For the benefit of your many new readers, I thought that it might be a good idea to repeat the plain-language explanation of why, for the previous 50+ years, all so-called 'Multi-Level Marketing business opportunities' have been fundamentally fraudulent. Over the past few weeks, the number of visitors to Corporate Frauds Watch has increased sharply. Despite the reality-inverting efforts of 'Amway's' bleating little flock of Internet propagandists to portray us as a deluded band of isolated anti-capitalists, conspiracy theorists and liars obsessed with attacking 'Amway,' we have continued to publish the full-truth not just about 'Amway', but also about its many criminogenic copy-cats.
Recently, Corporate Frauds Watch has been highlighting two absurd, but nonetheless pernicious, 'business opportunity' cults, 'Fortune Hi-tech Marketing' and 'Club Asteria.' Exactly like the sanctimonious bosses of the 'Amway' mob, the sanctimonious bosses of both these reality-inverting gangs have been steadfastly pretending direct association with authentic and trusted corporate structures in order to commit serious fraud and to continue to commit serious fraud. As I have previously stated, these subversive activities have obviously been part of a pattern of ongoing, major racketeering activity as defined by the US Federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, 1970, and clarified by various US Supreme Court Judgements.
Mysteriously, US federal law enforcement agencies have (so far) done absolutely nothing to hold the bosses of these obviously-dangerous Mafia-style groups to account. However, this is not such a mystery, when you know that the billionaire bosses of the 'Amway' mob have spent decades using a proportion of their ill-gotten gains to infiltrate traditional culture in the USA. Indeed, for 50+ years, all US-based 'business opportunity' cults have been riding on the coat-tails of the 'Amway' original.
As Cardinal Richelieu famously-observed, by passing a law, but failing to enforce it, you effectively authorize the very crime which you sought to prohibit. Thus, in the cases of numerous US-based 'MLM businesses opportunity' cults (whose arrogant bosses have never faced the slightest criminal charge in America) the US administration has effectively authorized racketeering, and not just in the USA, but all around the world. Indeed, by doing nothing to tackle this major home-grown (turned-international) problem, US law enforcement agents have been a significant part of it: rather than the solution to it.
In the case of Paul Orberson, the crack-pot economic alchemist who came up with the 'FHTM' lie; he has been allowed to ensnare and rob countless ill-informed victims in the USA and internationally, by convincing them that his company is an entirely lawful enterprise and that it has been affiliated with General Electric, Dupont, Time, etc.
In the case of Andrea Lucas, the crack-pot economic alchemist who came up with the 'Club Asteria' lie; she has been allowed to ensnare and rob countless ill-informed victims in the USA and around the world, by convincing them that her company is an entirely lawful enterprise and that she is a former (Executive) Director of the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank and that her company has the same philanthropic mission as the World Bank, i.e. to end poverty.
In the adult world of quantifiable reality, 'FHTM' and 'Club Asteria' are two Trojan Horse corporate structures. They were maliciously instigated by racketeers in order to shield essentially the same, pernicious, blame-the-victim, premeditated closed-market swindle and related advance fee frauds. Classically, in order to avoid investigation, the bosses of these twin fakes have pretended that they run lawful direct selling schemes in which rewards are based on the economically-viable practise of regularly selling products and services for a profit to the public, rather than on the economically-unviable theory of recruiting more and more contributing participants, ad infinitum. However, once people enter into these thought-stopping organizations, they have been repeatedly told that selling products and services is an inefficient way of doing business... the way to make big money is to buy regularly and to recruit friends and relatives to duplicate the same proven plan for success, ad infinitum. Therefore, because these organizations have generated little, or no, genuine external revenue from the authentic sale of goods and services to the public for a profit, their bosses are common thieves who have actually been been cheating hundreds of thousands of ill-informed individuals by peddling them infinite shares in their own finite money. When, inevitably, victims have failed to make money, they have been loaded with guilt and told to buy publications, recordings, tickets to meetings, etc., on the pretext that these materials contain vital secrets necessary for achieving success.
Common-sense should tell all law enforcement agents that any investigation of 'MLM business opportunity' fraud should be based on what has actually been occurring: not on what the bosses of these reality-inverting gangs, and their current crops of deluded adherents, claim to be occurring. Furthermore, the fatuous idea that these organizations can be reformed, is itself a denial of reality; for by their very nature, criminogenic organizations produce crime and are the product of crime. They have no other purpose.
David Brear (copyright 2011)