John Woods’ Shocking Ponzi Scheme Exposed! How Investors Recovered Millions!

Imagine you’re on a ship, sailing the vast ocean of investment opportunities. You’ve entrusted your navigation to experienced sailors – your financial advisors. But suddenly, you find yourself in a storm, your ship is sinking, and you realize you’ve been led astray. This is not just a tale of high seas adventure; it’s the story of countless investors who have found themselves victims of financial fraud, specifically, Ponzi schemes.

What is a Ponzi Scheme?

A Ponzi scheme, named after Charles Ponzi, who became notorious for using the technique in the 1920s, is a form of fraud that lures investors and pays profits to earlier investors with funds from more recent investors. The scheme leads victims to believe that profits are coming from product sales or other means, and they remain unaware that other investors are the source of funds. A Ponzi scheme can maintain the illusion of a sustainable business as long as new investors contribute new funds and as long as most of the investors do not demand full repayment and still believe in the non-existent assets they are purported to own.

Now, you may be asking, “How can I, as an investor, protect myself from such a scheme?” or “What if I’ve already fallen victim to such a scheme?”


The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is your North Star in these stormy investment waters. As a non-governmental organization, FINRA is dedicated to investor protection and market integrity through effective and efficient regulation of broker-dealers.

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But what if you’ve already fallen victim to a Ponzi scheme? What then? Can you recover your losses? Is there a lifeboat in these treacherous waters?

Recovering Losses with FINRA Arbitration

Yes, there is hope. Through FINRA arbitration, investors have a chance to recover their losses. The process is akin to a courtroom trial but is less formal, less expensive, and typically faster. An impartial arbitrator hears the dispute and makes a decision based on the facts presented.

Consider the recent case of claimants alleging that John Woods, James Woods, and Michael Mooney conducted a Ponzi Scheme from 2008 to 2016, resulting in a loss of $1,550,000. The claimants have sought FINRA’s help in resolving this dispute and recovering their losses.

But perhaps you’re wondering, “Is FINRA arbitration really effective?”

The answer is a resounding yes. In fact, in 2019 alone, nearly $70 million was awarded to claimants through FINRA arbitration. So, while the stormy seas of investment fraud can be daunting, remember that you have a reliable lifeboat in FINRA arbitration.

So, as you navigate the vast ocean of investment opportunities, remember to stay vigilant, trust but verify your financial advisors, and know that if you find yourself in stormy waters, FINRA will guide you back to safe shores.

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