World MMM founder, a Russian company that ran one of the world’s largest Ponzi scheme, Sergei Mavrodi is dead.
According to Russian state news agency, the 62-year-old, died of heart attack in Moscow.
Reports said he was rushed to the hospital late on March 25 with pain in his chest and died several hours later in Moscow.
“The emergency team has failed to save his life. He died this morning,” Russia Media reports.
Mavrodi’s MMM financial pyramid was a typical Ponzi scheme in which earlier investors receive their profits from subsequent investors. Mavrodi promised returns of 20 percent to 75 percent a month, as well as lotteries and bonuses for investors.
In 2007, a Moscow court found him guilty of financial fraud and sentenced him to 4 1/2 years in a penal colony.