I have been following with immense curiosity the case of Vihaan Direct Selling and Transview Enterprise both companies linked to the renowned and controversial global multi-level marketing company QNet ever since one of India’s distinguished sportsmen Michael Ferreira appeared on national television in 2013 defending allegations of money laundering and duping of investors. It tickled my curiosity because I am not a believer of the multi-level model of business, because in matters of investments and ambition, owning a BMW car in one year does not drive my passion.
We are in 2016 and the matters in court and media appear to be tilted against the QNet organization, however, interestingly the MLM business network continues to grow. So I decided to look into the case in more detail, right from the onset of the complaint filed by a now painted social crusader – Gurpreet Anand – on the basis which the entire allegations and crusade of fraud and money laundering has originated.
Gurpreet Anand is a small time computer businessman from Mumbai, whose family also runs a restaurant (Dhaba). He has had his share of a brush with the law for assaulting his own father in a family dispute-related matter. His brush with QNet was accidental. Here are the details according to the statement filed to the Oshiwara Police station.
“In first week of April-2013, some people had visited my Dhaba for lunch and dinner. They became familiar with my wife as regular customers. After few days they introduced themselves to my wife as Mr. Navjot, Miss. Mercila, Miss. Chinar Surendra as an Independent Representatives of a company named as QNet Ltd. and also about the website of the company www.qnetindia.in.
Further Mr. Navjot and Miss. Mercila informed my wife about the products of the company i.e. Bio-disc etc. and its miraculous effect on critical deceases. Thereafter, Mr. Navjot and Miss Mercila informed my wife about the product based Multi Level Marketing (MLM) Scheme of the company QNet Ltd. running through its website www.qnetindia.in and shown her a product called “Bio Disc”. Both of them also informed her to attend the seminars of the company for detail information regarding the MLM Scheme.
Further both Mr. Navjot, Miss Mercila informed my wife that the product of the company i.e. Bio Disc is used for medical treatment and for the access of the website of the company purchasing of the above said product or any other products is necessary. On purchasing the said products, she will be treated as an Independent Representative for the company, by which she could earn handsome money on introducing new members in the Company.
Thereafter in April-2013, Mr. Navjot, Miss. Mercila and Miss. Chinar Surendra informed my wife that the seminars of the company are arranged on 07/04/2013 at a college near Holy Family Hospital, Bandra, Mumbai and on 14th of April, 2013 at a hall in Holy Family Hospital, Bandra, Mumbai. My wife attended both the seminars according to the instructions of Mr. Navjot, Miss. Chinar Surendra and Miss. Mercila. Thereafter both of them induced my wife to invest money into the scheme on the pretext of getting handsome returns on it and income could be earned by introducing new members to the scheme of the company.
My elder son Kum. Gurman Singh, Age – 12 Yrs. has the problem related to brain and he was under medical treatment. Mr. Navjot and Miss. Mercila informed my wife that, one of the product i.e. Bio-Disc is very effective product which has a magical power of healing and could help to cure critical disease like diabetes, cancer etc.-
They also claimed that “Bio Disc” can change the molecular structure of water. Both of them gave her false information regarding the quality of the above said Bio-Disc and its magical power of healing the critical diseases and also suggested its use for the betterment of my elder son Kum. Gurman Singh. By making misrepresentation they made my wife believe that the scheme is beneficial, induced her to purchase the said product under the above mentioned scheme accordingly.
Looking at the scheme as genuine as explained, my wife issued a cheque of Rs. 31,500/- (Bank of Maharashtra, Cheque No. 063919), in the name of Miss. Chinar Surendra which was received by her as charges towards the product and registration as an Independent Representative for the company QNet Ltd. according to the scheme
Thereafter both Mr. Navjot and Miss. Mercila informed my wife not to inform anybody in family about the payment and the scheme as well. But my wife informed me about the above mentioned transaction and the commitment by Mr. Navjot, Miss. Mercila and Miss. Chinar Surendra regarding the scheme on the website www.qnetindia.in.
After receiving the above mentioned information from my wife, I got suspicious about the website and its scheme therefore I personally tried to contact above mentioned persons, but could not contact them. Therefore, I started to access the website www.qnetindia.in and search on internet, to collect the information about the said Website and the company who floated the scheme and the credibility of the scheme, whether it was genuine company.”
Thereafter Gurpreet Singh Anand initiates his investigation into the business of the QNet organization.
However what he has modestly left out of the detailing and numerous reports published by the crusader on social media and mainstream media is that unlike most investors who he claims are victims like him – duped by QNet. Anand was smart enough not to be duped.
The cheque paid by his wife Mrs Anand was not issued to any of the alleged companies Vihaan Direct Selling or Transview Enterprise connected to QNet. In fact according to his own acceptance in the FIR filed, the complainant states “Looking at the scheme as genuine as explained, my wife issued a cheque of Rs. 31,500/- (Bank of Maharashtra, Cheque No. 063919), in the name of Miss. Chinar Surendra which was received by her as charges towards the product and registration as an Independent Representative for the company QNet Ltd. according to the scheme.”
More shockingly is the fact that the complainant never ever mentions that the cheque issued by his wife Mrs Anand issued to Ms Chinar Surendra on April 12, 2013 was stopped immediately the following day April 13th 2013, which according to me is a very smart and cautious move to protect one’s investment.
But then I am stumped, because Mrs Anand even after such a negative impression of the MLM organization and stoppage of cheque attends another seminar on April 14th 2013 at a hall in Holy Family Hospital, Bandra, Mumbai.
So while the few supporting Gurpreet Anand cause (which has been covertly fuelled by Money Life Foundation and its talented journalist Sucheta Dalal) thinking that he and his family are genuinely victims of a cheating scam and fraud, the fact of the matter is that the crusader never made any payments to Vihaan Direct Selling or Transview, never purchased any products and even if his wife made the payment to (as claimed) a QNet representative, the cheque was stopped. Hence, he was never a victim nor is victim of the scam neither was he ever duped. In my opinion, Gurpreet Anand to me is a smart activist…