The Enigma

Recently, I wrote about my relationship with Roger Schneider, brother of paid stock message board basher Floyd Schneider.

At that time, I revealed that Roger had been Floyd’s boss, but fired him from the mortgage brokerage he ran in early April, 2007, when Roger discovered that Floyd had disguised payments to him from convicted securities manipulator Michelle McDonough as bogus mortgage brokerage commissions.

McDonough had paid Floyd to post internet stock message board attacks against specific public companies targeted by short selling hedge funds

Given the severity of the offense, Floyd was promptly shown the door, and it became the responsibility of Roger to clean out Floyd’s desk.

It was then that Roger discovered many dark and inexplicable things about his brother. Soon, Roger and I were in contact. Once he had the opportunity to delete (what were apparently a very small number of) work-related documents from Floyd’s computer, Roger gave it to me, asking that I scour it for information that might be of use to law enforcement.

Which I did.

What I found were thousands of Floyd’s personal emails saved to the computer’s hard drive, which Floyd sent and received between September 5, 2005 and April 2, 2007.

The contents of the computer yielded so many insights, we’ve taken to calling it The Enigma, after the German encoding device captured by the Allies in WWII.

At this time, I don’t feel comfortable publishing any of the specific emails turned over to the authorities, but I am eager to let you read the more interesting of the thousands that remain.

As they are published, links to these emails, together with an explanation of their significance, will appear below:

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