A%253d%253d
Jennifer Capri Pike: Russell's current wife who he's been married to for the last 5+ years while he's been "with" Lindsay
Joe Sanchez: A guy who claims to have skills making websites, but simply uses other people's bloated templates to crank out crap you could get anywhere for much less. Don't buy into this guy's bull either. He's thrown friends under the bus left and right simply so he can lick Russell boots.
Michelle Sanchez: Joe's wife, translation, useless turncoat who tramples on her friends. No loyalty except to greed.
Carol Brown: http://nvsos.gov/sosentitysearch/CorpDetails.aspx?