I want to put out there information on two crooks operating out there in the financial services arena, Mario Pino & Nico Botha. Although I don't have any detailed information on Nico Botha due to his residence outside of this country, I do have information on Mario Pino. I stumbled across a story about him and was amazed to see him actually being put out there as a legitimate enitity now.
I met Mario Pino back in 1997 and he said he could assist me in finding funding I was looking for for an overseas project. He connected me with a man in Australia by the name of Nicolaas Johannes Botha. To make a long story short, Nico, masquerading as an international financier, was in business solely to steal large amounts of money from unsuspecting and unsophisticated persons such as myself, at that time. Mario was one of his conduits for bringing sheep to the fox. Nico was arrested by the Queensland Police Service in late 1997 and spent approx. 2.5 years behind bars and then was extradited to his home country of S. Africa. I lost $320,000 and a person I met during the court proceedings lost just under $100,000. The Qld Police flew me, and two others, out twice to testify against Nico
It was estimated that in the years Nico had been doing this, he amassed over $10 million dollars. Percentages were paid out to people like Mario for their assistance in the con. For some info on Nico that I found on the net
Now this is where things get interesting. I stumbled across Mario's name while doing some research recently and was amazed to discover that he was now trying to make a name for himself in legitimate business circles, at least so I thought. To see this guy that set me up for the kill, and who I went to the FBI on with no result, now representing himself as a legitimate financial player really ticked me off.
I studied his Mellon Research Website and also the Wall Street Securities website and laughed at the fact that they are identical.
I have come to the following conclusions:
1. Mario is still in relations with Nico Botha. The financial forms used in previously linked website are almost identical to the ones used when I was dealing with Nico.
2. Mario is trying to look legitimate while still doing devious and unethical practices. Why else would he use well known names such as Mellon Research or Wall Street Securities...to give folks a false sense of security. I truly believe as well that the vast majority of the press releases he sends out are manufactured to keep folks on the hook.
Do not do business with this man or you will get burned!
For the benefit of others,
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