Allegations of trolling a millionaire dating site to defraud wealthy women has landed a venture capital company and its officers and directors in the center of a lawsuit alleging securities fraud in California. The lawsuit alleges 12 violations, including securities fraud, sale of unregistered securities, operating as unlicensed broker and as an unlicensed investment advisor and aiding and abetting a fraud. In the past two years, Bernier has exchanged over 29, messages with over 3, women through the dating website MillionaireMatch. The plaintiff, Marieme Bouguerba, had filed individually against VentureMoney Management CEO Mark Bernier, who allegedly targeted her and her money on the dating website with a solicitation to invest her money in a fraudulent scheme.
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So who am I to cast doubt on the trustworthiness of dating sites? Worse, the lawsuit says, when users complained or tried to get their money back, Match would deny it did anything wrong. I reached out to Match but no one got back to me. The company posted a response to the lawsuit on its site disputing the allegations. So I reached out to dating coaches who could bring me up to speed on the potential pitfalls of cyber courting. Like other coaches I spoke with, he said success in online dating hinges on having a profile that has a certain je ne sais quoi capable of attracting total strangers. Amie Leadingham, a Los Angeles dating coach, said 1 out of 6 people meet their future spouse on dating sites.
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Evan Spencer, lawyer for Yuliana Avalos, said Match. Avalos, a mother and part-time model, claims that her pictures have been used in hundreds of fake profiles on Match. The class action lawsuit filed in Manhattan Federal Court on Thursday alleges that the company has broken copyright laws and committed common law fraud by allowing fake profiles with photos of unconsenting people to be approved.
The man, year-old, Alan Wurtzel had six prior convictions for sexual offenses. Mark Webb, Markin's attorney, said, "When you're right and you can show you're right … and you can get a big huge company to agree that change has to happen, it's a wonderful thing. Prior to Markin's lawsuit, Match. They refused.