Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Delhi resident lodges police complaint against Amway India

Direct marketing firm Amway India has been facing some tough times of late; and 
its troubles don't seem to be ending any time soon.
In the past year, the company and some of its key officials have been charged with 
financial irregularities. In May last year, its chairman and CEO William S 
Pinckney and two directors were arrested by Crime Branch officers for violating 
various provisions of the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, 
And now, a Delhi resident has lodged a police complaint accusing Amway India of 
being involved in a scam allegedly worth over Rs.2000 crores.
According to the complainant, Kiran Pal, key officials of Amway India, including 
Pinckney and Chief Marketing Officer Sundeep Shah, allegedly adopted restrictive 
trade practices that resulted in misrepresentation, and the sale of inferior 
quality health, beauty and nutritional products.
In documents provided by Mr. Pal, he has claimed in his complaint that an Amway 
Enterprises Limited distributor lured him with the prospect of becoming an 
Independent Business Owner (IBO) and achieving complete financial independence.
According to the documents provided to the authorities, Pal has said his wife used 
one of Amway's eyeliner products, and thereafter, had to undergo costly medical 
treatment for burnt eye lids.
Based on Pal's complaint, the Civil Lines police station has issued a notice to 
the Amway India's offices in Sector 32, Gurgaon, seeking clarifications on the 
method of its operations, and details of agencies, if any, that verify Amway's 
Amway India has not given a response or a statement with regard to this complaint, 
despite repeated attempts to contact them.

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