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Kerala Police arrest Amway India chief, two directors

Amway India chief William Scott Pinckney and two other directors are arrested by Kerala Police over financial irregularities

Crime Branch officials of Kerala police arrested Amway India’s managing director and chief executive William Scott Pinckney and two other directors of the multi-level marketing (MLM) company, says a news report from The names of the directors are not yet confirmed, but according to initial reports, it may be Sanjay Malhotra and Anju.


According to the report, the arrests have been made in relation to two cases of fraud registered against the Pinckney in Wayanad district of Kerala. The Amway India chief was in the state to secure anticipatory bail in these cases. He already got a bail in another case registered against him in Kozhikode district.


Earlier, the Crime Branch had seized products worth Rs2.5 crore from various godowns across the state and arrested the Kerala chief of the company.


There were complaints that Amway had supplied new products to distributors at high price. Lakhs of rupees thus collected was invested in the insurance business, the report said.


A probe into the multilevel marketing firm found that products that were Rs37 was sold to consumers for Rs 395 as MRP.


Last year in November, the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Kerala Police, conducted searches at the offices of Amway at Kozhikode, Thrissur and Kannur as part of its crackdown on money chain activities and closed down the firm's godowns at these centres. Products valued at Rs2.14 crore were also seized.



jitu moni

2 years ago

Lets spread it friends

Two top representatives of QNet, a Hong Kong-based multi-level marketing company allegedly involved in a Rs 425-crore fraud here, were arrested today after being picked up from Delhi international airport, police said.

The controversial company's senior independent representatives, identified as Sandeep Kalra and Hitesh Miglani, were intercepted by immigration authorities at the Indira Gandhi International Airport at Delhi last night, said an officer with Mumbai Police Economic Offence Wing (EOW).

The duo, who arrived from Dubai in separate flights, was stopped at the airport as Look Out Circulars (LOC) were issued against them by the EOW probing the case.

The two suspects, who were suspected to have had pocketed lakhs of rupees through the scheme and organised several training camps to lure investors, have been subsequently brought to the metropolis and placed under arrest this evening, police said.

The LOCs have been issued against those whose statements have been necessitated in the probe but did not appear before the investigators despite summons.

Kalra hails from Delhi while Miglani is from Bangalore, police said adding that this is the first arrest of those against whom LOCs had been issued.

The EOW had earlier arrested 15 persons for allegedly duping investors by selling QNet products, including magnetic disks, herbal products and holiday schemes, through allegedly fraudulent means.

The EOW has invoked the stringent Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors (MPID) against the company which has denied any wrongdoing on its part.

QNet has also been accused of using the banned binary pyramid business model. An FIR in the case was registered in August in 2013.

The accused had been charged with cheating and forgery under relevant sections of the Prize, Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, 1978.


3 years ago

Fatwa against the nature of business in which QNET indulges…

Some IR asked this question emphasizing again and again on the word “HALAL PRODUCTS” but the council answering this question sees through the EVIL DESIGN and pronounces this business of “NETWORK MARKETING USING WATCHES AND JEWELLERY AS HARAM”.

Question: 20938
Saudi Arabia
I want to know about one business. Which is as following. Sir the business name is network marketing. The process is that I buy one product which is truely HALAL.e.g wathces, Jewellery etc. Aftre buying the product the company from where I bought the products asked me whether you want to become our business parter If I said Yes. Then I become the business partern of that company. And the money I paid to buy the product is my investment. Now if some more persons come to buy the product from this company through my refrece. Then company will give me commission let say 3% to 6% of each product. and the products are truely HALAL. And there is no cheating also. If I make the marketing of this company and asked the people to buy more product from this company then my i will get profit. If i stop then i will not getting anything. Please let me know whether this business is HALAL or not ... i shall be very thankfull to you if you email me this answer.
Answer: 20938
Mar 28,2010
(Fatwa: 548/L=186/tl=1431)

Network marketing involves cheating and invalid condition. Also, it involves earning profit by unlawful means; hence this business is unlawful according to Islam. It is not lawful to become a member of the company and receive profit.

Allah (Subhana Wa Ta'ala) knows Best
Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

The FATWA can be seen here


3 years ago

Seminar of Illegal MLM/Money circulation/Binary Marketing Schemes on 20th of September 2013 at 3.30 Pm, Free entry, Please register A.S.A.P.

Come on Friends a golden opportunity for us LIKE minded people to come together and share our thoughts and experiences regarding this menace being played in India on the name of MLM/Network marketing and what not. LETS MEET !! YES !!

Saradha, Speak Asia, QNet, City Limouzine, StockGuru India, Sahara, MPS Greenery, NMart Retail… All these start as hot, new, investment opportunities and as alternative careers that offer high earnings and ways to escape the drudgery of 9-to-5 jobs. But, eventually, most of them fetch only small additional income and, worse, encourage you to lure and mislead your closest friends and relatives. You need to know how multi-level marketing (MLM) schemes and ponzis can destroy a large chunk of your savings or push you into debt. Understand the mechanics of these schemes, the laws that are applicable to them and why regulators fail to rein in dubious enterprises before they cheat thousands of people. Understand the basics of how to keep your money safe—the first step to smart investment! Collective investment schemes are not even under SEBI's regulation.

Sucheta Dalal, founder trustee of Moneylife Foundation and Managing Editor of Moneylife magazine, is one of the best known financial journalists in India. She has worked with many of India's leading newspapers including Times of India, Indian Express, Economic Ti mes and Business Standard. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2006 for her investigative journalism spanning over 25 years which included exposing the Harshad Mehta scam in 1992. Sucheta Dalal will be conducting this seminar.

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3 years ago

This video is so FUNNY, every one should watch it..will lighten up your day :)

Say thanks to creator James for doing this :)


3 years ago

All these words or sentences means the SCAM called QNET…

Listed below are some of the lines or words which mean nothing but QNET aka SCAM

Owner at Global marketing project
A Visionary at Global Marketing Project
Retired at I am THE COMPANY
e-Entrepreneur ! at Entrepreneur
Co Founder at My Office My Health
Global Marketing Projects at E- Enterprenuer
Works at Self Employed and Loving It!
Global Partner at Qnet
Worked at I am unemployable
Business Owner at Business Owner of a Global E-Franchise
Worked at Qnet
Past: THE V and QNET | Faith Egypt | Team Bring It

Global Entrepreneur at QNET (Official)
Past: InService Brotherhood Bootcamp
Works at Achieving the Dream
Chief Executive Officer at Unemployable
Works at Retired
Prosperity Consultant at Faith - Empowering You, Life & Business Coach, JPO Consultant, Networker at Tigers - Leveraging Vision andIndependent Consultant at QNET (Official)
Past: Genpact
Studies Leadership management style at Swiss E-learning Institute
Former Partnership at QI intl
Works at Self Employed and Loving It!
Worked at Honkong Based Multi Billion Dollar Company
Worked at Self-Employed (Business-Entrepreneur)
Retired of a JOB at Social Entrepreneur
Partner at ßusiness of Imp0rts & Exp0rts
Owner at E-Entrepreneur
Works at
Chief Executive Officer at Briltime Corp

If you see any of the above keywords on social media profiles of people trying to catch up with you ..just RUN RUN RUN :P


Sagar Bhambri

3 years ago

Business Standard - Corporate Affairs Ministry Supports Amway, commenting on incident they said that it "is disappointing that such an eventuality came about."

Link to the article -

Sagar Bhambri

3 years ago

Amway CEO is a Victim of Obtuse Policy - Economic Times.

Link to the article -

Further development in the above mentioned case.

Sagar Bhambri

3 years ago

Post Amway arrests, industry demands regulations for genuine direct selling companies - Economic Times. Link to the article



In Reply to Sagar Bhambri 3 years ago

We also have a bigger Multi level marketing or chain marketing scam by Qnet going on in big way, the minimum amount with this scam is 1 lakh, techiques and wealthy people are being targeted.

Modulus Operandi: Call wealthy friends and relatives to Cafe coffee day, get them a costly drink first, then tell them about e-commerce is the best thing on earth and tell all the big names who are into this business, mesmerise them and tell them they will become crorepathi in few months, finally close the transaction on the same day, don't allow the person leave cafe coffee day without signing.

If you want to see yourself, just visit CCD hsr layout,Bangalore on Saturday and Sunday, CCD will be full with around 50 to 100 people doing this activity.

Please publish this and create awareness among the citizens and avoid them getting cheated.

Sagar Bhambri

3 years ago

Ficci Condemns Amway India CEO Arrest. The arrest was unwarranted -


3 years ago

Amway is a scam. Google "Stop The Amway Tool Scam Wordpress" for more information, and forward this to every non-Distributor/IBO you know, so they don't get scammed.

3G case: Delhi HC issues contempt notices to Idea Cellular, others

DoT, in its contempt plea, had said that instead of complying with the orders passed by the high court, Idea Cellular had filed an additional affidavit stating that it has “additionally decided” to provide 3G services to those existing customers who meet the criteria

The Delhi High Court today issued contempt notices against telecom major Idea Cellular (ICL) and its Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla for allegedly disobeying its earlier order by providing 3G services to new customers in circles where it lacks the requisite licences.


Justice Rajiv Shakdhar asked the telecom company and five others including Birla to file their responses within four weeks and posted the matter for further hearing on 5th August.


Besides the telecom company and its chairman, the court also issued notices to Himanshu Kapania, managing director of ICL, Akshya Moondra, chief financial officer of the firm, P Lakshminarayana and Pankaj Kapdeo, company secretaries of ICL.


The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) had earlier moved the court seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against the telecom firm and its office bearers for “wilful and deliberate” disobedience of a judicial order passed on 12th April by which ICL was restrained from providing 3G services to its new customers.


DoT, in its contempt plea, had said that instead of complying with the orders passed by this court, the petitioner (Idea Cellular) had filed an additional affidavit stating that it has “additionally decided” to provide 3G services to those existing customers who meet the criteria. There are no criteria provided by this court, it had said.


“The order of 12th April is clear and has to be obeyed in its entirely. The petitioner, under the garb of so-called criteria, has modified the condition imposed by this court on 12th April... Therefore, it amounts to contempt of the said order,” it had said.


Earlier, in pursuance of a Supreme Court order on a plea moved by Bharti Airtel, the high court had restrained DoT from taking any “coercive steps” against Vodafone and Idea Cellular which were asked to pay penalty of Rs550 crore and Rs 300 crore respectively for providing 3G facilities outside their circles without the requisite licences.


The court had, however, put a condition on the telecom majors, including Idea Cellular, that they will not provide 3G services to new customers in the circles for which they lacked licences.


Besides initiation of contempt proceedings, DoT has also sought dismissal of Idea Cellular’s plea against its notice demanding Rs300 crore as penalty for providing 3G services in circles including Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, the north east, Assam, Bihar, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Delhi.


In addition to Idea Cellular, Vodafone had also moved the high court against a penalty of Rs550 crore imposed on it by DoT for providing 3G services outside their licensed circles.


Both the telecom firms got the relief from the court which followed the apex court order on a similar plea of Bharti Airtel.


Earlier, the Supreme Court had directed the Centre not to take any coercive step against Bharti Cellular and asked the telecom company not to extend its roaming services to new customers in seven circles where it does not have licences for 3G spectrum.


Bharti Cellular (BCL) had moved the apex court after the division bench of the high court vacated its stay on the operation of a DoT notice against BCL for providing 3G services outside its licensed circles.


DoT had, in separate notices, asked all the three telecom firms to pay the penalties and stop offering 3G mobile phone services in circles where they did not win spectrum in the 2010 auction of the radio waves.


Should not salary, perks of MPs be decided by outsiders, asks activist

MPs from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha decide their own salary and perks. Has the time come when pay, perks and privileges of Parliamentarians may be fixed on recommendations of some outside agency like Pay Commissions?

Many members of Parliament (MPs) appointing their family members, like sons, daughters, wives, brothers, sisters and other close relatives, as personal staffers and getting them paid salaries from the government is not new. Although this is neither illegal nor there any bar on such hiring, the question is why the exchequer should be burdened with this extra payload when the MPs are being paid handsomely, asks an activist.


According to RTI (Right to Information) activist Subhash Chandra Agarwal, time has come when pay, perks and privileges of Parliamentarians may be fixed on recommendations of some outside agency like Pay Commissions set up for recommending pay-scale of government employees.


“It is unfair that Parliamentarians may themselves become decisive authorities for deciding their pay, perks and privileges costing heavily to the exchequer apart from being conflict of interest. It is significant that any bill to increase pay, perks and privileges is passed at supersonic speed without much discussion many-a-times in late evening sessions,” he said.


Following an amendment in the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Member of Parliament Act, 1954, salaries of MPs were increased to Rs50,000 per month from Rs16,000 in December 2010. During Parliament session MPs receive Rs2,000 extra per day. MPs are also entitled for Rs25,000 per month as pension. 


Under the salary and allowances rules, the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariats pay Rs30,000 per month to those employed by MPs for secretarial or personal assistance. This amount can be paid entirely to one personal assistant or an MP can split the amount between more than one assistant.


According to a news report in the Indian Express, these family PAs for MPs include 60 sons, 36 wives, 27 daughters, seven brothers, seven daughters-in-law, four husbands and 10 cousins, among others.


Salary paid to kin of MPs is an indirect addition to already handsomely paid pay and perks available to Parliamentarians in addition to costly privileges to them in name of salary paid to their staffers. Since Parliamentarians cutting across party lines are beneficiary of such liberal rules, even the Ethics Committee of the Parliament does not find it necessary to curb such indirect addition to salary of Parliamentarians received in name of their kin.


According to the newspaper report, ironically though, at least three MPs on the 14-member Lok Sabha Ethics Committee—Dara Singh Chauhan, Sumitra Mahajan and Prem Das Rai—and one MP on the 10-member Rajya Sabha ethics panel, EMS Natchiappan, are themselves on the list of MPs employing close relatives as PAs.


“Although there is no bar on appointing close relatives as personal staff, propriety demands that MPs should think and carefully consider before appointing relatives as PAs. I have been appointed chairman of this committee very recently and will consider this issue when it comes before the committee,” the report says quoting Sis Ram Ola, chairman of the Lok Sabha Ethics Committee.


Of the 146 MPs employing close relatives as PAs, 38 are from the BJP, 36 from Congress, 15 from BSP, 12 from Samajwadi Party, eight from DMK, seven from Biju Janata Dal, six from JD(U) and the rest from other parties, the newspaper report says.


Mr Agarwal said, “Chairpersons of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha should take all necessary steps to stop such indirect addition to Parliamentarians’ salary in name of salary paid to their kin as their respective staffer. Even President of India as head of the Parliament should intervene to curb such unhealthy practice of kin of Parliamentarians being paid salary in name of their personal staffers.”


“Parliamentarians should get a net fixed salary inclusive of all with salary paid on basis of cards punched while entering and leaving the House. It is unfair that Parliamentarians get salary and daily allowance even for entering the House for a short while,” he added.




3 years ago

Cost to Company concept should be introduced across public and private sectors. The fact that ultimately ‘Company’ is India and its 1.2 billion people should also be clearly understood. To begin with every rupee drawn by each wage-earner or ‘salaried executive’ over and above a threshold level should be commensurate with his/her contribution by ‘hard work’ or ‘value addition’. In this context, the suggestion that decision on rise in remuneration should be by an independent outside agency is welcome.

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