The Dominion of Melchizedek in an Internet site that purports to represent a physical country. The operators of this site put up a strongly religious front, and at the same time have apparently promoted a variety of get-something-for-nothing scams, including pyramid schemes and fraudulent bank debentures.
The Dominion of Melchizedek was created by a father-son team: David Pedley, and his son Mark Pedley. They seem to be originally from California in the US. Mark Pedley was convicted of fraud in 1983 in the US. At the same time his father David was in a Mexican prison for a scam based upon some intricate money laundering. Mark was convicted of another fraud in 1986. David (the father) reportedly died in the Mexican prison in 1986, but some fraud investigators believe him to be alive, and the architect of the Dominion of Melchizedek.
The DOM (an abbreviation that we will use for the full name) has used several physical addresses, such as a small island off the coast of Columbia that is submerged half of the time, a location in Antarctica, and a small, uninhabited island in the Marshall Islands chain.
DOM attempted to charter several banks, which resulted in the arrest and imprisonment of Mark Pedley, who was calling himself Branch Vinedresser at the time. Amazingly, he was trying to run an office in Lake Tahoe, California. Numerous customers of these banks (and associated accounting firms set up by Pedley) lost their investments.
Pedley now goes by the name Tzemach Ben David Netzer Korem, and his 'cosmic wife' Pearlasia (a Filipina) is now President of DOM. Ms. Pearlasia, also known as Elvira G. Gamboa, was sued (successfully) by the California State banking Department. She still owes California $1,431.90
DOM says that they have $25 Billion in bank deposits, but provide no verification whatsoever. They have attempted to identify themselves with all sorts of micro-nations and exiled national groups, but almost none of them even know who DOM might be.
Melchizedek's Ambassador at Large, a man calling himself Crown Prince Gerald-Dennis Sayn-Wittengenstein-Hohenstein was arrested in Hong Kong (summer 2000) for attempting to cash a check for $500,000, drawn on the Asia Pacific Bank of Melchizedek.
There are many other horror stories associated with this operation, but this should be sufficient.
ScamDog.com has no special knowledge on the Dominion of Melchizedek, but has done extensive research on the project.
The Web Pages: http://www.melchizedek.com/
Excellent article by Henry Morgan: Beware The Bogus Nation in THE FREEBOOTER. Issue No. 3, 2000.
Article in BUSINESS INSURANCE, February 5, 1996: Coverage of Reported Gold Stock Pile Is Questioned By Insurers
They have been a fraud from the beginning, and continue to be so. There is no redeeming value here. They talk the freedom game only because it works to suck people in.
These guys are very good at what they do. They maintain a cloak of religion, and a cloak of freedom-seeking. Both are fraudulent. They are very good at putting together bank shares, bond offers, gold shares, accounting operations, and other financial devices. In the end, the money flows in, but it doesn't flow out.
It seems that these people lie as easily as you and I breath.
The name Melchizedek means "king of righteousness". It comes from a rather mysterious character who shows up in the 14th chapter of Genesis, blesses Abraham, and receives tithes from him. Then he's gone. In the new testament, Paul talks of Melchizedek as a foreshadowing of Christ. On the religious side, DOM has their own Bible, which is an abridgement of the King James translation, with a sort of expanded commentary built in to the translation. They try to position themselves somewhere between the Lubavitch sect of Judaism and the Jews For Jesus. ScamDog.com has familiarity with both groups, and is sure that neither one would want to be associated (or is in any way associated) with DOM. The actual beliefs presented by these people seem to be an attempt at mixing all sorts of beliefs together, as in a blender. They are heavy on Christian Science teachings, and they like to use Hebrew terminology. And, of course, they repeat the usual altruistic, anti-pleasure, dualistic ideals that Plato popularized.
A true scam. Conceived of by long-time scam artists, and run by the same guys. They have misrepresented themselves from the beginning, and continue to do so. ScamDog.com says STAY AWAY!
Oh, one more thing: STAY AWAY!