REPORTS: Amway Offices Raided By Police In India; Media Outlets Say News Photographer Covering Police Action Was Detained By Amway Staff

BULLETIN: Multiple news organizations in India are reporting that police have conducted raids at nine Amway offices in India amid allegations of cheating and money-chain fraud. Early reports say that a news photographer covering the raid was detained by Amway India staff and that the photographer’s camera and baggage were seized by the staff.

The photographer was released after news organizations protested the reported actions of Amway’s staff, according to IBN Live. At least two police organizations participated in the raid, and an Amway office at East Fort in Thrissur was “sealed” by police, according to the IBN report.

Early reports suggest that a PR disaster that goes beyond the headlines generated by the raid may be shaping up for Amway. Not only was a photographer reportedly prevented by Amway staff from taking pictures of the police action, according to an early report in the Hindustan Times, the staff also claimed that police had “harassed” Amway distributors into “giving complaints against the company.”

Amway India denied any cheating had occurred, according to early reports. The company, according to its website, is a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S.-based Amway Corp. of Ada, Mich.


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7 Responses to “REPORTS: Amway Offices Raided By Police In India; Media Outlets Say News Photographer Covering Police Action Was Detained By Amway Staff”

  1. They can always get Gerald Nehra as an expert witness !!!

  2. ‘Amway’ is under investigation in India, but all so-called ‘MLM Income Opportunities’ are Dissimulated Criminal Enterprises

    At the end of a week in which the USA finally lost its triple-‘A’ credit-rating, and billions of dollars were again wiped-off stock markets around the world, one chapter of the multi-billion dollar American ‘MLM income opportunity’ fairtale is again facing rigorous criminal investigation in India. However, the mainstream Indian media has still not fully-grasped how enormous this story really is.

    In an ideal world, the mainstream Indian headlines could, and should, read:

    ‘India Leads the World as the First Democracy to Stand up to American Racketers and Declare that all ‘MLM Income Opportunities’ have been Dissimulated Criminal Enterprises!

    The ‘Amway’ Ministry of Truth hides behind comic-book masked-characters like Mr. David Steadson a.k.a. ‘IBOFB’ a.k.a. ‘Insider’ a.k.a. ‘Icerat’ . A new mask for the ‘Amway’ Lord Haw Haw, ‘Kevin,’ has already been posting reality-inverting comments on Indian mainstream media Websites reporting the recent raids on ‘Amway’ offices in Kerala. The ‘Amway’ Ministry of Truth is now on a familiar damage-limitation excercise. Typically, ‘Kevin’ and his criminal associates are desperately trying to make it appear to casual observers that some isolated critics at Corporate Frauds Watch have managed to fool a gullible provincial policeman into believing that the mighty-multi-national ‘Amway Corporation’ is a fraud. However, If the ‘Amway MLM Income Opportunity’ fairytale is true, then, obviously, hundreds of thousands of Indian citizens should have been paying income tax on net-profits deriving from their regularly retailing ‘Amway’-supplied goods, and/or services, to the Indian public. So, my question for the multi-masked ‘Amway’ Lord Haw Haw is :

    ‘Why, if ‘Amway India Enterprises’ has been (as you steadfastly pretend) a completely innocent direct selling company offering a legitimate income opportunity which has been unjustly accused of being a fraud by an ill-informed senior officer of the Kerala police, don’t ‘Amway India Enterprise’s’ corporate officers simply appeal to their ‘450 000 Indian Independent Business Owners’ to come forward to the Kerala police with their audited accounts (particularly, their income- tax receipts)?

    I presume that when the quantifiable evidence proving ‘Amway’ to be innocent, fails to materialize, the Kerala Police will refuse to be side-tracked by anecdotal evidence and, instead, pursue their criminal inquiries into ‘Amway India Enterprises’ at the offices of the Indian tax authorities.

    Obviously, the Kerala police will discover that effectively no non-salaried commission agent of ‘Amway India Enterprises’ has ever paid income tax on net-profits deriving from his/her regularly retailing ‘Amway’ wampum to the Indian public, because the corporate officers of ‘Amway India Enterprises’, along with those of the so-called ‘Indian Direct Selling Association’ and their corrupt legal representatives have been knowingly hiding an unawful money circulation scheme in which Indian victims have actually been obliged to hand over their money each month in return for effectively-unsaleable wampum, and to endeavour to sign-up their social contacts to duplicate the same endless-chain recrutment scam, in the deluded belief that this is a proven plan for achieving total financial freedom.

    Futhermore, the Kerala police will discover that millions of Indian citizens have already been churned through the reality-inverting ‘Amway’ racket and that this key-information has also been withheld from the Indian public.

    David Brear (copyright 2011)

  3. Most Indians believe that they got rid of mass-exploitation (labelled: benign British Imperialism) in 1947, but a new form of mass-exploitation
    (this time labelled: benign American capitalism) has returned. Their complete failure to identify this ongoing threat to democracy and the rule of law, is a damning indictment of India’s current, elected leadership and of the mainstream Indian media, not to mention an insult to all the men, women and children who perished so that (after centuries of foreign-rule) Independence could finally be established in India.

    Originally, the English noun ‘pedlar’ (spelled ‘pedler’ in the USA) meant someone who sells goods (often door-to-door) in small quantities. Yet, trying to reason with inflexible and insolvent ‘Amway’ pedlars who need to believe in the ‘MLM income opportunity’ fairytale, is a waste of time. These arrogant little sheep always bleat the same closed-logic, anecdotal arguments presented in their group’s thought-stopping jargon.

    In respect of ‘Amway’ (corruption of the popular phrase, ‘the American Way’), when translated into plain language, the made-up impressive-sounding terms, ‘Multi-Level Marketing’, ‘Direct Selling’ and ‘Independent (MLM) Business Owner’ are all puerile inversions of quantifiable reality. Indeed, just a moment’s critical-thinking should reveal to the average person that no one can achieve prosperity and success by becoming a latter-day pedlar, no matter what impressive-sounding label he/she is given. Many years ago, everyday items were commonly peddled door-to-door by salaried, and non-salaried, commission agents and certain individual entrepreneurs who, if they offered the public good-quality, competitively-priced merchandise, were presentable, honest, good at selling and prepared to work hard, could build a regular clientele and make a living (provided they didn’t have too much competition in the geographical location where they operated). However, today this traditional activity has effectively vanished in most countries. Many people are not at home during the day and they are not interested in receiving unsolicited callers in the evenings. When the average American/European wants to buy some everyday item today, he/she will invariably turn to the Internet or go to a local supermarket, where there is an almost unlimited choice of price and quality. The average person’s own experience is that he/she does not regularly buy goods from pedlars and, furthermore, the average person does not know anyone who does.

    Since the 1950s, a growing number of criminogenic cultic organizations like ‘Amway’ have been allowed to create and maintain the reality-inverting, self-perpetuating myth that millions of ordinary and honest people around the world supplement their incomes by becoming ‘Independent Business Owners/Direct Sellers’ and that countless of these ‘IBOs’ have retired from their traditional low-paid jobs, and gone on to become ‘MLM’ multi-millionaires. Yet there is absolutely no quantifiable evidence (in the form of audited accounts, particularly income tax receipts) proving that this ‘MLM income opportunity’ fairytale is true. Amazingly, an outrageous lie has been repeated so often that it has become generally accepted as the truth. Indeed, if one even suggests to government regulators and mainstream financial journalists that the whole of the so-called ‘multi-billion dollar direct selling industry’ has been nothing more than a collection of dissimulated money circulation schemes based on endless chain recruitment, regulators and mainstream financial journalists are automatically convinced that this itself must be an outrageous lie.

    This is hardly surprising, since government regulators and mainstream finacial journalists do not wish to admit that they have been deceived themselves, and are (in part) responsible. However, in effect, without the slightest verification, governments and the mainstream media currently accept that the members of numerous latter-day gangs of pedlars not only earn money from peddling goods themselves, but also from recruiting their own sub-gangs of pedlars who can also earn money from peddling goods and from also recruiting their own sub-gangs of pedlars, etc. ad infinitum. Thus, even if the members of these mythical, geometrically-expanding, latter-day gangs and sub-gangs of profitable pedlars’ manage to find some genuine customers, they illogically endeavour to destroy their own clientele by tranforming it into their own competition.

    David Brear (copyright 2011)

  4. In an ideal world, the mainstream Indian headlines could, and should, read:

    ‘India Leads the World as the First Democracy to Stand up to American Racketers and Declare that all ‘MLM Income Opportunities’ have been Dissimulated Criminal Enterprises!

    BRAVO – that would be perfect.

  5. Kochi, Aug. 6:

    The police on Friday carried out searches at nine Amway centres in three districts in Kerala as part of the ongoing drive against money chain activities and cheating through multi-level marketing campaigns.

    The team under Mr J. Jayanath, Superintendent of Police, Wayanad, searched the head office of the Amway at Kochi and also its office at Kottayam. The raids were also conducted in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Thrissur, Kozhikode and Palakkad.

    The police said that cases had been registered against the company at Kannur, Wayanad, and Thrissur following complaints of cheating.

    Meanwhile, Amway in a statement said the police action has come as ‘rude shock’ and surprise. A fair investigation demands that the company be notified about the nature of complaint received for such a sweeping inquiry, it said.

    The multi-level marketing and direct selling company stated that it had been receiving complaints from distributors over the past one month that they were being called to police stations and being ‘harassed’ to give complaints against the company. This is another step in the direction of ‘high handedness’ of some police officials, the statement said.

  6. Indian parties to discuss anti-graft watchdog bill

    India’s government worked Wednesday to end an eight-day hunger strike protest by a popular protest leader, calling for all the parties in Parliament to debate his demands for stringent anti-corruption legislation.