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1 ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEEDING BEFORE THE SECURITIES COMMISSIONER OF MARYLAND IN THE MATTER OF: * The Greatest Virtual Office, LLC, * and * Sandra Kay Johnson, a.k.a. * Sandra Johnson Adaralegbe, * Respondents, * Case No * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE WHEREAS, the Securities Division of the Office of the Maryland Attorney General (the Securities Division ), initiated an investigation into the activities of The Greatest Virtual Office, LLC, and Sandra Kay Johnson, a.k.a. Sandra Johson Adaralegbe (collectively Respondents ) under the authority granted under the Maryland Business Opportunities Sales Act, MD. CODE ANN. BUS. REG et seq. (2010 Repl. Vol. and Supp. 2011) (the Maryland Business Opportunity Act ); and WHEREAS, as a result of that investigation, the Maryland Securities Commissioner (the Commissioner ) finds grounds to allege that Respondents violated the anti-fraud, registration, and disclosure provisions of the Maryland Business Opportunity Act in relation to offers and sales of Greatest Virtual Office business opportunities in Maryland; NOW, THEREFORE, the Commissioner orders Respondents to show cause why a final order should not be entered ordering them to cease and desist from violating the anti-fraud, registration,

2 and disclosure provisions of the Maryland Business Opportunity Act and permanently barring each of them from engaging in the offer or sale of business opportunities in Maryland. I. JURISDICTION 1. The Commissioner has jurisdiction in this proceeding pursuant to (a) of the Maryland Business Opportunity Act. II. STATEMENT OF FACTS A. Respondents 2. The Greatest Virtual Office, LLC ( Greatest Virtual Office ) is an Arizona limited rd liability company with a principal business address of 2601 North 3 Street, Suite 217, Phoenix, Arizona Sandra Kay Johnson, a.k.a. Sandra Johnson Adaralegbe ( Johnson ) is an individual with a last know address is West Hopi Street, Buckeye, Arizona At all times relevant to the facts alleged in this Order to Show Cause, Johnson was the 100% owner of Greatest Virtual Office. 5. In 2011, Greatest Virtual Office ceased doing business. 6. In or about May 2011, Johnson filed a Voluntary Petition for Bankruptcy Protection under Chapter 7 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. In her Petition, Johnson lists Greatest Virtual Office as a business in which she owns a 100% interest. B. The Greatest Virtual Office Business Opportunity 7. On its Internet website and in telephone solicitations made on its behalf, Greatest Virtual Office marketed itself as offering a home-based business opportunity where affiliates could earn income selling products and discount travel services over the Internet. -2-

3 8. Greatest Virtual Office s business opportunity consisted of Internet websites, marketing and advertising services, including customer leads and additional training, that Greatest Virtual Office represented would allow buyers to earn commissions selling products and discounted travel packages. 9. On its Internet website ( Greatest Virtual Office represented that it is a practical, methodic, and systematic approach to making money using the latest technology and coaching systems that does 80% of all the work for you with income potential ranging from $1000 to $9000 and much higher weekly. B. The Sale to CG in Maryland 10. On July 2010, a resident of Baltimore County, Maryland (hereafter CG ) received an unsolicited telephone call from an individual named Chris Madden ( Madden ) from Greatest Virtual Office, who represented that he had an incredible offer for her to earn money. 11. Madden told CG that she could get an Internet website linked to an online mall, a green mall, and a travel site. 12. Madden told CG that she could sell products from any of over 50 stores linked to her website plus sell travel packages. Madden said that CG would then earn commissions on each sale made through her website. CG said she was interested. 13. On or about July 12, 2010, CG received a call from Javier Mendoza ( Mendoza ), who described himself as her account manager from Greatest Virtual Office. 14. Mendoza suggested to CG that she should concentrate on selling travel packages. Mendoza told CG that if she bought three levels of travel packages to sell, she could earn $9,600 on one sale alone. -3-

4 15. Mendoza explained that Greatest Virtual Office would send CG travel binders, containing travel coupons, discount information, a travel agent identification number, and vouchers to allow her to sell travel packages. 16. Mendoza asked CG to purchase her Greatest Virtual Office website for $300. CG agreed. 17. On that same day, July 12, 2010, Mendoza told CG her website needed advertising to increase sales of her travel packages. 18. CG then agreed to purchase nationwide newspaper ads for $1,500, and she gave Mendoza her credit card information for that purpose. 19. On July 13, 2010, Mendoza called CG back and offered to sell her a Greatest Virtual Office Level 1 director package for an additional sum of $2,000. Medoza said that the Level 1 director package included leads and audio call blasts. He explained to CG that, as a director, she could earn $1,000 from one sale of travel services. CG agreed to pay Greatest Virtual Office an additional $2,000 to become a Level 1 director. 20. On or about July 23, 2010, Mendoza called CG and convinced her to upgrade her purchase to a Level 2 director package. Mendoza said the upgraded package included additional leads and audio blasts, plus 6,500 targeted visitors for an additional $4,000. CG agreed and paid Greatest Virtual Office a total of $4,000 by credit card on or about July 26, On or about August 18, 2010 an individual named Brandi called CG and urged her to upgrade to a Level 3 director package. CG said that the only money she had was her daughter s savings bond. Brandi told CG that, as a Level 3 Director, she could pay for all of her daughter s college with the money she would earn. -4-

5 22. On or about August 18, 2010 CG paid Greatest Virtual Office, by personal check, an additional $7,900 for a Level 3 director package. 23. On October 7, 2010, another woman from Greatest Virtual Office convinced CG to pay an additional $600 for an auto responder feature to promote the Greatest Virtual Office website. 24. Throughout the Summer and Fall of 2010, CG asked several Greatest Virtual Office representatives when she could expect to receive her Greatest Virtual Office travel binders. CG never received any travel binders. 25. During the Summer and Fall of 2010, CG purchased other materials or services related to her Greatest Virtual Office business opportunity for additional sums of money. 26. In total, CG paid $18,300 to Greatest Virtual Office for products and services related to her Greatest Virtual Office business opportunity. 27. CG never received any income from her Greatest Virtual Office business opportunity. C. Requirements of the Maryland Business Opportunity Act 28. Greatest Virtual Office s sale to CG represents the sale of a business opportunity as defined under Section of the Maryland Business Opportunity Act. 29. Greatest Virtual Office has never registered with the Securities Division to offer and sell business opportunities in Maryland under the Maryland Business Opportunity Act. 30. Greatest Virtual Office did not give CG a business opportunity disclosure statement required under the Maryland Business Opportunity Act to CG at least 10 full business days before the Maryland buyer executed a contract or paid any consideration in connection with -5-

6 the purchase of a business opportunity. COUNT ONE Against All Respondents (Violation of Registration Provision) WHEREAS, section of the Maryland Business Opportunity Act makes it unlawful for any person to offer or sell a business opportunity in Maryland unless the business opportunity is registered with the Commissioner; and WHEREAS, Respondents offered and sold at least one business opportunity in Maryland without registering the business opportunity with the Commissioner; NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, pursuant to section (a) of the Maryland Business Opportunity Act, that each Respondent show cause why that Respondent should not be ordered to permanently cease and desist from the offer and sale of business opportunities in violation of the registration provisions of the Maryland Business Opportunity Act, and be permanently barred from engaging in the offer or sale of business opportunities in or from Maryland. COUNT TWO Against all Respondents (Violation of Disclosure Provisions) WHEREAS, section of the Maryland Business Opportunity Act makes it unlawful for any person to offer or sell a business opportunity in Maryland without first giving a prospective buyer a copy of a disclosure document at least 10 full business days before the buyer executes an agreement or pays any consideration towards the purchase of the business opportunity; and WHEREAS, section of the Maryland Business Opportunity Act defines the -6-

7 information that must be included in the disclosure document required to be given to prospective buyers; and WHEREAS, Respondents offered and sold a business opportunity in Maryland without giving a prospective Maryland buyer a copy of the disclosure document required under the Maryland Business Opportunity Act; NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, pursuant to section (a) of the Maryland Business Opportunity Act, that each Respondent show cause why that Respondent should not be ordered to permanently cease and desist from the offer and sale of business opportunities in violation of the disclosure provisions of the Maryland Business Opportunity Act, and be permanently barred from engaging in the offer or sale of business opportunities in or from Maryland. COUNT THREE (Fraud) WHEREAS, section of the Maryland Business Opportunity Act prohibits any person, in connection with the offer or sale of a business opportunity, from engaging in any act, practice or course of business or employ any device, scheme or artifice to defraud that person or would operate as a fraud or deceit on another person; and WHEREAS, Respondents engaged in acts, practices and courses of business to defraud a prospective Maryland buyer by obtaining thousands of dollars for a business opportunity that Respondents represented would generate significant income, but the business opportunity did not generate any income, as Respondents represented; NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, pursuant to section (a) of the -7-

8 Maryland Business Opportunity Act, that Respondents show cause why they should not be ordered to permanently cease and desist from the offer and sale of business opportunities in violation of the antifraud provisions of the Maryland Business Opportunity Act, and be permanently barred from engaging in the offer or sale of business opportunities in or from Maryland COUNT FOUR (Misrepresentation of income or earnings potential in connection with the offer or sale of business opportunities) WHEREAS, section of the Maryland Business Opportunity Act prohibits any person, in connection with the offer or sale of a business opportunity, from representing that the business opportunity provides income or earning potential of any kind unless: (1) the seller has documentation to substantiate the representation; and (2) the person discloses the documentation to the prospective buyer when the representation is made; and WHEREAS, Respondents made misrepresentations to a Maryland buyer that the Greatest Virtual Office business opportunity provides a specific income or earning potential, but Respondents did not give the prospective Maryland buyer documentation to substantiate that representation when the representation was made; NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, pursuant to section (a) of the Maryland Business Opportunity Act, that Respondents show cause why they should not be ordered to permanently cease and desist from the offer and sale of business opportunities in violation of the antifraud provisions of the Maryland Business Opportunity Act, and be permanently barred from engaging in the offer or sale of business opportunities in or from -8-

9 Maryland. REQUIREMENT OF ANSWER AND NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY FOR HEARING IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, pursuant to COMAR , that Respondents shall file with the Commissioner a written Answer to this Order within fifteen days of service of the Order. The Answer shall admit or deny each factual allegation in the Order and shall set forth affirmative defenses, if any. If a Respondent is without knowledge or information sufficient to form a belief as to the truth of an allegation, that Respondent shall so state. The Answer also shall indicate whether a Respondent requests a hearing. A hearing will be scheduled in this matter if one is requested in writing within fifteen days of receipt of this Order. Failure by a Respondent to file a timely written request for a hearing in this matter shall be deemed a waiver by Respondent of the right to such a hearing. Failure by any Respondent to file an Answer or a request for a hearing shall result in entry of a final order: (a) (b) directing that Respondent to permanently cease and desist from violation of the Maryland Business Opportunity Act; and permanently barring that Respondent from engaging in the offer or sale of business opportunities in Maryland. SO ORDERED: Commissioner s Signature is on File with Original Document Dated: March 2, 2012 MELANIE SENTER LUBIN SECURITIES COMMISSIONER -9-

in the bankruptcy proceeding; and that on July 9, 2012, Johnson s bankruptcy proceeding was

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