It’s Tough Being Green… And Charged With Fraud


Mantria Corporation is a “diversified and progressive business enterprise that seeks out emerging sectors with a passionate focus on sustainability and the commercialization of socially responsible products and services.” At least that’s what their website says.

The SEC says: “In reality, the only green these promoters seemed interested in was investors’ money.”

According to the latest SEC press release, green is the new fraud. The feds charged Wayde and Donna McKelvy and Mantria Corporation with defrauding investors to invest in green initiatives like a supposed “carbon negative” housing community in rural Tennessee and a “biochar” charcoal substitute made from organic waste.

The SEC alleges that the “green” representations were laced with bogus claims, and investors were falsely promised enormous returns on their investments ranging from 17 percent to “hundreds of percent” annually. In fact, Mantria’s environmental initiatives have not generated any significant cash, and any returns paid to investors have been funded almost exclusively from other investors’ contributions.

The SEC also charged Troy Wragg and Amanda Knorr along with a related company called Speed of Wealth. According to the website: “Speed of Wealth and Mantria have joined forces once again to save the environment while helping middle America secure its financial future!”

For me, I scratch my head wondering why they have all the symbols for a half dozen Chamber of Commerce sites on their webpage. I found it really odd that these included the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

I suppose slapping some labels on the webpage is supposed to add some credibility. Of those sites, only the Sequatchie County-Dunlap Chamber of Commerce lists them as members.

Mantria also state that they are an “Accredited Business” with the Better Business Bureau. It says so on their home page. When I searched the Better Business Bureau site (DC Eastern PA) for Mantria it still had them listed as an accredited business and gives them a rating of “A-. ” BB Accreditation only means that Mantria hass made a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints and paid a fee for accreditation, review and monitoring.

I also checked out the Speed of Wealth on the Denver Better Business Bureau. They have them listed as an “Accredited Business” with a rating of “A.”

Of course, none of the SEC claims have yet been proven. I wonder the Better Business Bureau monitors SEC claims?

SEC Press Release: SEC Charges Promoters of “Green” Investments With Operating $30 Million Ponzi Scheme Based in Denver Area