Is that so? I saw and listened to John Brown on Murdoch's Faux News yesterday. Fox is an appropriate place for him. Even that attractive interviewer was probing about a "scheme" in a diplomatic way of avoiding the word "scam".
Sure, this is a more sophisticated scam than Sha Stephens and the Hayseed pulled off, but it still walks like a scam, looks like a scam, and quacks like a scam. Put that in your tanakh and smoke it.