Pyramid scheme

Definition:

An illegal, fraudulent scheme in which a con artist convinces victims to invest by promising an extraordinary return but instead simply uses newly invested funds to pay off any investors who insist on terminating their investment.

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Interfund transactions

Financial arrangements effected by payments made from one fund group (either Federal funds or trust funds) to another group.

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