Lawmaker linked to pyramid scheme

August 14, 2009 9:28:49 AM PDT
Hundreds of people participated in what investigators say was a pyramid scheme at the urging of state Sen. Jeff Wentworth of San Antonio. The Republican lawmaker says he thought the company involved was a legal marketing firm. The company was shut down by the Federal Trade Commission.

The Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News reported Friday that Wentworth said his income tax returns for 2006 showed he made less than $1,000 from the Internet digital music sales company BurnLounge as an "independent contractor."

In 2007, the FTC shut down BurnLounge with a federal lawsuit. It accused the company, its chief executive and its top three money-producing promoters of running a pyramid scheme.

No criminal charges were brought in the case.

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