Saturday 21 June 2014

Indian Enforcement Directorate set to reclaim 240 billions Rupees from 'Amway' racketeers.

  • The CEO of 'Amway India Enterprises,' William Pinckney, remains in prison in India after being arrested for fraud and money laundering.
  • The American, billionaire bosses of the 'Amway' cultic racket, Doug DeVos and Steve Van Andel, have personally intervened in a clear attempt to obstruct justice in India.
  • This intervention forms part of an overall pattern of ongoing major racketeering activity (as defined by the US federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act 1970) which stretches back more than half a century.
  • The Indan tax authorities calculate that (to date) the 'Amway' racketeers have syphoned approximately 80 billions Rupees (US$1.3 billion) out of India. 
  • Shyam Sundar reports that the Indian tax authorities can impose a fine of triple the amount stolen by the 'Amway' racketeers, i.e. approximately 240 millions Rupees ($3.9 billions).

The following propaganda (published in the Economic times of India, June 20th 2014) was somewhat foolishly signed by Doug DeVos and Steve Van Andel.


'Amway India's CEO Bill Pinckney was arrested on May 26 at Amway's headquarters in Gurgaon. At the time of this writing, he remains in police custody. This continued detention and harassment must end. Amway is a reputable company with 55 years of operating legally and ethically in more than 100 countries and territories worldwide.And while the newly elected Union government in New Delhi played no role in this police action, we ask their help with the immediate release of Bill so he can be quickly and safely return to his family. To continue with this investigative retention when we have fully cooperated with all investigations and requests from authorities in India - including Andhra Pradesh - is unnecessary and unreasonable.

Whenever our business model has been questioned, we have shown up to provide answers. We have made every effort to be entirely transparent and forthcoming with authorities. If there is a problem, we want to fix it so we can continue to do business in India.
The underlying issue at hand is the lack of clear direct selling regulations that distinguish legitimate businesses like Amway from dishonest ones.
Additionally, provisions of the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act seem to be misapplied against Amway. An amendment to this Act - or even new legislation - is something we have been working toward for some time.
Hopefully, these recent events call greater attention to the immediate need for fair and balanced direct selling legislative guidelines. Fortunately, the newly sworn in Modi government's probusiness agenda is actively working to create an environment that will welcome foreign direct investment. This makes us hopeful we will be able to collaborate with them to find solutions that work for everyone.
With similar situations in other markets in the past, we have successfully worked alongside government officials to resolve issues and we feel confident we can do the same here.
Since opening in 1998, we have seen firsthand the potential this market holds. Amway India has grown into one of the top 10 global markets for the company, selling more than 140 high quality products - most of which are manufactured in India. We employ close to 500 people and have more than 550,000 distributors across the country. Our philanthropic efforts in India have helped nearly 100,000 children including visually challenged students in need of educational and vocational tools.  
Amway is not alone in seeing the opportunity in India. The World Federation of Direct Selling Associations brought industry CEOs to India earlier this year to learn about doing business here. They too saw this potential firsthand and left feeling excited about their prospects for the future. Events like this however, may cause them to rethink investing in the Indian market.
Despite the challenges we currently face, we remain firmly committed to doing business in India. We will not abandon the hundreds of employees and hundreds of thousands of distributors who are working to build businesses for themselves and their families. In fact, we will continue to expand our investment in India in many ways. This includes a new USD $100 million state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu. Our goal is to help Indian citizens reach their potential through a business of their own. When we say we're committed to their success, we mean it.
To be clear, our top priority is the immediate release of Bill. We will continue to answer any questions any person may have about our business. And we stand ready to work with India's new Union government to develop clearer direct selling legislative guidelines to ensure events like this never happen again.'
These reality-inverting statements are a clear attempt by American citizens to obstruct justice in order that they can continue to commit fraud on a grandiose scale in the Republic of India (the world's largest democracy). As such, DeVos and Van Andel's words form part of an overall pattern of ongoing major racketeering activity (as defined by the US federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act 1970) which stretches back to 1959.
Far from being philanthropists wanting to help Indian citizens, Messrs. DeVos and Van Andel are two of numerous 'MLM income opportunity' racketeers who want to enslave, rob and blame millions of Indian citizens for generations to come, and this should be clearly explained to whoever is judging William Pinckney.

The 'Amway' racketeers and their copy-cats, pose a genuine threat to the security of the Indian Republic.

Meanwhile back in the adult world of quantifiable reality, the Indian Directorate General of Economic Enforcement, estimates that (to date), behind the corporate front of 'Amway India Enterprises,' more than 80 billions Rupees ( approximately US$1.3 billion) has been unlawfully removed from India by means of a closed-market swindle or pyramid scheme dissimulated as a 'entirely legal direct selling scheme'.


The Directorate General of Economic Enforcement is a law enforcement agency and economic intelligence agency responsible for enforcing economic laws and fighting economic crime in India. It is part of the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance. It comprises officers of the Indian Revenue Service. It was established on the 1st day of June, 2000 by the Central Government of India. to investigate provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (FEMA) and the Prevention of Money laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA).

David Brear (copyright 2014)

Wednesday 18 June 2014

What does the Jimmy Bakker tragicomedy tell us about the 'MLM' tragicomedy?

Mark Hughes stole millions of dollars by acting the unoriginal role of ordinary poor man: turned millionaire superman. In this way, he deceived countless vulnerable persons into trusting him completely and into blindly-following an 'MLM Plan' to obtain unlimited: prosperity, health, happiness, etc. Yet the chances of receiving any overall net-profit from participating in so-called 'MLM Income Opportunities', have always been effectively zero. Ironically, Mark Hughes died 14 years ago from an overdose of alcohol and anti-depressant drugs, but the profitable racket this angelic-looking charlatan instigated, has survived.

Currently, Mark Hughes' 'Herbalife' chapter of the pernicious 'MLM Income Opportunity'  fairy story is under federal investigation in the USA, as a suspected fraud. However, the peddling of this apparently 'commercial / economic / legalistic / mathematical' fairy story as obtainable reality, is neither original nor unique and, consequently, this type of 'Prosperity Gospel' mass-deception, cannot be fully-understood in isolation. 

In the Bible, a story is told of Jesus feeding 5000 people with just a handful of loaves and fishes, and of basketfuls of leftovers being gathered after the feast. However, it is important to understand that, in the biblical tale, all Jesus asks for in return, is unquestioning belief in future redemption. Should some sanctimonious performer require of 5000 individuals the same unquestioning belief in ‘Jesus the Redeemer,’ but exploit their faith to extract $1000 per head entrance to ‘The Miracle Buffet’ for the rest of their lives, then he/she would gross $5 millions. Unless the sanctimonious performer really does possess the superhuman power to turn the finite into the infinite, then his/her activity is an advance fee fraud (a form of theft).

Jim and Tammy-Faye Bakker, circa 1964

James (‘Jim’) Orson Bakker (b. 1940) is the son of Michigan ‘Dutch Pentecostalists’. In 1962, Bakker (aged 23), became a pastor in the ‘Assemblies of God.’ His diminutive wife was, Tamara (‘Tammy’)-Faye LaValley (1942-2007), the daughter of (divorced) Minnesota ‘Pentecostalists.’ The couple met at ‘North Central Bible College.’ They went on to found a ‘joint-ministry’ in N. Carolina. 

Pat Robertson circa 1965

From 1964 until 1973, the fresh-faced young Bakkers worked in Virginia at ‘CBN’ (‘Christian Broadcasting Network’) for Pat Robertson. They were founder members of ‘The 700 Club’ (a televangelist programme in the style of a variety show). They also hosted ‘Come On Over’ - a daily programme for children, in which a glove puppet, ‘Susie Moppett,’ was used to explain ‘the Word of the Lord.’

Jan & Paul Crouch  4/24/98  HO
Paul Crouch and his wife, Jan, founded the 'Trinity Broadcasting Network' in 1973. They preached that the faithful should generously ‘sacrifice.' Illogically, they pretended that this would result in God rewarding the faithful with material wealth. In this way, the kitsch couple reportedly collected 'donations' totalling $93 million. 

The Bakkers’ enormous success and their intimate friendship with Pat Robertson created a lot of jealousy at ‘CBN.’ They decided to go to California where they coined the catch-phrase, ‘PTL’ (‘Praise The Lord’), for ‘TBN’ (‘Trinity Broadcasting Network’) owned by Paul and Jan Crouch. Within a year, the Bakkers moved back East and created their own show, ‘The PTL Club.’ This soon generated a multi-million dollar income; it was screened by around 100 television stations. The Bakkers went on to found their own ‘PTL Television Network’ a.k.a. ‘The Inspirational Television Network’ in Charlotte, N. Carolina.

In Charlotte, the Bakkers became friendly with blame the victim 'MLM Income Opportunity' shills, Dexter and Birdie Yager, and Jim Bakker became an influencial 'Amway' recruiter / promoter.

At this time, Jim Bakker is said to have become heavily influenced by Dexter Yager. Indeed, there are some people who have claimed that Dexter Yager was behind the financial crimes Jim Bakker subsequently committed.

Jimmy and Tammy-Faye Bakker, circa 1982.

In 1982, Jim and Tammy-Faye Bakker used their popular cable programmes, ‘The PTL Club’ and ‘The Jim and Tammy Show’ (which were eventually beamed into 13.5 millions American homes via 200 television stations), to launch ‘Heritage USA,’ the ‘World’s Largest Christian Theme-Park/Retreat Center’ to be built on a 4 square-mile site at Fort Mill, S. Carolina. To finance this, the Bakkers asked their television audience to send a minimum of one voluntary contribution per year to become a ‘Partner in Ministry’ (i.e. a person with the right to access ‘Heritage USA’). Jim Bakker created a series of corporate structures, including ‘Heritage Village Church and Missionary Fellowship’ to run the project. As the head of a tax-free religious organization, Bakker had no legal obligation to supply any material benefit in return for unspecified, voluntary donations. An estimated 1 million people contributed over a period of 6 years. The number of ‘Partners in Ministry’ stabilized at approximately 600 thousands. In this way, Bakker lawfully acquired absolute control of sufficient capital assets to build his Utopian project.

 Eventually, ‘Heritage USA’ employed almost 3000 people. After ‘Disney Land’ and ‘Disney World,’ it was the third most-visited theme-park in the USA - boasting a reconstruction of ‘Old Jerusalem,’ a ‘Crystal Palace’ 30 000 seat Conference Center, a 1500 seat television studio, a ‘Crystal Tower’ Resort Hotel, a ‘Heritage Island Inspirational Water Park’ with Bible teaching on an artificial beach, etc. 

'Heritage USA' became a regular venue for 'Amway' meetings and rallies peddled by the Yager clan.

Bakker bought the childhood home of Dr. Billy Graham, and had it rebuilt as a shrine at ‘Heritage USA.’ 

In 1984, the Bakkers made another ‘offer.’ In return for one mandatory minimum ‘contribution’ of $1000, ‘Partners in Ministry’ could become ‘Lifetime Partners in Ministry’ (i.e. persons with the additional right to '4 days and 3 nights free accommodation annually in exclusive luxury hotels on the Heritage USA site for the rest of their lives’). 

Richard Dortch

This Christian time-share scheme was open to the public and involved a sales contract. Although this stated (in small print) that ‘accommodation was subject to availability,’ the officers of ‘Heritage USA’ were bound by federal law to supply what they’d sold. However, ‘Heritage USA’ president, pastor Jim Bakker, and his vice-president, pastor Richard Dortch, set no limits on the number of contracts.

Between 1984 and 1987, approximately 153 000 people paid the $1000 (certain individuals are now known to have given as much as $7000), but only one 500 room hotel was ever completed. The odds against getting a room were, in fact, more than 300/1. Although the overwhelming majority of applicants were simply told that no rooms were available, not one single contributing participant filed a complaint - the truth was unthinkable. Bakker’s image stared directly out of the slick advertising material, smiling benignly with his wife, son and daughter around him. He styled himself as ‘America’s Favourite Televangelist… Spiritual Adviser to: Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George Bush.

Tammy-Faye’s trademarks were her outrageous hairstyles, kitsch outfits and doll-like makeup. At the end of each ‘PTL’ show, she would sing a heart-rending hymn and pray that ‘God’ would ‘bless Heritage USA’ before fixing the camera and bursting into floods of mascara-stained tears. Behind this apparently absurd façade, between 1984 and 1986, the Bakkers awarded themselves over $5 millions in ‘salaries and bonuses. On one occasion, a private jet was chartered by the ‘PTL’ organization at a cost of $100 thousands, just to fly the couple’s wardrobes across the USA. They now advocated a ‘Gospel of Prosperity.’ This ostensibly ‘Christian’ doctrine was used as the false justification for buying a $200 thousands Rolls-Royce, 3 Cadillacs, various condominiums in California and a $600 thousands villa in Palm Springs. The gold plate in the bathrooms of the Bakkers’ 6 homes was alone, reputed to have cost $60 thousands whilst their pet dog slept in an air-conditioned kennel.

Tammy-Faye’s shopping addiction led to her being ridiculed as the ‘Imelda Marcos of televangelism.’ 

In 1987, Jim Bakker was dragged into a sordid sex scandal by Jessica Hahn (b. 1959), the supsiciously-glamorous 'Church secretary' of another ‘Pentecostalist’ pastor, Eugene Profeta. 

John Wesley Fletcher

Hahn (who later bared-all in ‘Playboy Magazine’) claimed that, whilst attending a national conference of Christian ministers in Florida in 1980 (when she was 21), she’d been drugged and raped for 15 minutes by Bakker and another preacher, John Wesley Fletcher, and that Bakker and Fletcher had then taken it turns to sodomise one another in front of her. Hahn approached a journalist at the ‘Charlotte Observer’ and threatened to file a multi-million dollar civil lawsuit. Bakker denied rape, but admitted that, in 1980, he’d had a 15-20 minute (one to one) consensual sexual encounter with Hahn in a hotel room in Clearwater Florida. ‘PTL’ lawyers made a secret out-of-court settlement totalling $265 000 to keep Hahn from going to court. However, Bakker’s competitors (in the cut-throat televangelist business) acquired this intelligence. He was obliged to resign from his presidency and from his ministry. 

Jerry Falwell

Soon Jerry Falwell (1933-2007), ‘Baptist Minister,’ co-instigator and self-appointed leader of ‘The Moral Majority’ and the rising star of the ‘Religious Right,’ appeared to be taking over the ‘PTL’ Empire, but at Jim Bakker’s own request. However, at the last moment, Bakker changed his mind. A bitter struggle then ensued to seize Bakker’s television network which was, in effect, a licence to print money. Leading the pack was Jerry Falwell who now described Bakker as ‘a liar, embezzler, sexual deviant…the greatest scab and cancer on the face of Christianity in 2000 years of Church history.’

Falwell subsequently took over the ‘PTL Network’ and ‘Heritage USA.’ He promptly sacked all Bakker’s existing staff. With his Utopian dream-world falling apart (Tammy-Faye was in the ‘Betty Ford Clinic’), Bakker faced more, traumatic public revelations. He had been sexually-abused from the age of 11 by a male adherent of his parents’ church. When Jerry Falwell failed to have the ‘PTL’ Empire placed in voluntary receivership, he passed confidential, internal documents to federal agents proving there had been serious financial irregularities during Bakker’s rule. A series of investigations led to ‘Heritage USA’ being compulsorily placed in receivership and its tax-free status was revoked. All assets were sold-off at a fraction of their cost. Pastors Bakker and Dortch faced federal indictment for fraud, tax-evasion and racketeering.

In 1989, Bakker was convicted of fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud. He was fined $500 000 and sentenced to 45 years federal prison. In effect, Judge Robert Potter ruled that, although Bakker and Dortch had been fêted as philanthropic millionaires and exemplary Christian conservatives by an alarming number of unthinking observers in the US media, and the political and religious establishment, the pair had unlawfully obtained at least $158 millions by peddling ‘future accommodation’ in largely non-existent hotel rooms. In his defence, it was claimed that Bakker had reinvested most of these vast ill-gotten gains in ‘Heritage USA,’ and that he’d only received a $200 000 'salary' and kept $3.7 millions ‘bonus’ for himself. However, Bakker’s lawyer accepted that his client had deliberately attempted to conceal his illegal activities by maintaining two sets of accounts.

Before he was led (in chains between two US Marshals) to a waiting car, Bakker was found crying and whimpering on the floor in the foetal position. He later claimed to have been experiencing hallucinations in which the crowds outside the Charlotte Courthouse had ‘transformed into demons and wild beasts.’ As Bakker tried to hide from reality on the back seat of the Marshal’s car, a small group of his most-bedazzled followers tried to throw themselves in its path. For a while, it was feared that there might be a collective suicide. In 1991, Bakker’s appeal against conviction for fraud and conspiracy was denied by another federal court, but his original sentence and fine were deemed too severe, and waved. At a later hearing, he was re-sentenced to 18 years federal prison.

David Brear (copyright 2014)

Monday 16 June 2014

Sherman Unkefer, 'MLM income opportunity' racketeer exposed.

Sherman Unkefer is a classic narcissistic charlatan, his criminal activities can be traced back more than 30 years, but thanks to the determination of his step-sons, Harley and Mark Davidson, he is only just now being held fully to account. Unkefer has been deeply involved with blame-the victim 'MLM income opportunity' racketeering in general, and with 'Xango' in particular.


Once upon a time in the wonderland of 'Xango,' when modern western medical science didn't have a clue what to do and the Angel of Death was hovering, behold there was a miracle.

Some casual observers have believed that all the absurd 'MLM' propaganda (like that contained in the above kitsch 'Xango' videos) is not particularly dangerous; that is, until they have compared it with quantifiable reality:

The following testimony was sent to me by Mark Davidson who, along with his brother, Harley, witnessed just how lethal total belief in an absurd Utopian 'MLM Income Opportunity' fairy story can be.


'Harley and I have been warning people about Xango for years. Much like you, our experience with Xango and the whole MLM cult mentality comes from our own personal experience via a family member, our mother. Unfortunately the con job perpetrated by Xango and more specifically Dr. Templeman cost my mother her life. I can honestly say that Xango and Dr. Templeman killed my mother.

Sharon Davidson Unkefer (1940-2008) died as a result of the twin guided-delusions that modern western medical science is a scam controlled by big drug companies, and that massive doses of ($40 per bottle) 'Xango/Mangosteen Juice' can cure cancer.

In June of 2008, a CT scan revealed a growth on my mother's spine. The doctor reviewing the scan indicated that it was more than likely cancer and advised her to seek immediate professional help from a qualified Oncologist. I know, I was in the room.

'MLM' racketeer and chief  'Xango' quack, Dr. Templeman

What my mother did instead was contact Dr. Templeman, the self proclaimed mangosteen expert and medical researcher who was a personal friend and a paid pitch man for Xango.

Dr. Templeman is a retired MD (Family Practitioner) from Utah and also the father in law of the brother of one of the Xango founders. It is Dr. Templeman's literature claiming the amazing cancer curing Zanthones found in Xango that prompted the FDA warning letter in 2006.

Dr. Templeman's forte is to essential blur the lines between junk science and dubious personal anecdotal stories with very small published scientific data. Being neither a published researcher nor ever having spoken at any credible institutions of health or science, the wannabe Jonas Salk routinely claims that Xango cures cancer. The crowds he claims he has spoken to are merely attendees at Xango corporate functions. Considering the average income for MDs in the US is around $60,000a year he's got a pretty good gig as a paid Xango executive flying the globe and being treated like a rock star at luxury hotels, exotic vacation destinations and tropical cruises.

(At the beginning of 2014, the official average income for a General Practice family MD in the USA, was approximately $101 736 - $141 431

What Dr. Templeman did upon learning of my mother's illness was to immediately fly out to her home, again I was there, and proceed to sell her on the notion of using an alternative health clinic and treating her cancer with massive doses of Xango. The alternative clinic is currently under criminal investigation. Needless to say, my mother was dead by mid August (two short months). What I witnessed during those two months was nothing short of criminal behaviour by a pack of greedy egomaniacs with absolutely no medical experience in treating cancer or any serious disease.

Even if you disregard the fact that Dr. Templeman is not a trained Oncologist or even licensed by the state of Arizona to practice medicine, the treatment she received was abominable! The basic minimal protocols of dealing with a deadly disease like cancer (pathology, staging diagnosis, treatment and pain management options) were never followed! The egomaniac Dr. Templeman acted as the primary physician and specialist and cut off all contacts with any of the doctors she was seeing. This, in and of itself, violates the most basic of all protocols in which the primary physician, especially Family Practitioner's, refers patients to specialists trained in specific diseases once that disease is diagnosed.

I can speak with some authority on this subject because in September of 2012 I was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. I by no means claim to be an expert, but I can tell you through personal experience and dealing with numerous experts from Oncologists, Radiation Oncologists, Surgeons, Technical and support staff who deal with this daily is that my mother was cheated out of her fighting chance to beat cancer.

I was constantly asking questions and doing my own research and the bottom line is, unfortunately, the vast majority of people "suckered" into the alternative health cures are stone cold dead. I chose the traditional route and after both chemo, radiation and major surgery, I am in remission. Thank God for modern medicine and shame on those that advocate the hocus-pocus ancient Chinese secret cure for every thing that ails you.
The false hope and phony health claims of companies like Xango is an incredibly dangerous public health issue and is often overshadowed by the financial woes of it's victims. MLMs like Xango are a two sided coin that either leave you broke, dead or both.

Sharon Davidson Unkefer was married to convicted conman, turned exemplary 'Xango' millionaire shill, Sherman Unkefer.

My mother was not only the top distributor for this company, she was one of the true believers and bought into the whole "Cancer Conspiracy" that big drug companies and the American Cancer Society are suppressing natural cures that companies like Xango preach at every opportunity meeting. It's all bullshit by a gang of the most egotistical criminals, con men and liars the world has ever seen. But then again, you know this story all too well.

My brother and I, along with some other associates, have done a massive amount of research on this company and their product. The facts we have obtained would make your head spin. The amount of lies and deceit from giving themselves phony charity awards, criminal records, sick personal behaviour, constantly cheating the system they themselves have created and false medical claims abound. You hit the nail on the head when you called them cults!

A lot of the information I have not only comes from personal experience (witnessing my mother's involvement and 20 year roller-coaster ride of a whole slew of MLMs) but from legal documents uncovered through personal research and a personal lawsuit I am currently involved in. 

I hope at some point there might be enough of an outcry from the public to pass some real legislation that shut these companies down and ban all forms of MLMs. Unfortunately, the brainwashed masses who prop up these criminals continue to grind their way to a slow financial death with a big phony smile plastered on their faces and a "dynamic" opportunity to share with the world. Keep up the good work

Mark Davidson (copyright)

According to the authors of the frighteningly-familiar 'XANGO'  fairy story:

'XANGO, LLC, was founded in 2002, and is a privately-owned international network marketing company based in Lehi, Utah. The company markets and distributes XANGO Juice, a blended juice product consisting of mangosteen and other juices, and skin care, personal care, energy supplement and nutritional supplement products formulated with botanical ingredients. Since 2008 XANGO been selling more than $1.5 billions annually of products via more than one million distributors in 27 countries'

In the adult world of quantifiable reality, 'XANGO' has been the deceptively kitsch 'commercial' label hung over the entrance to a  dissimulated 'Prosperity Gospel'  cultic, blame-the-victim, closed-market swindle, or pyramid scheme, and related advance fee frauds. Inside this progressively-incomprehensible and expensive- to-play game of Utopian make-believe, an endless chain of ill-informed victims have been told that they can achieve unlimited health, wealth, happiness, etc., simply through exactly duplicating the 'positive' example of 'Xango winners' (like Sherman Unkefer) and buying a regular quota of 'XANGO' products each month whilst recruiting their own social contacts to 'duplicate the same lawful MLM sales and marketing plan.'

In theory, profits automatically multiply as an individual 'Xango Distributor's' own network is built through geometric progression. In practise, other than the insignificant number of schills at the top of the recruitment-chain, the hidden overall rolling insolvency/churn rate for the so-called 'XANGO income opportunity,' has been 100%.

'XANGO' orgy of deluded self-gratification, Taiwan 2010

The 'XANGO' racketeers have been stealing money from the citizens of the USA, as well as those of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad, United Kingdom and the Ukraine.


Like the latter-day snake oil pedlars they are, deluded 'XANGO' adherents have recited a precisely-worded script which pretended more than 20 human health benefits for their unique star product, 'XANGO' juice, including 'anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-cancer, anti-ulcer, anti-hepatotoxic, anti-rhinoviral and anti-allergic effects.'  Promotional material for the product merely states that 'research has been carried out' into XANGO's capacity to prevent all manner of illness, from leukemia, tumours and diabetes to Parkinson's disease, depression and fatigue, and that  'antioxidants from the inedible rind of fruit provide health benefits.' However, there is no independent research-based evidence to prove any of these vague, and/or essentially meaningless, anecdotal claims. Consequently, 'XANGO' has already attracted the attention of the Federal Drug Administration and widespread criticism from within the medical profession.

Reminiscent of 'Nutrilite Double X' (concocted by Carl F. Rehnborg in the 1940s),  'XANGO' juice is just an inert blend of mangosteen aril and pericarp purée with juice concentrates of eight other fruits: apple, pear (juice and purée), grape, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, cranberry and cherry. Other ingredients include citric acid, natural flavour, pectin, xanthan gum, sodium benzoate and patassium sorbate. Unfortunately, since 'XANGOproducts have comprised cheaply-procured common substances, but offered at exorbitant fixed-prices (e.g. 750ml of 'XANGO'juice is almost $40), they have been effectively-unsaleable on the open-market. 'XANGO' juice is at best a harmless placebo, but due to its price, the liquid is the eqivalent of a valueless amalgam of shiny base-metals being offered at the cost of pure gold.

'XANGOInternet propaganda

No matter what childish drivel they spout in defence of their egos, the overwhelming majority of people who have regularly handed over their cash in exchange for 'XANGO' wampum have clearly only done so under the delusion that they were duplicating a proven plan to achieve 'financial freedom forever;' for there is absolutely no quantifiable evidence that a significant quantity of 'XANGO' wampum has been retailed to the general public for a profit by 'XANGO' adherents. Indeed, the organization itself does not dispute this fact, but, like those of 'Amway,' 'Herbalife', etc. ,'Xango's' officers illogically claim that their company's products are bought solely due to value and demand.  Self-evidently, because the so-called 'XANGO MLM income opportunity,' has had no significant or sustainable revenue other than that deriving from its own constantly-churning, insolvent participants, its instigators have been operating a dissimulated closed-market swindle, in which losing-investments have simply been laundered as 'sales.' From all rational points of view, 'XANGO' wampum might as well not exist. 

Chart depicting Bernie Madoff's claimed '18 years of constantly-expanding profits' (in red)
'XANGO' boss Gary Hollister

Exactly like Charles Ponzi, Bernie Madoff, Reed Slatkin, etc., the instigators of the 'XANGO' racket are narcissistic, economic alchemists who have bedazzled their victims with an avalanche of pseudo-scientific/financial hocus-pocus, in order to peddle them infinite shares of their own finite money. Amazingly, at the same time as Bernie Madoff was still steadfastly pretending tobe running the 'World's Largest Hedge Fund,'  the bosses of 'XANGO' began boasting that they were running the 'World's Fastest Growing Business.' 

Charles Ponzi

Ironically, in 1920, Charles Ponzi was also steadfastly pretending to be running the World's Fastest Growing Business, called the 'Securities Exchange Company.' By peddling worthless pieces of paper in denominations up to $50 000 (on which he personally signed a 'guarantee to refund bearers their initial investment + 50 % interest in 90 days'), within less than one year, Ponzi had collected more than $20 millions (the equivalent today of approximately quarter of a billion dollars). For months, people (including many police officers) were literally queueing to give Ponzi their cash, falsely-reasoning that nothing so large and visible could possibly be a fraud, and, anyway, if Ponzi was a crook, he would have been immediately arrested.

Doug Wead preaching
 the perverted 'MLM Prosperity Gospel'

Other than the fact that the two cultic rackets are essentially identical, the 'XANGO' bosses were at one time directly linked to the 'Amway' bosses via Doug Wead and Jean or John Godzich. Classically, victims of the initial 'XANGO' fraud have been deceived into buying publications, recordings, tickets to meetings, etc., on the pretext that these 'materials/tools' contain exclusive secrets, vital to achieving success. At the same time, victims have been drawn into the universal, blame-the-victim, closed-logic, cultic trap, in which they have been conditioned to visualise their 'dreams and goals' as future reality and to believe that they can only achieve the redemption of 'financial freedom forever' through exactly duplicating the 100% positive (i.e. unquestioning) belief and behaviour of their redeemed, multi-millionaire leaders. Thus, few victims have complained, because they have falsely-believed that failure to succeed in 'XANGO' is solely the fault of the individual who didn't believe totally. Sadly, most core-victims have been deceived into joining 'XANGO' by their own friends and relatives and, in turn, they have tried to deceive their own social contacts, making the ego-destroying truth even more difficult to face.

In order to further shut down the critical and evaluative faculties of victims and casual observers, the instigators of the 'XANGO' racket have used a proportion of their ill-gotten gains to infiltrate traditional culture. e.g. In November 2006, 'XANGO, LLC,' became the main corporate sponsor of Real Salt Lake (one of N. America's most-successful professional soccer clubs) in a 4 year deal costing  between $500 000 and $1 million per year. In 2006, the company gave a 5-year, $1 million grant to Orem, Utah arts council, for naming-rights to what is currently called the 'XANGO Grand Theater.' 

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch (b. 1934)

Utah Attorney General, Mark Shurtleff (b. 1957)

'XANGO, LLC,' has been the main contributor to the political campaign of Utah Senator, Orrin Hatch, giving $47 200 in 2008 and $46 700 in 2006. However, Orrin Hatch and various members of his family (in the 'lobbying' business) have been in receipt of huge quantities of stolen cash deriving from 'XANGO' and other similar 'Mormon' owned corporate structures registered in Utah. Indeed, the de facto agents of 'MLM income opportunity' racketeers have had a hand in writing an amendment to Utah State legislation, exempting 'MLMschemes from common-sense statutes which previously banned all endless-chain, pyramid frauds. The Republican, 'Mormon' Attorney General of Utah, Mark Shurtleff, who supported this amendment (SB 182), has been heavily-backed by Utah-based 'MLM' racketeers. Furthermore, Shurtleff has been a speaker at 'MLM' orgies of deluded self-gratification.

'MLM donations' to Mark Shurtleff, 2008
Orrin Hatch being paid to promote fraud at 'XANGO' HQ

It almost goes without saying that Orrin Hatch is also a Republican and an adherent of the 'Mormon Church.' He is a qualified attorney who has served as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and as a senior member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. In the recent past, Orrin Hatch has had aspirations to become a member of the US Supreme Court.

Yet again, when the wider-picture is examined, 'XANGO' is revealed as being one small 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 subsequent US Supreme Court judgements); for without significant or sustainable external revenue, all so-called 'MLM income opportunities' have been variations of essentially the same cruel lie which has been repeated so often, that many people have come to accept it as the truth.

Again, it almost goes without saying that Mitt Romney has been receiving stolen money from the 'XANGO,' latter-day snake oil pedlars who continue to pose as 'Latter Day Saints.'

David Brear (copyright 2014)