Archive for July, 2012

Pyramid Schemer Arrested In Las Vegas

Monday, July 30th, 2012

On Wednesday last week, 51 year old Ulrich Felix Anton Engler, a German man, was arrested in Las Vegas. According to Nicole Navas, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Engler violated U.S. immigration law.

Engler has been accused of running a pyramid scheme on the internet, and bilking investors out of over $100 million dollars. He was on the run for the past five years, up until authorities caught him last Wednesday.

Besides being a wanted man in the United States, Engler is also wanted by German authorities on multiple criminal charges. Those charges are from investors in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. If Engler is convicted there, he faces up to 20 years in prison.

From June 2003 to June 2004, Engler used a Florida-based marketing company to promote another company. That company falsely claimed that it traded stocks and investors were lured into this. Investors then lost access to their money when they transferred it.

In 2007, an international arrest warrant was issued for Engler, but he was able to keep his whereabouts unknown.

In 2011, authorities noticed that a very similar scheme was happening in Nevada under a new name, and re-examined his old case to determine what he was up to. Engler is now in custody, and will be deported to Germany where law enforcement authorities are waiting.

MGM Rewards Social Media Users

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Now checking in at places on Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare or Instagram isn’t a waste of your time. MGM Resorts hotels are actually rewarding those who check in via social media. This is under their new program with M life loyalty cards. People that check in via social media actually earn comp points.

This is a real game changer for people that go to Las Vegas and stay at MGM, especially because it used to be that people that stayed and played at MGM got rewarded. Now people don’t have to gamble to get the high roller treatment in Las Vegas casinos. Many people are actually better at Tweeting, and checking in via social media than they are at gambling.

This new program has just been launched, and members of the M life loyalty rewards program can actually earn free stuff not only from casinos in Las Vegas, but also Detriot and Mississipi.

There are so many smartphone users out there now, so this trend is really on target for what’s current, and it’s especially nice that that for once, people get rewarded not for gambling, but for checking in, which costs nothing.

Another cool smartphone app that has come out at other Las Vegas casinos is the Pocket Concierge, which is a navigation app designed for the casinos in the Venetian and Palazzo. Casinos are always pretty big, so this is definitely an awesome app to have.

There’s A Wedding Wagon In Vegas

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Many people have been to Las Vegas, whether it was for a family vacation, a weekend away, or a bachelor or bachelorette party. Of course you always hear about those crazy impromptu weddings that happen in Las Vegas as well, perhaps after a night of heavy drinking, or there’s just a spontaneous urge to get hitched. What ever the reason may be, some people like getting married in Las Vegas, and one such popular place is the Little White Chapel.

The Little White Chapel is known for their speedy weddings, and up until now, no one could compete.

Now there’s a competitor out there that could really give the Little White Chapel a run for their money. The Wedding Wagon.

The Wedding Wagon is operated by Andy Gonzalez and James Cass. Folks can give the Las Vegas Wedding Wagon a call, and get hitched in just 10 minutes, at the surprisingly low cost of just $99!

Las Vegas is a city where on average, 7,000 to 9,000 couples get married each month. That’s a lot of $100 bills!

The Las Vegas Wedding Wagon was an idea inspired from studying another Las Vegas business that runs on wheels, called the Hangover Heaven bus. Could this be the start of many more unique services on wheels? We’ll have to wait and see!