MMM India, QNet ‘cult’ growing. Why government is dragging its feet in tackling this MLM menace?
Moneylife Digital Team 02 May 2013

EAS Sarma, former secretary to GoI has questioned the non-action from the government on the growing menace of multi-level marketing (MLM) and money-circulation schemes, which are duping lakhs of gullible savers

When Moneylife wrote about a ponzi scheme founded by a convicted Russian fraudster, Sergey Mavrodi, which was luring thousands of Indians to follow its ideology of ‘trust’ and help one another, we were in for a surprise. Our article has unleashed a barrage of intemperate responses that seem straight from the followers of the Mavrodi. In typical cult-like fashion, they claim to be creating a parallel universe with their own currency known as ‘Mavro’ named after the founder who conceived the system. The Bitcoin drama is obviously being re-enacted with another coin and currency.
 

We forwarded details of this to EAS Sarma, former secretary to the Government of India (GoI), who has helped raise several issues with the Prime Minister’s Office as well ministry of corporate affairs (MCA) and the finance ministry.“As I write this letter, a vigilant Andhra Pradesh police has arrested Gopal Shekhawat of NMart. A Russian company, MMM India has already spread its tentacles into every nook and corner of India with a virtual currency, dubiously attractive incentives and agents to push through the scheme to cheat the gullible households.  The ubiquitous ‘Q Group’, changing its name like a chameleon changing its colours, continues to swindle the people unhindered, as evident from media reports,” Mr Sarma said in a letter to Naved Masood, secretary, MCA.
 

He said, “Why is the government dragging its feet in tackling this menace? Are influential politicians involved in these MLMs? I suggest that your ministry (MCA) takes the initiative, though highly belated, to form a task force consisting of Serious Frauds Investigation Office (SFIO), Enforcement Directorate (ED), State Police and other investigating agencies to detect these multi-level marketing (MLM) well in advance and bring them to book before they cause any large damage. “
 

“The moment any company is found to be either registered or unregistered, offering unduly high incentives, it should trigger action on the part of the task force. As an immediate measure, the examples I have given, especially, MMM India and Q Group of companies, should be investigated speedily,” Mr Sarma said in this letter.
 

While Bitcoin was created to solve the mathematical solution to double-counting, it grew into a separate currency and system altogether and its value has skyrocketed as more and more people, investors and enthusiasts jump into the bandwagon and started transacting in the virtual currency. We had written, in detail, a primer on Bitcoin for those who are not familiar with it, in an accessible manner over here. The reason people took to Bitcoin, apart from its meteoric rise in value is because there is no regulator to control the currency unlike fiat currencies which get depreciated. However, recently, the Bitcoin has come under attack after hackers managed to penetrate into some of the Bitcoin e-Wallet sites, which caused them to shut down and stop offering Bitcoins for sale.
 

Similarly, the Mavro, the virtual currency transacted by so called ‘Mavrodians’ (i.e. those who have enrolled into MMM India), eerily resembles Bitcoin in the in many ways. Firstly, like Bitcoin, there is no regulator for it. MMM India website says, “In terms of legislation, MMM INDIA  is an ephemeral combination of letters and numbers. MMM INDIA is an idea, a concept, and nothing more. There are no offices, no sales centres, no cash payments etc.” Secondly, like Bitcoin, participants simply transfer cash from one to another party through the internet using virtual currency. In order to acquire the currency, real currency must be paid first.
 

However, there is one catch, and an important one at that: exchange rate. While Bitcoin is market-determined and entirely prone to hackers, the Mavro is not market-determined at all. In fact, one man controls it.
 

The value or the rates of the Mavro currency are decided by none other than Sergey Mavrodi himself. He gets to decide how much the currency is worth and how much can be redeemed and has power to reset the entire system, and so on and so forth. He also gets to decide when to freeze redemptions. According to the MMM India website, it states: “Just like regular currency, MAVRO has two different ‘exchange rates’, one for ‘selling’ and one for ‘buying’. Each participant can ‘sell’ or ‘buy’ MAVRO, according to the ‘rates’. ‘Purchase’ and ‘sale’ of MAVRO are carried out by special automatic software on the official website”. The most important part is this, which is also stated on MMM India website: “These ‘rates’ would be established personally by Mr Sergey Mavrodi. Twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and, supposedly, would be growing continually.”
 

Recently, Sergey Mavrodi had reset the value of the Mavro, thus shortchanging many so called ‘Mavrodians’, who will see that 95% of their virtual money in the system will be “frozen” leaving only 5% available for redemption. In other words, if you have, say 100 Mavros in your account, you will be only able to redeem five Mavros. Sergey Mavrodi explained the cause for the reset: “Despite the huge influx of new participants, wanting to give help, the number of people and most importantly the amount with which these people wanted to ‘GET HELP’ was much much more”.  
 

He said, “Therefore, I declare the restart of MMM in India. Mavro of all participants will be recalculated as next: total amount of purchased confirmed Mavro minus total amount of withdrawal, plus 10%. This is to ensure from our side that all who have not yet received help - will get it for sure.” Needless to say, 95% will still be locked and frozen and it is not known when they can redeem the full value, if at all.
 

As of now only the 30% Mavro is being offered now (i.e. 30% returns as opposed to 40%). He even goes on to say, “By the way, 30% is also not a joke! This growth is approximately 10 times after nine months. Where and who is paying this type of percent?”
 

Surprisingly, the same Mavrodi froze operations of MMM-2011 in May 2012. In January 2011, he launched MMM-2011 frankly describing it as a pyramid adding, “It is a naked scheme, nothing more ... People interact with each other and give each other money. For no reason!” Within 17 months, Mavrodi announced that there would no more payouts in MMM-2011. This can well be the fate of MMM India as well.
 

This is exactly “too good to be true” that savers ought to avoid at all cost. Of course, when there is no regulator to govern the currency, anything can happen.

Comments
reemaashok11235
2 years ago
Qnet is a money circulation scheme. all the Fraudsters in Qnet work in team to trap people who are mostly their relatives or friends. They never disclose the name of the company or its real operations until you have made the payment and completely trapped. Till that time they pretend the business is strictly e commerce or business development. they have fancy terms to make their business sound more sophisticated and grande such as "GLOBAL bUSINESS" or " MANY VERTICALS SUCH AS HEDGE FUNDS, HEALTHCARE, LIFESTYLE, TOURISM , etc"

I was also trapped. I lost my 9 lac Rs to the mumbai team.. Please do not put your hard earned money into qnet. Its a business of fooling people , trust me watch youtube videos of how people in qnet are trained to fool others. Dont lose money like i did

These are the people in mumbai team who sell qnet products.. please be careful if you are dealing with them

Mumbai
1. Vaishali gore (Also dubai)
2. Vishal mast
3. Pratik parmar
4. Kaustubh moghe
5. Praveen shettigar
6. V c gautam
7. Cs mallika ladi (Sap)
8. Yogesh jangam
9. Rupesh bamne
10. Jyoti parmar
11. Tejashree singh
12. Swati suman singh
13. Ravi kumar chaurasiya
14. Sheela mary
15. Manika bhardwaj
16. Sagar metkari
17. Sarika metkari
18. Prasad jadhav
19. Rakhi jadhav
20. Rohan naik
21. Reema kulkarni
22. Vijay naik
23. Gitesh kulkarni
24. Manju deshmukh
25. Preeti wahalkar
26. Anita naik
gurupreet
3 years ago
Hello Friends,
We have been receiving hundreds of enquiries from QNET VICTIMS across India asking on how to join the FINANCIAL FRAUDS VICTIMS WELFARE ASSOCIATION (FFVWA) which is fighting for the LEGAL RIGHTS of the QNET SCAM VICTIMS in SUPREME COURT of India. You can contact us on WHATSAPP on 9137721819 .

Congratulations to all FFVWA on our major mile stone and success in Supreme Court of India.

Before proceeding further I would like to mention that we are contactable on WHATSAPP on 9137721819 and victims can contact me on Whatsapp on this number only as my two phones were stolen in Delhi and my main number 7498053701 could not be recovered.

A brief summary on the need for forming the FFVWA is summarised in the two news stories below:

https://www.mid-day.com/articles/qnet-forms-financial-fraud-victims-forum-scam-gurupreet-singh-anand/17659179

https://www.mid-day.com/articles/victims-of-fraud-unite-to-catch-qnet-scamsters/19309192

As you are aware we have successfully fought the best criminal lawyers appearing for QNET SCAM till date including lawyers like Kapil Sibbal, Salman Kurshid, Mahesh Jhetmalani, Abaad Ponda…the list is long. The fight is being fought on LEGAL GROUNDS with good FACTS and DATA. The fight has not been easy and but each and every court that I have appeared and argued my case In-Person I have won inspite of BIG MONEY POWER/PRESSURES etc from the QNET SCAM supporters.

You can become part of our organisation FINANCIAL FRAUDS VICTIMS WELFARE ASSOCIATION (FFVWA) which is fighting for the LEGAL RIGHTS of the QNET SCAM VICTIMS in SUPREME COURT of India by downloading the membership form from

DropBox at

https://www.dropbox.com/s/2piy8eudhlz3oj6/FFVWA%20Membership%20Form.pdf?dl=0

and filing it properly and sending it across by courier to:
Anuja Kotecha (Joint Secretary)
Flat no 701, Nazreth Niketan,
Charath Singh Colony, Behind Dragon Fly Hotel,
Andheri-east, Mumbai: 400093
After having completed the form please take snapshots of the same and whatsapp to us on 9137721819.

Please beware there are no short cuts to refund, stay away from individuals who promise you refunds illegally using various tactics. Stay united and fight for your rights LEGALLY.

Regards
Gurupreet Singh Anand
Anuja Kotecha & FFVWA
Vijay Raval
3 years ago
Qnet is spreading Like Virus their main Goal to trap Unemployed young age Boys and Girls and apart they target co- worker in Job and Family member.
Qnet is like Nirav Modi but this fellow "loots" india seating in Malysia .
If Qnet is banned in India How they Organize their Meetings Every Sunday in every toen and cities of India?
People in Qnet fooled other telling that they are leaving Job soon due to their Qnet Income but it is not true.......
gurupreet
4 years ago
💥📣 HYDERABAD QNETSCAM victims meeting update 📣💥
Dont REGRET later if you miss this meeting, for which we are taking special efforts.

Please gather tomorrow i.e Sunday 23rd of July 2017 sharp 11AM at Sudarshan 35MM, RTC Cross Road, CHIKKADPALLI, HYDERABAD..
For answers to your questions

Ever since you lost your hard earned money in QNET SCAM, you all have multiple questions and facing multiple issues like:

1. Where and whom to approach for recovering your hard earned money?

2. How to help fight and stop this QNET SCAM?

3. How to teach your CHEATER UPLINES a lesson?

4. Issues regarding the “so called” “REFUND POLICY”.

5. Are you eligible for “Compensations”?

6. Issues regarding action by police authorities.

7. What is the status of the court cases etc

These are an example of just a few issues and concerns you are facing, but there is GOOD NEWS for you all. We have been working overtime to try and bring an end to these woes and issues faced by Victims of Financial Frauds like this QNETSCAM.

So guys and girls coming Sunday i.e 23rd of July 2017 is the BIG DAY finally , Please do join us at 11AM at the above mentioned address and the location is also attached here with.

Please do come and also inform other victims of the QNETSCAM in Hyderabad, Telangana and Andra Pradesh.

For details WhatsApp me on 7498063701 or call on +918978700018 and speak to Mr. Raghav.

Please pass this important message on all WhatsApp groups, Facebook and Twitter etc so all victims of QNETSCAM in Hyderabad and around can attend.

Those who are attending please confirm in advance as we have limited capacity only🙏

Jai Hind
gurupreet
4 years ago
#QNETSCAM & SUPREME COURT MATTER UPDATE - Please read till the end.

Dear Members,

Jai Hind to all. As you are aware I have had fought the QNET SCAM since last 4 years and devoted all these years full time towards taking effort to expose the QNET SCAM because of which millions of innocent people in India are loosing thier hard earned money and due to my efforts the #QNETSCAM had almost come to a stand still.

This fight has had taken a HUGE effort and affected my personal and professional life beyond what can be explained here, though all cases in which I appeared had verdicts coming in favor of the victims of #QNETSCAM

In Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court I have faced the best and most expensive lawyers in India like Mahesh Jhetmalani , Kapil Sibbal, Salman Kurshid , Dushant Dave etc but they could not protect the accused involved in the #QNETSCAM till recently when...

These accused cheated and played FRAUD upon the Supreme Court and obtained an stay order on all proceedings against QNET all over India. It is very very Important for all of us to come together and unite so that this fraud can be exposed and correct facts are brought before the Supreme Court.

To carry forward this fight further I need to move to Delhi and need support from you all without which this fight will come to an end. I request Donations from you all for fighting this #QNETSCAM which is destroying lifes, families and careers and thousands of crores are being laundered out of our country India.

I request donations and the same can be send thru Bank transfer or deposits in my bank account number as below:

Account number: 32280724593

BANK:
state bank of India, Lokhandwala branch


IFSC: SBIN0013204


Name as in bank records: Gurupreet Singh Anand

You can also donate via Paytm on 7498063701. Any donations big or small are welcome.

Other help in form of a place to stay in Delhi and if anyone has an extra activa or similar gear less two wheeler which I can use is also welcome. If you think you can help in any other ways please whatsapp me on 7498063701

Regards

Gurupreet Anand



Please pass this message to all groups, Facebook, Twitter, activists, members and victims of QNETSCAM, please join the fight in exposing the biggest ponzi scheme in India and stop the money being laundered out of our country



Vande Matram

gurupreet
5 years ago
QNET VICTIMS please beware of this shady character one Mr. Rafiq whose posing as an "High Court Advocate & RTI Activist" at various online web sites.

This guy is a sweet talker and will promise you refund from QNET if you appoint him as an advocate, he is doing nothing but cheating your further...here is his modus operandi...

He also claims to be behind several actions that have been taken place by mumbai police and FFVA but the FACT remains that he has nothing to do with any of these actions being taken all over India.

He will convince victims to appoint him as an ADVOCATE and thereafter tell victims to deposit Rs 50,000 in various bank accounts to show that he has been apponited.

He will promise that he will return back the money after showing that to QNET office but the FACT remains that after the money is transferred he will stop recieving your calls and vanish .

We have recieved multiple complaints against this FRAUD, please BEWARE you all have already been cheated dont get cheated again.

For your REFUNDS only follow the correct and LEGAL way to get your refunds along with compensation, for more info do drop us a email at [email protected]

FFVA i.e Financial Frauds Victims Association has been formed to help and provide legal aid to victims of QNET SCAM.

http://www.mid-day.com/articles/qnet-forms-financial-fraud-victims-forum-scam-gurupreet-singh-anand/17659179

Please stay away from crooks and fight for your legal rights in correct and proper way.

Regards
Gurupreet
gurupreet
5 years ago
GOOD NEWS...QNET VICTIMS IN MUMBAI...DEDICATED QUESTIONS & ANSWERS SESSION FOR QNET VICTIMS on Sunday 18th September 2016.

Ever since you lost your hard earned money in QNET SCAM, you all have multiple questions and facing multiple issues like :

1. Where and whom to approach for recovering your hard earned money?

2. How to help fight and stop this QNET SCAM?

3. How to teach your CHEATER UPLINES a lesson?

4. Issues regarding the “so called” “REFUND POLICY”.

5. Are you eligible for “Compensations”?

6. Issues regarding action buy police authorities.

7. What is the status of the court cases etc.

These are an example of just a few issues and concerns you are facing, but there is GOOD NEWS for you all. We have been working overtime to try and bring an end to these woes and issues faced by Victims of Financial Frauds like this QNETSCAM.

So guys and girls tomorrow is the BIG DAY finally , Please do join us tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon at 1.30 PM sharp at Andheri east, outside Sarangi Restaurant (Just 1 minute from the Andheri station on the east side).

Please do come and also inform other victims of the QNETSCAM.
Tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon sharp 1.30 PM, outside Sarangi Restaurant , Andheri-east, Mumbai.

Please note we have limited seats, first come first served basis allotment..so make sure to reach in time __/\__ . You can contact on 7498063701 in case of difficulty in locating us :)

Jai Hind.
gurupreet
5 years ago
GOOD NEWS...QNET VICTIMS IN MUMBAI...DEDICATED QUESTIONS & ANSWERS SESSION FOR QNET VICTIMS on Sunday 18th September 2016.

Ever since you lost your hard earned money in QNET SCAM, you all have multiple questions and facing multiple issues like :

1. Where and whom to approach for recovering your hard earned money?

2. How to help fight and stop this QNET SCAM?

3. How to teach your CHEATER UPLINES a lesson?

4. Issues regarding the “so called” “REFUND POLICY”.

5. Are you eligible for “Compensations”?

6. Issues regarding action buy police authorities.

7. What is the status of the court cases etc.

These are an example of just a few issues and concerns you are facing, but there is GOOD NEWS for you all. We have been working overtime to try and bring an end to these woes and issues faced by Victims of Financial Frauds like this QNETSCAM.

So guys and girls tomorrow is the BIG DAY finally , Please do join us tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon at 1.30 PM sharp at Andheri east, outside Sarangi Restaurant (Just 1 minute from the Andheri station on the east side).

Please do come and also inform other victims of the QNETSCAM.
Tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon sharp 1.30 PM, outside Sarangi Restaurant , Andheri-east, Mumbai.

Please note we have limited seats, first come first served basis allotment..so make sure to reach in time __/\__ . You can contact on 7498063701 in case of difficulty in locating us :)

Jai Hind.
jitu moni
5 years ago
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/4-persons-associated-with-MLM-company-arrested/articleshowprint/54204335.cms?null
Four persons, who were associated with Hong Kong-based QNET, a multi-level marketing (MLM) company, and duped 200 persons by promising them jobs, were arrested by Central Crime Station (CCS) officials on Thursday. However, the MD and directors of QNET and its sister company Vihaan Direct Selling are still at large.


Deputy commissioner of police (CCS) Avinash Mohanty said Sreenath Konda, Prasanna Kumar Reddy, V Kanchana, B Dhan Raj were arrested from different locations in the city for cheating people.


Police said the accused had been enrolling gullible people as agents by collecting Rs 10 lakh from a group of 10 persons.


Each person would be given status of promoter, direct them to attract a group (i.e., 10 persons) and make them join QNET by paying Rs 10 lakh, for which the promoter would be assured commission.
jitu moni
5 years ago
http://www.newsambit.com/eow-of-delhi-police-registered-case-against-qnet-india-and-its-irs/
NewsAmbit, New Delhi
Delhi Police Economic Offence Wing(EOW) has registered an FIR against QNET India/Vihaan Direct selling India Private Limited and its three independent representatives on the allegations of cheating and fraudulently operating the multi level marketing, which is illegal in India. Police have initiated the investigation and suspecting huge scam, which is estimated in crores.
A senior Police officer of EOW said that we received a combined complaint against QNET India and its three independent representatives from more than dozen of people in the month of March this year. As per the allegations of main complainant Anuj Jain alleged that his friend Himashu Aggarwal approached him for an business opportunity. He said that he is an independent representative(IR) of an e-commerce based company. He said that he can arrange an meeting with the other IR’s who will tell you about the business and if they find you suitable you will get chance to be a part of the company. After few days Himanshu called Anuj Jain to come with a CV at a café situated in Nehru Place area on 29 November 2015. Anuj reached there, where he met with Himanshu and his to associates Anita Jaggi and Kanika. Trio told him about the business profile and also assured that this is not a networking marketing company. They demanded Rs 6.5 lakh to be a member of the company. They also said that company has millions of customers. IR of the company is treated as a partner and also got the profit share for each sale. After three four days Anuj gave them 6.5 lakh rupees but after some time he got to know that this is a multi level marketing company and fraudulently cheating innocent persons by roping them in it’s banned business with the help of IRs.
Police said that Anuj is not the only complainant so many more complainants also approached to EOW. After which a preliminary enquiry had conducted. It was found that some persons who are termed as IR contact their friends and close persons to join a new e-commerce business. They don’t tell the name of the company or complete business module at the beginning. After alluring them they set various amounts from the victim. Independent Representatives(IR) get training during the joining and talk to make further members. These kinds of IRs of the company are operated from different cafes and food courts situated in Delhi and NCR.
Those who join the company get user id etc and products like ravel packages, some other items etc are shown purchase from their money. The delivery address given in the portal is also found of overseas area most of the time and mostly that address is too fake type location only which shows that no products are being sold and it is a completely a money circulation scheme. Two websites were found involved in the namely www.unetindia.in and www.cmetindia.net were found mated to Vihaan Direct selling (India) Pvt ltd which is stated Indian Franchisee of Hong Kong based net company. Investigations are on. Police are trying to unearth the whole network of the IRs on which this company is running its business unlawfully in Delhi. A case has been registered u/s 420/120B/34 IPC and 4/5/6 of Prize Chits and money circulation Schemes(Banning) Act,1978 .

Profiles of IRs
Himashu works with Samsung
Anita Jaggi works with RBS
jitu moni
6 years ago
Bluru QNet agent who earned 50L a yr as commission held
Mumbai: The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) has arrested Ram Singh, an accused in the Rs 1,000 crore QNet case, for earning Rs 50 lakh or more as commission each year from proceeds of the crime.

Singh, a Bengaluru resident, was arrested last week after the imigration authorities at Bangalore airport detained him over a look out circular notice (LOC) issued by the Mumbai police. "We are going through all his bank account details and trying to ascertain the source of money to his account," said DCP Pravin Padwal of the EOW.

Singh's name had cropped up during the initial investigation in 2013 but the police could not locate him then. In January 2015, a police team visited his Bengaluru residence but did not find him there. The house was locked. He is the 19th accused to be arrested in this case so far.

"We are working to arrest all the culprits in this case. A special investigation team has been formed to nab the othe accused invovled," said Dhananjay Kamalakar, joint police commissioner, EOW. Singh, said police sources, has been sending money to his daughter who is studying in Canada. "We have to know his source of income. He has sent a major chunk of money to Canada. We suspect this money was gained from QNet. Moreover, he was looking after the QNet business in Dubai and has been shuttling between Dubai and India. We got his passport number late. Soon after getting it, we issued an LOC notice and he was detained," said an officer.

A special MPIDA court in February this year rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Michael Ferreira (77) winner of the World Amateur Billiards Championship and a Padma Bhushan recipient, and four others, Malcom Desai, Vanka Srinivas, Maganlal Balaji, all directors of M/s Vihaan Direct Selling (India) Pvt Ltd and Suresh Themiri, director Transview Enterprises. They all have approached the high court now in the QNet case.

"They posed as a marketing firm which would sell bio-discs, watches, herbal products, holiday packages, etc. They even claimed that by using the bio-disc, one can cure cancer and brain diseases," cops said. Some money has been transferred to Malayasia, Singapore and Hong Kong, too, cops added.
jitu moni
6 years ago
Mumbai police seeks Zee business help in probe of QNet
https://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RabPkRNutwU
jitu moni
6 years ago
The fight against the Qnet scam wheré more than 7000 crores of rupees has been laundered out to foreign shores from India has just got bigger.

The Saradha Scam which started mainly in Bengal looks relatively smaller compared to the Qnet scam which had defrauded people across various cities like Mumbai,Delhi,Bangalore,Hyderabad etc for over a period of 10 years.

To unite and protest against this MLM scam plaguing India, all victims,activists, are requested that they gather outside Holy Family church,Hill Road,Bandra West at 10.30 A.M. tomorrow 24th April,2016.

Various press and media agencies will be present to cover the event meet and address grievances to authorities.

The current government has taken note of the Qnet scam and matter will be taken up at upcoming Parliament session.

All Indians are cordially invited to support the cause and join in the protest. We need to end the scam by spreading awareness and recover the money taken away by the scamsters.

A request to all to please forward this message on Facebook, twitter and WhatsApp groups... Jai Hind
Agyat Vyakti
6 years ago
Off the topic. This is just for awareness.. Qnet and MLM are using friends and relatives to dupe you... You may like to read Qnet modus operandi with screen shots and facts and how to avoid them here ... Please share for public interest.. Qnet Scam in delhi by Ashwin Baluja and Prithvi Raj Grover http://qnetindiascam.blogspot.in/
jitu moni
6 years ago
http://www.moneylife.in/article/qnet-mpi...
The special court has rejected anticipatory bail applications of two directors of Vihaan, Suresh Thimiri of Transview as well as Malcolm Desai and Michael Ferreira, the stakeholders of Vihaan that handles QNet's MLM operations in India

The special Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors (MPID) Court on Tuesday rejected anticipatory bail applications of five accused in the multi-crore QNet scam. This includes, Srinivas Rao Vanka and Magaral Veervalli Balaji, both directors of Vihaan Direct selling (India) Pvt Ltd, Suresh Thimiri, director of Transview Enterprises India Pvt Ltd, Malcolm Nozer Desai, who is 20% stakeholder in Vihaan and Michael Joseph Ferreira, former world champion of billiards and 80% stakeholder in Vihaan.
The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Mumbai Police, which is probing the case, had invoked the stringent MPID Act against controversial multi-level marketing (MLM) company QNet, which has denied any wrongdoing on its part.

Transview Enterprises is an associate company of Vihaan Direct Selling Pvt Ltd that handles QNet's multi-level marketing (MLM) operations in India since 14 April 2012. Vihaan Direct Selling, in which Michael Ferreira, the former world billiards champion, owns 80% stake, is a direct selling agent of QNet and had done large financial transactions with Thimiri's company Transview.

The EOW had booked several accused including the former world champion of billiards and five companies related with QNet, under the MPID Act. This means all the cases against QNet, Vihaan and all those involved in the MLM scam would be heard before the special MPID Court. Until now, the accused were being investigated for cheating and forgery under the Prize, Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act 1978, and for money laundering by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

In February 2014, the ED registered a case under the prevention of money laundering act (PMLA) against QNet, Vihaan Direct Selling, Ferreira and QNet founder Vijay Eswaran and three other independent representatives (IRs) of the MLM operator.
Gurupreet Singh Anand, a computer consultant from Lokhandawala, Andheri in his first information report (FIR) stated that his wife was duped for Rs30,000 by some people who had introduced themselves as the independent representatives (IRs) of QNet. Anand told the police, “They (IRs) had said that one of the bio-products my wife bought could be used to treat my 12-year-old son's brain-related diseases.”
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