7/7/15 - Frenchwoman behind Chile ‘magic cheese’ scam jailed for three years

Gilberte Van Erpe, 74, was given a six-year prison sentence – three years suspended – and a €250,000 ($270,000) fine for her scam in which she told victims the product they could make at home was a prized ingredient used in creams favoured by celebrities such as Michael Jackson. But the goop was worthless and the scam became one of the biggest pyramid schemes ever seen in South America.For €369, investors could buy a kit containing filters and a special powder which when mixed with milk and fermented, produced a small cheese pat they were told was highly sought after by the cosmetics industry.

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