Feds accuse PBC woman in $1 million ponzi scheme targeting Haitians

MIAMI — A Haitian woman from Palm Beach County has fraudulently hoarded more than $900,000 from 80 investors, mostly Haitians in South Florida, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Suspect Alexandra Robert, 23, used some of the funds to invest in cryptocurrency for herself and to pay for her rent, car and college tuition as well as hair and beauty products and cosmetic surgery .

The July 26 SEC complaint alleges that Robert and his two companies — Boynton Beach-based Chalala Academy LLC and West Palm Beach-based Lendvesting Academy Corp. — offered “investment programs” with investments “ risk-free” up to 48% returns in 2020 and 2021. The so-called programs were to provide loans to small business borrowers who did not qualify through traditional lenders.

On social media, Robert and his companies posted videos in Creole saying they had raised over $4 million from 1,000 investors and paid $2.6 million to investors. In his investment deal, Robert claimed to provide apps, loan services, business consulting, website building, and social media services to small businesses.

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