Private security keeps eye on Ponzi scheme suspect in NC www.privateofficer.com
LEXINGTON, N.C.Aug 24 2012 — Residents who share the neighborhood with the man accused of running a $600 million Ponzi scheme are uneasy as a private security company keeps a watchful eye over their neighbor’s home.
For nearly a week, private security guards have kept a close eye on Paul Burks home and any on who goes near it.
Neighbors have seen security guards roaming their neighborhood, since Burks was accused by the federal government of orchestrating an illegal venture though the website ZeekRewards.com.
“It just seems strange that when I go to mow a lawn I got security guards around the block,” explained Reid Rhodes. He takes care of 21 lawns in Lexington, including Mr. Burks’.
“Mr. Burks is a nice man — his wife actually did the hiring for me, bless her heart,” said Rhodes. He has been on the job for two months and has been paid for his work.
Neighbors are still trying to grasp the idea that Lexington was the headquarters of the worldwide venture.
“It’s something that we all see on the news that happens in California, New York, Florida… big metropolitan cities — Charlotte, but in Lexington, North Carolina, it’s a little strange,” said Rhodes.
Ellen Ioanes who lives near West 2nd Avenue said, “This person who maybe did something pretty awful, it’s really weird to have that in your neighborhood.”
When asked if Burks would be willing to be interviewed, a security guard said no.