Breaking MLM News: Global Verge Former CEO and CFO Break Their Silence

Breaking MLM News: Global Verge’s former interim CEO, Steve Lewis and CFO, Teresa Curits, break their silence, reveling some very interesting information on the inside workings of Global Verge and Buzzirk Mobile, by founders Ted Robbins and Mark Petschel.

Steve Lewis Teresa Curtis

This open letter answers some questions, and raises even more to those who have been watching this saga unfold over the last year.

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“We have been quiet long enough and we are using this letter to be proactive so that everyone can understand the actions of Steve Lewis and Teresa Curtis in the matter of Global Verge. Our purpose is to get the facts straight so the rumors and lies that are being circulated will be totally dispelled.

Fact – Steve and Teresa were asked in May 2009 by Mark and Ted to help them to organize a company that was going wild and out of their control. Steve and Teresa agreed to help behind the scenes to get things started and straightened out.

Fact – In late June Steve and Teresa agreed to help on an interim level acting as CEO and Secretary to the corporation (which we were for all of three weeks.) The agreement included the following:

• Teresa worked on scripts that were supposed to be turned into videos for the company

• Steve as acting CEO until such time as Warren Hanchey could take over as CEO.

• Teresa as overseer of the Accounting and office operations, including training Craig Perry, an excellent business man and attorney, who was not going to be the corporate attorney, but the operations manager in the issues and specialties of MLM operations.

• Teresa would also work on customer service to bring it up to date as Mark’s wife was handling it and didn’t want to.

• Gerry Nehra must be hired as MLM attorney.

• A Canadian MLM attorney was to be hired to make Canada legal as far as MLM was concerned.

• An Australian MLM attorney would be found to make Australia legal.

Steve and Teresa would find merchant accounts because Mark and Ted could not obtain one on their own (we found out later it was because Mark had pled guilty on a 2005 securities fraud charge and was currently sentenced to 5 years probation plus repayment) For details see http://stlouis.bizjournals.com/stlouis/stories/2004/06/07/daily15.html

• Steve would also act as Marketing Director, starting a Triple diamond call to keep distributors apprised of the day by day current situation of the company.

• All Contracts were to be sent to Teresa to ascertain all legal liabilities of the company.

• Teresa would also become resident agent for the Nevada Corporation and therefore was supposed to get all the legal paperwork of the company as its agent.

All of this was agreed upon by Mark, Ted, Steve, Teresa, Warren and Craig in our living room in Las Vegas.
What we found out when things started to trickle in was:

• There was no accounting books anywhere. The commissions were being handled byXennsoft, an excellent software company, but the Global Verge ‘books’ were nonexistent. An August 2, 2009 email from Teresa to Ted shows that she was still trying to find out who was owed money and how much.

• What arrived for Teresa was a box with lots of paper in it, which had to be sorted out with Ted there as there was no rhyme or reason to it.

• The customer service ticket system was like a big pot that only a couple of people could handle and then they had to go through all of tickets to find the new ones and answer them. Teresa went in and organized it so that small issues could be taken care of immediately and larger issues were routed to the proper person.

• Teresa also found contracts to people for large sums of money. There was no record of this money coming in to Global Verge. When she raised this issue, it became the first time that Mark stated that Buzzirk Mobile was separate from Global Verge and that all of our work was with Global Verge and NOT Buzzirk Mobile.

• The next issue came when Teresa was looking for contracts between Global Verge, Buzzirk Mobile and Zer01. We were all told that the contract with Zer01 was with Buzzirk Mobile and Zer01 and that Global Verge had nothing to do with it. Craig Perry was then asked to put together a contract with Zer01 and Buzzirk Mobile. The management staff kept insisting that Global Verge have a written contract with Buzzirk, but we have no knowledge if this was ever done.

• At this point we also found out that Mark was on probation for securities fraud and that he wasn’t allowed to leave the state, sell securities or solicit funds in any way. Teresa immediately asked Mark and Ted about the trips that Mark was taking and about the contracts that Mark had signed regarding money solicited for investment from Canada and Australia. She was informed that those contracts were with Buzzirk and not Global Verge and she basically should ‘butt out’.

• Steve and Warren had also gone out on a personal and financial limb and had convinced 2 merchant account dealers that they would back Global Verge’s credit card accounts. All of us began to feel really uneasy about that.

• We had also helped find funding for Global Verge, (yes Mark solicited us for it) fortunately that money was on a short term basis and did indeed get paid back.

Needless to say, all of these incidents were raising red flags. The biggest red flag that was raised came from Mark’s refusal to allow us to even talk to Zer01. We wanted some straight answers instead of the changing commentary that we were getting from Mark. The story was changing daily. We finally insisted on meeting with Ben Piilani which was agreed to as long as Ted was with us. During that meeting we found out several things that for us put the icing on the cake as far as Mark was concerned.

• According to Ben, Mark had lied to us about what Ben had promised. Since Ben also was not living up to his contract about providing service, we were willing to give Mark the benefit of the doubt.

• Ben told us that he thought we might have service in the US in about a month.
• Canada was at least 6 months away

• Australia was at least a year away.

• He did have a voip service that he might be able to use in Canada and Australia.

We left that meeting in shock and horror. Ted Robbins showing as much shock and horror as the rest of us. We sat down and decided that the only way to save the company was to:

• Remove Mark’s name from all ties with the company and put all the stock in Ted’s name. We NEVER asked for stock to be put in our name. The closest we came to that is to ask that stock be set aside for rewards to Employees who had been there at least five years.

• Find another true cellular phone company that we could use for Canada and Australia until such time as Zer01 was ready with their product.

• Find out where all the money that Mark had received from Canada and Australia had gone to. Had some of it gone to Zer01? Was that why Mark did not want us involved with it? What deal did he personally have with Zer01?

Ted got Mark on the phone and Mark agreed that he would do whatever it took to make Global Verge successful. He agreed to hand over to Ted his stock certificates, stating that after all the money was in Buzzirk and not Global Verge. Ted went back to the office to accomplish this task, Warren contacted another phone company that we had talked to and we set about putting a service together that would satisfy Global Verge’s international clients.

The next thing we hear is that Mark is NOT going to turn over his stock. This was a complete reversal on what he had said. All of a sudden Ted was agreeing with him, after all his posturing when he was at our house. They also stated in no uncertain terms that were not even going to look at another phone company for Canada and Australia and that they are going to stick strictly with Zer01. We were told that Australia and Canada were NOT to be told what we had found out about from Zer01. In other words, lie to the distributors.

We then had a meeting with Steve, Teresa and Warren who agreed that this was totally unsatisfactory and against our integrity. We told Mark and Ted that unless they came up with a satisfactory way to solve the issue, we would all resign by Friday. On Thursday morning, after Craig Perry had left for another meeting with Zer01 in an attempt to reconcile everything, Mark and Ted fired the three of us.

We were told that we could keep the approximately 32,000 person downline that we had and nothing else would be affected. Even though this obviously meant a great deal of money to us, we could NOT be that far out of integrity. We told them in no uncertain terms that we were NOT going to have anything else to do with them and we all resigned from our distributorships.

They immediately put out a rush email and ambushed Craig on his way back from the meeting with Ben and staged a “isn’t it wonderful how we have everything going for us” call. We then put out an email to the Triple Diamonds and had a call where we told them the truth.

Craig Perry stayed with the program for a few more months and finally resigned.

Zer01 resigned from them and I hear there is a lawsuit going on. There should be. Our feeling is that Zer01 may have had the technology, but they were nowhere near being able to produce it. Zer01 did not resign because of us and it has been long enough now that people know the truth, we did NOT start another company with Zer01, though both
Mark and Ted used that as an excuse and as usual needed a scapegoat and our resignation left them a perfect target.

After we realized what liars Mark and Ted were, we no longer backed the merchant accounts. So yes we were responsible for those getting shut down, but we can’t figure out why Mark and Ted would think that we would financially back them after the things we found out.

We talked to no other vendors or tried to harm Global Verge in any way.

Craig Perry remains a staunch friend and assured us that while Mark and Ted were bad mouthing us in private, they had promised not to do so in public. Craig totally denied ever hearing Mark and Ted blaming us in public for anything.

Yet he also couldn’t deny that he was hearing all kinds of strange things from the distributors that were totally untrue. We only have the distributors who called and cussed us out for trying to steal the company to know that they blamed us as they blamed everyone else for the previous company going under. Craig finally had had enough and resigned a few months after we did.

It’s amazing how the story of E-verge and the story of Global Verge coincide so well. Could it be that Mark and Ted have played this game before and that’s how they got their money?

I think it is amazing that we have copies of contracts where Mark got almost a million dollars, yet what did he do with it? There was a lot of interaction between Zer01 and Buzzirk – or really a lot of interaction between Mark and Ben.

Could it be that there was something going on over at Zer01 that Mark was a part of? We all thought that until Zer01 quit Buzzirk a week later. Then we couldn’t figure out what the “cloak and dagger” business was about between Mark and Zer01.

Did Ben take that million dollars and screw Mark? Is Mark still involved with Ben? We found that relationship really strange and couldn’t figure out what Mark and Ted had done with all the money.

There were so many underhanded things going on behind the scenes that had to come to light. We found out so much that we left and warned everyone what was going to happen. Oh, yeah – it did happen. Guess we were right all along!

But it couldn’t have been Mark or Ted’s fault after all, could it? It had to all be the fault of Steve, Teresa and Warren. We had a whole 3 weeks to try and get a company together that Mark and Ted had spent two years and many lies to create.

Teresa Curtis
Keerthi Online
702-450-5940″

Complete Open Letter with Verified Email Path.

MLM Help Desk and Troy Dooly Officially Responds to Global Verge through MLM Attorney Kevin Thompson

Breaking MLM Wireless War News: MLM Help Desk and Troy Dooly Officially responds to Global Verge (read response here) through MLM attorney Kevin Thompson of The Advocate Group.

Those of you, who read our articles or are subscribers to MLM Help Desk, know MLM attorney and advocate Kevin Thompson is both a friend and our legal counsel. As I wrote in my last post, I had forwarded to Kevin the letter from the Global Verge attorney along with my response.

As you know, Global Verge’s attorney sent me a threatening letter last week (read Global Verge Demand Letter here) and alleged that my content was defamatory. Specifically, their attorneys aid that the following title was defamatory and “not true”

[Global Verge Shut Off By Their Wireless Provider Because Of Money Owed.]

Over the weekend, Kevin and I had a conversation. In the interest of fairness and based on Kevin’s legal counsel, we are disclosing our source of information to publicly demonstrate our factual basis for writing the article.  Activation King’s CEO, Chris Greco, specifically informed me that Global Verge was dropped because of their failure to pay.

On, January 21st, 2009 we received the following email. I followed up with a personal phone call to Chris Greco to verify he had personally sent the email and not some underhanded competitor of Global Verge.

[“From: chris greco [chris@activationkingwireless.com]

Sent: Thursday, January 21, 2010 12:32 PM

To: TroyDooly@mlmhelpdesk.com

Subject: We have officially cut ties with Buzzirk mobile and Global Verge

. . .We have severed ties with Global Verge for nonpayment of airtime, and the absolute miss management of shipping, activating, you name it. And for taking these people money and telling them bold face lies. . . .

Chris Greco

President and CEO

Activation King Wireless.]

Once I verified the email was authentic, I shot the video, and we published the article. For all those interested, Chris Greco has followed up by answering all critics and supporters on the above-mentioned post, through the MLM Help Desk comment section.

As readers of our content, we’re eternally grateful that you choose to spend a little bit of time with us to learn more about our industry.  As you know, we publicly celebrate the great companies and we publicly call out the bad ones.  I view it as part of my responsibility in this industry and it’s an absolute privilege.  I have zero economic incentive to wrongfully disparage a business.

As always, we welcome Global Verge to respond with proper documentation. And if they have a different side to the story, I will give my word to publish it.  We want to encourage vigorous debate on this website and if I’m in the wrong, I will be the first to admit it. Currently, I have no reason to believe otherwise than what I’ve already written about Global Verge and until I’m given new information, I will not acquiesce to threats of a legal action.

Living An Epic Adventure,

Troy Dooly

Troy Dooly Reverses Decision Placing Global Verge Back On MLM Scam Alert List

Yes, I am reversing my decision and placing Global Verge back on the MLM Scam Alert List. I was wrong! I have no problem admitting when I feel I’ve had the wool pulled over my eyes. After receiving numerous e-mails, and phone calls asking more questions than answers, we decided to dig a little deeper into some of the events which have transpired since our October 20th post, where we called Global Verge a legitimate MLM company.

Since our past post we have received some very disturbing updates. We also have gone back and listened to three very important Global Verge calls.

The first call was dated September 24, 2009, where Valerie the PR rep for Global Verge makes the following announcement.

Global Verge will be definitively activating the Cell Service in week of October 19th.

The second call dated October 29th. Ted Robbins once again stated “Next Week” we will be launching one of two of the new cell carriers.

And the third call dated November 5th, where Ted and Mark both announced “it will be soon” maybe next week (Yet next week never comes).

So we have gone from DEFINITIVELY launching the cell cervice in the week of October 19th, to who knows when we will launch Buzzirk’s Global Mobile 1 wireless services?

So, after researching several new pieces of information we have come up with a set of questions that ALL Global Verge, Buzzirk Mobile, and Global Mobile 1 reps should be asking. (some of which could show a track record of unethical behavoir on the part of Ted Robbins, Mark Petschel and maybe some of the founding distributors of Universal Tel-Tech, E-Verge, Global Verge, Buzzirk, Global Mobile 1 or whatever other name these folks have operated under.

1. Why didn’t Mark Petschel’s company Universal TelTech get off the ground. Especially since they seem to have attracted over 8600 reps?

“UTT – Universal Tel-Tech – This was supposed to be a revolutionary “high tech” company. They recruited almost all “heavy hitters” in pre-launch, people who wanted to be well positioned when the company launched. They all paid $225 to join, but the company folded before actually launching. 8,600 name, address, phone, (some fax and email).”

Additional information (original location)

Universal TelTech Info
Letter From the Founder & President

2. What’s the real Story behind why E-Verge Reps did not get their commissions? Has Ted Robbin’s and Mark Petschel actually filed a lawsuit against Kevin Sipe formerly founder of iGlobal Inc. to recover over $100,000 in purportedly stolen funds or is this just a ploy to keep from paying the former E-Verge reps?

3. Why is the new GlobalMobilei.com website using massive amounts of the same content from ZebraGSM.com website. Does Global Verge or Buzzirk have agreements with Freedom Wireless Corporation owned in part by TMT Capital Corporation? More News

Global Home and Zebra Home

Global Mobile Coverage Map and ZebraGMS Coverage Map

Global Terms and Zebra Terms

Global Features and Zebra Features

Global FAQs and Zebra FAQs

4. Why would an Ethical company tell their reps to have their iPhone customers to “unlock” their iPhone’s” aka “jailbraking”when this will void the iPhone warranty of the iPhone and may be seen as an illegal act? Example 1 Example 2 Example 3

5. Why is Global Verge suing Zer01 Mobile, instead of Buzzirk Mobile? The Global Verge Distributors were told all agreements were between Buzzirk and Zer01, and GLobal Verge had marketing agreements with Buzzirk. This was one of the big reasons given for Zer01 compaining about Global Verge reps being out of compliance. Review Complaint

It is because of these outstanding questions, I have decided I was wrong and premature to move Global Verge from the MLM Scam Alert Category, and have instructed the team to move them back until future notice.

I still believe in the Global Verge distributors. However, I can’t take a chance someone will read my October 20th post and join a company with unethical motives.

Living An Epic Adventure,

Troy Dooly

MLM Wireless News Global Verge Stand Before Attorney Generals Answering Questions

MLM Wireless News: Global Verge stand before Attorney Generals answering questions about their business. This was bound to happen with the amount of complaints and questions flowing into their offices from law enforcement agencies, current distributors, former distributors, journalists, and competitors just trying to cause issues.

However, going before the AGs is not a bad thing in and of itself. Over the years while I was running ProSTEP I went before the AG in Florida a few times, and each time I was able to learn what was expected of us from the Attorney General. And for anyone who has been in this position, you know the Florida AG is NOT MLM Friendly.

With that said, I do have concerns on the way Jim Hilman and the Triple Diamonds are still hyping events which are taking place in and around Global Verge. I can say that Jim Hilman’s call last night was a solid call from the business opportunity standpoint. He did not hide from the issues, and if I were a GV rep, I would be using him for 3-way calls on a daily basis.

Now, the first thing I want to share is the Triple Diamond call from last Friday…

Breaking MLM Wiresless News Laptop Magazine Rescinds Zer01 Mobile Award Where Does This Leave Buzzirk And Global Verge Reps

Breaking Wireless MLM News: Laptop Magazine rescinds Zer01 award! Where does this leave Global Verge and Buzzirk Wireless?

WOW! I have been called just about everything in the book by the folks at Global Verge corporate, and yet, here is one of the most well respected technology magazines doing something that is virtually unheard of.

LapTop Magazine

In LAPTOP’s 18-year history, we’ve given out hundreds of awards, each chosen to educate our readers about best-in-class products with great potential to change their lives for the better. These awards range from our Editors’ Choice Award, which appears on reviews for our highest-rated products to special sections like our Best Notebooks of the Year to tradeshow awards like those we give at CTIA Wireless. We’re proud of the many innovative products we’ve highlighted, and we’ve never had to rescind an award, until now.

Effective immediately, we are rescinding the Best of CTIA Award given to Zer01 Mobile at April’s CTIA Wireless 2009. We’re taking this extraordinary step, because of serious ethical questions that have arisen about the company. We can no longer endorse its service and therefore are compelled to warn our readers to avoid it. Read The Whole Article Here!

I was going to post the Triple Diamond call from last night, but after this came in, I decide to wait.

Never Give Up,

Troy

Breaking MLM Wireless News Global Verge CEO Steve Lewis Invites MLM Help Desk To Leaders Call

Breaking MLM News: Former Global Verge CEO & CFO Break Their Silence

Breaking MLM Wireless News: Global Verge New CEO Steve Lewis Invites MLM Help Desk to the Triple Diamond leadership call tonight.

After the call I will post an update and let all of our subscribers know whats current with Global Verge.

Never Give Up,
Troy