Wednesday, 26 July 2017

From 'Amway' to 'Utility Warehouse' - 'MLM' rackets have infiltrated the UK police service.

Statutory Warning

More than half a century of quantifiable evidence, proves beyond all reasonable doubt that:
  • what has become popularly-known as 'Multi-Level Marketing' is nothing more than an absurd, cultic, economic pseudo-science.
  • the impressive-sounding made-up term 'MLM,' is, therefore, part of an extensive, thought-stopping, non-traditional jargon which has been developed, and constantly-repeated, by the instigators, and associates, of various, copy-cat, major, and minor, ongoing organised crime groups (hiding behind labyrinths of legally-registered corporate structures) to shut-down the critical, and evaluative, faculties of victims, and of casual observers, in order to perpetrate, and dissimulate, a series of blame-the-victim rigged-market swindles or pyramid scams (dressed up as 'legitimate direct selling income opportunites'), and related advance-fee frauds (dressed up as 'legitimate training and motivation, self-betterment, programs, recruitment leads, lead generation systems,' etc.).

The following article has been specifically written to inform and guide senior UK police officers.

Picture James Hardisty, (JH1009/10h) New temporary Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police Dee Collins.
Dee Collins, Chief Constable of West Yorkshire
Last week it was brought to my attention by a Blog reader that the current Chief Constable of West Yorkshire, Dee Collins, has apparently forbidden subordinate officers from participating in the so-called 'Utility Warehouse MLM Income Opportunity'. As far as I'm aware, to date, no public statement has been issued by the Chief Constable, or by the West Yorkshire police, on these matters. Also, at this stage, I do not know whether the apparent ban applies only to 'Utility Warehouse' or to all 'Amway' copy-cat so-called 'MLM Income Opportunities.'

Roger Mariner
Roger Mariner

Our only source for the above information, was a somewhat foolish freedom of information request submitted to the West Yorkshire police on July 3rd 2017 by a self-righteous (and evidently still deluded) 'Utility Warehouse Group Leader' from West Yorkshire, by the name of Roger Mariner. 
In this jargon-laced document (see below) Mr. Mariner (an insurance claims assessor who joined 'Utility Warehouse' in 2007) admits that numerous serving police officers have been amongst his recruits. He then goes on to make the outrageous, and potentially libellous, suggestion (in the form of questions) that:
Chief Constable Collins might have imposed the ban due to her involvement with another 'MLM company' or for other hidden financial motives.
Mr Mariner's other claims that:
Dee Collins tried, but failed, to impose a 'ban' on Utility Warehouse whilst serving in Derbyshire,
Utility Warehouse is 'approved' by all other Chief Constables and is 'government regulated,'
are equally inaccurate.
Dear West Yorkshire Police,
I understand that Dee Collins previously implemented a ban , subsequently overturned, in her previous Derbyshire remit that stopped officers pursuing a part time business with Utility Warehouse in their private lives. 
When she moved to West Yorkshire she proceeded to do the same without , as far as I can see, any legal justification. This cost me a huge amount of income as at the time I had many serving officers doing the business - which is approved by every other force and government regulated, and once people in my team found out she had stopped it they thought there was something illegal about it. 
Please tell me if she has any vested interest in another MLM company or any connection via family to the energy or telecommunications business. 
Please also give me the reasons why you should see fit to deny a citizen who is a police officer the right to a private life , guaranteed under European law?
Yours faithfully,
Roger Mariner


West Yorkshire Police replied July 24th 2017

Dear Mr Mariner,

 Thank you for your request for information, received by West Yorkshire Police on 03/07/17.

Chief Constable Dee Collins has no interests in any multi-level marketing (MLM) companies, nor does she have any connections via family to the energy or telecommunications business. West Yorkshire Police has a Business Interests and Voluntary Working policy which applies to both police officers and police staff and does not attempt to preclude individuals from undertaking additional employment. The policy covers the process on notifying when individuals have or wish to pursue a business interest, and the considerations which will aid in determining if the interest is acceptable or not. Any requests for a business interest are notified to the Business Interest Team and then considered by the Business Interest Panel. Please see the link below for the Business Interests and Voluntary Working. rking_new_format.pdf

If you are not satisfied with how this request has been handled or with the information provided, please read the advice notice attached to this letter. If you do wish to take up your right of complaint, please remember to quote the reference number above, in any future correspondence.

Yours sincerely,

Rebecca Howcroft Disclosure Officer

Various 'MLM/Prosperity Gospel' rackets have been using UK police officers, and former officers, as shills. Due to the increasing stress of the job, a significant % of serving UK police officers are always desperate to take early retirement from the service.

Thus, a significant minority of UK serving police officers have been a particularly vulnerable target for recruitment into 'MLM' rackets like 'Amway', 'Herbalife' ,'Utility Warehouse', 'Forever Living Products,' Ariix', etc.

Back in the 1990s, when I first began to challenge the chapter of the pernicious 'MLM' fairy story entitled 'Amway,' to my horror, I discovered that numerous West Yorkshire police officers were adherents. At that time, my brother (who was a fanatical 'Amway' recruiter living in the town of Halifax) boasted that there were plenty of local policemen in his group. Members of my family were acting under the belief that:

'Amway' had existed in the UK for many years and had been endorsed by UK Conservative politicians and government regulators.

the widespread involvement of police officers was a further guarantee that 'Amway' could not be fraudulent. 

However, nothing could be further from the truth. 

Faced with an ongoing Federal Trade Commission investigation of 'Amway' in the late 1960s, the phenomenon of 'MLM/Prosperity Gospel' cultic racketeering began to spread out of the USA  (first infecting Canada, then Europe and Australia) in the early 1970s. The 'MLM' phenomenon was initially allowed to enter the UK 1972-1973 (apparently without any official scrutiny whatsoever) in the guise of 'Amway UK Ltd.' 

By the late 1980s, the 'Amway' racketeers were boasting 100 000 'Distributors' in the UK, but they never disclosed the overall churn/loss rate. This tragicomic situation continued without any regulation until 2007, when (mainly as a result of my own persistent complaints) the Company Investigation Branch of the Dept. of Trade and Industry (then Britain's equivalent of the US Federal Trade Commission) made a timid attempt to close 'Amway UK Ltd' by filing a Public Interest Bankruptcy Petition in the UK High Court (in the name of the Minister of Trade, John Hutton). At this time, 'Amway' claimed only 35 000 'Distributors' in the UK, but soon afterwards, this figure fell to 12 000.

Briefly, the UK government's case was brought against 'Amway UK Ltd.' on behalf of the British public, on the grounds that the company had been grossly-exaggerating likely earnings in its so-called 'MLM Income Opportunity' whilst charging significant sign-up fees to participate in it. The unobtainable 'Dream Amway Lifestyle'  had been presented (and sold) to 'Amway' participants in publications, recordings, meetings, etc., and it was submitted by government prosecutors that all these practises were in breach of UK trading schemes, and lotteries, legislation. Thus, UK government prosecutors requested that the High Court follow established legal precedent and deem these accumulated illegal revenues a new debt/liability to be handed over to the court, but which 'Amway UK Ltd.' did not have assets to cover. The financially insolvent company would then be automatically closed. 

Privately, I was assured by Company Investigation Branch officials that, once this standard civil insolvency procedure had been followed, a criminal investigation/prosecution of the vast frauds lurking behind 'Amway UK Ltd.' would then be pursued by the UK Serious Fraud Office.

Even though senior UK trade regulators had been fully-informed how the 'Amway' racket functions, at no stage was it clearly explained to the High Court that between 1973 and 2006 at least one million ill-informed UK and Irish citizens had been quietly churned through the so-called 'Amway MLM Income Opportunity.' Nor was it explained that 'Amway's' effectively 100% overall loss/churn rate had been deliberately hidden from the UK and Irish public in order to deceive new, temporary ill-informed victims and thus, sustain the fraud.

As far as the High Court was concerned,when examined in isolation, 'Amway UK Ltd.' didn't appear to be a significant problem. For a start, it had never once declared an annual trading profit in 33 years. In fact, on paper 'Amways' British front-company had lost millions of pounds and had only been kept afloat by regular cash injections coming from a labyrinth of other 'Amway' corporate structures registered in Europe and Asia (but which were controlled from the USA). In the light of this extraordinary evidence, the blindingly obvious question for UK prosecutors to have have put to the judge was:

What possible motive could anyone have to invest many millions of pounds in legal fees to attempt to prevent such an apparently pointless and chronically-insolvent company (like 'Amway UK Ltd.') from being closed?

Unfortunately, common-sense was not applied and this key-question was never asked, let alone answered, because the Trade Ministry investigation had been restricted to 'Amway UK Ltd.'

In reality (during 33 years of unregulated activity) the unlawful profits from the 'Amway' racket had been generated in the UK by peddling the never-ending chain of would-be 'MLM Diamond millionaires' a 'step by step plan to achieve total financial freedom.' This 'plan' was contained in a never-ending stream of over-priced publications, recordings, pay-through-the-nose-to-enter meetings, etc. It has been estimated that as much as one billion US dollars could have been removed (mostly in cash) from Britain via these secondary advance fee frauds. 

The bulk of the 'Amway' theft was carried out in the UK behind another labyrinth of legally-registered corporate structures, like 'International Business Systems UK Ltd.' This privately controlled British company (based in Somerset) appeared on paper to be owned and run by 4 'Amway Diamond Distributors' -  Jerry and Mandy Scriven, and Pat and Greta Gregory. In reality, it was controlled by members of the Yager family in the USA.

'MLM/Prosperity Gospel racketeers, like Dexter Yager, have pretended to be ordinary poor humans who have discovered the secret of how to transform into fabulously wealthy superhumans. They offer to share their secret knowledge with anyone for a price. Part of the price is always that the victims' surrender their critical and evaluative faculties. In other words, this is a particularly dangerous advance fee fraud employing co-ordinated devious techniques of social psychological and physical persuasion, but it can also be characterised as a very sophisticated form of protection racket in which vulnerable individuals are presented with a stark choice between financial doom and financial salvation.

In the 'Amway' racket, the secondary frauds have been controlled by just a handful of wealthy crime-families. This unoriginal system was first identified in the 1980s by Mafia specialist, Prof. Robert G. Blakey - who was employed as an expert by the attorneys of Proctor & Gamble Corp. who were embroiled in a bizarre series of lawsuits with 'Amway' and its bosses.

Thus, as Blakey predicted, to casual observers, the 'plan'-peddling front-companies appear to be independent of 'Amway.' However, when the UK government finally began to investigate 'Amway UK Ltd.,' the parallel British companies were immediately closed-down. The British 'Amway Diamonds' who ostensibly owned and ran them (like Jerry and Mandy Scriven), were excommunicated from 'Amway.' In reality, this classic hermetic system had been set up to prevent, and/or divert, investigation and insulate its beneficiaries from liability. Most of the cash profits from the British 'Amway' racket had been shipped to persons like the members of the Yager family in the USA, who are the real controllers of the front-companies like 'International Business Systems.'

None of the above criminal enterprise has ever been investigated, because the UK government's restricted bankruptcy petition against 'Amway UK Ltd.' was mysteriously declined and no further penalty imposed, first by a single High Court Judge and then by 2 out 3 Appeal Court Judges, after 'Amway UK's' company officers were allowed to submit unchallenged false statements to the High Court, in which they pretended to have been completely unaware that the company had been in breach of the law. They also gave unenforceable undertakings to the High Court that the company had already voluntarily reformed its activities to bring it in line with UK legislation.

Today, it is difficult to estimate accurately the total number of serving British police officers, and former officers, who are adherents, and who have been, adherents of 'MLM/Prosperity Gospel' cults. However, the figure certainly runs into thousands, if not tens of thousands. The British police officially allows its serving officers to pursue lawful part time business interests (provided these are compatible with police service), but officers have first to obtain the permission of their Chief Constable.  

David Brear (copyright 2017)


  1. "thousands, if not tens of thousands" ? - Where do you get this from ?

    1. KG - This is an estimate based on what I have personally witnessed, on witness statements made to me, on comments sent to this Blog and on the UK Police Service's own documents published on the Net.

      Over the years, a trickle of commentators (including former police officers) have confirmed that 'MLM' recruitment has been rife in the UK Police service.

      UK regional Police Forces (of which there are approximately 50) have published annual lists of (unamed) officers and their authorised external 'business/employment' activities. The briefest examination of these published lists, reveals that 'MLM' cults have significantly infiltrated the UK police service. Obviously, I've not gone through all of these lists, but from what I've examined, it is a certainty that since 'MLM' rackets first appeared in the UK in 1973, thousands of UK police officers, and former officers, have been recruited into, and churned through, them.

      Just an average of 20 officers per regional Police Force per year would already add up to 1000 per year or 40 000+ since 1973, but as I say, it's very difficult to estimate accurately the exact number, because the police 'business/employment' registers are often vague. Rather than listing the name of 'MLM' companies, these documents list the officers by rank, and merely state that they are involved in 'Direct Selling, Network or Referral Marketing,' etc.

      The available evidence indicates that, to date, most UK Chief Constables have taken their subordinate officers' 'MLM' applications at face value, and that senior officers have probably not understood what lurks behind the 'MLM/Direct Selling' fairy story.

      Obviously, the longer this tragicomic situation has persisted: the more difficult it has become for senior officers to face the truth.

    2. BTW KG - Some Police Business/Employment registers are updated every quarter. They also include police support staff (ie persons who work within the UK Police Service, but who are not officers).

      eg. Have look at this business register (link below) for the Surrey police (last updated in April 2017). I've quickly counted 15+ officers and support staff involved with various groups including 'Herbalife', 'Utility Warehouse,' 'Forever Living Products,' etc.

      No senior officers appear to be involved.

    3. So how many police officers would you guess are currently doing MLM in the UK?

    4. KG - If I was forced to make a current estimate, I would keep it conservative and say a good few hundreds serving UK police officers are transient 'MLM adherents, but remember this doesn't include all the former police officers, support staff and former support staff, who are also currently transient 'MLM' adherents.

      Also, if Mr. Mariner's claim is accurate, his own little flock of 'Utility Warehouse' police adherents in West yorkshire have recently all been obliged to quit, and this information is probably spreading through the wider police service.

      Even if the number of UK police officers recruiting for the UW racket is curently in decline, unfortunately when one 'MLM' cult has been partially exposed as a scam, a whole hat full of other 'MLM' rackets have always come along to replace it.

    5. There are 40 police forces in Britain not 50.

    6. KG - There are actually 43 police forces in England and Wales, but that figure doesn't include the rest of Britain (ie Scotland and N. Ireland, etc.) although it does include the British Transport Police. There are also 3 special police forces - making a grand total of 48 or approximately 50 police forces in the UK.

      I said approximately, because there are various other British police forces and services, and bodies with police powers, but not all of them operate in the UK.,_Crown_dependencies_and_British_Overseas_Territories

  2. Pretty ironic the police warn the public about pyramid schemes?

    1. Anonymous - When you read the document you have linked, you begin to realise both the absurdity and the seriousness of the current situation regarding 'MLM' rackets in Britain.

      The document demonstrates that the UK police have been in denial of reality. It's unclear who actually wrote this document (which pretends intellectual authority), but it's not difficult to imagine the confusion it would cause in a member of the public if a serving police officer, or former officer, had tried to recruit him/her into a pyramid scheme dressed up as a 'legal direct selling income opportunity.'

    2. I agree!!

      my friend Googled "utility warehouse police" and found this

    3. Thanks Anonymous - I have looked at this Site already and I got the distinct impression that the people who run 'Police Into Private Sector' are devoid of commercial common-sense and, therefore, haven't a clue as to what lurks behind all the reality-inverting Utopian 'Utility Warehouse' propaganda.

      That said, the PIPS people are far from being alone.

      On one page they claim to have 'done their homework (with regard to UW).'

      The obvious questions to ask the PIPS people are:

      What exactly has been the nature of PIPS' association with 'Utility Warehouse?'

      How many serving, and former, police officers have signed up for the so-called 'Utility Warehouse MLM Income Opportunity' since it was frst instigated?

      How many of these transient 'UW' police signatories have generated an overall net-income from their non-salaried 'UW'-related activities?

      Why, if you cannot give accurate and truthful answers to the above questions, have you been prepared to endorse publicly the so-called 'Utility Warehouse MLM Income Opportunity' as being economically viable and lawful?

    4. Anonymous - You might be interested to learn that today, I called 'Police Into Private Sector' (a privately registered UK company) and discovered that one of its staff, used to be a recruiter for 'Utility Warehouse.' However, I'd already suspected that that was probably the explanation. The offending 'Utility Warehouse' promotional pages have now been deleted from the 'PIPS' Website, but the person I spoke to, and who deleted these pages (as we talked), wasn't in the slightest bit interested in hearing about the widespread suffering which 'MLM' cults have caused or of their significant infiltration of the UK Police Service. In fact, the person I spoke to at 'PIPS' reacted in a suspiciously defensive way, even though I freely accepted her explanation. She kept insisting that none of her clients had been interested in joining 'Utility Warehouse.'