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Lafayette, California
Salesman pleads guilty to 2005 slaying of elderly Lafayette woman
Door-to-Door Sales Company: Overachievers
December 30, 2008
Salesman pleads guilty to 2005 slaying of elderly Lafayette woman
By Malaika Fraley
CONTRA COSTA TIMES
Posted: 12/30/2008 07:57:27 PM PST
Updated: 12/31/2008 06:33:50 AM PST
MARTINEZ — A Missouri man pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexual assault and murder in the death of a 90-year-old Lafayette woman he met while selling magazines door-to-door. Ann Elizabeth Vuori's body was found bound to a bed inside her Moraga Boulevard home Dec. 10, 2005. A month later, a national database linked DNA recovered from the home to Richard Craig McNew, who was in a St. Louis jail on an unrelated robbery warrant. McNew was facing the death penalty at a trial scheduled to start next month. He now faces life without the possibility of parole at a sentence hearing set for Feb. 13. Prosecutors said that McNew was a traveling magazine salesman for the Overachievers company when he came across the retired accountant. Vuori was smothered and sexually assaulted. Savings bonds and other property were stolen from her ransacked home. At McNew's preliminary hearing in 2007, a detective testified that McNew argued that Vuori invited into her home to fix a water heater. He told police that he stole Vuori's credit card but that he did not assault her. In a Martinez courtroom Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to murder, robbery, burglary, forced sexual penetration and special allegations that had made him a candidate for capital punishment. A rape charge and related special allegation were dismissed as part of the plea agreement with the District Attorney's Office, said Deputy Public Defender Terri Mockler.? "The best we could have hoped for by going to trial was life without the possibility of parole and there was a chance he could have gotten death," Mockler said. The prosecutor, Deputy District Attorney Paul Graves,? could not be reached for comment. The Vuori murder prompted the Lafayette City Council to consider refusing to issue solicitor licenses to individuals with criminal records. The proposed ordinance is scheduled for council consideration in January.
Reach Malaika Fraley at mfraley@bayareanewsgroup.com.
By Malaika Fraley
CONTRA COSTA TIMES
insidebayarea.com
Oakland, California
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Reno, Nevada
Warning issued for another door-to-door scam
December 30, 2008
Warning issued for another door-to-door scam
KRNV News 4
Posted: Dec 30, 2008 03:48 PM CST
Updated: Dec 30, 2008 04:03 PM CST
Attorney General's office has issued a warning regarding a door-to-door scam involving the selling of magazines that has some victims wondering, when do I get my order? A senior deputy reports, they've received complaints about college-aged people, going door-to-door, selling magazines, claiming to be taking part in a fundraiser. The magazines are reportedly sold for double or even triple the price and the magazines are never sent to the home. The office says they were able to make some arrests from cases in Reno adding that the scam involved a group of people from Florida. "They don't have any money and if the driver of the van doesn't like what they're doing, they can just leave them on the street, so it's a problem all the way around," Senior Deputy Attorney General John McGlamery says. "We simply don't want to encourage this conduct by buying magazines from them."
The Attorney General Bureau of Consumer Protection:
First, if suspicious, ask to see a license or school ID and make sure it matches the paperwork. Secondly, if things don't add up, ask for their information, and relay that to authorities. And lastly, if things simply don't seem right, just say no. An earlier warning was issued in June when solicitors posing as University of Nevada
KRNV News 4
krnv.com
Reno, Nevada
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Indiana
4 Amway Youths Killed in Indiana Crash
December 29, 2008
Janesville, Wisconsin Traveling Sales Crew Tragedy
Recalled as Amway Youths are Killed in Indiana Crash
Posted by quixtarisacult at 3:48 PM
Monday, December 29, 2008
Readers of this blog may recall that I have associated the Dark Side of Traveling Sales Crews with the Quixtar/Amway nightmare in several past posts. I have honored the victims of the Janesville, Wisconsin crash prominently on this blog for some time now. Victims of the Janesville crash were members of a traveling sales crew. Little enough has been said about the many hours of potentially life threatening travel that 'core' Amway cult believers must realistically log in pursuit of Amway fool's gold. These folks are every bit as victimized by the pernicious Amway cult as the victims of the traveling sales crews tragedy. Two somewhat different groups basically who were in pursuit of a scheme which only served to enrich others; both groups victimized by those with whom they believe they are in business with. Tragically, four youthful Amway cult initiates were killed in an unfortunate auto/truck accident on the Indiana turnpike which really didn't have to happen. Click here to read the story.

Sadly, we must add the names of new victims in like manner to the victims of the Janesville crash. Amway youths, another roadside memorial to a tragedy that did not have to happen on a dangerous road that would have better been left untraveled.

Kyle Sporleder, 20, of Sylvania, Ohio Aaron F. Esposito, 23, of Novi, Mich Lauren Diefenthaler, 19, of Ypsilanti, Mich Rodney M. Echelbarger, age unknown, of Holland, Ohio

Amway Global promotes a pernicious World cult. They misrepresent their cult business as a success, an incredible reality inverting myth, which makes those who promote it guilty of intent to defraud. The use of outright lies and deceptions and mind numbing cult propaganda intent to deceive youthful adherents into the scheme. The costs can be very high in their pay to play 'closed market swindle' and in the case of these Indiana victims, the price they paid was their lives. If there was no closed market swindle, these deaths most likely would have been avoided. Accidents do indeed occur, but this was one that could have been completely avoided!
Posted by quixtarisacult at 3:48 PM
Posted by quixtarisacult at 3:48 PM
quixtarisacultintervention.blogspot.com
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New Carlisle, Indiana
Business partners die in crash
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Amway Global
December 23, 2008
Business partners die in crash
Father: Four killed had been to conference.
By ERIN BLASKO Tribune Staff Writer
southbendtribune.com
Article published Dec 23, 2008
As Andy Sporleder waited Monday for the arrival of his son's body, he described the atmosphere as calm. "You know, we're doing pretty good, really," he said from his home in Sylvania, Ohio, where friends and family members had gathered. "We are aware of the fact that he isn't coming back." Kyle Sporleder, 20, of Sylvania, was one of four people killed Sunday in a crash on the Indiana Toll Road near New Carlisle, Indiana State Police revealed Monday. The other three victims have been identified as Aaron F. Esposito, 23, of Novi, Mich.; Lauren Diefenthaler, 19, of Ypsilanti, Mich.; and Rodney M. Echelbarger, age unknown, of Holland, Ohio. According to police, about 8:05 p.m., the four were eastbound about 10 miles west of South Bend when their car slid across the median and into the path of a westbound semi-truck. The road was reportedly covered with snow and ice. Three of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene, police said, and the fourth died later at an area hospital. The driver of the truck, Duane Rigdon, of Carlsbad, Okla., was not injured. According to Andy Sporleder, Kyle and the other three victims worked for Amway Global. He said they had attended a conference in West Lafayette, Ind., on Saturday and were returning Sunday when the accident occurred. "They were all business partners," he said. "They were in this business together." Kyle Sporleder and Echelbarger were also both lance corporals in the Marine Corps Reserves, according to Capt. Nathan J. Braden, with Marine Forces Reserve Public Affairs. Both were inactive. Andy Sporleder said his son knew Diefenthaler and Esposito as colleagues, and met Echelbarger in the Marines. He said his son joined the Marines out of high school. "It was just something he wanted to do," Andy Sporleder said. "He wanted to make a difference." Sporleder said his son left for West Lafayette sometime Friday or early Saturday. He said he hadn't spoken to him at all over the weekend. "He was a go-getter," he said. "He had a plan with this business of his. He knew where he was going and what he wanted to do. He had a fire in him that you just couldn't put out." Of the accident, he said, "He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, I guess."

Staff writer Sue Lowe contributed to this report.
Staff writer Erin Blasko:
eblasko@sbtinfo.com
(574) 235-6187
By ERIN BLASKO Tribune Staff Writer
southbendtribune.com
New Carlisle, Indiana
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Salt Lake City, Utah
Accused Rapist May Be Incompetent To Stand Trial
December 19, 2008
Accused rapist may be incompetent to stand trial
KSL Television & Radio, Salt Lake City UT
(KSL News)
December 19th, 2008 @ 10:41am
A door-to-door salesman accused of raping an American Fork woman may not be competent to stand trial. Attorneys for Brian Mask say two doctors who have examined him found he has diminished mental capacity. The Provo Daily Herald reports the judge in the case is now reviewing the doctors reports and will rule on the issue in January. Mask was working for an Illinois-based magazine sales company when he allegedly attacked a woman in her home, beating her and sexually assaulting her. He is now charged with aggravated sexual assault and attempted murder with injury.
KSL Television & Radio, Salt Lake City UT
(KSL News)
ksl.com
Salt Lake City, Utah
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La Mesa, California
‘Life goes on’ for grandma after abduction and beating
December 16, 2008
‘Life goes on’ for grandma after abduction and beating
‘I have to stay positive’ says 75-year-old left bound in car trunk for 26 hours
By Mike Celizic
TODAYShow.com contributor
MSNBC
updated 8:26 a.m. CT, Tues., Dec. 16, 2008
The 75-year-old grandmother was strangled, punched, kicked, bound in duct tape and thrown in the trunk of her own car by three young adults. After 26 hours without food or water, Sandy Vinge made a silent plea to God: Either save me, or let me die.

“I told God that,” Vinge, her face still swollen and marked by ugly purple bruises, recalled to TODAY’s Matt Lauer. “Then I asked my late husband, who had just died — I said, ‘Don, tell God [to] help me.’ And he did. That night he helped me. The sheriffs came and they rescued me, because I wouldn’t have lasted long.”

Vinge had spent several days in a San Diego hospital, so badly beaten that she couldn’t even speak at first. But by Monday, the spirited woman who loves to dance was feeling well enough to get her hair done, put on a nice dress, and talk to Lauer from her La Mesa, Calif., home with her son, Daniel Allen, at her side.

Trust betrayed
“I have bruises on my body because they kicked me and hit me and everything,” she told Lauer in an interview that was recorded on Monday and aired Tuesday.

Vinge’s ordeal had begun a week earlier on Monday, Dec. 8, when she bought a vacuum cleaner from a door-to-door salesman identified as Jeffrey Edward Nelson, 19. That night, she said, he returned to her home and asked to use the phone.

“He said his girlfriend had kicked him [out] and could he use my phone to call his mother,” Vinge told Lauer. An open woman who likes to help anyone she can, she let him in.

“I said, ‘Yes, you can,’ so I showed him where the phone was,” Vinge said. “As I turned to walk away, that’s when he choked me from behind.”

Vinge lost consciousness, and when she woke up, she was in the trunk area of her Dodge Magnum station wagon, bound with duct tape so she couldn’t move. “They stole me in my own car,” she said. “That was awful.”

Two others were in the car with Nelson, she said: another young man identified by police as Luis Lomeli Osborne, 18, and a young woman identified as Antoinette Marie Baker, 18.

26-hour ordeal
For the next 26 hours, police say, the three abductors drove around in Vinge’s car, using her credit cards to buy gas and other items. They never offered anything to Vinge, and when she asked for something to drink because she was desperately thirsty, one of the men smashed her in the face with his fist.

“I was so taped and bound I couldn’t even move to protect myself,” Vinge told Lauer. “He was driving crazy and I was bouncing all over the place.”

Finally, on Tuesday night, a police officer saw the car committing a traffic violation, gave chase, and stopped the car. The officer found Vinge in the back. When the duct tape was removed, it took her skin with it in some places.

Nelson, Osborne and Baker were arrested and charged with a number of crimes, including kidnapping and assault. They were arraigned on Friday and are being held on $2 million bail each. The three pleaded not guilty.

An in-court television camera zoomed in on Nelson, a muscular young man with buzz-cut hair, and showed him rolling his eyes as the charges against him were read.

“This is the most egregious, baffling set of circumstances that I’ve ever come across,” Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood told reporters.

“It’s hard to believe someone would do that,” Daniel Allen told Lauer. “For what, some credit card charges, a few bucks and a bottle of booze? It just doesn’t make any sense.”

Life goes on
Vinge has three children, including Allen, and two grandchildren. Allen is staying with her as she recovers. He told Lauer it’s not easy to control his anger at what happened to a woman as sweet and beloved as his mother.

“I’m holding it together because my job right now is to take care of my mom,” Allen said. “I didn’t go to the court, because I didn’t want to be the guy climbing over the fence trying to get to the guy, especially with their attitude being it was no big deal.”

It’s hard for him to look at his mother’s bruised and battered face. “But when she talks, it’s my mom behind it all,” he told Lauer. “It’s very comforting that she’s the same sweet, loving person that loves everybody and her home is open to everybody. That’s probably how this all came about, that she became an easy target because she’s an open door.”

Although she can’t understand why she was attacked, Vinge is determined to get back to her active and busy life. “There’s nothing I can do about what happened,” she said. “I have to be positive, because life goes on.”

Lauer asked Vinge if she would be letting any more strangers into her home.

“No, I don’t think so,” she said with a big smile. “There’s not that many people out there like this. I’ll probably be afraid — even now, when the doorbell rings, I get a little scared even [though] I have my big old boy with me. I don’t think I’ll do that again, Matt.”

Lauer wished Vinge a happy holiday and told her to take care of herself.

She smiled and offered Lauer some grandmotherly advice of her own: “You take care of you, too, Matt. Don’t you let strangers in.”
By Mike Celizic
TODAYShow.com contributor
MSNBC
msnbc.msn.com
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Camarillo, California
Magazine Salesman Arrested On Suspicion Of Burglary
December 12, 2008
Suspected burglar says he was just selling magazines
From staff reports
VenturaCountyStar
Originally published 04:01 p.m., December 12, 2008
Updated 04:01 p.m., December 12, 2008
Authorities said a man accused of burglarizing a Camarillo home this week had a novel explanation for his actions: He was selling magazines. Kenwaun Drummer, 20, of Chicago was arrested Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of burglary after he entered a home in the 200 block of Camino Leon through an open bedroom window, sheriff's Detective Eric Buschow said today. After he entered the home, Drummer was confronted by a 16-year-old girl who lives there, Buschow said. She told police that when she demanded to know what he was doing there, he asked if she wanted to buy a magazine, then fled the residence, Buschow said. Sheriff's deputies arrested Drummer nearby after the girl called 911, the detective said. Drummer later told authorities he worked for a Chicago-based magazine company. He was being held Friday in Ventura County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
From staff reports
VenturaCountyStar
venturacountystar.com
Camarillo, California
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El Cajon, California
Police rescue kidnap victim, 75, after two-day ordeal
December 10, 2008
Police rescue kidnap victim, 75, after two-day ordeal
By Debbi Baker
UNION-TRIBUNE BREAKING NEWS TEAM
signonsandiego.com
2:45 p.m. December 10, 2008
EL CAJON – A 75-year-old woman was freed from a harrowing ordeal Wednesday morning after being kidnapped from her La Mesa home and found gagged with tape and tied up in the back of her station wagon, according to sheriff's detectives. The woman was severely beaten and had her wrists, hands and mouth bound with duct tape, said sheriff's Sgt. Mark Varnau. The kidnappers had kept her in a Dodge Magnum with no food or water since Monday night, Varnau said. “She was in fear for her life the entire two days,” said the sergeant, who supervises the department's elder-abuse unit. Luis Osborne and Antoinette Baker, both 18 and from El Cajon, were arrested with Jeffrey Nelson, 19, of Lakeside, said Lt. Dennis Brugos. Sheriff's deputies tried to pull over the speeding car in Lakeside about 12:20 a.m. Wednesday, Varnau said. The driver sped off and ran a red light, and a short pursuit ended when the car pulled over near Tangerine Street and Bluebell Way, Varnau said. A man and a woman who were passengers ran away; the driver got out and followed commands to get on the ground, but he ended up getting away. El Cajon police officers arrived, opened the back hatch of the car and found the woman inside. “Her face was severely swollen from being beaten,” Varnau said. She had two black eyes. She told deputies that two weeks ago she had the carpets cleaned at her Resmar Place home and was given a discount for a vacuum cleaner. Next, the manager and a salesman who said they were from the vacuum cleaner company sold her a vacuum for more than $2,000, the sergeant said. The salesman later turned out to be one of the men involved in the kidnapping, Varnau said. At 9:30 a.m. Monday, the salesman returned to the woman's home, where she was having coffee with a friend, and said he wanted to thank her for the purchase, Varnau said. That man returned to the house about 10 p.m. Monday. He said he had just broken up with his girlfriend and asked to use her phone. She let him in and “he put his arm around her neck and choked her until she was unconscious,” the sergeant said. The man then tied the woman up with duct tape and went through the house looking for things to steal, Varnau said. He then dragged her to the car and put her in the back, covered the car and left her there, the sergeant said. The woman told deputies the car was driven to a gas station where she was able to scream for help because she had chewed through the duct tape. No one heard her. One of the men and the woman proceeded to beat and punch her in the face several times, Varnau said. The woman was taken to the hospital Wednesday, where she was able to give deputies a detailed account of her ordeal. Detective Steve Litwin visited the woman in the hospital and said she was in good spirits. “I couldn't believe how happy she was, how composed,” he said. He could not detail her injuries but said she is expected to make a full recovery. “She's a very strong 75-year-old,” Varnau said. “She's a survivor.” The sergeant said the woman's credit cards were stolen and they are checking financial records to see if they were used and will search the men's homes for stolen property. Deputies are trying to determine a motive for the crime. They note that a shovel was found in the car. “She may have been on the way to her death,” Brugos said.
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Debbi Baker: (619) 293-1710; debbi.baker@uniontrib.com
By Debbi Baker
UNION-TRIBUNE BREAKING NEWS TEAM
signonsandiego.com
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Cardiff University, UK
Cardiff cold shoulders commission-based companies
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
December 6, 2008
Cardiff cold shoulders commission-based companies
by Cristofer Lloyd
Gair Rhydd
Issue 885
December 6, 2008
Businesses advertising commission-only jobs on campus at Cardiff University will no longer be supported by the Careers Service, a University spokesperson said. Enterprises like The Southwestern Company that recruit Cardiff students may be restricted by new rules aimed at preventing external bodies from advertising any work opportunities paid solely by commission. Concerns have been raised at universities including Cardiff University over the recruitment tactics of companies who sign up students for direct sales work in Britain and America. Megan Robson, who signed up to work with Southwestern last year, complained to Cardiff University after claiming that she felt pressured into paying $750 in fees. Southwestern said that this pays for the time-consuming visa application process, necessary to work legally in America. However, Megan said that the company’s advertising was “misleading” and that the Sales School training is “cult-like, with intense, long hours.” Megan complained that her pay was not sufficient at $6/hr and that she had to travel home late and live in substandard accommodation. After experiencing these problems Southwestern offered her another job, which she rejected, describing the whole experience as “really frustrating.” Southwestern Vice President, Dave Causer, said: “I am not sure a person who did not complete the training week would be the best judge of how it works.” He added: “[Megan] has been trying to blame Southwestern for problems she had with that employer, even though they are a completely different company and have nothing to do with Southwestern.” “I can only assure you that we do everything possible to prepare them properly. It is our goal to help all of the students have a successful summer.” Amy Davies, who also worked with the company, said: “It’s really brainwashing. They try to make you feel included, but it’s quite false.” However, other students have described positive experiences with Southwestern. Alistair McAloon, a student at Cardiff University, said:: “The Sales School was great, motivating and empowering. It really prepares you for the summer.” A University spokesperson said that the University takes complaints “very seriously” and that grievances against Southwestern are “under active consideration.”
by Cristofer Lloyd
Gair Rhydd
gairrhydd.com
Cardiff University, UK
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Issaquah, Washington
Magazine Salesman Arrested
December 3, 2008
Police collar area burglary suspect
By J.B. Wogan
Sammamish Review
December 3, 2008
Edmonds police have arrested a Pittsburgh, Penn. man, 19, who they say burglarized a home in Sammamish and elsewhere in the state. Several residents have reported encounters with the man, who identified himself as a door-to-door magazine salesman. In the Edmonds case, he was charged with burglary and robbery. Detective Bill Albright, of the Sammamish Police Department, filed his case with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in early November. Police say the suspect committed three recent burglaries, including the October incident in Sammamish. The other two were in Tumwater in September and Edmonds in October. In the Sammamish case, the homeowner came home to find that the second floor window screen had been pried off and the window — which was previously left slightly ajar — was now wide open. The suspect then allegedly stole $1,708 worth of items, including a $300 prototype of a new Microsoft Zune, a $700 diamond ring and a $500 pearl necklace. “The Xbox, the notebook computers, they’re all there,” Albright said. Only small items that can fit in a suspect’s pockets are stolen in these cases, he explained. There is still a chance that other potential burglars, under the pretense of being door-to- door salesmen, are roaming Sammamish, Albright warned. Stan Bump, a resident due east of City Hall, said a stranger came to his door one morning in October, claiming to be a recovered felon who was using the sales job to change his ways. “Deep down inside, you really want these guys to reform,” said Colleen Patterson, one of Bump’s neighbors. She and her husband Mike live on Southeast 8th Street and they, too, encountered the magazine salesman with a criminal past. Patterson said she believes her neighborhood and ones like it are targeted because the houses are far apart and residents are less likely to notice suspicious activity on their neighbors’ property. There is no evidence that connects the arrested suspect with the encounters experienced by Bump and his neighbors, according to police. The events are related only in that they speak to the phenomenon of door-to-door salesmen dropping into Sammamish in the fall. In the case of the arrested suspect, a job training company hired him to sell magazines, Albright said. “The type of people that they procure for employment might have less than desirable backgrounds,” he said. “Not all of them are bad. Many of them are legitimate door-to-door magazine businesses.” The modus operandi of these businesses is that they hire employees who are in trouble financially, bus the employees to a specific location, offer them free room and board at a motel, and train them in aggressive advertising tactics, according to Albright. Sometimes the crime isn’t outright burglary, but some sort of forgery, he said. Albright said he knows of two cases in King County where a salesman altered the amount on a check from $41 to $4,041. Another classic tactic is to pull a check from the middle of a victim’s checkbook, which will not be obvious to the victim until far later, he said. Door-to-door salesmen are required to register as a peddler beforehand with the city, according to City Clerk Melonie Anderson. If they do so, they will have proof of their registration on-hand to demonstrate they are legally selling subscriptions. The suspect in the Sammamish case did not register with the city, according to Albright. Patterson said people have shown up at her home for the last three years with stories of a criminal past and an eye toward reform through door-to-door sales. Each time, the door knocking takes place in late fall, she said. Patterson and her husband have started using their home alarm system more, she said. A handful of residents have set up a telephone network and agreed to call each other if they notice a suspicious person door knocking in the area, according to Bump. Residents should also call the police about suspicious circumstances involving door-to-door salesman, Albright said.

“We need to know what’s going on. If you don’t tell us, we don’t know,” Albright said.

“Deep down inside, you really want these guys to reform.”
– Colleen Patterson,
Sammamish resident –

Reporter J.B. Wogan can be reached at 392-6434, ext. 247, or jbwogan@isspress.com.
By J.B. Wogan
Sammamish Review
sammamishreview.com
Issaquah, Washington
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The Horror That Is Travelling Magazine Sales
November 30, 2008
The Horror That Is Travelling Magazine Sales
I Speak of Dreams
Posted by: ms_teacher | Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 12:21 PM
Last night I was sitting on my porch, enjoying the balmy November evening, when a weary young man trudged up my driveway. I'd had encounters with these young people before -- the spiel is they are "turning their lives around" and "learning skills" by selling magazines. I know a little about the business, and I refuse to buy from them. Something about the young man's weariness moved me, though.

I invited the young man to sit a spell on the porch, and went inside to get a few dollars and a glass of water. We talked for a while. The young man was from Illinois and had seen a poster advertising the magazine crew opportunity, promising income of up to $300.00/week and an opportunity to travel the country. It sounded pretty good to a poor kid. But he said the life was hard and if he didn't make his sales quota, "bad things" happened. I was working up to asking him if he wanted out of the business when the police stopped by. By the end of the discussion, there were six officers and three patrol cars. I have to say, the lead officer had a highly aggressive interview technique with both the young man and me.

The police deal with the problem by addressing the individuals going door-to-door, because usually they do not have the proper licenses. The young man mentioned they were based in a hotel the next county over, so there was a limit on what the officers could do. But I wish there was some way to put the magazine crews out of business for good. The magazine industry can and should do more, as Craig Malisow points out in the Houston Press investigative report.

On any given day, an estimated 50,000 young people are traversing the country, many of them working under substandard and dangerous conditions. Their lack of life experience makes it difficult for many of them to look after their own best interests.

In 2001, Sen. Herb Kohl (Wisc) introduced federal legislation to regulate the traveling sales crew industry. National Field Selling Association (NFSA), the industry association, successfully lobbied to have the bill quashed.

Resources for Magazine Crew workers who want to get out

Travelling Magazine Crews--This site is dedicated to helping individuals who have or are currently selling magazines/soap for traveling crews. It is meant to share stories and hopefully help those who feel they were abused by the companies who hired them. It is also intended to help those who are currently selling to get home if they want to.

Travelling Sales Crews: Dedicated to presenting the violent, destructive, greedy and criminal acts that have turned the Traveling Sales Industry into a National Tragedy.

Parent Watch: A clearinghouse for information on child and youth labor abuse in the traveling door-to-door sales crew industry.

Investigative Reports on the Travelling Sales Crew Industry

Houston Press July 15 2008 What Magazine Publishers Don't Want You to Know about Door-to-Door Magazine Sales

New York Times, February 21, 2007 a For Youth, Grim Tour on Magazine Crew

Portland Tribune August 8, 2006 Subscription for Disaster, Part I: Magazine Crews Ensnare Young and Vulnerable

Portland Tribune August 10 2006: Subscription for Disaster, Part II: A Trio of Shady Owners that Employ Magazine Crews

Portland Tribune August 10, 2006: Daughter's Death Sets Off Father's Crusade

Portland Tribune August 11, 2006: Industry Complaints Aren't New

Washington Post, August 18, 2005 Police Warn of Door-to-Door Magazine Scam

Other Online Sources about Youth Traveling Sales Crews

Edumacation: Youth Field Sales Alert

Edumacation: Magazine Sales Scams

Rip-Off Report: Integrity Sales

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One of the only times I have ever felt scared in my own home was at the hands of a traveling magazine salesman. At the time, I was a SAHM and my kids were very young. When the doorbell rang, I opened up the door and was greeted quite affably by this salesman, a big burly guy with what seemed to be a very ready smile.

After he went through his spiel, I told him that I couldn't afford to buy anything. That's when it turned ugly. He started berating me for letting me go through his sales pitch and not stopping him. Then a series of f*****g b***h and actual threats to me started spewing. As I closed the door, I told him that I was calling the police.

Then, he started kicking my door and continued to yell more obscenities. When I called 911 and confirmed my address, I was told that the police were already on their way because apparently this guy had done the same thing at a couple of other houses!

His transportation must have been nearby because when the police came by, they were not able to apprehend him. For a long time afterwards, I was pretty shook up.

Posted by: ms_teacher | Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 12:21 PM
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Jacksonville, Florida
Magaizine Salesman Attacks Customer
Lone Star Subscriptions
November 14, 2008
Door-to-door magazine salesman
attacks Clay County customer who
refused to purchase a subscription
Posted: Friday, November 14th, 2008 at 12:50 pm
By: Matt Coleman
JACKSONVILLE.COM
A door-to-door magazine salesman was arrested Thursday after authorities said he forced his way into an 18-year-old Clay County woman’s home, stole her purse and punched her in the face. Brandon C. Sheriff, 21, of Owensboro, Ky., was charged with home-invasion robbery. The victim was approached by a man about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday who asked to use her phone to call his boss. When the victim declined to buy any subscriptions, he shoved her to the ground and took her purse from inside her Orange Park home, according to a Sheriff’s Office report. She tried to pull the purse out of his grasp, but the salesman punched her in the face and ran off. Lone Star Subscriptions, the suspect’s employer, has an unsatisfactory rating from the Texas Better Business with about 300 complaints. Mary Justino of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said there is no state permit for door-to-door soliciting in Clay or Duval counties on file for Lone Star Subscriptions, so the company is likely a “scam operation.” The Sheriff’s Office couldn’t say what magazine subscriptions the suspect was selling.
Matt Coleman
By: Matt Coleman
JACKSONVILLE.COM
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Jacksonville, Florida
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Judge refuses to toss murder case
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Integrity Program
November 13, 2008
Judge refuses to toss murder case
By: Eyewitness News 4
KOB.com
Posted at: 11/13/2008 01:07:39 PM
Rowley and Lee shortly after being taken into custody last December 7An Albuquerque judge has refused to dismiss charges against two traveling magazine salesmen charged with the murder of an Albuquerque couple late last year. Attorneys for Michael Lee and Travis Rowley claimed that prosecutors failed to promptly disclose DNA evidence obtained from the home of Tak and Poong Sil Yi. The elderly Korean couple was beaten to death in their home on December 3, 2007. Lee and Rowley were arrested for the murders four days later. A third man, Clifton Bloomfield, confess to the Yi murders, and three others, earler this year. He was sentenced to 195 years in prison. Police have not said how Rowley and Lee are connected to Bloomfield.
By: Eyewitness News 4
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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DSA - Not what it appears to be
November 9, 2008
DSA - Not what it appears to be
ARE ALL INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS GOOD FOR DISTRIBUTORS?
by Dr. Keith B. Laggos
Sunday, November 9, 2008

DSA - Not what it appears to be
ARE ALL INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS GOOD FOR DISTRIBUTORS?
You would think they should be. After all, isn’t the direct sales and network marketing industry built on the backs of distributors? If you continue to read this “Publisher’s Perspective” you may have a rude awakening. Why? All industry associations are not built the same. They were created by different segments of the industry with different interests. There are four main associations that serve the direct sales and network marketing industry. They are: Distributor Rights Association (DRA); Direct Selling Association (DSA); Direct Selling Women’s Alliance (DSWA); and the Multi-Level Marketing International Association (MLMIA). I will discuss them in the order that they’re listed in above – alphabetical. DSA is oldest but is it best? The DSA is the oldest and best-financed association. Although with less than 10 percent of the industry companies as the only voting members, it has the fewest voting members. It was founded in 1910. About 15 years ago, it almost went bankrupt. Amway, and a few other large companies, helped save the DSA. Dues Start at $1,500 for new companies and quickly rise based on net sales for the previous year to as much as $250,000. Supplier companies pay a rate of $2,500. By the time the large companies pay fees for various committees, the DSEF, sponsorships and donations, they can easily spend more than a million dollars a year with the DSA. The DSA is a private, non-profit corporation. What does that mean? When I asked Joe Mariano, the DSA’s executive vice president, who owns the DSA, he said, “Member companies own the DSA.” I asked, “Do all member companies own the DSA equally or are they prorated in amount of dues? He replied, as you can expect a lawyer would, “All the companies that own the DSA are member companies.” So who own the DSA? Do your own research. Don’t be surprised to find the same large companies heading the important committees year after year are the same ones that contribute the majority of the total funds and receive most of the awards. Only direct sales companies can be voting members of the DSA. Its members include about a dozen large direct sales and network marketing companies that virtually control it and a couple of dozen mid-sized companies. The balance of the DSA voting membership consists of mainly small party plan companies. The DSA also accepts dues from vendors, who have no votes or virtually no say, but distributors cannot be members at all. Who’s interest do you think the DSA has in mind? Vendors? Distributors? Anyone but the few large controlling companies? Do you think the DSA even represents the interest of the small corporate members or are these small corporate members just being used to give the DSA and large corporate members the appearance of legitimately representing the industry? Do you think the DSA cares at all about distributors other than as assets of companies? Consider the following. I have never heard the DSA consider one distributor issue out of concern for distributors. Any policy that seems to protect the distributors has been a result of trying to protect the companies, usually from over regulation. When the NSA company came under fire for “front-end loading,” the DSA implemented a 90-day buy-back rule. It may help protect distributors now, but if it was not for the threat of corporate regulation, do you think that the DSA would have implemented the 90-day buy-back rule? Consider what the DSA has done over the years. It has held training sessions teaching companies how to write policies so that distributors do not have any rights. These include clauses that give companies the right to terminate distributors without cause and to define the distributor’s entire business to be the sole property of the company. It has advised companies to control the ability of distributors to sell their businesses or forbid passing their businesses to their heirs. At an annual conference, in a speech by Neil Offen, the DSA’s president, he talked of the need to stop distributor associations. He said it may become necessary for the DSA to start its own distributor association so that it can continue to control the distributors. NMBJ and MMM have reported on these events in past issues. Recently a top DSA executive was named as an expert witness to defend a company who, without a written policy on the issue, had taken a distributor’s business away. This distributor had been numerously recognized for her high performance and support of her downline. The company also allowed cross-sponsoring and downline raids of cross downlines. Is the DSA defending these actions because, under the DSA’s apparent policies, a company can do whatever it wants with a distributor’s business, since the DSA believes the company owns it? Why would any distributor want to be a member of a company that belongs to the DSA? If your company does, what should you do? I cannot tell you to ask your company to resign or petition them to resign. I cannot suggest that if the company remains a member, that you should move your business to a non-member company. But ask yourself, why would your company belong to an association that does not represent or seems to not even respect distributors’ rights and not be members of the other three associations that protect distributor rights? Why would you want to join a company that does not support distributor rights?

Thank goodness, Jewels by Park Lane is NOT a member of the DSA! Julia
Posted by Julia Moore at 7:54 PM
Labels: DSA - Not what it appears to be
Blog: Smart Woman and Jewelry
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Lewes, Delaware
Police searching for former magazine salesman
November 9, 2008
Police searching for former magazine salesman
WGMD 92.7
The Talk Of Delmarva
Sunday, 09 November 2008
He’s no longer a magazine salesman, but State police say 25 year old John Babbit was still going door-to-door selling magazines and then keeping the money for himself. He even offered subscriptions to be sent to children's hospitals. Anyone who knows where Babbit may be should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.
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Lewes, Delaware
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Murder suspects seek dismissal of charges
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Integrity Program
November 6, 2008
Murder suspects seek dismissal of charges
By: Eyewitness News 4
KOB.com
Posted at: 11/06/2008 04:06:09 PM
Updated at: 11/06/2008 05:00:24 PM
Caption under kob.com photo:
Van Phillips testifies in court Thursday. He says he was with the suspects the day of the murders

Two magazine salesmen accused of double murder asked a judge to dismiss charges Thursday after presenting an alibi and arguing that another man has already confessed to the murders. Travis Rowley and Michael Lee have been locked up since December charged with murdering an elderly Korean couple. Then came a bombshell—an ex-con named Clifton Bloomfield admitted to the couple's murder along with several others. Still, the prosecution is not ready to drop the murder charges against the two. Rowley and Lee claim they were nowhere near the murder scene Monday, Dec. 3, 2007. In court Thursday, a man who drove the magazine salesmen around their route testified the suspects were never out of his sight for more than two hours. The defense said in the time Rowley and Lee were out of their driver's sight, they have receipts to show they were selling magazines eight miles away from the murder scene. The man who confessed to the couple's murder was sentenced in October. Bloomfield is serving 195 years in prison for five total murders he committed between 2005 and 2008. Prosecutors say at least two of the murders may have gone unsolved had Bloomfield not confessed.
By: Eyewitness News 4
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Dexter upends Moulton
November 5, 2008
Dexter upends Moulton
By Julian Emerson
Leader-Telegram staff
Leader-Telegram
Updated: 11/5/2008 12:37:01 AM
Democratic challenger Kristen Dexter knocked off two-term Republican incumbent Terry Moulton in a tightly fought, see-saw battle for the 68th Assembly District seat that saw several lead changes Tuesday night.

Dexter tallied 15,434 votes to Moulton's 15,159, narrowly winning an oftentimes bitter campaign marked by unprecedented advertising by outside organizations for an Assembly district race in this part of the state.

"We've been sweating it out for hours," Dexter said minutes after learning she'd won. "This is very sweet."

The contest's outcome remained in doubt throughout the night as Moulton carried Chippewa County by a 56 to 44 percent margin, tallying 4,955 votes to Dexter's 3,870.

There were several lead changes throughout the evening. Moulton led early in the night as Chippewa County vote totals were reported more quickly than those in Eau Claire County.

Moulton grabbed an early lead in Eau Claire County as well, but Dexter's vote total surged as more numbers were reported. Moulton then grabbed a late lead before Dexter won the last two precincts.

Moulton was predicted to carry Chippewa County, where he makes his home and operates Mouldy's Archery and Tackle, his fishing and hunting store. Likewise, Dexter, an Altoona school board member from 2000-06, was expected to carry the vote in her home town.

The contest between Dexter and Moulton was among the most-watched - and most bitterly contested - among Wisconsin's Assembly races. Democrats viewed Moulton as vulnerable to defeat and targeted him in an effort to win at least two Assembly seats to even the Democrat-Republican Assembly membership at 49 apiece.

The contest attracted unprecedented spending by outside organizations for an Assembly race in this region, resulting in a blitz of negative advertising portraying Dexter as a liberal spender and Moulton as ineffective.

Dexter attributed her win to "pure, hard work."

"I'm elated. I'm very grateful.

Her top priority: "Working together to make the changes the people have said they're waiting for."
By Julian Emerson
Leader-Telegram staff
Leader-Telegram
Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Wisconsin
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Hendersonville, Tenneessee
Magazine Sales Scam Alert !!!
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
United Family Circulation
October 30, 2008
Scam Homeowners Should Avoid
NewsChannel5.com
Posted: Oct 30, 2008 09:41 PM CDT
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. - A new scam hitting neighborhoods in Middle Tennessee could fool even the most suspicious homeowners. The scam is so believable because of who is knocking on doors. The Alexandra Place subdivision in Hendersonville has a tight-knit group of neighbors so word spread fast Wednesday that possible scammers were walking the streets. "They say they are from a local softball team local area and that they're raising money to go to Hawaii, "said Holly Socha, scam victim. "I'm not sure, but they might be selling magazines or trying to." Neighbors said the girls walked up to the door and gave a legitimate nearby address. But after they checked the girls' story, the neighbors discovered that the children didn't live where they said they did. "This girl was so believable," said Franky Mize of Hendersonville. "She was 14, 15 years old looking, she probably had to be over the age of 18. But I would have never guessed that she wasn't part of the neighborhood." Neighbors also checked the magazine sales company United Family Circulation and found it belonged to a Georgia firm with a long list of scam alerts associated with it. "I saw the girl get in a van and got the tag number and called police," Socha said. It's common to see children roam the neighborhood selling items so residents are used to having young solicitors. Still Megan Stamper didn't think the story made sense. "We know that the parents don't let the kids out that late," Stamper said. "Also, I was like softball season is over so it really didn't add up." It's hard to know how many people were approached and how many wrote checks. "When the girl looks so young it's kind of believable," Socha said. People can stop payments on their checks, but children with legitimate fundraisers may have a tougher time making sales in the neighborhood. Hendersonville police checked into it and warned people to be alert to professional fraud artists. Anyone who sells door to door must have a solicitor's permit issued from the city.
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Hendersonville, Tenneessee
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Madison, Wisconsin
Exactly Who is Terry Moulton Working for?
October 29, 2008
Exactly Who is Terry Moulton Working for?
Post from Cory Liebmann's Blog:
By Cory @ One Wisconsin Now - Oct 29th, 2008 at 5:14 pm EDT
http://www.onewisconsinnow.org
After repeated problems involving door-to-door sales crews in Wisconsin, legislation was proposed in the state legislature that would regulate the practice. That legislation was almost singlehandedly blocked by the Eau Claire state Rep. Terry Moulton who chaired the committee responsible for taking up the measure. Blocking such common sense legislation is bad enough, but doing so with questionable motives makes the act much worse. The Associated Press confirmed this week that Rep. Moulton received $1,000 in June from three executives of Southwestern Company, a company that hires such door-to-door sales crews. The Tennessee based company was the only one registered against the legislation. Moulton received the campaign cash after he succeeded in blocking the measure in his committee. Moulton claims that he “worked my butt off” on a compromise on the proposed legislation. Unfortunately the bills original author added that Moulton certainly did work hard but it was mostly for the executives at Southwestern not for the best interests of his constituents.
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
Wis. father rips lawmaker on sales bill
October 28, 2008
Wis. father rips lawmaker on sales bill
By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press Writer
Associated Press
Wisconsin Wire
wcco.com
October 28, 2008
MADISON, Wis. (AP) A dead teenager's father and a liberal advocacy group have accused a Wisconsin lawmaker of blocking a bill regulating door-to-door sales crews in exchange for campaign contributions.

The accusations come a week before the Republican lawmaker, state Rep. Terry Moulton of Eau Claire, faces re-election against Democratic challenger Kristen Dexter in a race Democrats targeted. Moulton roundly denied the charges, questioning their timing.

Campaign finance reports show Moulton, chairman of the Assembly Small Business Committee, recorded $1,000 in June from three executives of Southwestern Company, the only company registered against the measure. The money came after Moulton's committee failed to vote on the bill earlier this year. The measure passed the state Senate 28-5 in April 2007.

Moulton said the bill would have hurt small businesses.

A spokesman for Southwestern Company, a Nashville, Tenn.-based company that employs college students as salesmen, had no immediate comment.

Asked why the company gave him the money, Moulton replied: ''Why does anyone give a candidate money? They give money to people who have the judgment to uphold the same kind of ideals and philosophy they do.''

Phil Ellenbecker of Verona has pushed for tighter regulation of traveling sales crews since his 18-year-old daughter, Malinda Turvey, and six other members of a traveling sales crew died in a van crash near Janesville in 1999.

Ellenbecker and One Wisconsin Now, a liberal political group, have been researching Moulton's campaign contributions for several weeks.

''I'm up in arms against Terry Moulton. I'll do anything in the world to make sure he doesn't get re-elected,'' Ellenbecker said. ''He has ignored his responsibility as a representative.''

Moulton said he ''worked my butt off'' on a compromise, but the bill's original author, state Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, wouldn't have it.

Erpenbach said Moulton worked hard for Southwestern.
By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press Writer
Associated Press
Wisconsin Wire
wcco.com
Madison, Wisconsin
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Wisconsin
October 27, 2008

Political Info Clip
Editorial
Wisconsin 68th District Voters Beware
Dedicated Memorial Parents Group
Posted: October 27, 2008
It is a documented fact that Terry Moulton (Republican – 68th Assembly District) has accepted campaign contributions from the Southwestern Company. In return for their generosity Terry Moulton fought against ‘Malinda’s Traveling Sales Crew Protection Act or SB-80 authored by Wisconsin State Senator Jon Erpenbach.

In so doing Terry Moulton has sided with an out-of-state special interest group and has blatantly ignored his primary responsibility as a Wisconsin State Representative.

Terry Moulton has chosen to protect the business interests of the Southwestern Company over the safety and well being of Wisconsin kids and homeowners.

Terry Moulton should be stripped of the privilege and the right to represent Wisconsin citizens.

Because Terry Moulton likes the Southwestern Company so much maybe he should get a job with them selling bibles door-to-door and stop pretending that he represents the best interests of the 68th district.

2008 Southwestern Company Contributions to Representative Terry Moulton:

Henry Bedford, June 28, 2008, Franklin TN 37064: $250.00
Spencer Hays, June 28, 2008, Nashville TN 37230: $500.00
Daniel W. Moore, June 28, 2008, Brentwood TN 37027: $250.00

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Website:
http://wisdc.org

Wisconsin Cooperative Campaign Finance Database:
http://www.opensecrets.org/wdc/employerdetail.php?name=Southwestern+Co

Research: Southwestern Company/DSA:
 Southwestern Company/DSA

Wisconsin Legislation 2007:
SB-80


DMPG Staff
www.dedicatedmemorial.org
www.travelingsalescrews.info
Verona, Wisconsin


Kansas City, Missouri
Solicitor Gropes Woman
Posted October 27, 2008
Solicitor Gropes Woman
Overland Park Woman Reports Being Touched Inappropriately
KCTV5
POSTED: 5:40 pm CDT October 27, 2008
UPDATED: 7:03 pm CDT October 27, 2008
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- When a deaf woman answered her door, she thought it was a Jehovah's Witness, but instead, it was a man selling magazines, and she said he groped her. The woman lived near West 151st Street and Glenwood Avenue. "He brushed her breasts, and she thought this was an accident, and then as they were exchanging the book back and forth, he touched her again several times, which could not have been an accident," said Officer Jim Weaver, of the Overland Park Police Department. A neighbor also answered a knock on her door late Tuesday evening to a man selling magazines. She was not touched inappropriately, she said, but she thought it was unusual that a solicitor was knocking on doors after dark. "It's so dark and rainy, and it was very strange, and what happened to the neighbor, it's totally shocking," the neighbor said. "I am very shocked, because I know she's deaf, and when somebody just comes to somebody's door and tried to abuse somebody, it's horrible." Police stopped a van in the area filled with people from South Carolina who were out soliciting that night, but the woman who reported being groped to police wasn't able to identify any of them as a suspect. Overland Park residents can pick up free No Solicitors signs at the Overland Park Police Department, police said.
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Kansas City, Missouri
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North Dakota
Cons of soliciting
Posted October 27, 2008
Cons of soliciting
Deena Davis
The Dakota Student
Board of Student Publications and the University of North Dakota
Issue date: 10/28/08 Section: Opinion
I have learned the hard way of the dangers of being friendly with solicitors. These people are out to get something from you and honestly don't care about the tight college budget you're scrapping by on. It really gets under my skin how they have the nerve to take it upon themselves to push their crummy product down the throat of an unsuspecting, na've person.

Everyone in my apartment complex has to deal with magazine peddlers every few months.

In fact we have a phone tree set up to let others know when they're coming so everyone can prepare themselves or refuse to open the door.

Now they're not as cunning as some of the creepy phone marketers but some day with the right training, they just may be the one to scam you out of your life savings. Their techniques are already shady for being so young. Some have claimed to be in high school while others never mentioned their affiliations.

It's like a scene from A Clockwork Orange. The one when the protagonist Alex breaks into an woman's place and answers her question of why he is there by stating "To be perfectly honest, madam, I'm taking part in an international students' contest to see who can get the most points selling magazines," Illustrating the pushiness of magazine peddlers.

They are a few steps away from taking their next customer hostage in their own home. To prove my point, one year I had a young man mumble at me about looking for someone. At that point I had a roommate who liked to party.

So I look over and call for her all the while he managed to slide in the door and goes on a spiel about his magazines. But oh no, it gets worst.

A year later one guy somehow managed to not only get past my threshold but makes himself at home and begins looking through my mail on the coffee table to get information for his for magazine form!

I don't care where you're from but it's NOT acceptable behavior.

Come on, there is a large red sign on my entrance door that states "NO SOLICITING!" In layman's terms, don't come around here with selling magazines on your mind. The words "no" may have to be repeated several times before they give up and prey on their next consumer victim.

These people have toed the line when it comes to selling their "product" but the whole barging into someone's home is more than crossing the line.

If the item is good it will sell itself not the other way around. I've known people who have had these seedy salesmen go so far as to jump into their car. The said person agreed to subscribe to their $90 magazine subscription in order to get them out.

A day later she canceled the check at her bank. I should have done the same thing but ended up out a hundred bucks with no magazines.

This made me start to contemplate why this blatant sign of saying "kiss off" in front of buildings do not make these people falter before they pound at your door. I have come up with the reason behind my concern about pushy sellers is either one of two things.

One, it might just be a change from country life when saying no thank you does not come with a rebuttal.

Or two, the people are becoming too desperate or confident in their selling techniques. Either way, I'm not buying. I live by the phrase, when it comes to shopping; don't call on me, I'll call on you.
Deena Davis
The Dakota Student
Board of Student Publications and the University of North Dakota
media.www.dakotastudent.com
North Dakota
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Edmonds, Washington
Magazine Salesman Jailed For Alleged Robbery
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Fresh Start Opportunities
Website:
FRESH START OPPORTUNITIES
93 S. JACKSON ST.
SUITE 8135
SEATTLE , WA 98104
ph: 866-496-8118
October 25, 2008
Magazine salesman allegedly hits woman, steals her purse
Herald staff
HeraldNet.com
Published: Saturday, October 25, 2008
EDMONDS -- A door-to-door magazine salesman in a job training program was arrested Thursday after he allegedly broke into a woman's home, attacked her and stole her purse. The incident occurred around 7:30 p.m. in the 18200 block of 72nd Avenue W., Edmonds police Sgt. Don Anderson said. An Edmonds woman, 44, called police to report that a man had come into her bedroom, punched her in the face and taken her handbag after a struggle, Anderson said. A police dog found the woman's purse and an officer spotted the suspect, a Pennsylvania man, 19. The man was arrested and the woman positively identified him. According to a police report, the suspect was an employee of Fresh Start Opportunities, a Seattle company whose Web site said it gives young people a second chance. The man was selling magazine subscriptions, Anderson said. The suspect denied breaking into the woman's house. He was jailed for investigation of first-degree burglary and first-degree robbery.
Herald staff
HeraldNet.com
heraldnet.com
Everett, Washington
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Houston, Texas
Door-to-Door Candy Sales
Attempted Assault
October 21, 2008
Candy salesman exposed himself to grandmother
Attempted Assault
A woman just trying to be kind to a teen selling door-to-door became a victim
KTRK-TV Eyewitness TV
ABC 13
By Laura Whitley
Tuesday, October 21, 2008 | 6:09 PM
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- An elderly woman says doing a small act of kindness left her a victim. She says a teenager selling candy door-to-door took advantage of her when she let him inside for just a moment. Only able to walk with a cane, this Houston grandmother needs help everywhere she goes. But she was alone at home last Saturday when she survived an unforgettable ordeal. "This was the worst scare that I have ever had," the victim said. The woman who wants to be known only as Maria says the trouble started a young man selling candy knocked on her front door. "I said, 'No, I don't have no money and I don't want to buy any candy,'" she recalled. "Then he said, 'Can I use your restroom?'" Thinking the teen reminded her of her own grandson, the 78-year-old woman let him inside. But when he came out of the bathroom, Maria says the teen was exposing himself. "He said, 'Look, touch, touch me.' And I said, 'I ain't gonna touch you,'" Maria explained. From there, Maria says the teen followed her into her bedroom, touched and kissed her. She said, "I was kind of scared and nervous." All in all, Maria thinks the teen spent about half an hour inside her home. She told the boy her husband was on his way home, and after making a phone call, he left. Maria's granddaughter redialed the number the teen called. She says she found out the teen worked for a group that sells candy to give job to teens with trouble pasts. Dan Parsons from the Better Business Bureau says most door-to-door candy sales groups are not reputable. "Don't give to those people, no matter how enticing the pitch is, and no matter what they're claiming," he advised. "Don't let them in your home." The Better Business Bureau suggests checking with the office if you have questions about a business with salesmen going door to door. The woman reported the incident to police on Saturday. Houston police have now assigned an investigator to the case.
KTRK-TV Eyewitness TV
ABC 13
By Laura Whitley
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La Grange, Illinois
Community Responses To Sexual Assault
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October 2008
Village Spokesman October 2008
Door-to-Door Solicitation
For your safety, the Village has regulations regarding solicitors in our community. Solicitors going door-to-door (knocking or ringing doorbells) within La Grange are required to obtain a permit from the Village. Not more than one solicitor is granted permission to solicit on any one day.

Please note that issuance of a permit does not constitute an endorsement of these organizations, their products or services by the Village.

Solicitors may only operate in the Village of La Grange as specified below:

- No soliciting shall take place on Sundays.
- No soliciting shall exceed a maximum of 15 days in any 12-month period.
- Soliciting is permitted between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays.
- All solicitors must register at the Police Department each day of soliciting.
- For-profit approved solicitors are issued a permit badge to be worn while soliciting door-to-door.
- Not-for-profit agencies are issued a letter of approval by the Village and that letter should be on hand while soliciting.
Religious, charitable, school, educational, veterans or governmental organizations are exempt from this procedure by state law.
Handbills and advertisements that are left on doorsteps in residential areas do not require a solicitors permit.
These regulations are in place for the protection of the community. If you are suspicious about persons soliciting, don't be afraid to ask to see their solicitors permit or contact the Police Department at 708-579-2333 or the Village Clerks office at 708-579-2316 to verify that the person is engaging in a permitted activity. The La Grange Police Department does maintain a No Solicitation list of residential addresses that is given to the solicitor upon registration. To be placed on the list and receive a no-soliciting sticker to place on or near the main entrance of your property, please contact the Village Clerks office at 708-579-2316.
Village Spokesman
Village of LaGrange
villageoflagrange.com
La Grange, Illinois
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California
Wooden Horse Publishing Newsletter
October 19, 2008
THE WOODEN HORSE MAGAZINE NEWS
October 19, 2008
By
Meg Weaver, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher, mweaver@woodenhorsepub.com
Lisa Romeo, Senior Editor
Michelle Hutchinson, News Editor
Maria Connor, News Assistant
http://www.woodenhorsepub.com
Copyright (c) 2008 Wooden Horse Publishing
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* indicates magazines in the Wooden Horse Magazines Database -
the media directory that's more like a magazine factbook
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Dear readers,
Read this newsletter at your own risk. It may cause major depression.

News from the magazine industry is so gloomy that Hearst not only closed COSMOGIRL* but the company-wide holiday party is cancelled.

We've reported the heart-fibrillating statistics here throughout this year, so we won't repeat them. But here's a different take:

MediaPost's Mag Bag on Oct 16 posted "Insiders See More Closures In 2008-09" which begins: "The coming year will see a wave of magazine closures, according to executives from several big magazine groups, who spoke off the record about the prospects of the magazine business."

The executives go on to name several magazines they see ready to fold:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY* KIPLINGER'S PERSONAL FINANCE* SMARTMONEY* MEN'S VOGUE* TEEN VOGUE* NICKELODEON* NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC FOR KIDS* SPORTS ILLUSTRATED FOR KIDS*.

Read the whole article at http://tiny.cc/P2D5K And then there is this: "On top of all its other current woes, the US magazine business needs to be worried about a consumer backlash against paper-based publishing products. That was the message delivered to last week's American Magazine Conference by Canadian Forest Products Association President Avrim Lazar. He predicted that environmentally-minded Americans will increasingly focus on the connection between the paper-making industry and the problem of global climate change."

Check out the Oct 14, 2008 three minute video from "3 Minute Ad Age" at http://tiny.cc/JSt9d
By
Meg Weaver, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher, mweaver@woodenhorsepub.com
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Denton, Texas
Magazine Salesman Arrested On Check Theft
October 16, 2008
Blotter: Missing check found in salesman’s pocket
By Donna Fielder / Staff Writer
The Denton Record Chronicle
08:33 AM CDT on Thursday, October 16, 2008
A door-to-door salesman stole a check from a mailbox Tuesday, according to a police report. A man called 911 from the 2300 block of Palmer Street about 6:55 p.m. He said someone rang his doorbell and he could see a man on his doorstep. He believed the man was a salesman so he did not open the door, and the man finally left. The man remembered he had placed an envelope containing a check in his mailbox earlier and he went to see if the envelope was still there. It wasn’t. An arriving officer spotted the salesman walking down the street. He asked what he was doing in the neighborhood. The man said he was a magazine salesman. He did not have a permit to operate door-to-door in Denton, according to the report. The officer found the victim’s envelope in the salesman’s pocket. It had been opened and the check was crumpled up inside, according to the police report. “Now how did that get there?” the salesman asked. The officer arrested the salesman.
By Donna Fielder / Staff Writer
The Denton Record Chronicle
dentonrc.com
Denton, Texas
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Janesville, Wisconsin
Beware: Door to Door Magazine Sales Scam !!!
October 15, 2008
Janesville Police Warn Of Magazine Sales Scheme
Police: Sellers Claim To Be Fundraising
Channel 3000 News
WISC-TV CBS
UPDATED: 7:19 pm CDT October 15, 2008
JANESVILLE, Wis. -- Door-to-door magazine salesmen in Janesville have caught the attention of local police, who are trying to determine whether the business is legitimate or a scam.

It was brought to the attention of the Janesville police by a neighborhood watch group over the past few days.

The watch group felt something wasn't right.

Police said the salesmen are young, possibly right out of high school or entering college, and have been telling residents they're from the neighborhood, WISC-TV reported.

The salesmen say they're raising money for a trip to Europe or for school by selling magazines, and even offering to wash cars.

However, after making contact with a few of these salesmen Wednesday afternoon, police found they're from out of state.

Police also feel the story used to rope in customers may be untrue.

Technically, they're not doing anything illegal in Janesville because solicitors don't need licenses to sell magazines in the city.

Still, police are urging residents to be wary.

"It might show up that these people might get their magazines. But what we're seeing is, the articles and papers we've been investigating and looking up on the Internet, people are not getting their products, which makes it a crime at that point," said officer Chad Sullivan of the Janesville Police Department.

City officials are asking that all of these salesmen register themselves and their vehicles through the city.

Police said if someone knocks on your door to sell you a product, ask for identification and ask for more information on the product and company.

Officers will continue to monitor the current group of salesmen while they're in town.
Channel 3000 News
WISCTV CBS
channel3000.com
Madison, Wisconsin
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San Diego, California
Magazine Sales Agent Kidnapped
October 12, 2008
Car Crash Leads Police To Kidnapping Suspect
KGTV
10news.com
POSTED: 9:43 am PDT October 12, 2008
UPDATED: 9:48 am PDT October 12, 2008
SAN DIEGO -- A man is in jail Sunday after taking a woman on a terrifying ride in the Serra Mesa area, swerving and hitting cars as he drove, until she was able to escape. The unidentified 30-year-old woman was selling magazine subscriptions in the Best Buy parking lot at Murray Ridge and Sandrock roads at about 7 p.m. Saturday when a man came up and said he would buy $90 worth of subscriptions, Sgt. Hayward of the San Diego Police Department said. He told her he needed to drive to an ATM to get some cash and the woman agreed to go with him. Once in his car, the man started to swerve at parked cars, hitting a few as he drove. The woman pleaded with him to stop and let her out of the car, but he continued to drive down the road, hitting cars along the way, Hayward said. When the man stopped at a red light, the woman jumped out and ran. The man drove after her, trying to cut her off with the car, but crashed into another car. Police arrested the man at the scene and he is expected to be charged with kidnapping.
KGTV
10news.com
San Diego, California
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DMPG Info Clip - Posted October 10, 2008
Madison, Wisconsin
Civil Lawsuit Settled
Against Door-To-Door Magazine Sales Company
A civil lawsuit filed against Vincent Pitts, president of the National Field Selling Association and owner of Palmetto Marketing/Sunshine Subscription Agency was settled for $600,000.00 on October 1, 2008.

The lawsuit stems from the violent assault and rape of a 50-year-old Menomonie, Wisconsin woman committed by Brandon Green a traveling door-to-door magazine salesman.

Madison, Wisconin lawfirm Lawton and Cates attorneys Jim Olson and John Carlson Jr. were instrumental in bringing justice to the victim.
Lawton And Cates Website

For detailed information on this crime and the lawsuit please review the following links:
Civil Lawsuit Filed Against Vincent Pitts
Court Orders/Criminal Complaint


DeKalb, Illinois
Door-to-Door Book/Magazine Scam !!!
Door-to-Door Sales Crew:
Dynasty Sales
Door-to-Door Sales Companys:
Integrity Sales
Integrity Program
Prestige Sales USA
October 10, 2008
Children's book scam hits DeKalb and Sycamore
By ALAN EDRINN
The Northern Star
Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill.
October 10,2008
Police are searching for a reported scam artist in the DeKalb and Sycamore area claiming to sell children’s books. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s office received a report of a salesperson under the name of Craig Trautman selling children’s books and claiming to work for Dynasty Sales, according to a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office news release. The salesperson made a vague reference to being associated with NIU and was reported working in the DeKalb area Wednesday, said DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott. There were also sporadic reports of the salesman working in the area Oct. 3, and there may be more people working with the salesman in the scam, Scott said. The salesman was reported going door-to-door selling the books, and after making a sales pitch, will ask for a drink of water or to use the bathroom to gain access to the residence, Scott said. Nothing has been reported stolen yet, but the salesman may be entering residences to spot items to steal later, Scott said. The salesman is not giving the victims any goods while going door-to-door but is only taking money and giving the victim a receipt, Scott said. The first report of the salesman came after a victim looked up the company and salesman online and found it was reported to be part of a scam. The victim then stopped payment on the check and contacted the sheriff’s office, Scott said. Three other people have reported coming in contact with the salesman but did not make any deals with him. The company the salesman said he worked for, Dynasty Sales, could not be verified by the sheriff’s office but did verify he is not associated with NIU, according to the release. The suspect is not registered with Sycamore, DeKalb or DeKalb County, according to the release. The salesman is described as a white male, between 15 and 19 years of age and about 5 feet 8 inches tall. He was seen driving a burgundy Ford Explorer or Expedition, Scott said. Any citizen that comes in contact with the suspect or company is encouraged to contact local law enforcement. The same day the salesman was reported, DeKalb Police received reports of a salesperson claiming to sell magazines in the parking lot of Famous Footwear, 2453 Sycamore Road, at about 6:25 p.m. The victim said she was sitting in her car when the suspect approached and started “hitting on her”, said DeKalb Police Lt. Gary Spangler. The victim told him to stop, at which point he told her he was trying to sell magazines to win a contest. The victim declined to buy any magazines and the suspect started yelling at her before leaving, Spangler said. Spangler said they have gotten reports in the past of people coming into town in groups selling magazines and was unsure if the two scams are connected.
By ALAN EDRINN
The Northern Star
Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill.
northernstar.info
DeKalb, Illinois
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South Bend, Indiania
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Fraud !!!
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Atlantic Circulation Inc.
October 8, 2008
Ivy Tech warns about magazine salesman
Tribune Staff Report
South Bend Tribune
October 08. 2008 10:52AM
SOUTH BEND — Ivy Tech Community College is warning local residents about a man who reportedly is going door to door in South Bend selling magazine subscriptions and representing himself as either a student or a representative of the college. There is no student in the Ivy Tech system with the name the man is using, and Ivy Tech-South Bend does not endorse, sponsor or support in any way magazine subscription sales, campus spokeswoman Tracie Davis said today. The man reportedly tells residents that he is selling subscriptions for or through Atlantic Circulation Inc. of York, Penn., according to several residents who have called the college. Anyone who sees the man selling subscriptions and has concerns should call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235-9201.
South Bend Tribune Tribune Staff Report
southbendtribune.com
South Bend, Indiania
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Houston, Texas
Houston Company Gets Sued Over Alleged
Magazine-Subscription Scam
Magazine Sales Companys:
mags4cheap.com
Creative One
October 8, 2008
Houston Company Gets Sued Over Alleged Magazine-Subscription Scam
Chris Vogel
Houston Press
Wed Oct 08, 2008 at 11:51:43 AM
Buying magazines on the cheap sounds like a good idea. So you can hardly blame folks such as Andrea Cappuzzo of Independence, Missouri when she dialed up mags4cheap.com on the Web, a site operated by a Houston-based company called Creative One.

The website offers sensational discounts on almost every major magazine title. Some, however, say the deal is far too good to be true.

According to a complaint filed with the Houston chapter of the Better Business Bureau, Cappuzzo ordered the National Enquirer in May 2007. She says her credit card was billed immediately, and though she repeatedly called the company asking where her magazine was, she never received an issue.

“First I was told that the subscription didn’t go through,” she says. “Then I was told that the magazine company did not receive the money, then they lost the order. I’ve pretty much written off the money or the magazine. This company needs to be stopped.”

Cappuzzo is hardly alone. The BBB says its received 721 complaints in the past 36 months. And now a company that publishes several of the magazines that are not being delivered to customers are taking a swing at the local subscription company.

American Media Inc., which publishes top-selling magazines such as the National Enquirer, Men’s Fitness, Shape, Globe and Mira, has filed a lawsuit in Houston federal court against Creative One and at least two of its officers, David Shaw and Brandon Fallon, both of Houston.

American Media claims that Creative One does not have the authority to sell or collect fees for subscriptions to its magazines. The publishing company claims it told Creative One this summer to stop soliciting subscriptions to AMI titles, but that Creative One has ignored its request. Indeed as of today, consumers can still order AMI publications at mags4cheap.com.

When Hair Balls called Creative One this morning asking for comment on the pending lawsuit, the man who answered the phone immediately hung up.

AMI claims in the lawsuit that it learned Creative One was taking payments for subscriptions and then simply doing nothing, thus leaving the subscription unfilled. When angry consumers called Creative One to complain, they were falsely told the issue was with the publisher.

Robert Dickenson of Kennewick, WA is in the same boat as Cappuzzo. He says he ordered several magazines off of the website and never got a single one.

“For a year now I have contacted then a dozen times and they promised a refund by check,” he tells the BBB. “Every time I contact them they give me the run around. They aren’t going to give my money back and it seems like there is nothing I can do about it. I was robbed and know who the robber is but can do nothing.”

Perhaps when the dust settles, this lawsuit can pave the way for consumers like Dickenson and Cappuzzo to seek justice themselves.
-- Chris Vogel
Chris Vogel
Houston Press
Houston, Texas
blogs.houstonpress.com
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LaGrange, Illinois
Man pleads not guilty to sexual assault
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Midwest Clearing, Inc.
October 6, 2008
Updated 10/6: Man pleads not guilty to sexual assault
Sun-Times News Group
October 6, 2008
An Alabama man accused of breaking into a La Grange home and sexually assaulting a 86-year-old woman while he was selling magazines door-to-door this summer pleaded not guilty to the charges at a hearing Monday. At a hearing Monday before Judge Colleen McSweeney Moore, George H. Lucas, 23, of Clanton, Ala., pleaded not guilty to home invasion and aggravated sexual assault charges, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Andy Conklin said. Authorities said at the time of the assault Lucas was in the Chicago area working as a magazine salesman for Midwest Claring of Hazel Crest, a distributor for Connecticut-based Paragon Sales, according to a release from Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart's office. On Aug. 29, Lucas visited 25 houses and when his co-workers failed to pick him up, he drank shots of vodka with a neighborhood resident, the release said. Lucas then began wandering the neighborhood and allegedly entered the victim’s home. Lucas allegedly ate and watched TV, all while the 86-year-old woman slept, before seeing her in her bedroom. He entered her room, covered her mouth, allegedly sexually assaulted her before he fled the house. As he fled, Lucas threw the woman’s phone out of the window but left a bag of magazine sales information in the victim's backyard, including information identifying him. As the victim was being treated at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital in La Grange and talking to investigators, Lucas arrived at the same emergency room, complaining he was sick and spitting up blood. Sheriff's police recognized his name from the identifying information left at the scene, and arrested him. He is scheduled for a status hearing Nov. 13, Conklin said.
-- Sun-Times News Group
By Joe Sinopoli, jsinopoli@mysuburbanlife.com
La Grange Suburban Life
mysuburbanlife.com
La Grange, Illinois
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Memphis, Tennessee
Door-To-Door Magazine Sales Scam Alert !!!
October 4, 2008
Scam Alert: Con Artists Posing as Students
Reported by: Kevin Holmes
EyewitnessNews
ABC24 CW30
Email: kholmes@myeyewitnessnews.com
Last Update: 10/04 10:25 pm
(10/04/08 - Memphis, TN)
Door to door salesman are posing as college students...hoping to rip you off. The crooks have already approached several people in Midtown Memphis. Some say the sales pitch sounds legit. A group of young people are going door to door posing as students at the University of Memphis, selling magazines for a trip to Europe. But we checked with the University, and there is no trip, and the salesmen aren't even students. Miriam Handorf was approached by these so called salesmen. Their pitch - "I'm a student at Memphis and we have a debate team that's trying to go to London." It's just not a fair presentation." Nor is it an accurate one according to the University of Memphis. Handorf says "another couple in the neighborhood actually opened their door and were questioning the person and it happened to be a U of M professor, and knowing the school's policy is not to solicit, he was pretty hot under the collar about how his school was being presented." Nancy Crawford with the Better Business Bureau isn't surprised. "Door to door magazine sales are notorious for these things. We just encourage people to always check out a business with the BBB, especially if they're going door to door." Handorf checked with the BBB and in this case, she also checked with her neighbors. The Central Gardens Neighborhood Watch Association has more than 100 members. When something is going on they get an email. "Communication is key. We have to know where the vulnerabilities are in order to stay protected." Handorf was not ripped off, but says the crooks could target another neighborhood in the future. "The adage, buyer beware needs to be flipped around. Seller beware, because we are prepared for you. We know you're out there and we hope you'll find a better resource in making your money."

Ways to Protect Yourself from Door to Door Con Artists: Always check for identification. The salesman should have a Vendor I.D.
Don't hesitate to ask for supervisor or coordinators contact information.
You can always ask the salesman to put info in your mailbox, and the Better Business Bureau says if you don't feel comfortable or don't want to be bothered, don't even answer the door.
Reported by: Kevin Holmes
Email: kholmes@myeyewitnessnews.com
EyewitnessNews
ABC24 CW30
myeyewitnessnews.com Memphis, Tennessee
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Police look at suspect in 6 murders
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Integrity Program
October 3, 2008
Police look at suspect in 6 murders
KOB.com
By: Kayla Anderson, Eyewitness News 4, and Reed Upton, KOB.com
KOB Eyewitness News 4
Posted at: 10/03/2008 12:30:02 PM
Updated at: 10/03/2008 06:19:19 PM
Detectives say a man held in the murder of an Albuquerque newlywed may be responsible for five other murders. Clifton Bloomfield, 39, is in jail charged with the murder this summer of a newlywed man at the man's Northeast Heights home has been named as a third suspect in the murders of a Korean couple in 2007. Albuquerque police and the district attorney's office said Bloomfield will be charged with the deaths of Pung and Tak Yi now that new DNA evidence linking Bloomfield to the crime scene has turned up. Bloomfield is in jail charged with three murders, including shooting and killing Scott Pierce this past June. Police say Bloomfield and Jason Skaggs went to the home near Indian School and Juan Tabo looking for another man who had moved out and killed the newlywed Pierce instead. At the time of the Pierce killing, Bloomfield was out of jail on probation and on an ankle bracelet electronic monitoring device after being convicted of robbery. The Yis were beaten to death and Pung Yi was raped. Two door-to-door magazine salesmen have already been charged with the murder. Police won't say how Bloomfield is related to the salesmen. Police say that there's a possibility that Bloomfield could be implicated in three more murders. They include the deaths of 81-year-old retired school teacher Josephine Selvage, interior designer Carlos Esquibel, both in 2005 and the 2004 shooting death of Emery Julian. Selvage was raped and strangled with a pair of pants in her home three days after Esquibel was strangled inside his home. Thursday night, Bloomfield was moved out of the Bernalillo County Jain and to the Sandoval County Jail. Police say it is the best place to house Bloomfield as their investigation continues.
By: Kayla Anderson, Eyewitness News 4, and Reed Upton, KOB.com
KOB Eyewitness News 4
kob.com
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
New Suspect in Yi Killings
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Integrity Program
October 3, 2008
New Suspect in Yi Killings
By T.J. Wilham
Journal Staff Writer
Albuquerque Journal Online Edition
ABQjournal.com
Friday, October 03, 2008
A suspect awaiting trial in the shooting death of a newlywed earlier this year may have been involved in five other killings, including the brutal 2007 slayings of a prominent Korean-American couple in the Northeast Heights.

All the victims were killed in their homes. In addition to the newlywed and the elderly Korean couple, they include a retired elementary school teacher and an interior designer.

It appears that detectives are prepared to charge Clifton Bloomfield, 39, in the 2007 deaths of Tak and Pung Yi. There were signs that the couple had been savagely beaten and that Mrs. Yi had been sexually assaulted.

Two traveling magazine salesmen — Travis Rowley and Michael Lee — have already been charged in the Yi deaths.

Bloomfield became a suspect in the Yi killings earlier this summer when forensic scientists were going through evidence in the double homicide. Detectives entered DNA collected from one of the Yis into a national database and got a match to Bloomfield, whose DNA was on file in a federal database from a previous conviction.

Police officials confirmed the DNA link.

The Journal has also learned that police are looking into Bloomfield's possible involvement in at least three more homicides: the 2005 killings of Josephine Selvage and Carlos Esquibel and the 2004 death of Emery Julian.

Charging Bloomfield in the Yi and other cases could be a political lightning rod.

Bloomfield was on probation after an armed robbery plea at the time of the Yi killings and the death of newlywed Scott Pierce.

Mayor Martin Chávez had cited Bloomfield as an example when he held a news conference in July criticizing judges for sentencing repeat offenders to probation and letting them out on what he called low bonds.

Police officials said they have no plans to drop charges against Rowley and Lee. But Rowley's attorney has filed a lawsuit against APD and the District Attorney's Office claiming they withheld evidence, including DNA evidence against a suspect who isn't named in the suit.

That suspect is Bloomfield, who was arrested in June in connection with the death of Pierce, a nurse who had just moved into a home on Hannett NE with his wife a month earlier.

That deadly attack appears to have been a mistaken identity revenge killing. According to court records, Bloomfield, 39, and Jason Skaggs, 35, intended to kill another man who had lived in the home before Pierce and his wife moved in.

In the other unsolved cases:

Emery Julian, 39, was found dead with a bullet wound to his head in his Chelwood Park NE apartment in October 2004.

Esquibel and Selvage were strangled inside their homes three days apart in October 2005. Esquibel was a 37-year-old interior designer and Selvage was an 81-year-old retired elementary school teacher. Police are still testing DNA taken from Selvage's home.

At the time of the killings, police said they didn't believe the Esquibel and Selvage slayings were related.

Election politics

District Attorney Kari Brandenburg said Thursday that she believed Bloomfield was involved in the Yi killings along with Rowley and Lee, but declined further comment.

"It would jeopardize the ongoing investigation if I comment at this time," Brandenburg said. "There has been no (plea) agreement reached at this time, and it would be inappropriate for me to do so with the investigation."

Meanwhile, Rowley's attorney, Stephen Aarons, learned of the DNA match in the Yi case and filed a motion last month to have the charges against his client dismissed.

That motion has since been sealed by District Court Judge Reed Sheppard, who is presiding over the cases against Rowley and Lee.

Brandenburg's challenger in the Nov. 4 election, Lisa Torraco, has criticized Brandenburg about how she has handled repeat offenders. One of the examples she has cited was Bloomfield, who was on probation for armed robbery at the time he was arrested in connection with the killing of Scott Pierce. Bloomfield was also on probation at the time the Yis were killed. "I am doing my job, and I am sorry I am running for re-election," Brandenburg said in response to Torraco's criticism. "It is critical we handle the case and do the right things for the right reasons, and the election has nothing to do with that."

No stranger

Bloomfield, who was earlier described by police as someone with links to white supremacist groups, is no stranger to law enforcement.

In July 2007, he pleaded no contest to robbery with a deadly weapon in connection to the Nov. 29, 2005, home invasion robbery of Edwin and Rupe Garcia.

The plea deal set a maximum of three years of prison. District Court Judge Albert S. "Pat" Murdoch sentenced Bloomfield to four years' probation and 201 days of community custody, which is similar to house arrest.

Bloomfield was given "good time" credit and was released from community custody 100 days early. Had he not been given credit, he would have been in the community custody program when the Yis were killed.

Brandenburg said her office agreed to the plea deal because prosecutors didn't have enough evidence and would likely have lost at trial.

At the time of the arrest, police said they had several tips and good victim identification. However, Brandenburg said testimony by the elderly victims would not have held up in court.

"We had no witnesses, no fingerprints and no DNA," Brandenburg said. "It was that (the plea) or nothing."

According to court documents, Bloomfield apparently gained entrance to the Garcias' home, which was listed for sale, by posing as a potential buyer.

He took a tour of the home, took out a handgun and held it to the husband's neck, then ordered the couple into a storage room and took their wedding ring and other jewelry and valuables along with $140 in cash, according to court records.

Police have said that Bloomfield has an extensive criminal history in Arizona, where he did prison time. He has multiple arrests in Arizona for burglary, armed robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault on a correction officer and theft by control.
By T.J. Wilham
Journal Staff Writer
Albuquerque Journal Online Edition
ABQjournal.com
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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DMPG Info Clip - Posted October 10, 2008
Madison, Wisconsin
Civil Lawsuit Settled
Against Door-To-Door Magazine Sales Company
A civil lawsuit filed against Vincent Pitts, president of the National Field Selling Association and owner of Palmetto Marketing/Sunshine Subscription Agency was settled for $600,000.00 on October 1, 2008.

The lawsuit stems from the violent assault and rape of a 50-year-old Menomonie, Wisconsin woman committed by Brandon Green a traveling door-to-door magazine salesman.

Madison, Wisconin lawfirm Lawton and Cates attorneys Jim Olson and John Carlson Jr. were instrumental in bringing justice to the victim.
Lawton And Cates Website

For detailed information on this crime and the lawsuit please review the following links:
Civil Lawsuit Filed Against Vincent Pitts
Court Orders/Criminal Complaint


Medford, Massachusetts
October 1, 2008
Don’t bother knocking: Council discusses No Knock ordinance
By Rob Barry/rbarry@cnc.com
Wicked Local Medford
Medford Transcript
Wed Oct 01, 2008, 09:00 AM EDT
Medford -
Keeping telemarketers off the phone has been easier than keeping them off the doorstep. But city officials have a plan to stop bothersome solicitors.

The City Council is expected to review an ordinance this week that would set up a “No Knock” registry similar to the national Do Not Call Registry. The legislation, sponsored by Councilor Michael Marks, would place restrictions on door-to-door soliciting.

“I was reading online regarding a murder that took place in New Jersey,” said Marks. “That prompted a lot of cities in other states to enact a no knock registry to try to prevent people from praying on the elderly through these door-to-door sales.”

In response to a resolution approved by the council over the summer, City Solicitor Mark Rumley crafted an ordinance that would create a local registry.

According to the proposed two-page ordinance, any person wishing to peddle their wares at the doorstep would have to obtain a license and pick up a copy of the registry. There is a background check involved in obtaining a peddler’s license.

Anyone who attempts to solicit an address on the registry will face a fine of up to $300, a one-year license revocation and a one-year suspension of all door-to-door soliciting.

“I was looking for two things, simplicity and effectiveness,” Rumley said. “I think this draft does both those things. I also wanted to protect the First Amendment concerns.”

The ordinance, Rumley said, would not prevent charitable or religious groups from soliciting.

A similar resolution passed recently in Claremont, Calif. Capt. Gary Jenkins, of the Claremont Police Department, said it was necessary to protect the townspeople.

“In December of 2006, we had a rape that was committed by a magazine solicitor,” said Jenkins. “Then a year later, in December of 2007, we had similar incident with a traveling magazine salesman.”

At the time, Jenkins said the town’s solicitation ordinance was in need of review for being “unconstitutionally broad.” So the police drafted an ordinance that would create a registry and add a background check for peddlers and penalties for ignoring the registry.

In Claremont it now costs $300 just to apply for a commercial solicitation permit that will expire in 90 days. Religious and political groups are not subject to the permit or the registry.

“So far, we haven’t had a commercial solicitor apply for a permit,” said Jenkins. “Basically this has acted as a preventative measure.”

As of Tuesday, the City Council was scheduled to discuss the ordinance in a Committee of the Whole meeting, with Chief Leo A. Sacco Jr., Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cheryl White and Rumley also in attendance.

“We seem to live in an age where our households are peppered with unsolicited calls and contacts,” said Rumley. “This ordinance will be something to give our residents one more quantum of peace in their homes.”
By Rob Barry/rbarry@cnc.com
wickedlocal.com
Wicked Local Medford
with news from the Medford Transcript
Medford Transcript, 57 High Street, Medford, Massachusetts 02155
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Troy, New York
Beware of Magazine Sales and Subscription Scams
September 26, 2008
Beware of Magazine Sales and Subscription Scams
Article by Bill Fulks (12,892 pts)
Bright Hub
Published on Sep 26, 2008
If that young person at your door gives you some long emotional story before they even tell you what they are selling, then chances are they are involved in a scam. The sad thing is that they might not even know it.

A knock on the door...

This past weekend, I had some friends over when someone rang my doorbell. I looked through my peephole and thought the guy on my porch as another friend of mine who was supposed to be out of town. When I opened the door, I realized that my friend was still out of town, and the guy on my porch was there to sell me something. For the record, I have never and will never buy anything from anyone who knocks on my door.

The first thing the guy said to me was, “Your neighbors said you were friendly. Are you friendly?” I am pretty friendly, but I hope my neighbors didn’t get this guy’s hopes up by telling him that. He then hands me this beat up old card that has a bunch of handwritten notes like ‘I Win!’ and other junk on it. This guy, who was probably about 20 years old, then mentions the name of some program he is in that is supposed to help him better his public relation skills and something else. I wasn’t really paying that much attention.

He went through this long spiel about how he needed 20,000 points to earn a trip to somewhere and how he was in first place with 19,000 and needed just a few more to get the trip. What it eventually got around to was the guy was trying to sell me some overpriced magazines. I politely declined and the fake smile on his face quickly went away. He made some comment that I think was hopefully polite, but I was already closing the door when he said it.

Back in August 2005, the Washington Post did a story on Magazine Sales Scams where people claimed to be from a school or some group, but were not. Even the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) website warns about magazine subscription scams. A Google search for ‘magazine sales scams’ returns hundreds of articles from newspaper and television websites all over the United States that report related scams in their area.

Scam details...

While not all door-to-door magazine sales are a scam, many of them are. Often times, it is the people doing the selling who are as much a victim of the scam as those people who actually buy the magazines. The sad part of it is that the guy at my door might be an unsuspecting participant in the scam. He might really think he’s going to get a prize trip somewhere. I am pretty sure he was lying about the 19,000 points and how he was in first place, because it made for a juicy sales pitch. It was like he was trying to make me feel sorry enough for him to want to buy a magazine. Homey don’t play that.

I did some research on the subject, and uncovered another problem related to the magazine sales. The unscrupulous companies who put these kids out on the street to go door-to-door often work the sellers like indentured servants. Many of them are loaded up on a bus and taken to distant areas where they are pretty much forced to work all day and most wind up making very little money. It is promises of prizes like trips that entice these young people into signing up for the work, but the majority of them end up with very little to show for their effort.

In February 2001, the New York Times ran a horrifying four-page story about young people caught up in magazine sales crews and the kind of things they went through. Check it out and you may think twice about even opening the door to these people. In fact, I wish now that I had warned that young man at my door of what he was involved in, and to get out as soon as he could. If these people show up at your home or business, don’t fall for any of their sob stories. A legitimate salesperson wouldn’t need to get into such a long story before they even told you what they were selling.
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Orchard Lake, Michigan
Door-To-Door Magazine Sales Warning !!!
September 24, 2008
Local police investigate solicitor reports
Similar cases seen in Orchard Lake, West Bloomfield
By David Wallace
C and G Staff Writer
candgnews.com
09/24/08
ORCHARD LAKE — Local police hope to find one or several suspicious solicitors apparently making the rounds in the city and West Bloomfield Township. Orchard Lake police had reports Sept. 16-17 from multiple residents who said solicitors came around for some supposed cause. According to Orchard Lake Police Sgt. David Sims, at one point the solicitor claimed to raise money for Michigan State University baseball, while at another time the cause reportedly was the “West Bloomfield Bandits.” Apparently a common solicitation in these cases includes a young man claiming to be the son of a doctor who lives in the area. “They’re using the name ‘Dr. Andrews,’” said Sims. They also gave the name of a street, Elmgate, but Sims said a check of a directory did not show such a doctor on Elmgate. “We’re very suspicious of this,” said Sims. “We’ve had two reports so far,” said West Bloomfield Police Lt. Tim Diamond, “and we think it’s the same guy, our two.” The man in West Bloomfield apparently used slightly different names than “Dr. Andrews.” “He changes his story just a little bit each time,” said Diamond. The solicitor seems to find out the name of a neighbor and use that as part of the come-on, Diamond explained. Last year, Orchard Lake police caught a suspect after a man selling magazines gained access to a woman’s home and stole money from her purse. In that incident, the man used a ruse of needing to use the bathroom to gain access. Regarding the latest solicitor trouble, Sims said, “We have not had any reported thefts in our city.” However, a West Bloomfield resident on Pine Lake Road apparently was not so lucky. A young man came to the door at the house about 8:15 Sept. 10 and was allowed into a foyer. Afterward, a woman at the home discovered that a yellow-gold ring with diamonds had disappeared from a desk in the foyer. The ring was valued at $8,000. Diamond said the other West Bloomfield report came from Cedarbank, which runs off of Commerce Road, east of Keith Road. The solicitor managed to get $55. The solicitors — Orchard Lake police did not have a solid number for sure, but they suspect multiple young people in at least six encounters in the city, including a female in one instance — have not registered with the city or township, as required. Sims described them as preppy and clean-cut. In one of the Orchard Lake incidents, on Sept. 17, a young man went to a home on Elmgate and received a small donation, Sims said. However, the woman who gave the donation began feeling suspicious about it, got in her car and caught up with the young man. When she started questioning the young man, he got angry and said he didn’t need the money. He reportedly threw it into her car and left. “My personal opinion is, obviously, he was starting to get worried about being challenged,” said Sims. Sims said another report in the city came from Twin Fawn, and the solicitors seemed to target the area off of Old Orchard Trail. Anyone with information, including descriptions of the solicitors, should call police. “We don’t want residents with a good heart to get sucked into this,” said Sims. Police caution residents not to let people into their homes and that anyone who feels uncomfortable about a solicitor should call police so that investigators can identify the person.
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CandG Staff Writer
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Michigan
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Lewiston, Idaho
Human Trafficking
September 23, 2008
What appears to be scam, also seems to be case of human trafficking
"John" talks about how he answered an ad in Florida and ended up on the streets of the Valley selling magazines.
Story Published: Sep 23, 2008 at 11:55 PM PDT
Story Updated: Sep 23, 2008 at 11:59 PM PDT
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By Matt Loveless
LEWISTON - It appears to be a form of human trafficking and it also is apparently happening in the Valley. At least one local woman thinks so. She says she stared it right in the face. "John" is back in his home of Pensacola, Florida now, a change from two weeks ago. "I was sitting on my porch and I was talking on my cell phone, and this young kid was walking up my driveway," said Carrie Jacobs. John was selling magazines door to door in the Valley, or so he said. He told Jacobs he was in a contest, on a point system, working for a trip to the nation's capital. “I said, no, I'm not interested," said Jacobs. He told April Wade something similar, but with a different back-story. "He was a couple credits away from getting his bachelor's degree, and that he transferred to LCSC," said Wade. "He just got married, he has a baby girl that's two months old, he's staying at the Econolodge." But was John the scam artist or the victim of a bigger one? "'You're working so hard at it," Jacobs said she told John. "’What's in it for you? I want to know.' And he got real nervous and kind of fidgeted around and he said, 'I'll get to eat today.'" Jacobs figures out this type of thing for a living, as a client services director at Life Choices Clinic in Clarkston. She said she asked if John wanted out and that he said yes. He also agreed to be interviewed by Jacobs. In that interview he said he first answered an ad in his hometown classifieds, with a promise to travel the U.S. He was given a bus ticket, direct to Lewiston. When he got here, he was told he would be selling magazines door to door. "If they ask you questions like, ‘are you from here?’ Do you go to school here?’, you automatically say yes, because if you're from somewhere else, a lot of people are going to frown upon it,” John said. “A lot of people want to help a kid in a contest, and that's what they think they're doing." He said they follow a script. Trying to win a trip, using certain types of coercion, and only accepting cash. This for a stay at the local Econolodge, and $20 a day for food. Jacobs said John told her he felt like he was under the control of a pimp, his belongings locked in a room at the motel, and only accessed with one of his employers present. Lewiston Police Chief Steve Orr said police hadn't had reports of human trafficking in the Valley, but Jacobs said she thinks it certainly fits the definition. "We hear about it," said Jacobs. "That it's far away, and in another country and another place. It is happening on our streets, and it is happening to our children." Jacobs took John to the YWCA, who helped him get a bus ticket back to Pensacola, but before he boarded, John had advice for Valley residents. "If somebody comes by and is selling magazines and has a PO Box," said Jacobs. "What would you suggest saying to them?" "Don't buy a magazine," said John. "There are a lot of kids out there today, there's tens of thousands out there doing this and there's a lot of them that probably want to go home, but they're too scared to do anything about it." John said the group he was with was headed to Boise next. Police advise residents to be cautious of high-pressure sales at all times - scams or not. Story Published: Sep 23, 2008 at 11:55 PM PDT
Story Updated: Sep 23, 2008 at 11:59 PM PDT
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Cypress, California
Door-to-door Salesman Coaxes Way Into Home
September 15, 2008
Cypress - Door-to-door Salesman Coaxes Way Into Home
And $25,000 In Jewelry Goes Missing
By Inland Empire • Sep 15th, 2008 • Category: Other California News
mymurrieta.com
On September 10, 2008, Cypress Police were called to a residence in the 6600 block of Fichot Way, in the City of Cypress reference a theft investigation. The female elderly widow victim reported that on September 9, 2008, during the daytime hours, the described male suspect, who was going door-to-door posing as a Kirby vacuum salesman, befriended her and was able to gain entry into her residence through a convincing sales pitch. While inside the residence, the suspect asked to use the bathroom. The victim let him go to the bathroom and he returned several minutes later without her thinking anything was wrong. The next morning the victim discovered $25,000 in jewelry missing from her dresser. She started to recall from the day before never hearing the toilet flush or any doors open and close and put two and two together and called the police. After stealing from this elderly victim the suspect had the audacity to ask to stay for dinner. The suspect was not located. A second male came to the door during the sales pitch but left after the suspect spoke to him. He was described as the same as the primary suspect. Although a legitimate, alternative business practice, residents are reminded they should be suspicious of anyone selling items door-to-door, and should never allow anyone access into their homes under any circumstances. “Legitimate sales representatives can easily show their products from a porch and won’t care to enter into one’s home – they are focused on the sale and not in getting into the house.” Additionally one should ask to see their solicitor’s permit which is required by Cypress Municipal Code (15-56) for anyone selling door-to-door. This suspect was successful and will most likely return to our City so residents are encouraged to call the Cypress Police Department at (714) 229-6600 (911 if an emergency) if anyone matches this description and/or uses the same sales pitch.

September 11, 2008
Contact: Sgt. Tom Bruce - PIO
Phone No.: (714) 229-6619
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nature of Release: Door-to-door Salesman Coaxes Way Into Home And $25,000 In Jewelry Goes Missing
Date/Time of Occurrence: 9-10-08 – 3:44 p.m.
Location of Incident: 6600 Block of Fichot Way – Cypress, CA.
Case Number: 08002886
Suspect: Unknown – Male white 25-30 yoa, dark short hair 5-8 - 5-10.
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Bremerton, Washington
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Kirby Vacuum
Member: Direct Selling Association
September 11, 2008
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bremerton wa, 09/11/2008:>br> the one thing i was told here the most i was not going to have to do and was completely lied to about was the fact that we were going door to door, for 11 hours with now pay no break and no food. and worst of all we were just dropped off in the middle of no where, left to walk door to door wile our "team leader" (more like greasy russian party dude) drove around eating snacks and listening to music, enjoying the air conditioning and occasionally telling us we were not trying hard enough to get into peoples houses. as if a week unpaid training wasn't bad enough. oh and to even get paid you have to do this for a month straight. by by social life. definatly skip the $1750 a month add in the paper.
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Benefits -5 Job Security -5
Work/Life Balance -5
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Location -5
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Blog Entry
Kirby Salespeople Ain't Welcome Around Here
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Kirby Vacuum
Member: Direct Selling Association
September 9, 2008
Kirby Salespeople Ain't Welcome Around Here
Posted by Mahala at 9/09/2008 09:11:00 AM
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Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Lawd have mercy! The holler is in an uproar this morning.. we've got the law on the phone and our panties are in a collective wad.

It all began last night, while I was in the bathroom, tending to bathroom related duties.. if you get my drift. I heard some car doors slamming outside and minute or two later, I heard someone knocking on the front door, turning my normally mild mannered pooches in to a pack of wild beasts.

I heard the Amazon corral the Boston Baked Beagle in to his crate and open the door.. then it was silent. I figured it was either Aunt Moses or my trashy, big-boobed cousin with the lazy eye's youngin, so I didn't get in any hurry. I mean.. you can't rush nature anyway.

When I did emerge from the potty palace, I saw that the Amazon still had the front door open, because it was blocking my passage down the hall. I assumed she was talking to someone she knew from work or school or something. As I walked by, the girl's eyes grew and she said, "Oh, is this your mother?"

She was scrawny, she looked like she could use a sandwich or six, but nicely dressed. She introduced herself and proceeded to tell me that Quiznos had gone out of business over in Scary Hillbilly Town and they'd taken over their office. She said they were going around, getting to know people in the area.

"What kind of office?" seemed like a reasonable question to ask, but she proceeded to hand me a "free gift" of a can of Glade air freshener, then handed me two cards, explaining that they were entry forms for a trip give away.

My internal bullshit alarms went off immediately.. and that can of Glade wasn't going to cover the smell.

It was then that Miss Thang pushed her way past the door and invited her little ass in to my house.

Oh hell to the no.

She asked where my husband was, then when I said, "I'm not married," she went on to ask if I was divorced or widowed or what.

"I just never got married."

"Well! Shake my hand!" she said, wide eyed and simple minded. I just gave her the STFU stink eye while she stood there with her hand extended.

"Why?" I asked.

She mumbled something about being single or something.. I'm not sure what she was getting at.

She looked around, asked if we had any more animals, made some stupid comment about zebras and giraffes then informed me that she'd go get some stuff from the car for a demonstration while I filled the cards out.

But as she was yammering, I'd flipped the cards over and seen the only thing I needed to know.

Kirby.

Sweet Lord in heaven, the child thought she was going to come up in my house and sell me a vacuum cleaner.

"I'm in the middle of cooking dinner and we don't really have time for anything like this this evening," I began, but she interrupted before I could finish.

"Oh that's fine, we don't mind. We can stay for dinner, we like good, southern cooking!" I have to give her credit, she had balls.

"Um no, I'm going to have to ask you to leave please."

She looked shattered, she muttered and tried to argue with me, making no effort whatsoever to get out of my house. I'd had all I was going to take of this bullshit and she was going to leave, one way or another. I had to physically back Miss Thang out the door.

Girlfriend doesn't realize how close she came to an ass beating, pushing her way all up in my house.

That crap pisses me off.

This morning, I was sharing my little adventure with Lulu, who said they'd been to her parents house over the weekend and stayed for over an hour, refusing to leave when asked. The story they told Lulu's parents didn't add up with what they told us so we got suspicious. We asked Thelma if she'd heard anything about these people going door to door (she's married to the town cop) and she said they'd been run out of town Saturday. When I told her they'd shown up at my house last night, she got on the phone with her hubby, who said that the next time someone pushed their way up in my house like that, I was to "box their jaws."

Heh. Gotta love small town law enforcement.

Anywho.. after some investigating on our own, we've determined that they probably were just door to door Kirby salespeople, but that's no excuse for pushing your way in to people's homes and not leaving when instructed to do so.

So Kirby? Ya'll suck. Come near my house again and you'll be Ozzy food. He likes sales people. But next time, send one with a little more meat on their bones. He's a big ol' boy and has a healthy appetite.
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Naperville, Illinois
Traveling salespeople spook local residents
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
Member: Direct Selling Association
September 9, 2008
Traveling salespeople spook local residents
By JANET LUNDQUIST
The Herald News
The Naperville Sun
September 9, 2008
Several door-to-door salespeople apparently asked some customers too many questions about their children while peddling books this summer. They stirred up neighborhoods across the county, even inspiring a chain e-mail that warns others to beware. Those who met the salespeople describe a similar situation: the sellers - described as young, blond, blue-eyed and speaking with thick accents - said they were from Estonia, offered educational books, and asked questions about where children lived in the neighborhood and even what neighbors were home on the street. Some said a solicitor told them he was gathering information about school-age children. Others said a salesman told them he wanted to discuss the local school programs with households of children. The warning e-mail included reports of encounters in Bourbonnais, Lockport, Manhattan, Mokena, New Lenox, Joliet, Plainfield and Montgomery. "(At the time) it didn't dawn on me that it was anything out of the ordinary," said one resident of Champion Creek subdivision in Plainfield who did not want his name published. The saleswoman who came to his door said she approached him because a neighbor said he had a child. "If people start asking about where children live, in hindsight, that should be a pretty big red flag," he said. "You don't want to be giving out that information to people." The next day, that resident got the warning e-mail. Some residents said the solicitors had drawn maps of their neighborhoods and had marked the houses where children lived. The solicitors were legitimate, at least in Plainfield and Lockport, despite their sometimes unsettling sales pitch. In both communities, the salespeople applied for permits to sell products from Southwestern Company. The firm recruits college students to work as independent contractors selling educational books and software that the students purchase wholesale through the company. According to the company's Web site, www.southwestern.com, students from 350 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Europe, South Africa and South America have participated in the program. It is the oldest direct-selling company in the nation, said Trey Campbell, the company's communications manager, adding that the company counts Ken Starr, author Max Lucado and Texas Gov. Rick Perry among its alumni. Southwestern Company has been accredited with the Better Business Bureau since 1961 and has a satisfactory record with the bureau. It is a member of the Direct Selling Association, along with companies such as Mary Kay and Avon. Campbell said students are endorsed by their parents to participate in the program and are trained before moving in with host families around the country for the summer. The students are taught to ask customers for referrals to friends, family or neighbors who might be interested in the products, Campbell said. "We don't get this complaint very often but it does happen sometimes, especially with international students," Campbell said. "They have innocent intentions, but sometimes if it's not done in the right way it can certainly be taken the wrong way and send up red flags for somebody." International students make up about a third of the total number participating each summer, he said. This year about 2,700 students are selling books around the country. These days, people are fairly savvy about solicitors. Most communities require door-to- door salespeople to get a municipal permit, which residents can and should ask to see. Southwestern's Web site includes a press release offering tips on how to recognize legitimate door-to-door salespeople. Salespeople should carry identification and have a municipal permit where required, the release said. It urged residents to be cautious and check companies with the Better Business Bureau if they suspect a scam.
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By JANET LUNDQUIST
The Herald News
The Naperville Sun
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Nashville, Tennessee
Defense: Shooting Suspects Didn't Kill Vandy Professor
September 9, 2008
Defense: Shooting Suspects Didn't Kill Vandy Professor
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Posted: Sep 9, 2008 05:51 PM CDT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A defense attorney for two men charged with killing a Vanderbilt University professor and his sister said she has proof her clients are innocent. In August, Pierre Colas was fatally shot and his sister injured during an apparent robbery attempt at his home. Marie Colas later died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Four people were charged with homicide. Last week, public defender Laura Dykes argued Michael Holloway and Thomas Reed did not try to Pierre Colas and did not have anything to do with his murder. Dykes filed a motion to dismiss the homicide charge, contending Reed and Holloway were not present at the anthropologist's home when he was shot. Metro police said the murder happened around 9:15 p.m. on Aug. 26. According to a statement from Reed and Holloway's employer, the pair had worked in Clarksville that day and returned to a South Nashville hotel between 8:55 and 9:05 p.m. before attending a 10:30 p.m. meeting. In Tennessee, someone can still be charged with murder even if they were not present at the crime. Former prosecutor Jim Todd said prosecutors will have to prove Reed and Holloway benefited from the murder and assisted in it. Metro police said the suspects are on surveillance video using the slain professor's stolen credit card three hours after he was killed. Todd said the key for the prosecution will be to prove the suspects helped in the murder in some way. The district attorney did not comment on the case but the theory of criminal responsibility has been used several times successfully in Tennessee. The theory was applied during the trail for five people charged in the shooting death of a delivery man on the Tennessee State University campus in 2005. He was shot by one gunman, but five people were charged because they had talked about the crime before it happened. In the Bellacino's double murder, the person who picked up the alleged shooter also was charged with homicide. Attorneys for George Cody and Gennyfer Hutcherson, who were also charged with homicide, have not filed a motion to dismiss. Police said they are still looking for additional suspects. The case of the four suspects charged with homicide has been bound over to the Davidson County grand jury.
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Don't Close Door On No-Knock; Rewrite It
September 9, 2008
Don't Close Door On No-Knock; Rewrite It
Author: Anonymous.
Section: Editorial
Albuquerque Journal. Albuquerque, N.M.: Sep 9, 2008. pg. A.5
Just because Albuquerque city councilors have decided not to answer Mayor Martin Chvez's call for a no-knock ordinance doesn't mean they should close the door on the issue. Because it's not just about the worst-case scenario, where thugs operating as magazine salesmen barge in and brutally murder residents instead of trying to get them to buy two years of Field & Stream. It's about the everyday need to protect people's privacy from an outdated and intrusive business model. The national do-not-call list is a success for that very reason. The council vote last week was unanimous against cracking down on door-to-door solicitors by creating a no-knock list residents can join and requiring businesses to apply for a permit 30 days before showing up on people's doorsteps, do background checks on their peddlers and post a $500 bond. An amendment would have banned solicitors under age 18. All are solid ideas that protect residents and sellers alike from unscrupulous businesses that have a proclivity for dropping into town, then out of sight. Councilor Ken Sanchez, who sponsored the measure for Chvez, says he wasn't convinced there was a plan to enforce it. He ultimately asked councilors to kill it because the city already has a law prohibiting knocking when there's a "No Solicitation" sign. He should ask the average Albuquerque resident how many times he or she has had to go to the door because someone ignored that sign. And he should demand an enforcement plan. Let's hear the specifics of how a no-knock protection would operate in practice. (Here's a tip: The millions in federal fines seem to have encouraged compliance with the do-not-call registry.) And then let's write it all into a revamped solicitation ordinance. Councilor Michael Cadigan says the current law should be rewritten, in part because much of what it addresses is outdated -- there aren't many doorto-door buggy salesman anymore. But there are plenty of annoying and potentially predatory sales pitches. The city and council should devise a detailed pitch of their own to combat them.
Author: Anonymous.
Section: Editorial
Albuquerque Journal
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Franklin County, Maine
Magazine Salesman Arrested On Theft Charges
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Atlantic Circulation, Inc
Member: National Field Selling Asssociation
September 8, 2008
Arrest made in magazine sales theft scheme
By Bobbie Hanstein • Sep 8th, 2008 • Category: News
Daily Bulldog
FARMINGTON - Thanks to the public’s help, a woman selling magazine subscriptions door to door who allegedly stole cash from a homeowner on Saturday in Farmington has been arrested on a charge of misdemeanor theft. Shaleen Hensley, 19, of Texas, was arrested following a tip from an Oakland resident who called police after reading about the story published in news outlets over the weekend. Farmington Police Officer Ed Hastings had asked the public for help in identifying a woman who said she was selling magazines for Atlantic Circulation, Inc. This came after a Farmington homeowner said a woman whom she had asked into her home had, at some point while she was trying to sell her a magazine subscription, took a stack of cash off the table. The homeowner noticed the cash, totaling less than $500, was missing after the sales woman left and called police. A magazine sales woman fitting the description showed up at the door of an Oakland resident, who then called the Oakland Police Department. Police officers responding were able to locate the woman going to door to door in Oakland and called Officer Hastings. Although she looked similar to the suspect, Hastings said, it turned out she wasn’t the same woman reported in Farmington. They did, however, find out another woman fitting the description who was sharing a motel room in Lewiston with her. Both women were selling subscriptions for Atlantic Circulation, Inc. Hastings interviewed the suspect at the Lewiston motel and arrested her. It turns out that there are 30 people working in the central Maine area selling magazine subscriptions, Hastings said. “People should use caution when anyone comes to the door. They’re not always who they say they are,” he said.
By Bobbie Hanstein
Daily Bulldog
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Franklin County, Maine
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Aurora, Illinois
Suspicious Salespeople
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
Member: Direct Selling Association
September 8, 2008
Aurora police warn of suspicious salespeople popping up in area
By JANET LUNDQUIST jlundquist@scn1.com
The Beacon News
September 8, 2008
Although they have taken no reports of incidents within the city limits, Aurora police are warning residents to be aware of door-to-door salespeople who have been asking suspicious questions in neighboring towns. The salespeople apparently asked some customers questions about their children while selling books. They stirred up neighborhoods across Will County, even inspiring a chain e-mail that warns others to beware. Those who met the salespeople describe a similar situation: the seller -- described as young, blond, blue-eyed and speaking with a European accent -- said they were from Estonia, explained that they were peddling educational books, and asked questions about where children lived in the neighborhood and even what neighbors were home on the street. The warning e-mail included reports of encounters in Bourbonnais, Lockport, Manhattan, Mokena, New Lenox, Joliet, Plainfield and Montgomery. Plainfield police took so many complaints on the solicitor -- about 15 -- that Police Chief Don Bennett decided to revoke the soliciting permit. A Lockport officer talked to a Southwestern Company manager about the complaints. The manager said one of their business practices is to ask customers to refer them to other children living in the area who would be interested in their product. It appears, at least in Plainfield and Lockport, the solicitors were peddling a legitimate product. In both communities, the salespeople applied for permits to sell products from Southwestern. The firm recruits college students to serve as independent contractors selling educational books and software that they purchase wholesale through the company. Aurora police are encouraging anyone who comes in contact with similar circumstances to call (630) 859-1700. They reminded residents that they should never let solicitors into homes, and never share information about when they, or their children, are home. Aurora city ordinances require solicitors to register with the city clerk and wear their registration and business ID. Solicitors are prohibited from visiting any homes in Aurora that are posted "no peddlers or solicitors," "no advertisement" or "no trespassing."
By JANET LUNDQUIST jlundquist@scn1.com
The Beacon News
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Aurora, Illinois
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LaGrange, Illinois
MAGAZINE SALESMAN CHARGED IN SEXUAL ASSAULT
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Midwest Clearing, Inc.
September 5, 2008
Man held on bond in sexual assault case
By Joe Sinopoli, jsinopoli@mysuburbanlife.com
La Grange Suburban Life
Fri Sep 05, 2008, 03:18 PM CDT
La Grange, IL -
A 23-year-old magazine salesman from Alabama was charged Tuesday with breaking into an 86-year-old La Grange Highlands woman’s home and sexually assaulting her during the Labor Day weekend, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. George Lucas, of Clanton, Ala., is charged with home invasion and aggravated criminal sexual assault, both Class X felonies. He is being held on $750,000 bond. His next court date is Sept. 16. County police spokesman Steve Patterson said Lucas had no serious prior run-ins with the law, with the exception of a probation violation related to a DUI offense in Georgia. “You just don’t know what goes through someone’s mind to do what that guy did,” Patterson said. Investigators said Lucas was in the area selling magazines door-to-door for Hazel Crest-based Midwest Clearing, a distributor for Connecticut-based Paragon Sales. He had been with a sales team from Wisconsin that began canvassing the La Grange Highlands area around 2:30 p.m. Friday. Lucas was to make sales calls on 25 homes before being picked up around 8:30 p.m. According to investigators, Lucas said he began drinking shots of vodka with a neighborhood resident after his co-workers failed to pick him up. He walked to a nearby gas station around 10 p.m. to purchase cigarettes, then began wandering the neighborhood. He was in the victim’s backyard for a short time before going into her home in the 1300 block of 52nd Place. Lucas told police he entered through an unlocked door. However, police found a screen had been cut open. Lucas told investigators he ate and watched TV in the victim’s home before seeing her sleeping in her bedroom. He then entered her room, covered her mouth and sexually assaulted her. Lucas left a bag of magazine information in the victim’s backyard, including information identifying him, after he threw her home phone out of the house and fled. The woman made it to the home of a neighbor, who then dialed 911. Lucas arrived early Saturday morning at the Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital emergency room, where the victim was being treated and talking to investigators. Lucas was complaining he was sick and spitting up blood. Sheriff’s police investigators recognized his name from the identifying information left at the scene and arrested Lucas.
By Joe Sinopoli, jsinopoli@mysuburbanlife.com
La Grange Suburban Life
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La Grange, Illinois
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Pratt, Kansas
Magazine Sales Fraud Alert
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Atlantic Circulation
September 5, 2008
Fraud alert
GateHouse News Service
pratttribune.com
Fri Sep 05, 2008, 12:11 PM CDT
Pratt, Kan. -
The public is warned to be alert for door-to-door magazine sales from Atlantic Circulation. Five members of Atlantic Circulation were arrested in Pratt Thursday night for refusing to obtain a license to sell door-to-door. All five posted bond and have left Pratt, said Pratt Police Detective Jeff Ward. In August an alert was issued against Atlantic Circulation Inc. of York, Pa. The Pratt Police Department received many complaints against the company that was going door-to-door trying to sell magazines. Those complaints included failure to register to solicit sales within Pratt, suspicious and deceptive activity and potential fraud related to individuals taking money from customers with no intent of providing the product. The public needs to continue to be vigilant for Atlantic Circulation or other organizations selling door-to-door. Only Pratt County Schools have legitimate magazine sales in Pratt. If anyone has a question about door-to-door magazine sales or any other door-to-door sales they should contact the Pratt Police Department immediately at 672-5551, Ward said. During the August investigation 11 members of Atlantic Circulation were questioned and a large number of sales receipts, personal checks and cash were taken as evidence. Several members had active warrants including one warrant for the same solicitation activity, one was a convicted felon and several had suspended driver’s licenses.
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Pratt, Kansas
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Boonton Township, New Jersey
Illegal Door-To-Door Magazine Sales
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Face to Face Technologies
aka: Great Lake Circulation Inc.; aka: American Cash Award
September 5, 2008
Cops: Despite warning, illegal door-to-door sales continued
By Tehani Schneider • Daily Record • September 5, 2008
dailyrecord.com
BOONTON TWP. -- A woman who attempted to sell magazine subscriptions to Kinnelon residents on Tuesday night was shooed away by police there after they discovered she was wanted for theft in Kansas. But that apparently didn't deter Sarah Keller, 21, of Pensacola, Fla. Boonton Township police said Keller was arrested on soliciting charges on Wednesday night after officers received a report of a suspicious person in the area of Magnolia Lane and Bradford Terrace. Police stopped Keller, who fit the description of a woman selling magazines door-to-door in the Brae Loch condo complex. Two warrants for her arrest were discovered from the Reno County Sheriff's Office in Hutchinson, Kan., for felony theft and aggravated failure to appear in court, police said. Kansas authorities later advised police that Keller would not be extradited. A representative of Face to Face Technologies picked up Keller at headquarters, police said. Keller, who did not have a soliciting permit, told police she was one of six people working for Face to Face Technologies, which lists a company address in Golden, Colo. Police said she was unaware a soliciting permit was required to sell magazines in Boonton Township. Two personal checks from sales made in the area were found in her possession. Police contacted the owners of the checks, who responded to headquarters to retrieve them. Kinnelon police discovered outstanding warrants for Keller and another member of the Face to Face group from Tennessee, but did not charge them with soliciting. Thursday's arrest of Keller marked the second time this summer that Boonton Township police have nabbed groups for soliciting. In July, three people were arrested after residents complained of suspicious characters selling funding for various programs.
Tehani Schneider can be reached at (973) 428-6631 or tschneider@gannett.com.
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(973) 428-6631 or tschneider@gannett.com
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Kinnelon, New Jersey
Door-To-Door Magazine Sales Warning
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Face to Face Technologies
aka: Great Lake Circulation Inc.; aka: American Cash Award
September 4, 2008
Kinnelon police warn residents of solicitors
Say 3 going door to door didn't have permits; two found to have warrants
By Tehani Schneider • Daily Record • September 4, 2008
KINNELON -- Borough police are urging residents to keep an eye out for door to door solicitors after two people apprehended this week were found to have outstanding warrants from Kansas and Georgia. Police were called to a neighborhood at the border with Butler after receiving complaints from area residents of three people selling magazine subscriptions around 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Sarah M. Keller, 21, of Pensacola, Fla., Eric M. Leach, 21, of Lenoir, Tenn., and Joel Smith, 21, of Minnesota, told police they were employed by Face to Face Technologies, a company with an address in Golden, Colo., said Lt. John Schwartz, a department spokesman. A further check by police revealed that Keller had two aliases and a current theft warrant out of Kansas, Schwartz said. Leach was found to have warrants from Georgia for driving while intoxicated and drug violations, he said. The charges did not provide for their extradition back to the states in question in the event of their arrest. None of the three had a soliciting permit but they were not charged by borough police, Schwartz said. "We told them to leave town, which they did," Schwartz said. Police learned that the individuals were staying in a hotel in East Hanover, which was confirmed by police there on Wednesday. Police around Morris County frequently encounter groups of solicitors, generally in the summer. One such individual who was apprehended in the past was newly released from serving a prison term in Florida for a home invasion, Schwartz said. And this past July, police in Boonton Township nabbed three people for seeking funding for various programs without a permit. Schwartz cautioned area residents to be careful of individuals they allow into their homes to sell magazines. "We understand (these companies) are selling magazine subscriptions but we want to make it very clear that these people that they employ are not choir boys," he said. Tehani Schneider can be reached at (973) 428-6631 or tschneider@gannett.com.
By Tehani Schneider • Daily Record
(973) 428-6631 or tschneider@gannett.com
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Boonton Township, New Jersey
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American Fork, Utah
Magazine Salesman Charged With
Attempted Murder And Aggravated Sexual Assault
September 4, 2008
American Fork police share tips for dealing with solicitors
Barbara Christiansen - North County Staff
Daily Herald
Thursday, 04 September 2008
It's just a little over a week since a solicitor allegedly sexually assaulted an American Fork woman in her home, and American Fork police are urging residents to exercise caution. Brian James Mask has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated sexual assault in Provo's 4th District Court on Tuesday. Both charges are first-degree felonies punishable by up to life in prison. Mask is being held in the Utah County Jail on $200,000 bail, awaiting a preliminary hearing on Sept. 9. The victim, a 58-year-old woman, reportedly underwent surgery Tuesday to begin repair work on her nose, which was broken in five places. In the time since the Aug. 25 assault, two other people have been arrested for selling door to door without a license. American Fork Police Chief Lance Call has issued a warning to the public, telling them how to protect themselves and how they can help the police in the case of violations. The city has had an ordinance regarding solicitors for about 18 months, Call said. He urged residents to take precautions. "I would like to raise the public awareness. I would like to let the residents know the things we have in place to protect them from what happened a week ago," he said in a Monday interview. Under the provisions of the city's ordinance, a company is required to have a business license when it brings solicitors to work in the community. The company pays for a temporary business license, and each solicitor has an ID card to wear. Heidi Mitchell, who handles business licenses for American Fork, explained the process. "We give them a temporary license that same day," she said. It is good for 25 days. At that point, they are eligible to obtain an annual permit, but most do not stay that long, she said. The company pays $15 per solicitor and each must submit a background check which is no older than 180 days. Those are provided by the Utah Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Criminal Identification. Mitchell said there had been more requests this year than in the past. "We have had more this year than we usually do," she said. "Generally we get 10 to 15 a year. This year we have had closer to 20." Call said when a solicitor comes to a door, he or she should display the identification card. If that card is not there, Call recommended the resident decline to do business and call the police department. "One of the fundamental rules is to never allow anybody in your home that you don't know," he said. "If you want to transact some business with them, do it on your porch or make sure there are other people around." If the person cannot produce the identification, he asked the resident to call 911. "We can dispatch a car right away," he said. The department would like as much information as possible. It could include a description of the solicitor and vehicle, which direction he or she was headed, and what type of merchandise was offered for sale. Call said that often when a solicitor is asked for the identification, he or she will move to a different locale. "Their comment to us is, they would go somewhere else, to a city that doesn't have an ordinance," he said. Those communities are getting fewer, with most cities now having a solicitors ordinance on the books. "This isn't 100-percent foolproof," he said. "But criminals aren't as likely to commit a crime when we have their information on file."
Barbara Christiansen - North County Staff
Daily Herald
heraldextra.com
American Fork, Utah
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Provo, Utah
Magazine Salesman Brian James Mask
Faces Charges of:
Attempted Murder With Serious Bodily Injury
And Aggravated Sexual Assault
September 3, 2008
Salesman faces attempted murder charge in Utah County case
By Sara Israelsen-Hartley
Deseret News
Published: September 3, 2008
PROVO — A door-to-door salesman who police say attacked a 58-year-old woman in her home seemed confused Tuesday by his charge of attempted murder. Brian James Mask, 25, stood before 4th District Judge James Taylor Tuesday morning on felonies of attempted murder with serious bodily injury and aggravated sexual assault. "I thought it was aggravated battery," Mask said. Taylor clarified that in Utah there is no such charge. So Mask, from Chicago, tried again. "It was aggravated assault, my first charge." "Sir, you're charged with what's on the (document)," Taylor said. "You get attempted murder for punching someone?" Mask replied. Mask was arrested Aug. 25 by Lehi police after a woman called 911 to say she had been sexually assaulted and attacked by a large man who had been selling magazines door to door. Police said the man came to the woman's home in American Fork and made his magazine pitch. Then, he told her he needed her signature and was allowed in the home. Once inside, police say Mask, at 6 feet, 2 inches tall and 275 pounds, grabbed the smaller woman and dragged her into the back bedroom. Police said he took off some of her clothes and sexually abused her, all while holding his hands around her neck, choking her, then later punching her. Those factors are enough for the attempted murder charge, said prosecutor Donna Kelly. "Choking someone till they pass out, our office believes, is attempted murder," Kelly said. "Causing her to pass out and leaving her there for (dead)." The woman was in the hospital Tuesday for facial reconstruction surgery, Kelly said. During the attack, Kelly said Mask broke five bones in her face and severely dislocated and broke her nose. After the attack, she crawled to the bathroom and waited until she was sure it was safe, then called police. American Fork police put out an alert for the man and Lehi police found him soon after at a bus stop. At a previous bail hearing, Mask invoked his right to a speedy trial. So at Tuesday's court appearance, Kelly asked for a quickly scheduled preliminary hearing to preserve Mask's rights. However, she's a bit concerned the victim may not have recovered sufficiently by the hearing on Sept. 9. Mask was appointed a public defender, despite making $250,000 last year selling magazines. "Where is that money now?" Taylor asked. "I travel state to state," Mask said. "I blew it." Mask, who has claimed to be part of a gang from Chicago, will have an attorney assigned to him and present with him at his next hearing. He is in the Utah County Jail on $200,000 bail.
E-mail: sisraelsen@desnews.com
By Sara Israelsen-Hartley
Deseret News
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Provo, Utah
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LaGrange, Illinois
MAGAZINE SALESMAN CHARGED IN HOME INVASION,
SEXUAL ASSAULT
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Midwest Clearing, Inc.
September 2, 2008
MAGAZINE SALESMAN CHARGED IN HOME INVASION, SEXUAL ASSAULT OF 86-YEAR-OLD
Press Release
Cook County Sheriff's Office
Cook County, Illinois
09/02/08
Tuesday, September 02, 2008 — A 23-year-old Alabama man is charged with breaking into a LaGrange woman’s home and sexually assaulting her during the Labor Day weekend, the Office of Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced Tuesday.

George H. Lucas was in the Chicago area selling magazines door-to-door, investigators said. Lucas was working for Midwest Clearing, of Hazel Crest, which is a distributor for Connecticut-based Paragon Sales. He had been with a crew from Wisconsin when the group targeted the LaGrange Highlands area around 2:30 p.m. Friday. After he had visited 25 houses, Lucas was supposed to be picked up around 8:30 p.m. When his co-workers failed to pick him up, he drank shots of vodka with a neighborhood resident, investigators said.

Lucas then walked to a nearby gas station around 10 p.m. to purchase cigarettes, after which he began wandering the neighborhood. He stayed in the victim’s backyard for a while before going into the victim’s home. Though investigators found a cut screen, Lucas told police he entered through an unlocked door.

Lucas ate and watched TV in the victim’s home, while she slept, before seeing her in her bedroom. He entered her room, covered her mouth and sexually assaulted her before fleeing, throwing her home phone out of the house. As he fled, Lucas left a bag of magazine sales information in the victim’s back yard, including information identifying him.

As the victim was being treated at LaGrange Hospital and talking to investigators early Saturday morning, Lucas arrived at the same emergency room, complaining he was sick and spitting up blood. Sheriff’s police investigators recognized his name from the identifying information left at the scene and arrested Lucas.

Lucas, of Clanton, Ala. is charged with home invasion and aggravated criminal sexual assault, both class X felonies. He is being held on $750,000 bond. His next court date is Sept. 16.
Press Release
Cook County Sheriff's Office
cookcountysheriff.org
Cook County, Illinois
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Hyannis, Massachusetts
Magazine Salesmen Warning !!!
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Prestige Sales
September 2, 2008
Barnstable police warn of magazine salesmen
By Karen Jeffrey
STAFF WRITER
Cape Cod Times
September 02, 2008 12:44 PM
HYANNIS - Barnstable police have received complaints that people have been going door-to-door selling magazines in a number of Barnstable neighborhoods. According to Sgt. Sean Sweeney, the sales people are apparently working for a company called Prestige Sales, but are falsely identifying themselves as local residents and in some cases as selling the magazines for local nonprofit groups. Sweeney said that the sales people have asked for cash. There is a Web site for Prestige Sales but there is no telephone number, street or post office box listed on the Web site. The site offers a form that can be emailed to the company. Barnstable police have spoken with a representative of the company, which sells magazines, Sweeney said. A complaint was made to police Monday by a woman who said a man appeared at her door and identified himself as a Prestige salesman and was collecting donation for Boston Children’s Hospital. The woman told police the young man said he got her name and address from neighbors who had donated to the fund. He also said that he would return later to wash her windows as a demonstration of his good nature. The woman told police that she was suspicious, but she and her husband each gave the man $55. Police interviewed neighbors who also told them that they had donated cash and checks to the man. One of the residents of the neighborhood turned over video from a surveillence system at his home and police are having the Barnstable County Bureau of Criminal Investigation develop still photos from the video in an attempt to identify the salesman. Later in the day a man who identified himself as a salesman for the company appeared at the police station and said all the money he collected had been turned over to Prestige Sales. According to town bylaws, any company doing door-to-door sales are required to register at the police station and notify police daily on what neighborhoods they will be doing business in, said Sweeney. No one from Prestige has registered with the town, he said. Sweeney said that the company typically drops off a group of young people in a town to do the door-to-door sales solicitations and picks them up at the end of the day.
By Karen Jeffrey
STAFF WRITER
Cape Cod Times
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Hyannis, Massachusetts
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Nashville, Tennessee
Vanderbilt Professor Murdered
August 30, 2008
Vanderbilt professor's ID used after his murder
Four arrested in professor's death
By RACHEL STULTS
Staff Writer
The Tennessean
August 30, 2008
Just three hours after a respected Vanderbilt University professor was shot to death, his suspected killers were using his identification to buy high-ticket items from several Nashville businesses, police say.

And they were smiling and laughing while they did it.

Four people have been arrested in the slaying of Pierre Colas in his East Nashville home Tuesday night.

One more suspect could still be charged, and police will be pursuing him in the coming days, said Metro Police Lt. Danny Driskell.

Police believe that robbery was the primary motive, and that the suspects did not know Colas.

The suspects in custody are: Thomas Andrew Reed, 20; Michael Shane Holloway, 22; George Eugene Cody, 29; and Gennyfer Dawn Hutcherson, 35. They are being charged with criminal homicide in the death of Colas and attempted criminal homicide in the shooting of his sister, Marie Colas.

Colas, 32, a professor in VU's anthropology department, was found dead in his home after his roommate, an associate professor at Vanderbilt, heard footsteps and gunshots downstairs and called 911. Marie Colas, 27, a postgraduate student in Swit zerland who was visiting her brother, was shot in the head. She was still in very critical condition Friday night at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Videos lead to suspects

On Thursday afternoon, police discovered that "items of value" — some upwards of hundreds of dollars — were being purchased from various businesses using Colas' identification just three hours after his murder, Driskell said in a news conference Friday.

Surveillance tapes recovered from the businesses showed the individuals laughing and smiling while making those purchases. The videos also showed their vehicle.

At 4 a.m. Friday, officer Kenneth Bray was patrolling the area where the murder occurred when he spotted a car outside a house on West Sharpe Avenue that matched the description of the one used in the purchases, Driskell said. The home is about two blocks away from Colas' residence on McFerrin Avenue.

Bray stepped out of his cruiser to get a closer look at the license tag, and a man stepped out of the house to meet him on the front porch, Driskell said. Police found two other men on the porch and a woman inside.

Cody and Hutcherson share the home at West Sharpe Avenue, and Reed and Holloway were staying at a LaQuinta Inn on Sidco Drive in South Nashville, Driskell said. Police obtained a search warrant for the residence, the three hotel rooms at LaQuinta Inn and the car. They found the purchased merchandise, two weapons and items that had been taken from Colas, placing the suspects at his home, Driskell said.

"They were very specific, identifying items that without a doubt if you saw these items you would say these belonged to professor Colas," Driskell said. "They were items he either had immediately around him or may have actually had on him. We don't know about that. We never will know."

The four suspects know one another through a relative, and Reed and Holloway were here working with a group that was selling magazines, Driskell said.

Police do not believe the suspects knew Colas but will be interviewing friends, faculty and students of Colas' to find any possible connection.

"In my 30 years in law enforcement, I have not seen a more brutal coldblooded killing than occurred at this residence at this time," said East Precinct Commander Bob Nash. "And the fact that they would go out and start purchasing things afterward is just abominable and we're ashamed and disgusted by it. And this community should be too."

Police are also looking at the suspects in connection to other robberies in East Nashville and across the city, Driskell said.

Police said more purchases may have been made, and ask that businesses look out for any charges that may come through using Colas' identification. If that has occurred, business owners should contact police at 615-862-7525.

By RACHEL STULTS
Staff Writer
The Tennessean
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Nashville, Tennessee
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Nashville, Tennessee
Vanderbilt University Professor Pierre Colas Murder
August 29, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Metro Nashville Police Department
August 29, 2008
Four persons believed responsible for Tuesday night’s murder of Vanderbilt University Professor Pierre Colas, 32, and for critically wounding his 27-year-old sister, Marie, during a robbery at Colas’ McFerrin Avenue home are now in custody. George Cody, 29, and Gennyfer Hutcherson, 35, both of 891 Sharpe Avenue, and brothers Michael Holloway, 22, and Thomas Reed, 20, both of Cookeville, were taken into custody this morning. The three men appeared on surveillance video just three hours after the 9:20 p.m. murder using Colas’ bank card to make purchases at several area businesses. They drove away in a 1998 Buick Regal. These photos were distributed to officers Thursday night. East Precinct Patrol Officer Ken Bray spotted the suspect car parked outside of Cody and Hutcherson’s Sharpe Avenue home Friday at 3:45 a.m. During a subsequent investigation, two weapons and items belonging to Colas and his sister were recovered from the Sharpe Avenue residence. “This was truly a tragic, senseless crime,” Chief Ronal Serpas, “I appreciate the efforts of Commander Bob Nash, Lieutenant Danny Driskell, Sergeant Robert Weaver, Detective Matt Filter, and their colleagues at the East Precinct who worked around the clock since Tuesday to get these suspects off our streets.” All four are charged with criminal homicide and attempted criminal homicide. Detectives do not anticipate any additional arrests.

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Hayden, Idaho
RipOff Report
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
Trade Group: Direct Selling Association
August 29, 2008
RipOff Report
Report: #368272
Report: The Southwestern Company
Category: Rescue Mission

The Southwestern Company The Southwestern Company deceives foreign students into slave Labor!
Nashville Tennessee
*Consumer Suggestion:... 4 words to help stop this.

The Southwestern Company
www.southwesternathome.com
Nashville, Tennessee
U.S.A.

hayden, Idaho
Submitted: Friday, August 29, 2008
Modified: Saturday, August 30, 2008
hayden, Idaho
Long story I am going to make short! NOT!

We had a young lady from a foreign Eastern Block country knock on our door trying to sell us educational books and also looking for a place to live. Now I have been in the business of coordinating high school exchange students for over a decade, so when this gal came to my door with her very broken English my heart went out to her.

When she began her sales pitch--broken English attempting to sell me American text books-- I had to make her stop...it was painful to listen to. I knew immediately that she had really no idea what she had gotten herself into. So I began to explain that in America, our public school students received their books free from the schools--- she had no idea about this...I asked her if people in HER country liked door-to-door sales people, and she said--"NO NO, BUT THE RECRUITERS TOLD ME THAT AMERICANS WERE DIFFERENT AND DIDN'T MIND THIS TYPE OF SALES." I asked her if she thought that was true... I must have hit a nerve because she let it all out! She told me about the lies she had been fed by the recruiter as well as the 6 day cult like MLM training she had received with hundreds of other foreign students in Nashville.

She told me about the schedule that these kids were told they MUST adhere to. Wake up at exactly 5:59, take a ONE MINUTE COLD SHOWER, out the door and sell until 9:00 pm. EVERY day except Sundays. On Sundays they were all told by their student managers that they must go to a meeting, which was held at a different location every week. At these meetings they performed what was called execs. These are cult like chants--- running in circles, rhythmic hand clapping...below is an excerpt taken from this site (http://www.gatorpressure.com/David/archives/000308.html) which details this bizarre activity: "Executive Exercises.

In the morning, we will do execs at our breakfast spots out in the parking lot or in a nearby open area. We will do them in front of roads or highways, we will do them in front of the restaurant's patrons, and on Sundays when we are at a hotel we will do them in the hotel parking lot.

What are these 'execs?'

Well, they start with someone mentioning execs. That person will usually then raise his hand up in the air shout "ohhhhhhh...hhhhh... Ohhhhhh...!" indefinately while running around in a large circle. Everyone else follows this person doing the same exact thing until everyone is present in the circle.

At that point we will start skipping and singing a song. The song goes --
It's a great day to be a bookman.
It's a great day I know.
It's a great day to be a bookman everywhere I go.
Goodbye no-nevers, goodbye doubts and fears
It's a great day to be a bookman -- be of good cheer.
I feel happy. I feel terrific. I feel GREAT!

Then someone will yell out loud "UH-OH!" and we all will chime in "Book Time!" We all sing/chant this in unison four times while doing a very specific rythmic clap that took me a few tries to get down. (I still mess it up on the really sleepy mornings.) After chanting that four to five times someone makes the conductor's sign for stop and everyone goes silent.

After about three beats another iniative-taking (sic) individual will jump or dance into the center of the circle and yell/scream out, "Now let me see that funky chicken!" at the top of his voice, and everyone else will yell something like, "What's that you said!?! This happens three times with slight variations each time based on the whims of the person in the center of the circle. At the end He will say "I said unh..." and everyone in unison will sing "Oooo, ah ah ah oooo; ah ah ah oooo; ah ah ah oooo; one more time now!! Oooo, ah ah ah oooo; ah ah ah oooo; ah ah ah oooo." Or whatever other chant, saying, or sounds that go along with the particular thing that the initiator wanted to "see."

The variations on this are numerous and growing. We come up with new stuff from time to time. I come up with new stuff all the time, because I enjoy execs and I come up with stuff that I think will be fun all the time. Most of the time the stuff I come up with doesn't really pan out, but that is fine because every once and again I'll come up with something really fun and even "classic."

After doing that there are several other execs that we do. Some we only do in a large group on Sundays, but most of the other ones are just thrown in as people remember them. If no one remembers a particular exec it's fine -- it doesn't get done.

At the end of execs we do this thing where we all gather in a circle and get fired up and then we all run off acting like birds, ostriches, video game charaters or bookmen..."

THIS IS A CULT PEOPLE!

So, after hearing this and taking the time to go over the money this gal has made -- $400.00 GROSS, she gets 40% of this...she worked 80 hours a week for 4 weeks... YOU DO THE MATH! However, the worst part of this, for the unfortunate foreign students is they get here about $3000+ in debt! They pay for their own way here (round trip), they pay about $600+ for visas and then they pay for the 6 day hotel stay in Nashville to undergo an intensive brainwashing seminar...then they are made to pay for a plane ticket to go to what ever city the company decided to send them to. In this girls case it was half way across the country. She had $26.00 in her pocket when she came to live with us!

I had a mission to look this company up on the internet. So many horrible experiences... But it was just amazing to see how many people write about their wonderful experience selling with this company! This type of Brainwashing, results in an unbelievable, long term psychoses. These people actually believe that coercing individuals to by books, using very persuasive, scripted sales tactics builds character and has helped them for their future. In my book, this is really learning the art of lying, deceiving and and making a buck on nice people who buy items they really don't need out of pity for the sales person or getting totally bamboozled by a slick salesman! Every one of the items the girl who came to my door had in her book bag were available online at a fraction of what she was selling them for! 'MAKE THE SALE IN 20 MINUTES OR LEAVE! As I read through their scripted sales "BIBLE" manual I was just disgusted at the different scripted sales PITCHES these young people were told to memorize! When this gal came to my door, her words were verbatim from page 45 of the sales manual...well at least those that I could understand in her broken English!

To make matters worse, the Southwestern company tells these foreign kids that it doesn't matter if you can speak English well, "ALL THAT MATTERS IS YOUR ATTITUDE!" GIVE ME A BREAK! And through their 6 day, intensive brainwashing seminar, they actually cause these kids to believe this lie!

Then there is the matter of housing. Some of these foreign kids have families who have worked for the SW company host them. But this is very, VERY FEW! The girl who came to my house was asked to leave by the older man who agreed to house her and another girl. When I went to pick up her things from this man, it was a very CREEPY situation. I can't put my finger on it, but when I left his house I had terrible uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach!

Shortly after this girl came to live with us, we found her another job...even though student managers and people from SW made it very difficult for her...people who she thought were her friends were now her enemies. Within 2 days, 4 other students found their way to my house and asked for help to get out of this company and help to to secure housing and jobs.

It was hard to believe the type of life these foreign kids were living...but when I heard the EXACT SAME STORY FROM ALL FIVE, it became appalling! Oh and did I mention the white bracelets they HAD to wear, showing their commitment to this company!

All of them had these white bracelets...when you took this bracelet off you were no longer a part of this company!

The kicker to all of this is that the Southwestern company makes them sign a contract--which most do not understand---that states several places that they are NOT employees or agents of this company....NOT EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS! And that they can run their company as independent owners as they see fit. But still, they have been brainwashed into a way of thinking that to be successful in this company they must adhere to the schedule! Yes the unwritten schedule! These kids are told how to micro manage their lives on a minute by minute schedule. This is pounded into their brains by the managers. All 5 of these kids have talked about "KEEPING TO THE SCHEDULE....KEEP TO THE SCHEDULE!" This schedule starts at 5:59 and doesn't stop until they get home and are schedule to contact their managers to report on the number of doors they went to, number of demos they showed (should be 30 a day) how many sales they made--$-- and what their plans are for the next day. This schedule, as precise as it is, is NOT written down by ANY manager and given to these kids. WHY? Because that would be a paper trail showing that this company controls these student's every move even though the contract they signed explicitly states that they are NOT EMPLOYEES and are free to sell these materials anyway they choose!

CULT CULT CULT!

I am getting sick and tired of reading all the canned spam.... about how this job is not for everyone....builds character, long hard hours.... Best experience of my life....And I made lots of money taking advantage of people by selling them materials that were obviously over priced and they didn't really need! Here (http://www.youbyte.com/images/SWC_price.jpg) is a price breakdown for books taken directly from the j1 visa agreement on the Southwestern Q&A page (http://www.southwestern.com/site/international/FAQ.aspx).

ANYONE with access to the internet can see that they are getting ripped off, buying over priced books! Then there is the letter of Endorsement that this company makes these students parents or friend or relative sign. This guarantees that if these kids don't send in the money they receive for books, the signers of this letter of credit will pay this money for them! My group of 5 student has had to spend this money to live as they were averaging less than $1.50 a hour working 80 hours a week---EVEN FOLLOWING THE SCHEDULE! Attitude is everything, who cares if you can barely speak English! I FEEL GREAT, I FEEL AWESOME, I FEEL TERRIFIC!

Right? And the people who signed these contracts can not even speak or READ English, but are convinced by their students that this is such a great opportunity for them to come to America and make HUGE amounts of money...remember Americans are different, we just love to buy things from door-to-door sales people!!!!

Ok folks, I really have to wonder with the motivation is behind this company. Really? Why does this company recruit these kids from Eastern block countries...students that barely speak the English language? What is the point? What is the agenda? I understand that the students that came here previously make money on the ones that they recruit to come again, but what is the big picture?

I am beginning to believe that it is a conspiracy to see just how far you can warp someone's mind to make them believe an idea and to cause them (normal people) to do things they would never consider doing....like EXECS! This psychoses carries on in some for years after they have worked for this company. Look on line...it is like a mission...recruit, recruit, recruit.... When I asked these kids why they actually took one minute COLD SHOWERS, they all replied, "Because they told us to!"

I sincerely hope that if one of these young foreign students comes to YOUR door, you will do everything in your power to help them escape!

Oh, and I forgot to mention one thing...the company that sponsors the j1 visa for these kids is totally OWNED by the Southwestern company! It is NOT an independent j1 visa sponsor who helps foreign students come to America to work for the summer at any j1 visa appropriate job....it is a company owned by The Southwestern created specifically to bring these foreign students to America to sell door-to-door. Can you say conflict of interest!

"IT WILL BE THE BEST EXPERIENCE OF YOUR LIFE!"....as long as you don't get raped, mugged, murdered, or commit suicide because you're scared, lonely...so far from home, in a foreign country, can't speak the language...deeply in debt, with no money!

Important financial information for ANY FOREIGN STUDENT TO KNOW BEFORE WORKING FOR SOUTHWESTERN!

According to the company, in 2006 the average first-time sales program participant made a gross (before expenses) profit of $7944 over a four month summer. Site (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southwestern_Company)
80 hours a week, plus Sundays=88 hrs. wk
15 weeks of summer
1,320 work hours
Gross profit of $7,944.00
Net Profit $40%=$3,177.60
Hourly wage=$2.40
Minus $100 week living expensive=$1,677.60
Your take home is $1,677.60

Do not come to America and spend $3000+ dollars getting here only to be an indentured servant(SLAVE) to the SouthWestern Company!

The numbers above are for average English speaking students. Imagine how little you will make when you can't speak the language!

Post Script: As of the posting of the original text above on my personal website, several more foreign students have contacted me regarding the horrible experience they suffered with the Southwestern company.

Witznd
hayden, Idaho
U.S.A.

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American Fork, Utah
Magazine Salesman Accused Of Raping Woman In Home
August 27, 2008
Salesman accused of raping woman in home
By Steve Gehrke
The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune
Article Last Updated:08/27/2008 12:12:59 AM MDT
A door-to-door salesman was in the Utah County jail on Tuesday after allegedly raping an American Fork woman in her home. Police believe Brian "Chubbs" Mask, 25, of East St. Louis, Ill., is a bona fide magazine salesman. But while Mask was knocking on doors Monday evening, police say he attacked a 58-year-old woman living alone in the northeast part of the city. "Part of his pitch was that he needed this woman's name on paper to indicate that he had talked to her," said Sgt. Gregg Ludlow. "Once he was inside, there was a struggle. He subdued her, drugged her and took her into a back bedroom where he sexually assaulted her." During the sexual assault, Mask allegedly held the woman by the throat, according to a probable-cause statement filed in 4th District Court. When the woman struggled to get away, Mask began punching her in the face, splitting open her face and knocking her unconscious. "It is believed the suspect left the unconscious victim for dead," the probable-cause statement says. The woman was transported to American Fork Hospital, where doctors treated her for an injured mouth and teeth, and stitched up her face. Police later found other neighborhood residents who had seen a salesman and had conversations with him. One of those neighbors was Jamie Reece, who told The Salt Lake Tribune that Mask came to her door and acted strangely. She said Mask told her that he had been selected for an internship with the British Broadcasting Corporation and needed to practice public speaking. Mask also told Reece that he needed to do certain activities with people to earn "points." He pulled out a chart that specified finding a ladybug, which would net him 40 points, and "hot rodding" in the street. The man at one point asked Reece if she liked chicken. When she replied that she did, he tried to link arms with her and began doing what she described as a "chicken dance." Reece eventually asked Mask what he wanted, and he said he was selling magazines and books. She asked him to leave and said he sounded offended and asked what he did wrong. He then told her he wanted to get into her garage so he could find some things to sell. When Reece again told Mask to leave, he did. She said that early on in their encounter, the 6-foot-2, 275-pound man made her nervous. "I had a really bad feeling about him," she said. "After I talked to him about one minute, I started having the thought that if he were to attack me, I couldn't fight him off." The woman who was attacked lived just a couple of houses from Reece. After police issued a countywide call, Lehi police arrested Mask at a bus station. During questioning by American Fork police, Mask allegedly admitted hitting and choking the woman, but denied any sexual assault, according to the probable-cause statement. Mask was booked into the Utah County jail.
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By Steve Gehrke
The Salt Lake Tribune
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Mobile, Alabama
Book Lady Scam Alert !!!
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
Member: Direct Selling Association
August 26, 2008
Book lady scam alert
Last Edited: Tuesday, 26 Aug 2008, 3:31 PM CDT
Created: Tuesday, 26 Aug 2008, 3:31 PM CDT
Scam Alert
FOX10 News
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Second Precinct has received numerous calls from citizens regarding “the book lady scam”. Citizens believe that a European decent, blonde hair female has been canvassing the Mobile area pretending to sell children’s books to gain entry inside residences. Approximately one week later the residents are burglarized. Investigators at the Second Precinct have discovered that there are two females that are soliciting book sales around Mobile. The women represent the Southwestern Company At Home. The women’s employment has been verified with the company. Additionally, there is no indication that this company or its employees have anything to do with the two residential burglaries where the victims have reported that one of these women were at their residence weeks prior to the burglary. However, detectives are still investigating these burglaries. The company’s web page can be viewed by clicking here.
http://www.southwesternathome.com/Verify/Default.aspx
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Mobile, Alabama
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American Fork, Utah
Magazine salesman arrested for allegedly raping woman
August 26, 2008
Magazine salesman arrested for allegedly raping woman
August 26th, 2008 @ 5:03pm
By Randall Jeppesen and Courtney Orton
5 KLS TV
An American Fork woman has been released from the hospital after police say she was brutally beaten by a door-to-door magazine salesman. The woman was one of a dozen residents who had contact with this salesman yesterday. Many of them say the salesman acted weird and made them uncomfortable.

Yesterday 25-year-old Brian James Mask was going door-to-door in an American Fork neighborhood. Jean Whaley, who lives in the neighborhood, said, "He was trying to sell magazines or something for points." He knocked on Whaley's door just after 6 p.m. "I just said, 'I'm not interested,' went back in and shut the door," she said.

Shortly after, he knocked on her neighbor's door. American Fork police Sgt. Gregg Ludlow says the man invited himself into the home of the 58-year-old woman when she went to sign a paper. Ludlow says the suspect then physically and sexually assaulted her. "We believe she was pretty much left for dead," Ludlow says.

Her attacker got away while she struggled to call for help. "She's suffered some pretty severe trauma. This is a fine lady that just did not deserve to have this happen to her," Chief Lance Call, with the American Fork Police Department, said.

Police interviewed people in the neighborhood to see if anyone had seen Mask before. Jamie Reece says she remembers the salesman. She says he was pushy and kept trying to touch her. Reece said, "He said, ‘I'm going to need to go into the garage.' And I said no. And he said, ‘I mean to find something to sell.'" She was not harmed.

Less than an hour after the attack, police caught Mask. "We got some help from Lehi police, who observed him getting on a bus trying to get back to Salt Lake. They stopped the bus and took him into custody," Call said.

That's good news for the dozens of residents who opened their doors to the salesman yesterday, but many of them won't be opening their doors to strangers in the future.

"Never ever let someone into your home you don't know. The risk is just too high," Call said.

Whaley said, "I'm going to put a no-solicitors sign on my door."

Mask is from St. Louis. He works for an out-of-state company that sells magazine subscriptions. The company didn't have a solicitors license that American Fork requires for such work, so Mask was going door-to-door illegally. He's now in the Utah County jail.

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By Randall Jeppesen and Courtney Orton
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Massachusetts
Door to Door Magazine Sales Scam Alert !!!
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Dynasty Sales LLC
August 26, 2008
Police warn residents in Easthampton, Southampton and Northampton
to beware door-to-door scams Homeowners warned of scams
By NANCY H. GONTER
ngonter@repub.com
The Republican
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Police are warning residents to watch out for a group of young people going door-to-door fraudulently asking for money. Easthampton, Southampton and Northampton police said they received a number of reports late last week and over the weekend of people soliciting money for causes that do not exist. "We tell people if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is and don't get involved," Easthampton Police Chief Bruce W. McMahon said. Southampton police issued a press release saying that numerous reports were received about a group soliciting in a neighborhood off Pomeroy Meadow Road on Friday. They fled when police arrived on the scene. In Southampton, a group of young people, saying they were affiliated with Mag-Crew Dynasty Sales LLC, claimed they were University of Massachusetts students selling magazines to raise money for trips, police said. Others said they were raising money to provide books for sick children in a Philadelphia area hospital. "The group was using a ploy that they were connected to the area and said that relatives lived in the area and identified streets the relatives were supposed to live on," police said in the press release. In Southampton, any non-profit organization soliciting in town must be registered with police. In Easthampton, McMahon said that solicitors did not appear to have much success, although police got a few calls from residents. otherwise submit to this site. Contact interactivity management.
By NANCY H. GONTER
ngonter@repub.com
The Republican
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Springfield, Massachusetts
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Worcester, Massachusetts
5 Magazine Salesmen Arrested
August 26, 2008
Police arrest 5 magazine sellers
TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
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Monday, August 25, 2008
WALES— Police arrested five people who they say were selling magazines in town illegally yesterday and are warning residents to be wary of door-to-door salesmen. Chief Dawn M. Charette said Officer Lee B. Collins was on patrol yesterday afternoon when he saw a vehicle with temporary license plates from the state of Kentucky. He stopped the car and found the people inside had been peddling magazines door-to-door without a permit from the chief of police. The driver, Ezel R. Jones, 34, of Virginia, does not have a valid license and was wanted on a warrant for burglary in Washington state, the chief said. Chief Charette said she is concerned that some residents gave the group cash or checks and asked anyone who has questions to call Wales police at (413) 245-7844. Those arrested on a charge of selling goods or periodicals without a permit from the chief of police are: Victor G.L. Allbrighton, 18, of Florida, Christin N. Hill, 18, of West Virginia, Tristan J. Leonard, 23, of New Jersey and Joseph G. Wilson, 21, of North Carolina. Mr. Jones was charged with driving after his license was suspended and selling without a permit. All five were released on personal recognizance after paying a $40 clerk’s fee. They will be arraigned in Palmer District Court today.
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Worcester, Massachusetts
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Escaping the Magazine Crew
August 20, 2008
The Story
Escaping the Magazine Crew
Olivia Helmig
American Public Media Public Insight Network
Dick Gordan
August 20, 2008
Magazine sales crews are still going strong, despite investigations into their exploitative practices. These crews are largely composed of younger people, often with troubled lives, recruited to sell magazines across the country.

Olivia Helmig was in a magazine crew for 10 months. During that time, she had no medical care, witnessed abuse and heard stories of rape from fellow female crew members. She talks with Dick Gordon about the dangerous and largely unknown world of underground magazine sales.
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American Public Media Public Insight Network
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Spartanburg, South Carolina
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Warning !!!
August 19, 2008
Consumer Affairs Warns About Door-to-Door Scams
By Heather Sullivan
Anchor
News Channel 7
WSPA
Published: August 19, 2008
Be careful who you open your door and your wallet for. The Spartanburg Boys and Girls Club says they’re being used, again, by magazine subscription sellers. And the State Department of Consumer Affairs is warning you about a door-to-door book selling scam. Boys and Girls Club President Greg Tolbert says he’s received a complaint that someone is selling magazines door to door, using the boys and girls club name. Said Tolbert, “They have a hard luck story about their own life, and how they’re trying to give back to the community, and raise money for these worthy causes, and using names of various charities, including ours.” But Tolbert says there’s no such fundraiser. Spartanburg Public Safety says they have questioned the magazine sellers but have not been able to verify if they are using the Boys and Girls Club name. Officers say the sellers have been operating without a city permit. Tolbert says the same problem happened a couple of months ago and a few years ago. In 2004, News Channel 7 reported that a company working out of a hotel room admitted using the Boys and Girls Club name while selling magazines. The Better Business Bureau says that company has since shut down. Meantime, the Department of Consumer Affairs issued a warning about a door-to-door book selling scam hitting South Carolina. Officials say as the scam artist go from door to door, they’re learning all of your neighbors names. By the time they get to your door, they’re mentioning those names to make it sound like they are legitimate. A victim reported paying $50 for books that never arrived. And it’s a growing problem. Said Maria Audus, with the Department of Consumer Affairs, “We’ve been hearing more in the last 6 to 8 months about magazine and book scams.” How can you protect yourself for door to door scams? Don’t do business on the spot, ask for printed materials and check out the company first, never pay in cash, and never make a payment in the salesperson’s name.
By Heather Sullivan
Anchor
News Channel 7
WSPA
wspa.com
Spartanburg, South Carolina
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Clemmons, North Carolina
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Warning !!!
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
American Community Services, Inc.
August 19, 2008
Beware of teens selling magazines!
clemmonscrossing.blogspot.com
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
In case anyone out there doesn't know this yet, do not buy magazines from the kids who come door-to-door selling subscriptions. They'll get into this whole very charming spiel about how they're earning "points" to buy books for college, and they're there to learn better communication skills and be inspired by people in the community. But they're there to sell magazine subscriptions (that may or may not ever arrive) at inflated prices, NOT for any charity or college fund, but as a for-profit venture in an extremely seedy industry.You are not helping these "sweet" kids by buying into their lies. You're perpetuating the problem. So don't feel at all guilty about saying no, closing the door, and calling the police to ask if the crew has a permit to solicit in the area. The kids who just came to my door (all adorable wide-eyed smiles when trying to hook me, and abusive and cursing when I politely turned them down) were from American Community Services, Inc., but there are many such organizations that function like gangs and ensnare kids into a truly horrible lifestyle.Some links:
http://www.travelingsalescrews.info
www.parentwatch.org
http://www.magcrew.com
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Clemmons, North Carolina
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Charlotte, North Carolina
Door to door: big bucks or bust?
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
Member: Direct Selling Association
August 17, 2008
Door to door: big bucks or bust?
Book company recruits college students for long days away from home
Melissa Caron, The Charlotte Observer
Knocking on doors thousands of miles from home for 80 hours a week might not be a typical summer for a college student. But 22-year-old Kyle Stantus says the long hours and the three days drive from his home in Arizona are worth it.

Six days a week, he spends his days going door to door in the Monroe area selling books for Nashville-based Southwestern Co.

The possibility of making more than $8,500 in a summer -- as Southwestern boasts in promotional material -- has attracted more than 2,700 college students into its ranks this summer. Nearly 40 students from Arizona and New Mexico are selling for Southwestern in the Charlotte area, with another 15 in Raleigh. About 55 students from UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University are peddling west of the Mississippi River this summer.

Praise and criticism for the 150-year-old, privately-held company can run the gamut. Sellers such as Stantus laud the discipline the Southwestern program gives them or how it helps them pay college costs.

"It's great money," said Stantus in his second summer of selling. "Nothing in life ever comes easy."

But some former sellers criticize the long hours and disavow the company's claim that students make an average of $8,500 a summer selling academic study guides.

Some states have tried to pass laws aimed at the direct selling industry in general that would prevent Southwestern from operating under its business model of hiring people as independent contractors.

Students buy the study guides from Southwestern, which is the main publisher of the materials. Students then sell the books at retail, keeping the profit -- which can be as much as a 40 percent, said Southwestern spokesman Trey Campbell.

As independent contractors, sellers do not receive an hourly wage, which can leave some with nothing if they are unable to make a sale. With three out of 10 first-year sellers quitting, the program isn't for everyone, Campbell said.

Quily Ho, 19, left the program this summer after selling books for two weeks in Georgetown, Ky., and working 14 hours day.

"I didn't last very long," said Ho, a student at the University of Texas at Austin. "I think I kind of overestimated myself."

Without a car, Ho was dropped off in the morning by another seller and was picked up at night after walking for more than 12 hours. Sunburnt and having made one sale for the summer, he said everything finally brought him down. He turned over his one sale to another seller and flew home on a plane ticket he hadn't used for his brother's graduation in May.

He estimates he's out more than $380 from travel and living expenses for the summer.

In the end, he said it came down to not having the right mindset. "Since everyone in the organization is doing the same thing, everyone is motivated," Ho said. "If everyone else is doing it and you are not, it's awkward."

Restriction rejected

While North Carolina hasn't restricted companies such as Southwestern, Wisconsin legislators recently tried to require direct sellers to designate peddlers as employees. This would have held companies responsible for the actions of sellers and put them under laws governing 40-hour workweeks.

Campbell said Southwestern opposed the bill because it would have disrupted its business model and prevented students from operating as their own businesses -- a benefit that many students like. The measure failed.

"We are set up to provide training and products," he said. "Not to have 3,000 employees."

The door-to-door industry received some attention in the Charlotte area five years ago when a man sexually assaulted and killed 18-year-old Jin-Joo Byrne of Seattle, who stopped by his apartment soliciting money for the Unification Church.

Safety is always on the minds of Southwestern sellers, said Monique Flores, a 24-year-old seller from Arizona. She said she uses census and poverty data to determine an area's safety.

"Nobody ever works (in areas that are) past the poverty line," said Flores, who is selling in Concord this summer. "Nobody would work in a place that has $40,000 or less annual income per household."

Campbell said the students sell in areas where crime levels are lower than on their campuses, although there is no direct formula for determining this. He adds that students typically have their cell phones with them and they are just a 911 call away.

Students generally sell outside their home state to cut distractions. There are nearly 80 sellers in the Carolinas this summer, Campbell said. There more than 70 students from colleges in the Carolinas working west of the Mississippi River.

The company depends on the enthusiasm of sellers like Stantus. A student at Arizona State University, he was one of the top first-year sellers last year. He says he made more than the $8,500 average but wouldn't give an exact figure.

He admits the summer is tough, with workdays averaging 12-14 hours and rejection happening more often than sales.

Starting with lively breakfast

Every morning he wakes up before 7 at the home of a host family arranged by the company and meets with two other sellers at the Village Grille in Monroe. Over breakfast, they plot out the day -- analyzing worn maps, drawing out targeted streets on legal pads and getting order forms ready.

Stantus, in a morning ritual, reads aloud a passage from "The Greatest Salesman in the World" by the late sales guru Og Mandino.

" 'I will sell more goods than ever before,' " Stantus said. "' I will earn more gold than ever before. I will live this day as if it is my last, and, if not, I shall fall to my knees and give thanks.' That's pretty good."

Stantus says goodbye to his fellow peddlers and heads out for a day of driving and knocking on strangers' doors. Homeowners are sometimes angry, and there are occasional encounters with pets. He was once chased by a peacock.

He tries to stay positive. He often turns to the daily passage by Mandino and says he focuses on the present to keep his spirits up.

"If you are able to see the most prospects with the best attitude, you will probably be the most successful," Stantus said. "But that's obviously a lot harder said than done."
Melissa Caron, The Charlotte Observer
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Billings, Montana
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
Member: Direct Selling Association
August 15, 2008
Strange Questions Update
By KULR Staff
Story Published: Aug 15, 2008 at 7:12 PM MDT
Story Updated: Aug 15, 2008 at 7:44 PM MDT
BILLINGS – There is new information on a story on local parents concerned about a stranger going door to door asking questions about children. KULR-8 has tracked down the company likely responsible, that claims to have done business for nearly 150 years. Southwestern Company hires college students to sell children's books and educational software. Students are trained in Tennessee and many come from other countries. A company spokesman says it's not the first time the students have caused concerns, especially since they ask neighbors for referrals. Trey Campbell with the company says, "We really love being able to send students to communities that does have concerns like this when there is a stranger in the community and they bring it to the attention of the proper authorities because that is a real indicator of a safe community." Campbell says many of the students carry hand written maps because they are not familiar with the neighborhood. He says it also helps them keep track of their sales. For more information on Southwestern Company, click here.
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KURL8 TV
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Billings, Montana
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North Middleton Township, Pennsylvania
Magazine Sales Alert !!!
Sales Crew: Unlimited Sales Inc.

August 14, 2008
North Middleton reports unauthorized solicitors
By staff reports, August 14, 2008
The Sentinel Online
Last updated: Thursday, August 14, 2008 1:01 PM EDT
Several residents reported on Wednesday evening that they have been approached by people selling magazines saying they are from “Unlimited Sales Inc.” of Morgantown, W.V., according to North Middleton Township police. The township has not issued a permit for this business, police said, noting that the township ordinance requires solicitors to make an application for a permit. Violators can be fined from $200 to $1,000, police said. Police advise anyone seeing suspicious solicitation activity to ask the individuals to produce a solicitation permit issued by the township.
By staff reports
The Sentinel Online
cumberlink.com
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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August 14, 2008
The Horror of Traveling Sales Crews Revisited
and A Condemnation of the Modern Direct Selling Industry!
Quixtar Cult Intervention
http://quixtarisacultintervention.blogspot.com
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Sag Harbor, New York
Magazine Salesman Arrested On Outstanding Warrants

August 14, 2008
Magazine Solicitation Leads To Arrest
The Sag Harbor Express
Posted on 14 August 2008
Two men soliciting Sag Harbor residents for money for college on Tuesday, August 5 prompted one Madison Street woman to call Sag Harbor Police. Ultimately the call led to the arrest of one of the two men on outstanding warrants for felony assault, three counts of burglary, vandalism and theft. According to police, the men were a part of a magazine sales crew. During August of last year a number of Sag Harbor residents called police after receiving visits at their homes from salespersons from Jaguar Sales LLC, although it is not known if these two men are from the same outfit. Jaguar Sales is a magazine and book selling company out of Washington State that New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo filed suit against last summer for illegally recruiting and deceiving young workers into selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door without compensation. After police responded to the Madison Street neighborhood, they found two men in the area fitting the resident’s description. After interviewing the subjects, police said they discovered that Michael J. Garrett, 22, of Corning, Ohio had a number of outstanding charges pending against him out of the Morgan County Sheriffs Office in McConnelsville, Ohio. Sag Harbor Village Police held Garrett until Suffolk County police fugitive squad was able to pick him up for extradition. The second man, a Goodyear, Arizona resident was released.
The Sag Harbor Express
sagharborexpress.sagharborpublishing.com
Sag Harbor, New York
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Billings, Montana
Door-to-Door Sales Warning !!!
August 13, 2008
Strange Questions
By Sarah Gravlee
KURL8 TV
Story Published: Aug 13, 2008 at 6:23 PM MDT
Story Updated: Aug 13, 2008 at 6:23 PM MDT
BILLINGS - Imagine this, you're home on a Friday afternoon and someone knocks on your door. When you open, it a stranger is standing there and asks to see your kids. Mike Craighill of Billings said this happened to him. He said the stranger went on to explain that he was a foreign exchange student studying kids. "There was no chance he was getting in the house," Craighill said. Craighill started to close the door, but the man had one more question. "He asked if I could help him with his map," Craighill said. Being a good guy, mike decided to help because he thought the stranger might be having trouble with the local language, but that wasn't the case. "He had a handwritten map that had a bunch of houses on it," Craighill said. "He asked me what houses had children and I said, 'not a chance.'" Mike was talking to his sister later that week and found that one of her friends had a similar story. Elizabeth Krivitz was on her way to work one day when she received a strange phone call. The man on the other end wanted to talk to her about her kids. We called the number back and reached an insurance agent who said the company is offering free DNA sample kits to parents in the area. Krivitz said the way he went about it was a bit disturbing. "Nothing felt good about the whole situation," she said. "My stomach started turning." Sergeant Kevin Iffland with the Billings Police Department said that feeling should prompt you to call the police. "If you get that gut feeling that, hey, this just doesn't sound right that's why we're here," he said. Sergeant Iffland confirm that there was an insurance company in town going door to door and that these cases could be related to that. Whether the threat was real or not, Krivitz said the experience completely changed they way she thinks about parenting. "My son, who before it was cute if he answered the phone, now he's not allowed to answer the phone at all. At all. No matter what," She said. Though the phone call has been explained, we're still not certain that the man who knocked on Craighill's door was with that agency. Sergeant Iffland said if something feels even the slightest but wrong to you, try to get as many details as you can about the people and vehicles involved, then don't hesitate to call the police.
By Sarah Gravlee
KURL8 TV
kulr8.com
Billings, Montana
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Pratt, Kansas
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Warning !!!
Magazine Sales Company:
Atlantic Circulation Inc.
August 11, 2008
Police warn of magazine sales scam
The Pratt Tribune
Mon Aug 11, 2008, 12:35 PM CDT
Pratt, Kan. -
Pratt area residents are warned to be on the alert for people selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door for Atlantic Circulation Inc. of York, Penn. The Pratt Police Department has received numerous complaints about this company, said Pratt Police Chief Steve Holmes. The complaints include failure to register with the city for permission to solicit sales within Pratt, suspicious and deceptive activity and potential fraud related to individuals taking money from customers with no intent of providing the product the customers paid for, Holmes said. Anyone who has purchased magazines from Atlantic Circulation should contact the Pratt Police Department at 672-5551. Individuals in the group were contacted and many were deceptive about their activities. They were detained for soliciting sales without a permit. Information was taken from 11 suspects and a large number of sales receipts, personal checks and cash were taken as evidence, Holmes said. Several suspects had active warrants in other states that refused to extradite because of distance. One warrant was for the same type of solicitation in another state, one person was a convicted felon and several had suspended driver’s licenses. The police department has requested contact from a company representative but no one has called. The Pratt Police Department warns all residents to be alert for this type of activity. “We would like all citizens to be wary of unsolicited door-to-door sales people,” Holmes said. “The best practice is to contact the Pratt Police Department to determine if the company has been approved for door-to-door sales.”
The Pratt Tribune
pratttribune.com
Pratt, Kansas
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Pratt, Kansas
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Warning !!!
Magazine Sales Company:
Atlantic Circulation Inc.
August 11, 2008
Police warn of magazine sales scam
The Pratt Tribune
Mon Aug 11, 2008, 12:35 PM CDT
Pratt, Kan. -
Pratt area residents are warned to be on the alert for people selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door for Atlantic Circulation Inc. of York, Penn. The Pratt Police Department has received numerous complaints about this company, said Pratt Police Chief Steve Holmes. The complaints include failure to register with the city for permission to solicit sales within Pratt, suspicious and deceptive activity and potential fraud related to individuals taking money from customers with no intent of providing the product the customers paid for, Holmes said. Anyone who has purchased magazines from Atlantic Circulation should contact the Pratt Police Department at 672-5551. Individuals in the group were contacted and many were deceptive about their activities. They were detained for soliciting sales without a permit. Information was taken from 11 suspects and a large number of sales receipts, personal checks and cash were taken as evidence, Holmes said. Several suspects had active warrants in other states that refused to extradite because of distance. One warrant was for the same type of solicitation in another state, one person was a convicted felon and several had suspended driver’s licenses. The police department has requested contact from a company representative but no one has called. The Pratt Police Department warns all residents to be alert for this type of activity. “We would like all citizens to be wary of unsolicited door-to-door sales people,” Holmes said. “The best practice is to contact the Pratt Police Department to determine if the company has been approved for door-to-door sales.”
The Pratt Tribune
pratttribune.com
Pratt, Kansas
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DMPG Info Clip:

Research Atlantic Circulation Inc.
aka: ACI
2550 Kingston Rd
Suite 113
York, PA 17402
Phone Number: (717) 755-3480
Fax Number: (717) 755-3484
Website: http://www.atlanticcirculation.com

No Pennsylvania Secretary of State listing for Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Pennsylvania Secretary of State

BBB Reliability Report for:
Atlantic Circulation, Inc.
This is not a BBB accredited business.

Pennsylvania BBB Report
Business Category: Magazines Sold Door-to-Door
eMail: SERVICE@ATLANTICCIRCULATION.COM
BBB file opened: March 06, 2000
Business started: September 1998
Primary Contact: Mr. Daniel W. Shoemaker, III (President)
Complaint Contact: April Hartman
Other Contacts: Ms. Stephanie
Mr. Brad Hibbs
Ms. Rita Shoemaker (Vice President)
Mr. Jeremey Umphrey

Atlantic Circulation Inc. Sales Crews:
Atlantic Periodical Sales Inc
Berlingeri Sales
Condella Sales
Double Douce Subscription Inc
Foster Sales
G T Sales
Jamison Sales
King Sales
Lamb Sales Inc
McLemore Sales
Platinum Plus
Red Hot Sales
Robinson Sales
Strictly Business Inc
Stubbs Sales
Success Unlimited Associates Inc
United Subscription Service Corp
White Sales
Yingst Sales

Google Search:
"Atlantic Circulation" + magazine:

http://edumacation.com/AtlanticCirculationInc



Bedford, New York
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Warning !!!
Magazine Sales Company:
Prestige Sales USA
August 11, 2008
Bedford warns about door-to-door solicitors
Chris Serico
The Journal News
August 11, 2008
BEDFORD - Responding to four reports of solicitation, town officials are warning residents to be diligent with salespeople who solicit door-to-door and by telephone. A 21-year-old Illinois man was charged last week with soliciting without a permit, which in Bedford is a misdemeanor. Police responded at 8:38 p.m. Monday to a report from a Barker Street resident, who reported suspicious activity. Following the report, police arrested Christopher Gibson of Calumet City, Ill. He is scheduled to appear Aug. 21 in Town Court. About an hour after the first solicitation report, police responded to a Bishop Road resident's complaint about a door-to-door magazine salesman identifying himself as an employee of Prestige Sales USA. Police had difficulty investigating that incident, said Lt. Robert Mazurak, because that resident, who reportedly paid for some magazines, waited to report the matter. "By the time we heard about this, the (suspect) was gone," he said. It was unclear if the two solicitation reports were related, he said. A Missouri woman working for Prestige Sales USA was charged last month with second-degree menacing in Rockland County. Jolesa Pitts, 20, of Springfield, Mo., was arrested at the Holiday Inn in Montebello the morning of July 17 and charged with the misdemeanor after a co-worker claimed she threatened her with a knife. On Wednesday night, Bedford police encountered another solicitor on Lakeside Drive, who Mazurak said had a permit, and relayed a fourth solicitation complaint in Lewisboro to state police. "The word that we're trying to get out is just be careful of who you're doing business with, especially door-to-door people," Mazurak said. Via Bedford's e-mail alert system, the town last week warned residents about illegal solicitors. "There are certainly legitimate businesses and charities that go door-to-door, but also plenty of scams," reads part of the message. Mazurak said solicitation complaints peak in summer months. "What we're trying to do is just protect people and make sure that they don't become victims of crime by having these people come in and maybe pick something up that doesn't belong to them," he said, "or maybe get scammed out of their money." The town e-mail instructed residents to demand identification from door-to-door salespeople and warned them not to invite peddlers into their homes. According to Chapter 88 of the town code, it is illegal to "engage in itinerant trading, hawking and peddling or making a sale by sample and taking orders ... in or upon the public highways or public places of the Town or upon private property, by calls from house to house, without obtaining a license as herein provided." Licenses are required for peddling salespeople, "regardless of whether or not he or she is affiliated with a company," the code reads. Police encouraged residents who are concerned about a door-to-door solicitor to call the department at 914-241-3111.
Chris Serico
The Journal News
lohud.com West Nyack, New York
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DMPG Research regarding the above magazine sales company:
Prestige Sales USA
Magazine Companys:
Integrity Sales/Integrity Program


Persons of Interest:
Robert Spruiell
Karleen Hillery
Karleen Spruiell
Karleen Hillery Spruiell
Jonathan Tork
Diane Tork

WebSite:
Prestige Sales USA

Google Search: Prestige Sales LLC
Google Search: Prestige Sales USA
Google Search: Prestige Sales + Magazine
Google Search: Jonathan Tork + Magazine
Google Search: Diane Tork + Magazine

WHOIS.NET
Info on prestigesalesusa.com as of May 10, 2008
Domain name: prestigesalesusa.com

Registrant Contact:
Prestige Sales (SPRESTIGE65@YAHOO.COM)
+1.6029784710
Fax: +1.6029784710
PO Box 82430
Phoenix, AZ 85071
US

Administrative Contact:
Prestige Sales (SPRESTIGE65@YAHOO.COM)
+1.6029784710
Fax: +1.6029784710
PO Box 82430
Phoenix, AZ 85071
US

Technical Contact:
Prestige Sales (SPRESTIGE65@YAHOO.COM)
+1.6029784710
Fax: +1.6029784710
PO Box 82430
Phoenix, AZ 85071
US

Status: Active

Name Servers:
NS1.ACCUWEBHOSTING.BIZ
NS2.ACCUWEBHOSTING.BIZ

Creation date: 11 Dec 2007 18:54:01
Expiration date: 11 Dec 2010 18:54:01

Arizona Secretary of State:
File Number: L-1415655-1
Corp. Name: PRESTIGE SALES LLC
Domestic Address 24820 N 16TH AVE #110
PHOENIX, AZ 85085

Statutory Agent Information Agent Name: REGISTERED AGENT SOLUTIONS INC
Agent Mailing/Physical Address:
638 N FIFTH AVE
PHOENIX, AZ 85003
Agent Status: APPOINTED 12/17/2007
Agent Last Updated: 01/24/2008

Additional Incorporation Date: 12/17/2007 Corporate Life Period: PERPETUAL
Domicile: ARIZONA County: MARICOPA
Approval Date: 12/19/2007 Original Publish Date: 01/22/2008

Member Information ROBERT SPRUIELL
MEMBER
24820 N 16TH AVE #110
PHOENIX,AZ 85085
Date of Taking Office: 12/17/2007
Last Updated: 12/19/2007

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Integrity Sales/Integrty Program:

Integrity Sales Website: integritysale.com
Integrity Program Website: integritypgm.com
Arizona Secretary of State Corporation/LLC Website:
Az. S.O.S. Corp/LCC
Arizona Secretary of State: Integrity Sales:  Integrity Sales
Nevada Secretary of State: Integrity Program:  Integrity Program
Criminal Profiles: Search For: Integrity Sales
Magazine Scams: Integrity Sales
Consumer Advocacy: Edumacation.com: Integrity Sales
BBB Report Phoenix, Az.: unsatisfactory
Rip Off Report: Integrity Sales
Magazine Company/Sales Crews as of 05/13/06:
Magazine Fulfillment Services - Operated by Robert Spruiell
Integrity Sales, Inc. - Operated by Robert Spruiell
Integrity Program, Inc.- Operated by Robert Spruiell
Circulation I - Operated by Karkeen Hillery
Circulation II - Operated by Karleen Hillery
SERVICES UNLIMITED PLUS - Operated by Karleen Hillery Spruiell/Robert Spruiell
National Community Clearing, INC - Operated by Karleen Hillery
TEAM X-TREME
DYNASTY SALES
POWERHOUSSE SALES
KAYS NATURALS - Karleen Hillery Crew
Kay's Naturals website: ournaturals.com
Crew Name: 029
Crew Name: 032
IP MARKETING
IMPACT PUBLICATIONS
Subscriptions Plus - Operated by Karleen Hillery
(old mag. company name - may be in use again)

Google Search: Karleen Hillery
Google Search: Karleen Spruiell
Google Search: Robert Spruiell

Integrity Sales is a Member of National Field Selling Association: nfsa.com
National Field Selling Association is a member of:
Magazine Publishers of America: magazine.org

RIP-OFF Report.com
Integrity Sales ripoff
Phoenix Arizona *Consumer Comment ..New Info
Read This Rip-Off Report On Integrity Sales

Lookup: Karleen Hillery on Profiler:
Karleen Hillery Profile

Lookup: Karleen Hillery - Janesville Wisconsin Van Crash March 25, 1999
Karleen Hillery Profile

View Recent Criminal Activities of Karleen Hillery Spruiell:
Karleen Hillery Spruiell
(NOTE: for search on Arizona State Supreme Court Criminal Records
Enter: Last Name: Spruiell, First Name: Karleen in search box.

View Wisconsin DOJ Civil Lawsuit Against Karleen Hillery (case # 00-CV-0852)
State of Wisconsin V. Karleen Hillery

View Illinois Magazine Sales Fraud Lawsuit Against Karleen Hillery (case # 02-CH125)
State of Illinois V. Karleen Hillery

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police reports, court documents, media articles, and secretary of state websites.
The DMPG is not responsible for inaccurate data in any of the above sources of information.
Various company websites change over a period of time. Information and Links also change.
The DMPG cannot control this and for this reason cannot guarantee 100% accuracty of data.
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New York
August 11, 2008
Magazine 1st-half newsstand sales drop 6.3 percent
Associated Press
New York
08/11/08
NEW YORK (AP) — Newsstand sales of U.S. magazines fell 6.3 percent in the first half of 2008, an industry group said Monday, as rising gas and food costs led consumers to cut back on nonessential spending. Most top titles, including best-selling Cosmopolitan and O, The Oprah Magazine, had sharp declines. Of the top 10 sellers, only People, the entertainment news magazine, and In Style posted gains. Overall magazine circulation, which includes subscription and newsstand sales, was flat at 349.9 million copies in the period, as paid subscriptions edged higher to 290.2 million copies, the Audit Bureau of Circulations reported. Single-copy magazine sales in the six months ended June 30 fell to 44.1 million copies from 47.1 million a year ago. The survey included 467 titles that reported results in both periods. Publishers redouble efforts to sign up subscribers during economic slowdowns because they know newsstand sales will ebb, which they need to offset because advertising rates are based on minimum circulation targets. Newsstand sales are far more lucrative than subscriptions, though, meaning circulation revenue is dropping at most titles. Like newspapers, magazines have been struggling with declining advertising revenue as readers increasingly go online for news and entertainment. In the second quarter, magazines had 8.2 percent fewer ad pages, the Publishers Information Bureau reported. Hearst Corp.'s Cosmopolitan magazine, the top-seller on the country's newsstands, had a 6 percent decline to 1.75 million copies — nearly 114,000 fewer magazines. Top 10 sellers In Touch Weekly, US Weekly, Woman's World and O, The Oprah Magazine each posted a double-digit decline in newsstand sales. People, published by Time Inc., boosted newsstand sales by 5.2 percent and remained the No. 2 best-selling magazine at kiosks around the country. In Style was also able to increase newsstand sales.
Associated Press
ap.google.com
New York
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Stony Point, New York
Magazine Sales Agents Arrested
Magazine Sales Crew:
The Experience Company
August 9, 2008
2 more magazine solicitors arrested, fined
By Steve Lieberman
The Journal News • August 9, 2008
STONY POINT - Two out-of-state magazine solicitors have been fined $50 each for violating a town law banning door-to-door sales without a permit, authorities said yesterday. The two arrests brought to at least six the number of solicitors arrested across Rockland since late May. Two of those arrested were charged with violent crimes. Stony Point police arrested Robert A. Buxton, 19, of Linden, Texas, and Shane H. Doverspike, 27, of Polk, Pa., on Wednesday along De Halve Maen Drive, Lt. Brian Moore said yesterday. A resident called police about two men going door to door. Each man was charged with soliciting without a permit and released on $50 bail, Moore said. They were contractors for The Experience Company of Arizona, he said. Buxton and Doverspike pleaded guilty Thursday to the violation and Justice William Franks fined them $50 each, according to Stony Point Town Court. Door-to-door solicitors hit Rockland usually during late spring. They are mostly young people, ranging from age 18 to early 20s, traveling the country for magazine sales companies. The sellers live in motels under the control of company handlers who drop them off by van in neighborhoods to sell door to door. Critics say the world of selling magazines door to door can be exploitative, illegal and, at times, dangerous. Sellers often are paid a pittance based on sales, and handlers hold their earnings. Sellers can't pick up and leave because they are working hundreds, if not thousands, of miles from home and cannot afford a bus or train ticket home. Company officials deny most of the negative charges and say they are offering young people with problems an opportunity to learn a business and become responsible. While some sellers have been involved in violence across the country, most arrests in Rockland through the years have involved lacking a peddler's license. Since May, two solicitors have been arrested on charges involving violence. Four others, including Buxton and Doverspike, were charged with soliciting without a permit. Ramapo police arrested Donnell Preston, 28, of Dayton, Ohio, May 27 on felony charges of second-degree attempted murder and second-degree burglary. Preston is accused of attacking a 25-year-old woman at the Holiday Inn in Montebello, where the magazine solicitors were staying. Preston and the woman have two children together, police said. They both worked for the Tennessee-based Paragon Sales, police said. Preston remains in the county jail without bail pending trial. On July 17, Jolesa Pitts, 20, of Springfield, Mo., was arrested on a misdemeanor count of second-degree menacing. She is accused of threatening another solicitor staying at the Holiday Inn, police said. Both women are employed by Prestige Sales USA of Phoenix, police said. The case is pending.
Reach Steve Lieberman at slieberm@lohud.com or 845-578-2443.
By Steve Lieberman
lohud.com
West Nyack, New York
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D.M.P.G. Info Clip
August 11, 2008




DMPG research has determined that Donnell Preston works for 'Paragon Sales' a traveling magazine door to door sales crew that clears it's magazine subscriptions through 'Midwest Clearing Inc.'

Midwest Clearing, Inc.
Website: http://www.midwestclearing.com
Midwest Clearing, Inc.
Midwest Clearing, Inc.
President: ANDRE' M WALKER
3649 W 183rd St.
Suite 101
Hazel Crest, IL 60429
Phone (708) 206-2001
Fax (708) 206-2005

Illinois Secretary of State:
Illinois Secretary of State
CORPORATION FILE DETAIL REPORT
Entity Name MIDWEST CLEARING INC.
File Number 63505978
Status GOODSTANDING
Entity Type CORPORATION
Type of Corp DOMESTIC BCA
Incorporation Date (Domestic) 04/14/2004
State ILLINOIS
Agent Name BUSINESS FILINGS INC
Agent Change Date 04/14/2004
Agent Street Address 600 S 2ND ST
President Name & Address ANDRE' M WALKER SR 1019 ELM ST FLOSSMOOR 60422
Agent City SPRINGFIELD
Secretary Name & Address SAME
Agent Zip 62704 Duration Date PERPETUAL
Annual Report Filing Date 03/24/2008 For Year 2008

DMPG Staff has discovered an interesting connection between
Andre Walker and American Community Services:
Read This Court decision:
Andre Walker and American Community Services

"Andre Walker" + "magazine sales"

Google Search: "Donnell Preston" + magazine:
"Donnell Preston" + "magazine"

Google Search: "Paragon Sales" + magazine:
"Paragon Sales" + "magazine"

Google Search: "Midwest Clearing" + magazine:
"Midwest Clearing" + "magazine"

Google Search: "Midwest Clearing Inc" + magazine:
"Midwest Clearing Inc" + "magazine"

Google Search: "American Community Services" + magazine:
"American Community Service" + "magazine"



Stony Point, New York
Magazine Sales Agents Arrested
Magazine Sales Crew:
The Experience Company
August 8, 2008
Two magazine solicitors fined $50 for going door-to-door in Stony Point
By Steve Lieberman
The Journal News • August 8, 2008
STONY POINT - A judge has fined two magazine solicitors $50 each for violating town law banning door-to-door sales without a town permit, authorities said today. Stony Point police arrested Robert A. Buxton, 19, of Linden, Tex., and Shane H. Doverspike, 27, of Polk, Pa., on Wednesday along DeHalve Maen Drive, Lt. Brian Moore said. A resident called the police about the two men going door to door. Each man was charged with soliciting without a permit, a town violation, and released on $50 bail, Moore said. They were contractors for The Experience Company of Arizona, he said. Buxton and Doverspike pleaded guilty yesterday to the violation and town Justice William Franks fined them $50 each, according to the Stony Point Justice Court. The two arrests brought to at least six the number of solicitors arrested across Rockland since May. Two of those arrested were charged with violent crimes.
By Steve Lieberman
lohud.com
West Nyack, New York
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Waverly, Iowa
Magazine Sales Agent Arrested
Burglary, Conspiracy To Commit Forgery, Theft
August 7, 2008
Woman arrested after escaping Bremer jail
By JOSH NELSON, Courier Staff Writer
WCFCourier.com
Thursday, August 7, 2008 12:09 PM CDT
WAVERLY --- Authorities arrested a Hardin County woman in Iowa Falls on Tuesday after she allegedly escaped from the Bremer County Jail. Officers found Ashley Benson, 19, of Iowa Falls, at about 3 p.m. in a house at 201 W. First St., Iowa Falls Police Chief Ron Kuhfus said. Kuhfus said the Bremer County Sheriff's Department alerted his department to Benson's location after the sheriff's office received a separate call tipping them off. Benson escaped from the jail less than 24 hours earlier, Bremer County Sheriff Dewey Hildebrandt said today. Benson was being held in a work-release area of the jail in Waverly since she was the only female inmate. The area normally used to house women was being used for inmates accused of sex-related crimes, Hildebrandt said. She escaped after accidentally being locked in an area where inmates are searched after coming back from work-release. At the time, she was eating, Hildebrandt said. According to the sheriff, staff members didn't make sure Benson went back to her holding area after the meal. Benson slipped out of the jail when a detention officer went outside to have a cigarette, Hildebrandt said. "It was totally my staff's fault," he said. Hildebrandt said the staff members were reprimanded and actions were taken to rectify the situation. Benson was charged July 24 with second-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit forgery and fifth-degree theft. She and a man allegedly stole debit and credit cards while selling magazines door to door.
Contact Josh Nelson at (319) 291-1565 or josh.nelson@wcfcourier.com.
By JOSH NELSON, Courier Staff Writer
wcfcourier.com
Waterloo, Iowa
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Penn Hills, Pennsylvania
Magazine Sales Scam !!!
August 7, 2008
Magazine Subscription Service May Not Deliver
Reporting Yvonne Zanos
KDKA CBS 2
Aug 7, 2008 8:55 pm US/Eastern
PENN HILLS (KDKA) They come around every summer - vans full of young people selling magazines - but do they deliver? There's a group working Penn Hills right now, but at any given time, there are hundreds of sales crews traveling the country, often in beat up vans full of young people. Danyel Campalong of Penn Hills has a no solicitations sign on her front door but that didn't keep the sales kids away from her home. Although Danyel says she usually doesn't talk to salespeople at her door, "She was a young girl, very cute, clean cut, very chatty and very friendly - it is hard to say no to someone like that." Danyel says the girl told her she was from Texas, working for a Colorado-based company called, "Face to Face Technologies." She claimed to be earning money, in part, for the American Diabetes Association and in part for a special trip. Because Danyel has a three-year-old daughter, she ordered a subscription to Highlights. Danyel wrote a check for $57 - $42 for a two-year subscription to the magazine and $15 for a processing fee - but after the deal was done she had some doubt. "I didn't feel right about it," said Danyel. "She didn't show me any identification. Normally people have a tag around their neck with a photo ID." Danyel sat down at her computer and looked up a consumer complaint website called the Ripoff Report. She found scores of angry consumers all over the country claiming they never got their magazines and accusing the company of misrepresentation. Danyel immediately canceled her subscription and her check. "I called to make sure they received my cancelation," said Danyel. "The woman who answered said it was a good thing I canceled because it wasn't even a magazine they sold anymore." On a scale of A to F, the Better Business Bureau gives the company a D-minus because of multiple complaints of billing, collection and delivery problems. There's another problem. These young people have no business coming to your door, at least not in Penn Hills, where door-to-door sales are prohibited unless you have a door-to-door solicitation permit which "Face to Face Technologies" failed to get. Danyel spent $32 canceling her check. She is going to cancel her checking account and open a new one because she doesn't want this company having access to the money in her account. "I really did think I was helping someone and they were just scamming me," said Danyel. Some people get their magazines, some people don't. We did confirm that none of Danyel's money would have gone to the American Diabetes Association. Bottomline: Be skeptical. These sales crews are not all what they seem.
Reporting Yvonne Zanos
KDKA CBS 2
kdka.com
Pittsburg Pennsylvania
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Clearfield County, Pennsylvania
Magazine Sales Scam !!!
Convicted Felon Selling Magazines
Door-to-Door
August 7, 2008
Door To Door Scam In Clearfield County
Reported by: Erin Calandra
WTAJ-TV
Thursday, Aug 7, 2008 @05:39pm EST
The DuBois police say they've been getting calls from people all over the area this week reporting people who are knocking on their doors trying to sell magazines. Victims say they look and sound legitimate, but they're not. The police say there may be a group of men going door to door in the Clearfield County claiming to sell magazines. They're young, clean cut, and looking for you money. One witness says the young man at his door didn't seem suspicious. He said he was selling the magazines to pay for college. That's when the DuBois City Police pulled up to the house. The police say the solicitor didn’t have proper identification or a permit for solicitation. They took him into custody, finger printed him, and found out he is a convicted felon from Florida. The police have been getting calls from Brookville to Sandy Township, and everywhere in between from people reporting the suspected con artists. Police say there is at least on victim in Sandy Township who paid a man with cash. Now they're warning everyone to be aware of their scam. If anyone knocks on your door trying to sell you something and they don't have a permit call the police right away.
Reported by: Erin Calandra
WTAJ-TV
wearecentralpa.com
Altoona, Pennsylvania
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
Magazine Sales Scam !!!
Magazine Sales Crew: Tuscan Reader Services
Magaizne Sales Company: United Family Circulation
Magazine Clearinghouse: National Publishers Exchange
August 7, 2008
Residents fear scams operating in area
Chancellor West residents concerned about suspected scam
BY ELLEN BILTZ
The Free Lance-Star
Date published: 8/7/2008
Margie Grant thought something was fishy when a young man came to her door last week asking for donations for his baseball team to go to Tokyo. And she wasn't the only resident of the Chancellor West neighborhood in Spotsylvania County who thought something was strange about the fundraising effort. "Jason," who appeared to be in his teens or early 20s, has been traveling through the neighborhood collecting money, sometimes saying he is selling books, other times just asking for donations, according to residents.

'HE WAS VERY SMOOTH'

"He's attractive and preppy with his khaki shorts and hat," Grant said. "He was a nice-looking guy." Grant said she didn't give the man any money, though, because he couldn't produce information to give her about his company. "He just had these cards with children's books on them," she said. The "company" the teen claimed to work for is Tuscan Reader Services, a documented scam company on Web sites like ripoffreport .com. It is the same company 20-year-old Tasha Mitchell used as a front last year when she pulled a scam going door to door in the Fawn Lake area, posing as a high school cheerleader. Mitchell pleaded guilty in January to four counts of obtaining money by false pretenses and is serving a year in jail for her crimes. She had a previous record of pulling a similar scam in other states. And not everyone was as lucky as Grant in realizing the deception while the man was at the door. "He was very smooth," said one resident who asked not to be named. The resident said he actually wrote a check, but after realizing the company was not legitimate, tried to cancel it with his bank. "But now, even if it gets canceled, we're out the check canceling fee at least," he said.

NEIGHBORHOOD ON ALERT

Residents in Chancellor West became concerned last week when they began talking with one another and no one knew the man visiting their homes trying to collect money. He claimed to be a resident of the neighborhood and told those he visited that he lived on Pathfinder's Court, one of the roads nearby. Some residents reported that the young man claimed to be new to the area and spouted off names of other residents, saying he knew them, in hopes to gain their trust. Judy Carlson, the secretary for the board of directors at Chancellor West, said the homeowners association sent out a warning to residents about the potential door-to-door scammer. "We're trying to get the word out so people know what's happening in the neighborhood," she said. 1st Sgt. Liz Scott of the Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office said she knows of at least one call reporting the fraudulent behavior. That call came from a home on Lee Jackson Circle, the main area of the neighborhood that consists of about 100 lots. They have not named any suspects or made any arrests for the fraud, Scott said.
Ellen Biltz: 540/374-5424 Email: ebiltz@freelancestar.com
Ellen Biltz: 540/374-5424
Email: ebiltz@freelancestar.com
The Free Lance-Star
fredericksburg.com
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Topeka, Kansas
Magazine Sales Scam !!!
August 5, 2008
Buyer beware: KSU theater students NOT selling magazines
Story by K-State Media Relations
KTKA 49 ABC
5:34 p.m. Tuesday, August 5, 2008
The Kansas State University theater program is asking people to call the Riley County Police Department if they are contacted about buying magazines from individuals posing as K-State theater students. "We have received several calls from people who said they were approached at their homes by individuals posing as theater students. K-State Theater does not solicit funds door-to-door, nor do we ask for cash or for checks made out to individuals," said Marci Maullar, managing director of K-State Theater. Maullar said the theater program has had calls about the magazine sales from people in Manhattan, Emporia, McPherson and Lawrence, who said they were told the funds raised would support a trip to London or would be used to support the troops. Mauller said anyone asked to buy magazines from individuals claiming to be K-State theater students should contact the Riley County Police Department at 785-537-2112.
Story by K-State Media Relations
KTKA 49 ABC
ktka.com
Topeka, Kansas
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Morris County, New Jersey
Magazine Salesmen Arrested
Magazine Company: Team Extreme Sales LLC
July 31, 2008
Resident finds man in his garage in Boonton Township
Investigation leads to charges for three
The Citizen of Morris County
recordernewspapers.com
Published: Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:48 AM EDT
BOONTON TWP. – A Birchwood Lane who was startled when he found a young man standing in his garage at 7:10 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, was the first of several residents to call police about what turned out to be a group of young adults soliciting without a permit in the township. The Birchwood Lane resident told police when he confronted the man, the man said he was soliciting for his basketball team and gave what turned out to be a fake township address. When officers got other calls, from residents in other parts of town town including Sheridan Lane, Hillcrest Road and Meadowbrook Road, about unwanted solicitors they checked the area and eventually arrested Thomas Cowguill, 24, of Lebanon, Ohio, was arrested in the Brae Loch condominium complex. Officers arresting two women, Ashley Kelley, 20, of Cape Coral, Fla., and Priscilla Stalder, 22, of Gardnerville, Nev. All three had given false addresses to residents, according to police, claiming they were from the township, and all three told police they were employed by Team Extreme Sales, LLC, of Phoenix Ariz. They were charged with soliciting without a permit, police said. The Birchwood Lane man told police when he came upon the man in his garage, the man said he was soliciting money for his basketball team to travel to Holland. While police were checking the neighborhood for the suspect, other residents told them a man had solicited money from them. Several different stories had been given to the residents. Some said the young man said he was trying to get money to pay college expenses, others said they were told by the man he was participating in a national cash awards program, while still others were told he was selling magazine subscriptions. Residents who are approached by solicitors should call police, who will be able to check and see if the individuals have obtained the permit required under town ordinance, according to police.
The Citizen of Morris County
recordernewspapers.com
Morris County, New Jersey
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DMPG Research regarding the above magazine sales company:
Team Extreme Sales, LLC
aka: TEAM X-TREME
Magazine Companys:
Integrity Sales/Integrity Program/
Prestige Sales USA

Persons of Interest:
Robert Spruiell
Karleen Hillery
Karleen Spruiell
Karleen Hillery Spruiell
Jonathan Tork
Diane Tork

WebSite:
Prestige Sales USA

Google Search: Prestige Sales LLC
Google Search: Prestige Sales USA
Google Search: Prestige Sales + Magazine
Google Search: Jonathan Tork + Magazine
Google Search: Diane Tork + Magazine

WHOIS.NET
Info on prestigesalesusa.com as of May 10, 2008
Domain name: prestigesalesusa.com

Registrant Contact:
Prestige Sales (SPRESTIGE65@YAHOO.COM)
+1.6029784710
Fax: +1.6029784710
PO Box 82430
Phoenix, AZ 85071
US

Administrative Contact:
Prestige Sales (SPRESTIGE65@YAHOO.COM)
+1.6029784710
Fax: +1.6029784710
PO Box 82430
Phoenix, AZ 85071
US

Technical Contact:
Prestige Sales (SPRESTIGE65@YAHOO.COM)
+1.6029784710
Fax: +1.6029784710
PO Box 82430
Phoenix, AZ 85071
US

Status: Active

Name Servers:
NS1.ACCUWEBHOSTING.BIZ
NS2.ACCUWEBHOSTING.BIZ

Creation date: 11 Dec 2007 18:54:01
Expiration date: 11 Dec 2010 18:54:01

Arizona Secretary of State:
File Number: L-1415655-1
Corp. Name: PRESTIGE SALES LLC
Domestic Address 24820 N 16TH AVE #110
PHOENIX, AZ 85085

Statutory Agent Information Agent Name: REGISTERED AGENT SOLUTIONS INC
Agent Mailing/Physical Address:
638 N FIFTH AVE
PHOENIX, AZ 85003
Agent Status: APPOINTED 12/17/2007
Agent Last Updated: 01/24/2008

Additional Incorporation Date: 12/17/2007 Corporate Life Period: PERPETUAL
Domicile: ARIZONA County: MARICOPA
Approval Date: 12/19/2007 Original Publish Date: 01/22/2008

Member Information ROBERT SPRUIELL
MEMBER
24820 N 16TH AVE #110
PHOENIX,AZ 85085
Date of Taking Office: 12/17/2007
Last Updated: 12/19/2007

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Integrity Sales/Integrty Program:

Integrity Sales Website: integritysale.com
Integrity Program Website: integritypgm.com
Arizona Secretary of State Corporation/LLC Website:
Az. S.O.S. Corp/LCC
Arizona Secretary of State: Integrity Sales:  Integrity Sales
Nevada Secretary of State: Integrity Program:  Integrity Program
Criminal Profiles: Search For: Integrity Sales
Magazine Scams: Integrity Sales
Consumer Advocacy: Edumacation.com: Integrity Sales
BBB Report Phoenix, Az.: unsatisfactory
Rip Off Report: Integrity Sales
Magazine Company/Sales Crews as of 05/13/06:
Magazine Fulfillment Services - Operated by Robert Spruiell
Integrity Sales, Inc. - Operated by Robert Spruiell
Integrity Program, Inc.- Operated by Robert Spruiell
Circulation I - Operated by Karkeen Hillery
Circulation II - Operated by Karleen Hillery
SERVICES UNLIMITED PLUS - Operated by Karleen Hillery Spruiell/Robert Spruiell
National Community Clearing, INC - Operated by Karleen Hillery
TEAM X-TREME
DYNASTY SALES
POWERHOUSSE SALES
KAYS NATURALS - Karleen Hillery Crew
Kay's Naturals website: ournaturals.com
Crew Name: 029
Crew Name: 032
IP MARKETING
IMPACT PUBLICATIONS
Subscriptions Plus - Operated by Karleen Hillery
(old mag. company name - may be in use again)

Google Search: Karleen Hillery
Google Search: Karleen Spruiell
Google Search: Robert Spruiell

Integrity Sales is a Member of National Field Selling Association: nfsa.com
National Field Selling Association is a member of:
Magazine Publishers of America: magazine.org

RIP-OFF Report.com
Integrity Sales ripoff
Phoenix Arizona *Consumer Comment ..New Info
Read This Rip-Off Report On Integrity Sales

Lookup: Karleen Hillery on Profiler:
Karleen Hillery Profile

Lookup: Karleen Hillery - Janesville Wisconsin Van Crash March 25, 1999
Karleen Hillery Profile

View Recent Criminal Activities of Karleen Hillery Spruiell:
Karleen Hillery Spruiell
(NOTE: for search on Arizona State Supreme Court Criminal Records
Enter: Last Name: Spruiell, First Name: Karleen in search box.

View Wisconsin DOJ Civil Lawsuit Against Karleen Hillery (case # 00-CV-0852)
State of Wisconsin V. Karleen Hillery

View Illinois Magazine Sales Fraud Lawsuit Against Karleen Hillery (case # 02-CH125)
State of Illinois V. Karleen Hillery

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
Door-to-Door Book Sales
Book Sales Company: Southwestern Company
Member: Direct Selling Association

July 31, 2008
Bookseller not affiliated with local school districts
By Andra Atteberry Staff Writer // andraa@nwanews.com
The Benton County Daily Record
Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008
BELLA VISTA - A college student who has been knocking on doors and selling school reference books to parents in Bella Vista said she hasn't had problems until recently. Cami Alvarado, 21, said she has been selling a five-book series called the "Student Handbook. "Each book covers different subjects a pupil might need for homework, she said. In the last couple of weeks, a few residents who heard her sales presentation called the Bella Vista Police Department out of concern that Alvarado seemed to indicate she was an employee of the Bentonville School District. Brad Reed, director of student services for the school district, confirmed Monday that no district employees are selling items door to door. Alvarado said she is an independent contractor for The Southwestern Co., based in Nashville, Tenn. She earns a commission on her sales, which will go toward her college tuition, Alvarado said. "People in Bella Vista are very nice," she said. Some people have written Alvarado checks for up to $ 400 without asking to see her identification, she said. When residents open their doors, Alvarado tells them," I'm a college student from North Carolina. I'm not from the area. "I always say I'm not with a school," she added. Alvarado never shows anyone identification, and no one has asked for it, she said. However, a photo ID is displayed in a clear plastic slot on her backpack, which she places on the ground by the door when she is giving her sales pitch, she said. Once Alvarado introduces herself, she asks if there are children in the neighborhood and, if so, whether the children attend Cooper or Baker elementary schools. The questions may confuse people and lead them to believe Alvarado is a school employee, she said. She asks about children in the neighborhood because the books are suited for elementary- to high-school-age children, she explained. Alvarado does not question young children if they answer the door, she noted. When Alvarado arrived in the area, she visited the Rogers and Bentonville police departments to ask about regulations on selling door to door, she said. She didn't check with Bella Vista police, however, because she didn't know the city has its own law enforcement, she said. Alvarado said her summer job is almost finished. She will begin delivering orders Aug. 4 and will go back to North Carolina on Aug. 13.
By Andra Atteberry Staff Writer // andraa@nwanews.com
The Benton County Daily Record
NWAnews.com
Fayetteville, Arkansas
nwanews.com
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DMPG Info Clip:
This company is lobbying against legislation in the state of Wisconsin that is specifically designed to protect Wisconsin kids and homeowners.
To research this company: Research Southwestern Company
To research legislation: Research Wisconsin Legislation


Bella Vista, Arkansas
Door-to-Door Book Sales
Book Sales Company: Southwestern Company
Member: Direct Selling Association

July 30, 2008
Book sales legitimate
By Douglas Grant Staff Writer // douglasg@nwanews.com
The Benton County Daily Record
NWAnews.com
Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2008
BELLA VISTA - Young people going door to door selling educational material are doing so as private contractors for a company in Tennessee and are not involved in any kind of scam, a company official said Tuesday. Earlier this week, a dispatcher with the Bella Vista Police Department said she had been visited by a woman who said she was a North Carolina college student selling educational books to help raise money for school. The dispatcher said the woman offered information that seemed to imply that she was working for the Bentonville School District, when, in fact, according to one district official, she was not. The woman is an independent contractor for The Southwestern Co. in Nashville, Tenn., Trey Campbell, director of communications, said in a phone interview from company headquarters Tuesday. Campbell said the company sets students up with inventory and a territory they can work during their summer break. Each student is provided training and a script to be used when contacting potential buyers. They also have identification provided by the company. Campbell said he had not had a chance to talk to the woman in Bella Vista since the story appeared, so he wasn't sure if she had presented her ID and followed procedures in making her pitch. "The students usually wear (the ID ), and I haven't had a chance to confirm that with her," he said. He said it is possible that the conversation was such that it might have sounded as though the woman, a student from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, was indeed working for the local school district. Campbell said the students are supposed to go to city hall or the local police department when they arrive to make sure officials are aware of their presence and to check on any changes to existing solicitation ordinances. Bella Vista has no such law on the books, and he said the woman didn't check in, to his knowledge. Campbell said he understands how people can become suspicious of doorto-door solicitors. "Find out as much information as you can," he said," including who they are, who they are working for and what they are doing." He then said to check and double check what the salesperson is saying before handing over any money. The company Web site is www.southwestern.com.
By Douglas Grant Staff Writer // douglasg@nwanews.com
The Benton County Daily Record
NWAnews.com
Fayetteville, Arkansas
nwanews.com
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DMPG Info Clip:
This company is lobbying against legislation in the state of Wisconsin that is specifically designed to protect Wisconsin kids and homeowners.
To research this company: Research Southwestern Company
To research legislation: Research Wisconsin Legislation


Augusta County, Virginia
Door-to-Door Book Sales
Book Sales Company: Southwestern Company
Member: Direct Selling Association

July 30, 2008
Valley People Concerned About Salesmen
Posted: 5:58 PM Jul 30, 2008
Last Updated: 8:15 PM Jul 30, 2008
Reporter: Michael Hyland
Email Address: mhyland@whsv.com
WHSV-TV3
Door-to-door salesmen have been spotted in Dayton, Weyers Cave, and throughout Augusta County. People are contacting law enforcement about some aggressive ones. You don't see them as often as you used to, but one company has been sending the salesmen to the area for more than 100 years. A Broadway woman was recently visited by a door-to-door salesman from Southwestern Company. She asked to be identified by her first name only due to an unnerving experience she had with the salesman. "He just walked in the house. He plowed me over," says Jo. "It was something I was not expecting." She says she had seen him in the neighborhood before. When she answered the door, he immediately knew her name, as well as her kids' names. The salesman is one of five college students spending the summer in the area to sell books door-to-door for the Southwestern Company. It's supposed to be an opportunity for students to get hands-on sales training. However, several people have contacted law enforcement saying the salesmen take it too far. Officials at the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office say some satisfied customers have even contacted them to compliment the salesmen. According to the company spokesman, they work with the salesmen to teach them how to handle this difficult type of business approach. "There's a fine line between being persistent and being pushy," says Trey Campbell. "And we talk about that in the sales training. I've been in my position for nine years, and I've never had anybody just push open the door and walk in the house uninvited." With the rise of the Internet, fewer door-to-door salesmen are seen, which maked some people increasingly leery of them when they come to the door. The company holds a training session at the start of the summer at their headquarters in Nashville. "It's about 80 hours of training that covers everything from product knowledge and sales presentation to safety, ethics, and business management," says Campbell. "These people, you know, they don't belong in our community, I feel, because it was a scary moment," says Jo. Southwestern says they encourage their salesmen to explicitly state who they are and show potential customers an identification badge.
Reporter: Michael Hyland
Email Address: mhyland@whsv.com
WHSV-TV3
whsv.com
Augusta County, Virginia
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DMPG Info Clip:
This company is lobbying against legislation in the state of Wisconsin that is specifically designed to protect Wisconsin kids and homeowners.
To research this company: Research Southwestern Company
To research legislation: Research Wisconsin Legislation


Bella Vista, Arkansas
Residents warned of book scam

July 29, 2008
Residents warned of book scam
By Andra Atteberry Staff Writer // andraa@nwanews.com
Posted on Tuesday, July 29, 2008
The Benton County Daily Record
NWAnews.com
Northwest Arkansas' News Source
BELLA VISTA - Bentonville School District officials warn residents here to be on the lookout for a woman knocking on doors giving the false impression that she is selling student handbooks for the school district this summer. "We don't have any of our employees selling door to door," said Brad Reed, director of student services for the district. Sometimes student groups may hold fundraisers, but such events would be well publicized, he said. They would be listed on the school's Web site - www. bentonville. k 12. ar. us - or in school flyers. The fundraisers would also be announced in newspapers and on the radio, he said. The woman in question stopped at a house on Grandshire Lane in mid-July and tried to sell "The Student Handbook"to Bella Vista Police Department dispatcher Shelly Frederick. The woman never actually said she worked for the district, but her sales pitch made it seem that way, Frederick said. "If you're not clearly listening to what she's saying, one could mistakenly believe she's with the school system," Frederick said. The "handbook"the woman is selling is actually a reference guide that includes such things as information about presidents and other school subjects, she said. To the best of Frederick's memory, the woman was selling the books for $ 300 or $ 400 each. Frederick said the woman called herself Cami, short for Camila, and was very friendly. She told Frederick she was a communications major from a North Carolina college and was working in Arkansas earning school credit and sales commissions. Frederick isn't the only person who has come in contact with the woman. Linda Largent, who lives on Tillingham Lane, reported the woman stopped at her house Friday and visited with Largent's 16-year-old daughter. Largent said the woman asked her daughter questions about neighborhood children. Those actions made Largent suspicious, so she said she called the school district and spoke to Reed, who told Largent to file a police report.
By Andra Atteberry Staff Writer // andraa@nwanews.com
Posted on Tuesday, July 29, 2008
The Benton County Daily Record
nwanews.com
Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Harrisonburg, Virginia
the salesman

July 29, 2008
the salesman
posted by finnegan
07/29/08
hburgnews.com
I have received several emails (some forwarded) from a reader in Rockingham County that informs me there is a “strange” man traveling door to door in county neighborhoods, reportedly selling various items — at times stating that he is conducting a survey for the school system — and is looking for households with children. But that may sound worse than it actually is… The accounts I have read, and that the Rockingham Sheriff’s Office has received, indicate that the man is acting creepy and pushy enough to prompt neighbors to warn each other and forward emails warning parents about the guy. One email states: There have been reports from all around Rockingham County about a young man who is pretending to sell educational materials; he also sells dishwashing detergent. He has claimed to represent Rockingham County Public Schools on occasion, as well. He is posing as a college student trying to make money, is shabbily dressed, his behavior is erratic, and he is extremely persistent in his attempts to come inside.He has knocked on people’s back doors as late as 9:30 pm and sometimes returns three or four times in one day to the same house. His main goal seems to be to get inside the home. When asked to leave, he has lingered on front porches or out in the street for some length of time, as well. Not wanting to create a panic, I have confirmed with the Sheriff’s Office that the man has men have been reported by several people. According to the dispatcher there, he one of the men is apparently an educational book salesman. I’m told that he one salesman has been warned not to misrepresent who he works for. At this point, it’s not clear to me who that company is. I’ll update this post with new information if/as it becomes available. UPDATE: It appears this “man” may in fact be several salesmen peddling various different items, including books, vacuums, and dish detergent.
posted: July 29th, 2008 by finnegan
filed under FYI, news & meta-news.
posted by finnegan
hburgnews.com
Harrisonburg, Virginia
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Pasco, Washington
Missing Woman

July 25, 2008
Pasco Police Searching For Missing Detroit Woman Last Seen In Pasco
KNDU TV
Posted: July 25, 2008 05:48 PM CDT
Updated: July 26, 2008 02:34 AM CDT
PASCO, Wash. - Pasco Police are searching for a missing woman. Her family in Detroit hasn't heard from her since July 2nd and they said it's very unlike her not to call. 20-year-old Sharlene McCaa was staying with people in Pasco. Her family members told KNDU that she was suppose to be in the Tri-Cities selling magazines and soap. The man who she came out here with told Pasco Police he does not know where she is. KNDU spoke with her guardian over the phone Thursday night. JoAnne McCaa is a soldier and is delaying her trip back to Afghanistan because of concerns over her niece. JoAnne McCaa said, "I'm shocked, I'm confused, and I'm very worried. This is not like her. She will always call home. I was suppose to return to Afghanistan tomorrow and I refuse because she's like my daughter." Sharlene's mother died when she was eight. Pasco Police said this investigation is in the preliminary stages and they're trying to figure out if Sharlene got onto a bus. If anyone has seen her or has any information on her disappearance call the Pasco Police Department.
KNDU TV
kndo.com
Kennewick, Washington
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DMPG Info Clip:
Pasco Washington Police Department
828 N 22nd Ave
Pasco, WA 99301
Records: (509) 545-3421
Non Emergency: (509) 545-3510
Website: http://www.pasco-wa.gov/department/Police


ADA TOWNSHIP, Michigan
Magazine Salesmen Arrested On Forgery Charges
July 23, 2008
Teen Faces Forgery Charges Following Door To Door Sales Effort
FOX 17 NEWS
WXMI
July 23, 2008
ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A Syracuse, Nebraska teen has been arrested and charged with 2 counts of forgery. Police say Damien West, 19, went door to door in an Ada Township neighborhood trying to sell magazines. One resident said West claimed he was selling magazines to send to U.S. Military Service men that are fighting the war in the Middle East. The first resident wrote a check for $34. A second resident said he wrote a check for $20 to West who said he was a Forest Hills Central soccer player who was collecting money for a trip to train in Brazil. Police found Damien altered the checks and changed the amount to a higher denomination. West's bond has been set at $10,000 and his preliminary exam is scheduled for August. Any additional victims are asked to call Detective Aron Bowser of the Metropolitan Fraud and Identity Theft Team at 530-7335.
FOX 17 NEWS
WXMI
fox17.trb.com
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Kent County, Michigan
Magazine Salesmen Arrested On Forgery Charges
July 23, 2008
Forgery charges for solicitor in Kent County
News Channel 3 CBS
WWMT.com
July 23, 2008 - 3:48PM
KENT COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Kent County Sheriff's Department arrested a Nebraska man for forgery in the area of Adaridge Monday. The suspect, Damien West, a 19-year-old man from Syracuse Nebraska, was arrested after the Sheriff's Department responded to calls of someone soliciting without a permit. Sheriff's say they interviewed several area residents and determined that West had claimed he was selling magazines to either aid U.S. Military Service men in the middle east, or was selling magazines to send his soccer team to train in Brazil. After receiving several checks from area residents, Sheriff's say West altered the checks and changed the amounts to higher denominations. West has been charged with two counts of forgery and his bond was set at $10,000. Any additional victims are asked to call Detective Aron Bowser of the Metropolitan Fraud and Identity Theft Team at 530-7335.
Forgery charges for solicitor in Kent County
News Channel 3 CBS
wwmt.com
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Morris County, New Jersey
Magazine Salesmen Arrested
Magazine Company: Team Extreme Sales LLC
July 23, 2008
3 arrested in Boonton Twp. for door-to-door soliciting
By Tehani Schneider • Daily Record • July 23, 2008
BOONTON TWP. — Three people who claimed to work for an Arizona business were arrested on soliciting charges on Tuesday night after police received reports from several homeowners of individuals going door to door across the township, seeking funding for various programs. Police learned of the schemes after a Birchwood Lane resident reported he was startled by a young man — later identified as Thomas Cowgull, 24, of Lebanon, Ohio — in his garage shortly after 7 p.m. The resident told police Cowgull attempted to obtain money for travel expenses to Holland with his basketball team, authorities said. While officers canvassed the area looking a man matching the resident’s description, several other area residents reported the same man had approached them, attempting to sell magazine subscriptions through a national cash awards program. Residents told police the man said he lived in the area and was attempting to pay for his college expenses. Officers found Cowgull in the Brae Loch condominium complex shortly after and charged him in violation of a local ordinance-- soliciting without a permit. During this time, police also received calls from several other areas in town, including Sheridan Lane, Hillcrest Road and Meadowbrook Road, with residents complaining of solicitors. Ashley Kelly, 20, of Cape Coral, Fla., and Priscilla Stalder, 22, of Gardnerville, Nev., were also arrested and charged with soliciting without a permit. Police said the two women allegedly told residents they were from town and made up false addresses. All three claimed to work for Team Extreme Sales LLC in Phoenix, Ariz., police said.
Tehani Schneider can be reached at (973) 428-6631 or tschneider@gannett.com.
By Tehani Schneider
(973) 428-6631 or tschneider@gannett.com
Daily Record
dailyrecord.com
Morris County, New Jersey
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North Dakoda
Magazine Sales Alert !!!
July 23, 2008
Stenehjem: Use caution with magazine salespeople
Herald Staff Report
Grand Forks Herald
Published Wednesday, July 23, 2008
North Dakotans should be wary of door-to-door magazine salespeople using misleading and aggressive tactics, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said in a news release issued Tuesday. The Consumer Protection Division is investigating several groups selling magazine subscriptions throughout North Dakota that may be in violation of state law, according to the release. Stenehjem warned that these salespeople are “often youth claiming they are selling the magazines to earn college scholarships or tuition, or raising money for a class trip.” Parrell Grossman, director of the state CPD, said in the release that sellers must advise consumers they have three days to cancel a subscription. Consumers older than 65 have 15 days. Grand Forks Police Lt. Rahn Farder said the department recently has not received any complaints about magazine sellers. Residents with questions or wanting to make reports should contact the CPD at (800) 472-2600.
Herald Staff Report
Grand Forks Herald
grandforksherald.com
Grand Forks, North Dakoda
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Omaha, Nebraska
Candy Sales
July 22, 2008
Underage Sales Cases Tough To Prosecute
Man Behind Teens For Tomorrow Sales Charged In Three Counties
KETV.com
POSTED: 10:27 pm CDT July 23, 2008
UPDATED: 10:41 pm CDT July 23, 2008
OMAHA, Neb. -- The man who ran the charity group Teens of Tomorrow faces trials in three Nebraska counties on charges of exploiting teenagers to sell products door to door. The three trials do not include the criminal charge that dropped against Quenton Pfitzer Wednesday when a 15-year-old witness failed to appear in court. Children associated with Teens of Tomorrow have peddled candy in Omaha and Lincoln for years, saying they’re trying to raise money for worthy causes. Omaha City Prosecutor Marty Conboy said the peddlers are often underage children being exploited. “The law now specifically prohibits children under the age of 16 from selling door to door under any circumstances,” he said. But Conboy said trying to prosecute these cases is proving to be difficult. Pfitzer was supposed to go on trial Wednesday in Douglas County court on two charges of violating child labor laws. One charge was dropped because the six-month limit for a speedy trial had expired and because a key witness didn’t show up. Conboy hopes for better luck with the charge that’s still pending. “Because they're children, they need the cooperation of their parents,” he said. “We've talked to the parents, tried to convince them to let their child cooperate. Some are afraid of having their kids come to court, unclear whether the child might be in trouble or done something wrong.” Conboy said it’s not the child who has done something wrong – it’s the man who hired the child. Neither Pfitzer nor his attorney had any comment Wednesday, citing pending cases in Sarpy and Douglas counties. KETV NewsWatch 7 has learned he also faces a criminal charge in Lancaster County. All three of those cases are scheduled to go to trial the same week.
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Bismarck, North Dakoda
Magazine Sales Alert !!!
July 22, 2008
Magazine Sales Warning
KFYR-TV 5
7/22/2008
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is warning people about door-to-door magazine sales crews swarming Bismarck and other cities. Stenehjem says several young people are claiming to be selling magazines to earn college scholarships or tuition or to raise money for a class trip. But he says they may not be licensed to sell magazines. He suggests asking for a copy of the seller`s permit, for the name of the organization they`re selling for and for a cancellation policy.
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West Chester, Pennsylvania
Magazine Salesman Banned
Magazine Company: Alliance Service Company
July 19, 2008
Judge banishes man from Chesco
By: Michael Rellahan, Special to The Mercury
The Murcury
07/19/2008
WEST CHESTER - Common Pleas Court Judge James P. MacElree II has never claimed to be God. But on Wednesday, he did banish a man from paradise. That is, he ordered Zachary Zuckerman to leave Chester County immediately after his release from prison and never to return to live or work there as part of a plea bargain on charges of indecent assault. Assistant District Attorney Charles Gaza, who said he insisted on the prohibition for Zuckerman, an itinerant magazine salesman, inserted the order into the plea bargain. "I didn't want him out selling magazines in the county again," Gaza said after the sentencing. "There are other places he can sell his magazines, if that is what he chooses to do." According to court records, Zuckerman, 19, of Rolling Meadows, Ill., was arrested on May 5 at the Waterview Apartments complex in Westtown after an encounter with a woman who had agreed to buy magazine subscriptions from him. The woman, whose name is being withheld because of the nature of the charges, was walking her dog about 12:30 p.m. in the complex when Zuckerman approached her. He said he worked for a company named Alliance Service, selling magazine subscriptions. The woman told Sgt. Guy Rosato of the Westtown-East Goshen police that she agreed to buy some subscriptions from Zukerman but had to go to an ATM to get cash to pay for them. She allowed Zuckerman to ride with her while she drove to the ATM a block or so away. During the ride, however, Zuckerman began touching the woman's leg and thigh, and saying that he wanted to "tie (her) up and do bad things." The woman tried to ignore him, and eventually drove back to the complex. There, Zuckerman said he wouldn't leave until the woman "made out with him," and then tried to kiss her. When the woman tried to get her cell phone to call police, he grabbed her breast. Eventually, he left the car when the woman agreed to give him a hug. When police arrived and the woman described her assailant, they were able to track Zuckerman down, still going door to door in the complex selling the subscriptions about an hour later. When interviewed by police, Zuckerman acknowledged being with the woman, but said nothing unusual had happened while they were together. He said he had "a habit of touching people while he talks to them." The woman identified Zuckerman, and he was taken into custody and arrested. The plea bargain, which Gaza worked out with Zuckerman's attorney, P.J. Redmond of West Chester, calls for him to serve 69 days to 23 months in county prison, and for him to be immediately paroled. Gaza said he believed Redmond was going to make arrangements for him to leave the county. "My expectation is that he will be gone within 24 hours of his release," Gaza said. After the hearing, MacElree said it was as though he had been asked to exile someone from a kingdom. "It's good to be king," he joked.
By: Michael Rellahan, Special to The Mercury
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aka: Thoroughbred Sales Co.
1875 B Rohlwing Road
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Phone: 847-253-7766
Fax: 847-253-7795
President: Ms. Sandra Hall
Customer Contact: Ms. Christie Skoufis (Belpedio?) Customer Service Manager
Former president was Thomas Mack Hall, a founder of the National Field Selling Association.
Website: http://www.allianceserviceco.com

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
Magazine Salesman Banned
Magazine Company: Alliance Service Company

July 17, 2008
Judge banishes man from Chester County
Michael P. Rellahan
Daily Local News
07/17/2008
WEST CHESTER — Common Pleas Court Judge James P. MacElree II has never claimed to be God. But on Wednesday, he did banish a man from paradise. That is, he ordered Zachary Zuckerman to leave Chester County immediately after his release from prison Wednesday and never to return to live or work here, as part of a plea bargain on charges of indecent assault. Assistant District Attorney Charles Gaza, who said he insisted on the prohibition for Zuckerman, an itinerant magazine salesman, inserted the order into the plea bargain. "I didn't want him out selling magazines in the county again," Gaza said after the sentencing. "There are other places he can sell his magazines, if that is what he chooses to do." According to court records, Zuckerman, 19, of Rolling Meadows, Ill., was arrested on May 5 at the Waterview Apartments complex in Westtown after an encounter with a woman who had agreed to buy magazine subscriptions from him. The woman, whose name is being withheld because of the nature of the charges, was walking her dog about 12:30 p.m. in the complex when Zuckerman approached her. He said he worked for a company named Alliance Service, selling magazine subscriptions. The woman told Sgt. Guy Rosato of the Westtown-East Goshen police that she agreed to buy some subscriptions from Zukerman but had to go to an ATM to get cash to pay for them. She allowed Zuckerman to ride with her while she drove to the ATM a block or so away. During the ride, however, Zuckerman began touching the woman's leg and thigh, and saying that he wanted to "tie (her) up and do bad things." The woman tried to ignore him, and eventually drove back to the complex. There, Zuckerman said he wouldn't leave until the woman "made out with him," and then tried to kiss her. When the woman tried to get her cell phone to call police, he grabbed her breast. Eventually, he left the car when the woman agreed to give him a hug. When police arrived and the woman described her assailant, they were able to track Zuckerman down, still going door to door in the complex selling the subscriptions about an hour later. When interviewed by police, Zuckerman acknowledged being with the woman, but said nothing unusual had happened while they were together. He said he had "a habit of touching people while he talks to them." The woman identified Zuckerman, and he was taken into custody and arrested. The plea bargain, which Gaza worked out with Zuckerman's attorney, P.J. Redmond of West Chester, calls for him to serve 69 days to 23 months in county prison, and for him to be immediately paroled. Gaza said he believed Redmond was going to make arrangements for him to leave the county. "My expectation is that he will be gone within 24 hours of his release," Gaza said. After the hearing, MacElree said it was as though he had been asked to exile someone from a kingdom. "It's good to be king," he joked.
To contact staff writer Michael P. Rellahan, send an e-mail to mrellahan@dailylocal.com.
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Daily Local News
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Westchester, Pennsylvania
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The Magazine Industry’s Dirty Little Secret
Selling subscriptions and violence door-to-door
July 17, 2008
jossip.com
Rampant drug use. Rape. Negligent homicide. Those are just a few of the lovely job perks that are part of running in a magazine crew, one of those nefarious working environments that operates in the underbelly of the magazine industry. Magazine crews, often made up of troubled youth from broken homes, are the dark secret of publishers, who like to pretend minors and convicted felons aren’t going door-to-door, hawking subscriptions based on fictitious stories about raising money to travel abroad or go to band camp, and then retreating to seedy motels to get high and have their wages withheld. This whole scenario works out quite lovely for magazine publishers, who score plausible deniability about how a slice of their paid subscriptions are secured.

If this whole things sounds familiar, it should.
Last February, the Times devoted 3,200 words to the matter, exposing a shadowy ring of fly-by-night operations that suck in young people hoping for a cool summer gig, only to have their sanity played with as their managers used mental and physical abuse to keep them meeting their quotas. Now, the Houston Press takes the story one step further , and in its attempt to confront the industry about its sales practice, shows just how blind an eye everyone is turning. While mainstream publishers and their trade group, the Magazine Publishers Association, say door-to-door sales account for a minuscule percentage of annual sales, this seemingly small percentage still translates into millions. It’s profitable enough to publishers like Condé Nast, Reader’s Digest and others that they still consider door-to-door sales a worthwhile venture in the 21st century. And without publishers’ participation, the industry would cease to exist. Which means, quite simply, that publishers have decided the collateral damage is worth the boost in circulation.

[…]

Whenever there’s a tragedy tied to the industry, whether it be the death of one of the agents or of one of the customers, the industry mouthpieces issue impotent condemnations or reiterate the notion that door-to-door sales are just a sliver of the pie.

The Magazine Publishers of America will give a variation of the following, which is a statement it gave to the Press: “Magazine Publishers of America condemns any door-to-door business that preys on vulnerable individuals or poses a threat to the public. [MPA] has long urged its members to identify any subscriptions coming from these sources and recommends that its members cease doing business with any company that does not fully comply with the law. Our guidelines and relations with subscription agents are clear, and we encourage all our members to follow them.”

Which, based on the Press’s investigation, previous media stories and industry watchdogs, is complete nonsense. The object is to push subscriptions, and it scarcely matters how.

[…]

If the MPA is unaware of dirty canvassing, then its only other choice is to somehow believe that door-to-door companies are the country’s single-biggest employer of college athletes in the marching band whose parents are dying of cancer and who are competing for a scholarship to study theater in London.

Unwritten policies like this, and the industry’s general uncaring about how magazines are sold, so long as they’re sold, might seem out of place in a country that’s supposed to care about our young people’s well-being. Hell, doesn’t Conde Nast have magazines geared toward just that?

Compare America’s way of doing things, then, with the magazine market in India , where — surprise — young people are also responsible for pushing magazines:

Publishers in India say the system is something they have little control over, and liken street-side magazine distribution to the American paper route, a way for children to earn a little extra money. But the children selling the magazines tell a different tale. “If on a particular day my sales are poor, then I am abused by my employer, at times beaten as well,” said Sonu Kunar, a 12-year-old boy selling a variety of local and Western titles at the intersection of two busy New Delhi roads. Sonu says he works from 9 in the morning until 8 in the evening, and earns about 1,000 rupees, or $23.15, a month. He lives with 13 other children in a small room, and sends all the money he earns back to his family in the eastern state of Bihar.
[NYT]

Honing this craft in the U.S. doesn’t sound any safer.

Related: India’s Booming Magazine Market Is Just Like America’s, Complete With Violence Toward Sales Crews

Related: India’s Booming Magazine Market Is Just Like America’s, Complete With Violence India’s Booming Magazine Market Is Just Like America’s, Complete With Violence Toward Sales Crews

While the American magazine market basically falls apart, things are just hopping over in India, where the world’s largest democracy is pumping out local editions of Vogue, GQ, Maxim, and, among the newest arrivals, People. (We hear Bollywood is big.)

What’s this you say about ad page declines? Circulation drop offs?

Not in India, where ad pages are expected to grow by 20 percent to $302 million this year. So what’s so different about the Indian market? Not that much, actually. Besides the ads for skin lightening cream that fill women’s magazines — Estee Lauder does brisk business reinforcing racist stereotypes — there are more similarities than anything. Among them: True to its brand, Maxim pushes the taste boundary; Women’s magazines are service-y; Listicles are big.

Oh — and if the magazine pushers working the streets to unload these books don’t meet their numbers, they get their asses beat.

India relies on an unorthodox street-side distribution system for more than half of all of its magazine sales. In major cities, packs of young boys stand in traffic islands in the middle of highways, holding up the latest copy of a glossy, and yelling “Vogue, madam? Indian Vogue! Golf Digest?” into the windows of stopped cars.

While many of these new magazines may cost 100 rupees an issue, these boys usually earn much less than that a day; they receive a commission from their boss, usually a middleman who gets a commission from what he sells from a magazine distributor, who in turn buys the magazines from the publisher for a fraction of the cover price.

Publishers in India say the system is something they have little control over, and liken street-side magazine distribution to the American paper route, a way for children to earn a little extra money. But the children selling the magazines tell a different tale.

“If on a particular day my sales are poor, then I am abused by my employer, at times beaten as well,” said Sonu Kunar, a 12-year-old boy selling a variety of local and Western titles at the intersection of two busy New Delhi roads. Sonu says he works from 9 in the morning until 8 in the evening, and earns about 1,000 rupees, or $23.15, a month. He lives with 13 other children in a small room, and sends all the money he earns back to his family in the eastern state of Bihar.

[NYT]

Interesting, because that’s not so dissimilar as to what American magazine sales crews face:

If sellers missed quota regularly or complained about the job, Mr. Simpson, 23, said he hit them while in their room or when they were alone in the van. On more than 30 occasions, he estimated, he and several other enforcers drew blood. In three instances, ambulances were called, he said. Dealing with the police was not a problem.

“You have one kid saying he was jumped and 20 others plus two managers saying he stole something or broke into a room and assaulted a girl,” Mr. Simpson said. “Who do you think the cops are going to believe?”

Daivet McClinton, 23, an enforcer who worked with Mr. Simpson, said talking in front of others about wanting to quit invited the worst beatings.

Asked if they ever went overboard, both men recalled an incident in November 2005 involving an 18-year-old recruit from Dayton, Ohio, named Rudy. “All we were told was that Rudy had shoved and disrespected the manager,” Mr. Simpson said.

For 10 uninterrupted minutes in a motel stairwell in San Francisco, Mr. Simpson, Mr. McClinton and four other enforcers beat Rudy unconscious, Mr. Simpson and Mr. McClinton said. One held his mouth shut. Two others pinned down his arms and legs. Tearing off his shirt, they pressed a flaming lighter into his back. Mr. Simpson kicked him in the face and body. “I stopped because I ran out of breath,” Mr. Simpson said.

Rudy, they said, was taken away in an ambulance.

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Jul 14, 2008
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Selling subscriptions and violence door-to-door
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DMPG Featured Article - July 17, 2008
Houston Press - Houston, Texas
What Mainstream Publishers Don't Want You to Know About Door-to-Door Magazine Sales
That kid at your door with a magazine order form will tell you a story --
part sad, part hopeful. The truth will be infinitely worse than you can imagine.

July 17, 2008
By Craig Malisow
Houston Press
published: July 17, 2008
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Miami, Florida
Documents detail wild, deadly brawl in hotel

July 15, 2008
Documents detail wild, deadly brawl in hotel
BY DAVID OVALLE
Miami Herald
Posted on Tue, Jul. 15, 2008
When two magazine subscription salesmen burst into his Sunny Isles Beach hotel room, Jesus Cisneros told police, a nasty 20-minute brawl followed. They jammed fingers up his nose, threw a bicycle at him and smashed his head with a frying pan, he claimed. Cisneros hurled back ''air fresheners'' and Sprite soda cans. By the time cops arrived, Cisneros had escaped. But Robert Spruiell -- a nationally known figure in the door-to-door subscription sales business -- did not. He died from stab wounds, police believe, inflicted by Cisneros in self-defense. Newly released court records detail Cisneros' version of the fight that left Spruiell dead and fellow salesman Jeremy Johnson, 22, charged in his own boss' death. Johnson, of South Dakota, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree felony murder and armed burglary. In Florida, someone who commits certain felonies in which a cohort dies -- in this case, armed burglary for allegedly storming the room to attack Cisneros -- can be charged with murder. The confrontation started because Spruiell and Johnson believed Cisneros was peddling drugs to their sales people, police say. A hearing to determine whether Johnson can be released on bond will be held Tuesday in front of Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Reemberto Diaz. Cisneros has been asked to testify. Johnson's attorney, Assistant Public Defender Herbert Smith points out Cisneros gave conflicting accounts to an officer at the hotel and homicide detectives later. Smith also pointed out that Spruiell and Johnson's sales group was leaving the hotel that day. ''I could see where Cisneros could have easily attacked them,'' Smith said. ``It doesn't make sense -- why they would attack him? What would be the purpose of it? To teach him a lesson?'' Spruiell owned a series of Arizona door-to-door magazine subscription companies. It is an industry that has drawn scorn from consumer advocates for allegations of fraud, improper background checks of salespeople and exploitation of the youngsters who criss-cross the nation hawking subscriptions. Spruiell, known in Hawaii as Kamuela Kamakana, was born of an islander mother, recently bought a bar on the rural island of Molokai and hoped to retire there.

OPPOSED DRUG USE

He was also known for his adamant opposition to drug use. His group of salespeople had been staying at the Golden Nugget, 18555 Collins Ave., for several weeks. Cisneros, 42, had no connection to the group. Cisneros, who claimed to remodel and restore homes, was living in room 205 of the Golden Nugget with his girlfriend. She was out of town during the stabbing. He has recorded 13 arrests since 2000, the most recent a cocaine possession and resisting arrest with violence conviction two years ago. The night before the stabbing, Spruiell knocked on room 205 and demanded to know if Cisneros had sold Johnson's girlfriend cocaine. Cisneros admitted he gave the woman cocaine ''as a gift,'' he said. He told detectives that the next morning about 8:10 a.m., Johnson and Spruiell knocked on the door. When Cisneros answered, Spruiell grabbed him by the neck, pushed him in and threw him to the ground, he said. Cisneros alleged that Johnson followed, locking the door. He recalled the men began beating him as he lay between two twin beds inside the cramped room. Spruiell ''put his fingers down my throat, and I couldn't talk and then he put his fingers inside my nose,'' Cisneros said. ``The other guy got a lock, which I had on top, by the air-conditioning unit, and then started hitting me with the lock and I was going in and out of consciousness.''

`NOT YOUR GIRLFRIEND'

Cisneros remembered Johnson saying: ``You don't have to have to give her anything. She is not your girlfriend.'' Next, Cisneros claimed, Spruiell tried flipping him over, threatening to sexually assault and kill him. Bursting free, Cisneros jumped over the bed. Johnson picked up a bicycle belonging to Cisneros' girlfriend and threw it. Then Johnson attacked Cisneros with a brown knife with a five-inch blade, although he wasn't sure where the knife came from, Cisneros said. They grappled over the weapon -- Cisneros claimed he wrestled it away and ``swung a couple of times.'' Smith, Johnson's attorney, suggested Cisneros was the real aggressor with the knife. ''It would be very interesting to hear Mr. Cisneros explain how Mr. Johnson was stabbed on the back of the right shoulder and the side of the left arm,'' Smith said. Next, Cisneros jumped away near the vanity. He said: ``I started throwing at him some air fresheners. And then I picked up a chair, and I threw it at him.'' He unlocked the door, grabbed a hat and his cellphone and ran out to call police. Spruiell followed, collapsing outside the room, and died. Following a blood trail, officers found Johnson inside room 220, nursing cuts to the chest and arm. Johnson, at Aventura Hospital, told hospital staff they went to confront a ''Cuban guy'' about selling drugs. Meanwhile, Sunny Isles Officer Caridad Brizuela found Cisneros sitting in a chair outside the room with ``obvious signs of injury to his face and head.'' He stammered to her, according to her report, that he and Spruiell were inside the room when two young men -- one presumably Johnson -- ''barged into his room'' and ``began beating both he and the deceased.'' The mention of a third person, and Spruiell as a beating victim, raises questions about Cisneros' changing stories, attorney Smith said. He pointed to Cisneros' criminal past. ''I don't think giving false information to police is anything new to Mr. Cisneros,'' Smith said.
BY DAVID OVALLE
Miami Herald
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Attleboro, Massachusetts
Job from Hell

July 13, 2008
Job from Hell
Attleboro trio recall horror of magazine-selling stint
BY RICK FOSTER SUN CHRONICLE STAFF
The Sun Chronicle
Last modified: Sunday, July 13, 2008 10:30 AM EDT
When Sue Rodabaugh answered a help-wanted ad that turned out to be from an itinerant door-to-door magazine sales company, she hoped for fun, travel and an opportunity to see a bit of the country while making money to catch up on bills.

But Rodabaugh, who accepted an offer to travel to the Philadelphia area to join a street sales crew, along with her boyfriend and their roommate, said they found neither fun nor a bootstrap opportunity. Instead, she said they were dropped off in unfamiliar locations, forced to walk up to 10 hours a day and were housed with up to 40 other young salespeople in a threadbare New Jersey motel.

The 19-year-old, her boyfriend, George Tibbetts, 23, and their roommate, Derek Isbister, 21, left before completing a three-day training period when Rodabaugh's grandmother agreed to wire them bus fare.

But along the way, the Attleboro trio said they witnessed lying and misrepresentation by magazine salespeople, rampant drug use and mistreatment of crew members. In one instance, she said, one saleswoman stole checks from a residential mailbox and coerced her to sign them - presumably so they could be cashed.

"It was unbelievable," Tibbetts said. "We were all looking at each other, asking one another what are we doing here?"

Rodabaugh said she and her friends were desperate to earn money, all having lost their jobs within the same week. But she now regrets urging the others to take the chance.

"I can't believe I was so naive to go along with it," said Rodabaugh, who along with the men have since told their story to the FBI.

Rodabaugh and Tibbetts said that after agreeing initially to take a bus to Philadelphia, they were given tickets to Wilmington, Del., where they were picked up by a crew representative.

As trainees, each was given $20 a day to help them get started. Most of the time, however, they were broke. Crew members and trainees performed daily calisthenics and attended meetings at which their handlers "amped up" their charges by having them repeat slogans and sales routines.

Nights were devoted to partying, punctuated with drug use and underage drinking, Tibbetts said.

During their days on the road, Tibbetts and Rodabaugh said they spent up to 10 hours a day walking and canvassing neighborhoods through 100-degree heat mixed with thunderstorms.

Crews were transported from neighborhood to neighborhood in vans whose drivers were sometimes so reckless that Tibbets said he literally had to hang onto his seat at speeds up to 80 mph. Tibbetts said he and his friends weren't the only ones shocked by the conditions and business practices of the crew. Eight other prospects also dropped out over a three-day period.

Sadly, said Earlene Williams, director of Parent Watch, which tracks the activities of itinerant magazine solicitors, such reports are neither rare nor isolated to major metropolitan areas.

Labor abuses against crew members, mostly young and with few skills or job prospects, are widespread, she said.

In the past, sales crew members who failed to produce or stray from the rules have been beaten, had their commissions withheld , been abruptly fired and dropped off at the side of the road, she said.

Sometimes, members who make their team look bad by not selling enough subscriptions are subject to isolation or humiliating treatments, like being forced to run a gauntlet of jeering fellow sales people.

Often, young women end up sleeping with their titular managers or supervisors.

"It's one way to protect yourself," Williams said.

That's not the worst that can happen.

Phil Ellenbecker's teenage daughter worked for an itinerant sales crew for only two days in 1999 before a van, driven by a serial traffic offender, overturned in Janesville, Wis., killing her and half the 14 young salespeople inside.

Ellenbecker later formed the Dedicated Memorial Parents Group to expose abuses in the door-to-door sales industry.

Contrary to enticements found in advertisements, Ellenbecker said, most crew members earn relatively little in commissions. And with $20 or more a day deducted for hotel costs, many members end up heavily in debt to the operators.

"It can be compared to indentured servitude," Ellenbecker said.

It's different for those who run the crews. They reap the benefits of profits earned by the salespeople who work for them.

On his MySpace site, the supervisor of the crew that employed Tibbetts and Rodenbaugh claimed to earn from $45,000 to $60,000 per year.

Neither the supervisor, the company that employs him nor the National Field Sales Association, which represents door-to-door sales organizations, returned calls from a reporter.

Howard Polskin, a representative of the Magazine Publisher's Association industry umbrella group, said subscriptions obtained through door-to-door sales represent a tiny fraction - estimated at 1 percent or less - of the magazine business.

He said the MPA has established strict guidelines for solicitors that require background checks for sales personnel and ban false or deceptive selling practices.

A statement released by the MPA said the group "has long urged its members to identify any subscriptions" coming from organizations that prey on the vulnerable or pose a danger to the public, "and recommends that its members cease doing business with any company that does not fully comply with the law."

Nevertheless, salespeople are constantly under pressure from their bosses to make sales quotas, watchdog groups say.

Rodabaugh said that during her sojourn in a vehicle with three other women, salespeople frequently represented themselves as local residents to gain the trust of potential customers. She said one worker took a box of blank checks from one house's mailbox - a federal offense - and coerced her to endorse them.

Subscription orders are frequently paid by check.

Williams said crew members typically work as independent contractors to avoid minimum wage laws and other requirements for employees.

Workers usually bunk three to four to a hotel room and are dispatched on their daily rounds in vans driven by a car handler. Crews are usually dropped off and picked up four to five times a day, knocking on doors in different neighborhoods.

After two or more weeks based in a particular region, crews move on to other parts of the country.

Salespeople are usually given a quota of five sales a day or 30 sales a week, Williams said, which can be raised later based on production.

Those who fulfill certain sales criteria may be told they can earn points toward a $1,000 prize or a trip to Disney World.

A 2007 investigation by The New York Times, however, found that many crew members made little money, saved less and were subject to violence and taunting.

The report said the earnings of many members was kept on the books for later payment, rather than paid to them immediately.

Many states, but not Massachusetts, have attempted to control traveling crews by requiring permits for door-to-door solicitations. But even in those states, companies often flout the rules, moving their operations rapidly to stay ahead of law enforcement.

While riding with a sales crew as a trainee in New Jersey, Rodabaugh said her van driver was stopped several times for not having the proper permits, and then was yelled at when her crew did not make enough sales.

State Rep. Cleon Turner, D-Yarmouth, has been trying to push through a bill that would require door-to-door sales firms to register with local police before beginning sales campaigns. And citizens would be able to have their homes placed on a "no-knock" list if they don't want solicitors calling at their doors.

The bill, which was promoted by the Yarmouth Police, was occasioned by reports of crimes, harassment and intimidation during and after walk-up solicitations, Yarmouth police Lt. Steven G. Xiarhos said.

So far, however, the bill has made little progress. A few Bay State communities, such as Amesbury, have adopted local ordinances requiring salespeople to register with the police.

Crimes by door-to-door solicitors are all too common.

Ellenbecker's group, which often aids police in investigating crimes related to door-to-door selling, currently has 27 alleged felony cases on its books, including a woman customer who was raped and murdered by a salesman.

In May, Beverly police arrested a 25-year-old Philadelphia man on a charge of assaulting a 13-year-old girl near her home. Police, who said the man tried to grab the teenager, classified the incident as an attempted abduction.

Both the suspect and two companions working for a magazine-selling crew were convicted felons, according to the police report.

The same trio also visited several other Massachusetts communities last spring, including Seekonk.

Most sales crews are run by independent companies rather than magazine publishers. Selling organizations get their magazine supply either through contracts with publishers or through clearinghouses linked with individual sales organizations.

The third-party connection makes it possible for publishers to eschew any responsibility for sales crews or their tactics while still reaping the benefits of subscription revenue, said Parent Watch's Williams.

In most states, door-to-door salesmen are subject to little regulation, Ellenbecker said.

However, the National Field Selling Association maintains a code of ethics for sales organizations to promote fair treatment of salespeople and to keep out criminals.

For example, the NFSA code requires that blind ads for sales crews contain "sufficient information so that an individual may know the basic nature of the offer."

However, an advertisement placed in The Sun Chronicle by the sales group that hired the local trio made no mention of selling magazines or where or under what circumstances trainees would live or earn money.

A series of ads placed by the same company on Internet help-wanted sites carried the enticement, "Live Like A Rock Star."

The NFSA code also specifies that background checks are to be conducted to ensure that salespeople are of good character.

Tibbetts and Rodenbaugh said they were told about the background checks, but were not aware that any checks were actually conducted on them.

The NFSA, which did not respond to a Sun Chronicle reporter's phone call, does not publish a list of the members who subscribe to its code on its Web site.

Although disgusted with what they called abusive treatment, unsafe driving and deceptive practices, the Attleboro trio said they're happy about at least one thing.

"We're glad to be back," Tibbetts said.

Ellenbecker, whose daughter died under conditions similar to those endured by the local trio, said he hopes consumers who know the facts won't patronize sales crews whose members are likely to be exploited young people.

"If someone comes to your door, and you don't know them or can't be certain they're with a legitimate group, don't do business with them," he said. "You're just feeding the monster."
BY RICK FOSTER SUN CHRONICLE STAFF
The Sun Chronicle
www.thesunchronicle.com
Attleboro, Massachusetts
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Bellevue, Nebraska
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Warning !!!

July 12, 2008
Magazine Sales Scam Hooks Bellevue Couple
Be careful with door-to-door sales
Posted: 8:39 PM Jul 12, 2008
WOWT Channel 6
wowt.com
Last Updated: 3:18 PM Jul 13, 2008
Email Address: sixonline@wowt.com
Bellevue couple warns to be leery of people selling door-to-door. A magazine scam almost cost them big bucks. A young couple showed up at the Millers' door on Friday. "They were about our age, just real down to earth, nice people," says Justin Miller. Justin and Dawn took them at their word. "They were just selling magazines, saying they needed points to go on a trip to Cozumel (Mexico) and it seemed pretty real so we let 'em in and seen what they had to offer." Earning points for a trip or earning money for school are common ploys say consumer advocates. "They were pretty much just doing this thing for school and they just wanted to win a trip,” says Justin. “They said they were competing against other schools." The Millers took the bait. "Just two subscriptions which came to about a hundred bucks. It was for two years each." The company listed on the receipts was Gemini Subscriptions, Inc. As soon as the reps left, Justin got a bad feeling and hit the computer. "I just googled 'em and seen that it was pretty much a scam from all over the United States, hundreds of reports. I just cancelled it, cancelled the checks right there." To weed out scammers, the Better Business Bureau says always get the name and phone number of the company. Postpone the sale until you run the information by the BBB and never allow a solicitor inside your home. In hindsight, Justin has some advice of his own. "Definitely just ask a lot of questions, probably get some ID and definitely do some research on 'em." He just wishes he'd done that part first. Cancelling two checks will cost the Millers nearly $60, still better than the hundred they believe they would have lost if they let the sale go through. To learn more about potential scams and door-to-door scam artists, visit:
aarp.org
National Consumers League
Better Business Bureau
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Omaha, Nebraska
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Clearfield, Utah
Lewd salesman suspect turns himself in
Door-to-Door Cleaner Company:
Austin Diversified Products

July 12, 2008
Lewd salesman suspect turns himself in
The Standard-Examiner
standard.net
Saturday, July 12, 2008
CLEARFIELD -- A salesman suspected of exposing himself to women has turned himself in, police said. Kenny Dwayne Goodlow, 23, contacted a Clearfield police detective at 7 p.m. Thursday after hearing news reports about his conduct, said Assistant Police Chief Greg Krusi. He was booked in the Davis County Jail on a class A misdemeanor sexual battery, and two counts of class B misdemeanor battery. He is scheduled to appear in Farmington's 2nd District Court at 1:30 p.m. today. Krusi said his office has received calls from other jurisdictions concerning Goodlow's behavior, which was described as "pushy and rude," but nothing criminal. Goodlow was working up to the time of his arrest with Austin Diversified Products out of Harvey, Ill., police said. Salem police is also bringing a second-degree felony burglary charge against Goodlow in connection with an incident on July 7. Salem police Sgt. Scott Dibble said Goodlow knocked on a door, which was answered by a teenage girl. After giving his sales pitch, the girl told Goodlow to leave because the parents were not home. "He then asked to use the bathroom, for some water and aspirin," Dibble said. The girl tells him no, Dibble said, but Goodlow walks into the house anyway. He leaves after using the bathroom, and the girl and her siblings thought the man had left, but found him on the front porch. They tell him again to leave and the oldest girl, who was 16, had to leave for her job. When she got to her work, she called her younger sister, Dibble said. The man was back in the house. She called her mother, who called home and told the man to leave. She called police. When police got to the house, they found the man had taken a purse and gone through it, Dibble said. The police secretary saw a news story Thursday and called Dibble. He called Clearfield police and learned Goodlow had turned himself in. "We went up there and interviewed him," Dibble said. "He spends more than an hour there without the parents there, instead of going out and making other sales calls," Dibble said. "That's not right." Goodlow has traveled throughout the country and has a criminal record in at least one other state, "but nothing sexual," Krusi said. Police are still seeking additional victims in Weber and Davis counties. To contact police call, 525-2806.

(Updated 11:50 a.m.)

Clearfield police seek lewd salesman

CLEARFIELD — Police here want to arrest a door-to-door salesman suspected of exposing himself to women, but so far no victims willing to participate in a prosecution have come forward. Two victims unwilling to participate in a prosecution complained about the man who was selling cleaning supplies, Clearfield Assistant Police Chief Greg Krusi said. The man is 23 years old and black, Krusi said. One woman said the man exposed his genitals to her while the other woman said he groped her breast. The women’s reports were made independent of one another on Wednesday. Police reportedly know the man’s name, which Ogden motel he is staying at and his employer. Krusi said the man works for Austin Diversified Products of Harvey, Ill., and is here with a sales team that is leaving soon. “They will be in the Davis-Weber area until Sunday,” Krusi said. Krusi said he does not know why the two complainants who called are not willing to prosecute. “For whatever reason, they’re not willing to go any further than just to report it to us,” Krusi said. Though police have not heard back from the company headquarters, Krusi said the man’s immediate supervisor is aware of the issue. “The thing that concerned us is … our patrol guy called (the suspect’s) immediate supervisor here and he was aware of the misconduct,” Krusi said. “So we know this guy is pretty brazen about his sexual approaches.” Police in Sunset, Syracuse, Layton and Clinton said they are unaware of any similar complaints. Anyone with information should call Clearfield Police 525-2806.
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Clearfield, UT 84015
(801) 525-2800
Detective Denise Hornando
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D.M.P.G. Info Clip
August 3, 2008





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Austin Diversified Products:
Austin Diversified Products

National Field Selling Association:
National Field Selling Association

Company Contact Information:
Austin Diversified Products, Inc.
16615 S. Halsted Street
Harvey, IL 60426
email: inquiry@advanage.com
phone: (800) 323-6444

Additional Information on Austin Diversified Products:
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Rip Off Report Austin Diversified Sales:
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Research Austin Diversified Products on the Criminal Profiler:
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Google Search: "Austin Diversified Products":
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Google Search: "Nathan Edwards":
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Clearfield, Utah
Door-to-door salesman charged with sexual battery

July 11, 2008
Door-to-door salesman charged with sexual battery
By Cleon Wall
E-mail: cwall@ksl.com
KSL Television & Radio
ksl.com
July 11th, 2008 @ 2:00pm
Charges are filed against a door-to-door salesman who was showing off a little more than cleaning products. One woman says Kenneth Goodlow exposed himself. Another says he was a little too friendly and fondled her. The Davis County Attorney's Office charged Goodlow with sexual battery and lewdness. According to Clearfield police, Goodlow also faces a charge of burglary in Salem. He was still working just prior to his arrest, even though his supervisor had been notified on Wednesday of his alleged behavior.
E-mail: cwall@ksl.com
By By Cleon Wall
KSL Television & Radio
ksl.com
Salt Lake City, Utah
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55 S State St Clearfield, UT 84015
(801) 525-2800
Detective Denise Hornando
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Clearfield, Utah
Police warn of salesman

July 11, 2008
Police warn of salesman
By Ben Winslow
Deseret News
Published: July 11, 2008
Clearfield police have issued a public warning about a salesman they said is going door-to-door and engaging in acts of sexual misconduct. But police say they are equally frustrated that the women complaining about it won't pursue criminal charges against him. "Because we don't have a cooperative victim, we can't hold him," Clearfield Assistant Police Chief Greg Krusi said Thursday. Police fielded several complaints on Wednesday about a door-to-door cleaning-supply salesman who exposed himself and in one case, fondled a woman's breast. Officers tracked down the man, but they could not make an arrest because none of the alleged victims were willing to pursue criminal charges. "They don't want to do anything other than let us know," Krusi said. Police said the man is part of an Illinois-based products company that is going across the country, selling cleaner door-to-door. Salesmen go out in 15-passenger vans and are dropped off in different parts of a city, meeting up at a central location at the end of the day. They were all reportedly staying in an Ogden motel and working in Weber County, scheduled to leave at the end of the week. Krusi said officers have spoken to the salesman's supervisor, who is aware of this and other complaints about the man. Investigators fear there may be other women out there, and issued a public plea on Thursday for any other victims to come forward. "Our concern is we've got one guy out there that's doing this," Krusi said. "We are looking for additional victims who are willing to step up." Anyone with information is urged to contact Clearfield police at 801-525-2806.
E-mail: bwinslow@desnews.com
By Ben Winslow
Deseret News
deseretnews.com
Salt Lake City, Utah
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55 S State St Clearfield, UT 84015
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Benjamin Suazo Murder Lawsuit
Magazine Company: WorldWide Readers Service
aka: World Wide Readers Service
Magazine Clearinghouse: WorldWide Readers Service

July 8, 2008
Silva Lanes 'not going anywhere'
Bowling alley seeks protection from wrongful death lawsuit with Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Bob Quick | The New Mexican
SantaFe NewMexican
7/8/2008 - 7/9/08
Silva Lanes in Santa Fe will continue with business as usual even though the bowling alley's parent company, Silva Bowling Inc. in Albuquerque, recently filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy to protect itself from a lawsuit arising from the death of a man on the bowling alley's property about three years ago. Company president Art Silva discussed the bankruptcy filing and the lawsuit in a telephone interview this week. A group of magazine-subscription salesmen were charged in the 2005 death of Santa Fe resident Benjamin Suazo outside the bowling alley at 1352 Rufina Circle, on the city's southwest side. Suazo's mother, Eleanor Ocona, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in state District Court in 2006. "It was after hours and had nothing to do with us," said Silva, who also owns an alley in Albuquerque. "Our insurance didn't cover it. Our attorneys' bills are up over $200,000. It's taking all our cash flow to support this lawsuit. That's why we elected to file Chapter 11." By filing a Chapter 11 bankruptcy, a debtor remains in possession of the business and in control of its operation. The debtor and his creditors are able to work together through the bankruptcy. Silva explained that the judge in the civil lawsuit allowed Silva's insurance company to drop its coverage. "That left us without insurance and footing the bill," he said. By filing bankruptcy, Silva said, "technically it ends the lawsuit." Santa Fe bankruptcy attorney Doug Booth said that unless there is some form of wrongful conduct on the part of the defendant, the claims contained in the civil lawsuit could be discharged. "I think (Chapter 11 bankruptcy) may protect (Silva Bowling), but I couldn't say for sure," he said. "There are some exceptions." Another attorney, who asked not to be identified, said filing bankruptcy "is a big stop sign" for the plaintiff. "It doesn't terminate the claim, but it may have a chilling effect on the plaintiff's willingness to pursue it," the attorney said. Silva's attorney, Daniel J. Behles, said he couldn't comment on the matter. The bankruptcy filing indicates Silva Bowling Inc. has liabilities of more than $4 million and assets of about $553,000. The largest creditor holding a secured claim is Brunswick Bowling and Billiards, an Illinois company, which is owed $2.4 million for bowling alley pinsetters and other equipment. Silva and his wife, Diane Silva, are listed as unsecured creditors with a claim of $775,000 consisting of multiple loans and guarantees for the corporation, including unpaid rent. Suazo was run over in the bowling alley's parking lot by the vehicle of one of five men originally charged in the case, after getting caught up in a dispute with the group that was in town to sell subscriptions. Charges against one of the men were later dropped. Of the four other men, one was sentenced to prison, one received five years of probation and two others were acquitted of second-degree murder charges. Named in the lawsuit were Silva Bowling, the five men initially charged in connection with Suazo's death and the two magazine-subscription sales companies that employed the men. Ocona's lawsuit says bowling-alley employees served alcohol to members of the sales crew, who were intoxicated. The lawsuit also said the bowling alley should have had more than one security guard on duty at the time and that there had been 387 calls to 911 from Silva Lanes in the three years preceding Suazo's death. Silva said the incident was recorded by Silva Lanes' video cameras and showed Suazo was "clearly the aggressor" in the dispute. Suazo's mother's lawsuit doesn't deal with Suazo's role in his own death. But during the preliminary hearing, state District Judge Michael Vigil identified Suazo as a "willing participant in this combat" with the magazine salesmen. In other remarks, Silva said he had insurance to cover his liability, but then his insurance company applied for "relief from that liability" and received a favorable ruling from a judge. "That left us without insurance and footing the bill," he said. Bankruptcy "was the only way out. It was not what I wanted to do, but I needed to do it for the protection of my employees and myself." Silva said he hopes to emerge from Chapter 11 in three to five years, sooner if he can put together a refinancing of the business. In the meantime, Silva said, "I believe Santa Fe bowlers will support us. We're not going anywhere."
Contact Bob Quick at 986-3011 or bobquick@sfnewmexican.com.
Bob Quick | The New Mexican
SantaFe NewMexican
sfe.live.mediaspanonline.com
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Your help needed.
Sign Petition to Protect Mobile Sales Crew Workers

July 6, 2008
Your help needed. Sign Petition to Protect Mobile Sales Crew Workers
Paul Misner
Filed Under Sales, Spirituality
smartchive.com
support.Paul Misner
pmisner@cucc-md.org
July 6, 2008
It’s important, as a sales professional, you stop the exploitation of others who enter our career.

Sign Petition:
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/Protect_Crews

For over 30 years, traveling sales crews of young adults are recruited into magazine sales jobs with promises of making money, but essentially are held in an environment equivalent to that of an indentured servant or share cropper.

I met two young women at my house who told me this story. They are both salespeople recruited from the inner city to work on these sales crews. These women, 19 and 21, are both employed by a company called Chapel Sales.

These salespeople are required to work 80+ hour days, often doing door to door sales in dangerous urban areas. The company holds their earnings in an account for them, and if they leave, their earnings are in jeopardy. Their day starts at 8:30 AM, and they work until 9:00 PM. If they don’t meet quota, they have to go to another meeting at 11:00 PM.

One of the workers told me that she was denied money for food, because she didn’t sell, and had to watch others in her group eat. That same salesperson was also the victim of a robbery while selling in an inner-city apartment building.

I’ve done some research, and found that these kids are often the victims of crime, and many of them have been raped, robbed, murdered, or killed in automobile related fatalities.

In the past, if local authorities got wind of this activity, they would simply move these crews to another state. The salespeople are classified as independent contractors largely for the purpose of bypassing labor laws.

I spoke at length with Phil Ellenbacker, webmaster of www.travelingsalescrews.info Phil’s daughter was one of 7 children killed in a van driven by one of these work crews. Phil told me that the driver was driving on a suspended license.

How can you help?

Research

The New York times did an expose’ of magazine sales crews, and their practices.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/21/us/21magcrew.html?ex=1329714000&en=be91678aaac7038d&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss

Parent Watch is a clearinghouse for information on child and youth labor abuse in the traveling door-to-door sales crew industry. Traveling Sales Crew Info is another site.

www.parentwatch.org
www.travelingsalescrews.info


Sign the petition:

As members of a faith community, we have a unique ability to pressure the Magazine Publishers Association and the Federal Government to give the same basic working conditions for sales crews as we expect for ourselves and our families. Please sign the petition at the link below.
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/Protect_Crews

Spread the word

Pass this email onto your faith community, and the faith community of your friends. It’s only by spreading the word that we will get the number of people needed to generate enough attention to this issue. Be ready to act Magazine publishers receive between 2 & 3 percent of their revenues from traveling sales crews. If our recommendations are not accepted, it may be necessary to place financial pressure on the industry to meet our demands. This may require a magazine subscription boycott.

Finally

If you are approached by a member of a traveling sales crew, do not support them by purchasing a subscription. The best thing that you can do is refer them to an organization like Parent Watch. Thank you in advance for your support.

Paul Misner
pmisner@cucc-md.org
Paul Misner
smartchive.com
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Lincoln, Massachusetts
Magazine Sales Agent Arrested For Breaking and Entering and Robbery
Magazine Company: Pargon Sales
Magazine Clearinghouse: Midwest Clearing

July 3, 2008
Solicitor arrested for breaking and entering
By Ben Aaronson/Staff Writer
wickedlocal.com
Thu Jul 03, 2008, 11:16 AM EDT
Lincoln -
Lincoln police Wednesday night arrested a female solicitor in connection with a Monday robbery on Beaver Pond Road. Loretta Goode, 21, of Center Moriches, N.Y. was arraigned Thursday morning at Concord District Court on charges of breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony and larceny from a building. According to Police Chief Kevin Mooney, the homeowners reported their wallets missing on Tuesday evening, July 1. The husband and wife reported a solicitor had been on their property the previous day and provided a physical description of the person, Mooney said. Mooney said the woman was selling magazines with a group called Paragon Sales, having been placed there by a Chicago-based agency called Equal Opportunity. Mooney said Paragon Sales registered about a dozen salesmen with the Police Department last week in accordance with the town’s solicitation bylaw. Police suspended the company’s operation until the investigation was complete. Mooney said the management company was very upset about the incident and encouraged Goode to come forward. “The cooperation from the company was outstanding,” he said. On Wednesday, July 2, Goode turned herself into police and admitted entering the house through an unlocked door and taking the wallets, Mooney said. Goode was arrested and her solicitation license revoked, he said. Mooney said this was the first such incident in town related to Paragon Sales, which sells magazines in the area every spring. “They’re here legitimately working hard 99 percent of the time,” he said. Mooney said the larceny should serve as a reminder to residents to keep their property secured. According to Mooney, the homeowners in this particular incident had only left the house to take a short walk when the larceny occurred. “[If] you leave your house, lock your doors. It doesn’t take very long, so leaving for a short time doesn’t mean you can leave your house unsecured,” he said. “That goes for motor vehicles too.” Mooney credited Lt. Kevin Kennedy for his work in leading the investigation and making the arrest. Mooney said identifying the suspect would have been much more difficult without the solicitation bylaw, which requires solicitors to register with the town.
By Ben Aaronson/Staff Writer
wickedlocal.com
Concord, Massachusetts
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Dedham, Massachusetts
Magazine Salesman Fugitive From Justice Arrested

July 3, 2008
Missouri man faces fugitive charges
Police News
Daily News Transcript
Compiled by Daily News staff writer Lindsey Parietti
Posted Jul 03, 2008 @ 11:56 PM
DEDHAM - A magazine salesman was arrested Tuesday at 2:35 p.m. when he registered at the police station, which solicitors are required to do before going door to door. Police did a background check of Kevin Grady, 26, because he did not have an ID with him and found that he had four outstanding warrants from Missouri for stealing a vehicle, said police spokesman Lt. Robert Nedder. Police charged Grady, of 10142 Chambers Hill Drive, St. Louis, with being a fugitive from justice and Missouri authorities agreed to retrieve him, Nedder said.
- Compiled by Daily News staff writer Lindsey Parietti
Police News
Daily News Transcript
Compiled by Daily News staff writer Lindsey Parietti
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Norwood, Massachusetts
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Salem, New Hampshire
Four men in Salem charged in assault of magazine salesman
Magazine Company: Pargon Sales
Magazine Clearinghouse: Midwest Clearing

July 2, 2008
Four men in Salem charged in assault of magazine salesman
BY DERRICK PERKINS
Salem Observer
NewHampshire.com
Published Wednesday, July 02, 2008 2:55 PM by Salem Editor
Four door-to-door salesmen were placed under arrest after two of the men allegedly beat a third in the parking lot of a Wendy’s restaurant for low sales figures late Thursday night. Police charged Darrell Price and Tyjaun Seals, both 19, with simple assault. Two other men, Joseph Mims and Kevin Price, both 21, were charged with disorderly conduct. Police apprehended the men at a Hess station on the intersection of Route 28 and Lake Street after they fled from the scene in a dark red van at 9:55 p.m. All four men work for the Pargon Sales Midwest Clearing company and have been soliciting magazine subscriptions in the Salem area, according to police. After failing to meet his sales quota, one of the salesmen was allegedly refused dinner and then beaten by his supervisor and a co-worker. None of the men could produce positive identification and gave police the address of the Doubletree Hotel in Lowell, Mass. Police believe the four men are from Chicago. The group registered with the Salem Police Department as per state law last Monday, and authorities are taking steps to remove the men from the town. Attempts to contact the company by the authorities have been unsuccessful. Police are urging local business and area residents to notify the department of any further contact with the group.
BY DERRICK PERKINS
Salem Observer
cs.newhampshire.com
NewHampshire.com
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Farmington, Connecticut
Door-to-Door Magazine Salesmen Arrested

July 1, 2008
Magazine salesman charged after retaliation for rejection
By LISA BACKUS, Journal Register News Service
BristolPress.com
Posted on Tue, Jul 1, 2008
FARMINGTON — For the second time in less than two weeks, police arrested an overzealous out-of-state magazine salesman who reacted poorly when local residents declined to pay for a subscription. Antwan Duff, 21, of St. Louis, Mo., was taken into custody Monday after a Coppermine Road resident reported the salesman poured a soda into the resident’s open convertible. “He took umbrage at the fact they didn’t buy a subscription,” Lt. William Tyler said. “They turned him down and then they saw him pour a can of soda into their open convertible that was sitting in the driveway. He also received a ticket for soliciting without a permit.” Duff was charged with first-degree criminal trespass and third-degree criminal mischief and was held overnight on $5,000 surety bond until his appearance in Hartford Superior Court Tuesday. It was the second time in less than two weeks that police nabbed an out-of-state magazine salesman for employing hard-sell tactics. Police arrested Terry Jennings, 26, of Illinois June 19 after three women at Westfarms mall reported he was making lewd remarks and following them to their cars. In one case Jennings flapped his arms like a chicken and then grabbed a woman’s hand to ask about her lack of an engagement ring. In another case he asked a woman if she wanted to commit a sex act with him and then flipped her an obscene gesture when she tried to leave. By town ordinance, solicitors are required to seek a license with the police chief before they can sell merchandise door to door. The license procedure includes a background check through Farmington and state police records and a description of the vehicle and goods to be sold. Both men received town ordinance tickets for soliciting without a permit in addition to criminal charges.
By LISA BACKUS, Journal Register News Service
bristolpress.com
Bristol, Connecticut
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Rockford, Illinois
Loves Park aldermen OK soliciting law

July 1, 2008
Loves Park aldermen OK soliciting law
By Mike Wiser
RRSTAR.COM
Posted Jul 01, 2008 @ 11:12 PM
LOVES PARK — Going door-to-door to sell services in Loves Park just got more expensive. Monday night aldermen unanimously approved a law that makes it illegal for a “peddler,” “hawker” or “huckster” to solicit business in the city without first obtaining a license from city hall. That means no door-to-door salespeople or vendors allowed, unless they first apply to the city for a license and plunk down $100 for the opportunity to sell their wares or ask for money in Loves Park. The $100 is to cover the cost of the criminal background check on the individual and a check on the business the applicant is representing. Those caught without a license are subject to arrest and face a fine of up to $750. “This really just streamlines the process,” Loves Park Police Chief Pat Carrigan said. “The old ordinance was outdated and needed some updating ... There wasn’t a rash of soliciting complaints or anything like that.” Before the ordinance passed, people would only have to register with city hall if they planned to try and sell items or solicit door-to-door. There were no fees associated with registering. Even with a license, salespeople are not allowed to approach homes with “no soliciting” signs on them. The ordinance also prohibits peddlers from trying to sell items other that what they listed as the items they were going to sell on their application to city hall. Additionally, the vendors have to carry their license on them at all times and can only go door-to-door from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Exceptions to the license requirement are made for government employees who are on official business; people soliciting support for political causes or other causes not involving the solicitation of funds; and individuals soliciting charitable donations for a recognized nonprofit association, organization or project. Ald. Clint Little, who chairs the council’s public safety committee, said the law will hopefully address a problem he recently had in his ward that had to do with people selling magazine subscriptions. “When the homeowner would tell them ‘no,’ the person selling the subscriptions would offer to sell them a ‘no soliciting’ sticker and say something about how there were going to be a lot of other solicitors in the area and (the homeowner) could post the sticker,” Little said. “It seemed like extortion to me.” Little said it’s possible the ordinance could get tightened up in the future if it turns out to be too broad or not cover everything the council had hoped it to.
Staff writer Mike Wiser can be reached at 815-987-1377 or mwiser@rrstar.com.
By Mike Wiser
RRSTAR.COM
Rockford, Illinois
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Needham, Massachusetts
Magazine Salesman Fugitive From Justice Arrested

June 30, 2008
Police Blotter
Arrests
wickedlocal.com
Mon Jun 30, 2008, 06:31 PM EDT
Larry Talbert, 21, of 942 Elsworth Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio, was arrested at 4:50 p.m. June 24 at 208 Warren St. by Officer Joseph O’Brien Jr. He was a fugitive from justice. Police were given a list of solicitors from Paragon Sales who would be going door-to-door selling magazines in Needham. In checking the names, police discovered one of the people on this list, Talbert, was wanted by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department in Cincinnati for an aggravated drug offense. Police later spotted Talbert lying on a park bench at the intersection of Warren Street and School Street. Talbert, when approached by police, said he was selling magazines and was lying on the bench because he was tired. After police, who recognized Talbert from the earlier check on solicitors, positively identified him, they arrested Talbert and held him for rendition.
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Needham, Massachusetts
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Salem, New Hampshire
Salesman assaulted by co-workers

June 28, 2008
Salesman assaulted by co-workers
By James A. Kimble
Staff writer
The Eagle-Tribune Online
Published: June 28, 2008 12:06 am
SALEM, N.H. — A door-to-door magazine salesman who failed to meet his sales quota was rewarded with a beating by his supervisor and co-workers, police said. Police arrested four men who had fled Wendy's Restaurant at 300 N. Broadway, where they were seen striking their co-worker in the parking lot. Police were called to the restaurant at 9:52 p.m. Thursday. They found the men at a nearby gas station after they allegedly fled from the eatery. Darrell Price, 19, and Tyjaun Seals, 19, were both charged with misdemeanor simple assault. Joseph Mims, 21, and Kevin Price, 21, were both charged with disorderly conduct. Darrell Price and Seals are being held at the county jail. Mims and Kevin Price are free on $5,000 bail. Besides the assault, police said, the unsuccessful salesman was refused dinner. Police Capt. Shawn Patten said police learned the group of men work for Pargon Sales Midwest Clearing out of Illinois. The group registered with the Police Department June 23 — as required by state law — so they could do door-to-door soliciting in the area. Patten said police have yet to get in touch with the company. None of the men had identification on them and are believed to be from the Chicago area. They all provided the same address, which was for the Doubletree Hotel in Lowell, Mass. Patten said the department is taking steps to make sure they are banned from selling again in town. He said business owners and residents should notify police if they spot members of Pargon trying to sell magazines in town.
By James A. Kimble
Staff writer
The Eagle-Tribune Online
eagletribune.com
Salem, New Hampshire
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Salem, New Hampshire
Four arrested after fight in Salem Wendy's parking lot
June 27, 2008
Four arrested after fight in Salem Wendy's parking lot
By DERRICK PERKINS
Union Leader Correspondent
Friday, Jun. 27, 2008
SALEM – Four door-to-door magazine salesmen were taken into custody late Thursday evening in connection with a large fight that broke out in a Wendy's parking lot at 9:52 p.m. Police charged Darrell Price and Tyjaun Seals, both 19, with simple assault after stopping their fleeing vehicle at the Hess station at the intersection of Route 28 and Lake Street. Two other men, Joseph Mims and Kevin Price, both 21, were charged with disorderly conduct. According to police, all four men work for the Pargon Sales Midwest Clearing company, soliciting magazine subscriptions in the Salem area. After failing to meet his sales quota, one of the salesmen was allegedly refused dinner and then beaten by his supervisor and a coworker. None of the four men could produce positive identification and all only gave police the address of the Doubletree Hotel in Lowell, Mass. Police believe the four men are from Chicago. The group registered with the Salem Police Department as per state law last Monday, and authorities are taking steps to remove the men from the town. Attempts to contact the company have been unsuccessful. Police are urging local business and area residents to notify the department of any further contact with the group.
By DERRICK PERKINS
Union Leader Correspondent
gamma.unionleader.com
Salem, New Hampshire
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Lowell, Massachusetts
Magazine Salesman Assaults Police Officers

June 26, 2008
Police: Man illegally selling magazines assaults Lowell officers
By Robert Mills, rmills@lowellsun.com
The Sun
Article Last Updated: 06/26/2008 06:41:21 AM EDT
LOWELL -- A young man said he was in the neighborhood selling magazines, but he had no permit to do so, and a neighbor called police after spotting the man lurking on the porch of a Belvidere house where no one was home. Officers soon found the man, Keylon Andrews, 22, of Indianapolis on Rae Street about 7:10 p.m. Using expletives, he told officers he didn't need a permit to sell magazines, police said. Officers corrected him on that point, and when they informed Andrews that he was under arrest, Andrews punched two officers in the head and continued to fight after he was pepper sprayed, police said. He was eventually handcuffed and brought back to the station, but the incident has police reminding residents that anyone selling magazines or anything door to door should have identification and a permit. "They have to be permitted, and they should display it upon demand," said Lt. Mark Buckley. "If they don't, call police." Police did not release the address where the man was initially spotted lurking on the porch because it is the home of a police officer who was not home at the time. Police said Andrews also was allegedly spotted going into the yards of two other homes despite the claim he was selling magazines. He is charged with two counts of assault and battery on a police officer, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, violation of bylaws or ordinances, peddling or hawking without a license, and giving a false name to police. A bail commissioner had not yet set bail for him last night.
By Robert Mills, rmills@lowellsun.com
The Sun
lowellsun.com
Lowell, Massachusetts
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Galesburg, Illinois
Magazine Sales Scam Alert !!!

June 25, 2008
People beware of magazine scam
By KAREN KAMPWIRTH
Letter to the editor
Galesburg.com
Posted Jun 25, 2008 @ 11:04 AM
People should keep on the look-out for a magazine sales scam. On a recent afternoon two young men stopped by my house selling magazines, supposedly so they could win points toward a trip to Europe. I agreed initially to renew a subscription but became more and more suspicious: they tried to talk me into giving cash instead of a check (“we get more points that way”), the check was to be made out to F.N.T. Inc. rather than to the name of the magazine, and I couldn’t find the name of the magazine I wanted on any of their printed lists, even though they said they had it on their list. Apparently I asked too many questions because they ended up voiding my form and walking away. So I went to my computer and did a search for “F.N.T. better business bureau” and immediately came up with a Missouri TV news report on how lots of people paid for magazines that never came and that there was no way to track these people down. The form says to make all inquiries to: ALWAYS HELPING PEOPLE LLC, P.O. Box 897, Prosper, TX 75078. It also says to make all checks payable to F.N.T. Inc. It would be a shame if the many students who do legitimate fundraising for school projects are tainted by this sort of thing. Just make sure that the check is to be made out to a legitimate source, unlike this one. — Karen Kampwirth, Galesburg
galesburg.com
By KAREN KAMPWIRTH
Galesburg, Illinois
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Alberta, Canada
Men posing as school reps

June 24, 2008
Men posing as school reps
Julia Textor
News Staff
Sherwood Park News
Tuesday June 24, 2008
Strathcona County RCMP have been on the lookout for two suspicious males in the region who have been approaching homeowners posing as school representatives. From the start of June, the two males had been going door-to-door speaking to home occupants about purchasing various books and home study guides. Once inside the home, the two discussed the products they were selling, then abruptly said they had to leave and would return later that same day. “Apparently they didn’t produce any identification as to who they were representing,” said Strathcona County RCMP media liaison Const. Wally Henry. He said that in one instance after the males were invited inside the home, the resident told them that she was soon to be on vacation, which is when the two made an excuse to leave. “The people out in the rural areas were concerned that it was just two fellows trying to scope out the place to see if there was a crime of opportunity.” As door-to-door selling is still a common way to do business, residents should be asking for identification from whomever they invite into their home. “People have to be really careful as to who they let into their house,” Const. Henry said. “Just be aware that there are people out there who will prey on people who are too kind to them.” There is no county permit currently needed to go door-to-door selling, but an Alberta seller’s license is required from the province. Const. Henry said that if anybody should come to the door, ask for his or her provincial license to go door-to-door selling and ask for identification from the organization they are representing. One of the males was caucasion, approximately 5’10 with brown hair in his late twenties. The second was Asian, approximately 5’8 with brown hair and also in his late twenties. The vehicle used was described as an older white sedan, possibly with a black strip and British Columbia license plates. County RCMP are requesting the help of residents to obtain a license number should anyone come across these individuals. “If we could get a license plate of the vehicle they were in to provide to the police, then that would be beneficial,” Cons. Wally said.
Anyone who has information is asked to contact the RCMP at 467-7741.
julia@sherwoodparknews.com
Julia Textor
News Staff
julia@sherwoodparknews.com
Sherwood Park News
168 Kaska Road
Sherwood Park, AB
T8A 4G7
Phone: (780) 464-0033
Fax: (780) 464-8512
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Farmington, Connecticut
Magazine Salesman Arrested

June 23, 2008
Police: Salesman Arrested After Flapping Arms Like Chicken
nbc30.com
POSTED: 10:40 am EDT June 23, 2008
UPDATED: 4:28 pm EDT June 23, 2008
FARMINGTON, Conn. -- A magazine salesman from Illinois was arrested after police said he made lewd suggestions to women at the Westfarms Mall. Police said he also asked one girl if she liked chicken and then flapped his arms. Terry Jennings, 26, was arrested in the mall parking lot after three women told police that he made lewd comments and inappropriate gestures. Police said he also made comments about the women’s personalities and boyfriends. Jennings was charged with two counts of second-degree breach of peace and ticketed for soliciting without a permit. Solicitors are required to seek a license with the police chief before they can sell merchandise door to door. The procedure includes a background check and a description of what will be sold. Police said Jennings did not have a permit. He was being held on $10,000 bond and was later released on bail.
nbc30.com
Farmington, Connecticut
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Reno, Nevada
Door-to Door Sales Cleaning Product Scam !!!

June 23, 2008
UNR impostors soliciting money door-to-door in alleged scam
Associated Press
kmph.com
June 23, 2008 6:34 PM ET
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Officials at the University of Nevada, Reno are warning local residents about some impostors going door-to-door raising money. School officials say the people are falsely claiming to be UNR student athletes. Some of them say they are selling cleaning products to raise money for the school while others are claiming to be collecting donations to pay for team trips to Hawaii or the NCAA regionals. UNR officials say they never send student athletes into the community to seek donations or sell things. Anyone who may have donated money to the solicitors is urged to contact their banks as well as the local police.
Associated Press
kmph.com
Reno, Nevada
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Fulton and Mexico Missouri
Door-to Door Magazine Sales Scam !!!

June 19, 2008
Door-to-door scams are obtaining business licenses
'Always Helping People LLC' sells magazine subscriptions, but no one ever receives their purchase
By Amelia Waters
KRCG-TV CBS
Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 4:14 p.m.
Imagine you get a knock on your door, and there is a young man selling magazines subscriptions. He claims he is trying to raise money for college and you are the only person who has been nice to him. Through kindness you buy a subscription, but realize there is no contact information for the company the salesman claimed to be with. You look online, still nothing. Then you call city hall and find he did have a business license.

The scenario is happening in Fulton and Mexico Missouri. On Wednesday KRCG reported a door-to-door scam. Young salesmen that are affiliating themselves with the business 'Always Helping People LLC' retrieved a business license to go to door-to-door. "Basically a young man came to the door and he was selling magazines, but he didn't want to get that point across as much as the company he was working for," stated Fulton resident Marcia Smith. The company 'Always Helping People LLC' is based out of Prosper, Texas. But when writing out a check to purchase subscriptions it is made to F.N.T Inc. After purchasing two subscriptions Marcia Smith decided to research the company. Not finding anything online she called city hall, and found the young salesman did have a business license. "I questioned city hall a couple times, well how do you know he's legitimate? Or do you do any background checks, or does it even run it through your Better Business Bureau? And she answered no to all of that," said Smith. Smith stated the woman also said she assumes the salesmen would not go to the trouble to get a business license if they were not legitimate. City leaders were unavailable for comment on camera today. So I checked around in other communities. I found getting a business license is surprisingly easy. "The first thing we do is we ask you to fill out an application, then we'd send you over the highway patrol," said Steve Schlueter, director of finance for Jefferson City. A person needs to have two forms of id, with one photo id, if they clear a background check they go back to the city clerks office, and if approved, they get a license. Giving a scenario to Schlueter I asked, "Let's say I come and I want to go door-to-door and sell magazine subscriptions, here's my drivers license, and I belong to this company with no phone number, I have no record, that means I could door-to-door and scam people and then take off?" "You could, I mean if you fill all the obligations and there's no record, yes if you met all that criteria you could go out and start soliciting," said Schlueter. Something to think about the next time someone comes knocking on your door. The Fulton city clerks office does ask for two forms of ID and does perform a background check with the police. The Better Business Bureau in Dallas, Texas has 37 complaints in the last 36 months on 'Always Helping People LLC.' BBB officials said all the complaints are closed because the company cannot be found. Law enforcement officials in Prosper, Texas said they tried sending a letter to the P.O. Box the company claims to have as an address but it no longer exists.
By Amelia Waters
KRCG-TV CBS
krcg.com
Jefferson City, Missouri
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Claremont, California
Door-to-Door Solicitation Ordinance and No Knock Passed

June 18, 2008
Solicitation Ordinance
claremontonline.net
The Claremont City Council passed an ordinance regulating solicitation in the City.
The new ordinance was effective on June 12, 2008.
This ordinance replaces a prior ordinance that was determined unconstitutional by the courts. In summary, the new ordinance requires all persons, businesses and organizations wishing to solicit in the City for any money, funds or contributions to obtain a permit. The permit process is less extensive for political, religious, and charitable organizations. Permits are not required if the contact does not involve the solicitation of money, funds, or contributions. All solicitors, including those issued a permit, are prohibited from soliciting at any location listed on the "Do Not Knock" Registry, or from any location with a sign posted prohibiting solicitation.

Key Elements of the Solicitation Ordinance
DEFINITIONS


Charitable
501(c)(3) Organizations - Boy & Girl Scouts, youth athletic clubs, etc.
School clubs - public or private schools

Solicitation

Requesting directly or indirectly:
Money, credit, funds, contributions, personal property
or anything of value
Taking or attempting to take orders for the sale of goods, wares, merchandise, or services
Providing a description of future delivery or for services to be performed in the future, either in person or by distributing fliers and leaflets
Selling and making immediate delivery any goods, wares, merchandise or services


Non-Commercial Solicitation

Purpose of solicitation is political, religious, or charitable

Commercial Solicitation
All solicitation that is not non-commercial

Solicitation is Not

Communication that is political, religious, or charitable in nature - AND - does not involve solicitation of money, funds, contributions, or anything of value Delivery of items ordered by resident or business (newspapers, groceries, etc.)

PERMITS: COMMERCIAL & NON-COMMERCIAL
Commercial Permit (Applications available at the Police Department)

All persons soliciting and employer must obtain a permit
Must apply for permit at least 30 days prior to proposed solicitation
Must pay permit fee based on cost recovery formula; fee as of June 2008 is $324
Permit valid for 90 days
City business tax certificate also required
Must provide proof of insurance
All applicants must undergo livescan fingerprinting
and criminal background check by the Police Department
A permit can be denied/revoked for misrepresentation on application,
convictions for violent crimes, sexual assault, possession of drugs,
theft, fraud, or burglary
No permit will be issued to an applicant (company) for 1 year following a revocation of any solicitor permit issued to the same company
The Police Department will issue a solicitor permit ID card with photo.

Sample Commercial Solicitor Permit ID


Commercial Solicitor Permit (front)


Commercial Solicitor Permit (back)


Non-Commercial Permit (Applications available at City Hall, Finance Department)

Only the organization is required to obtain a permit; a permit is not required for individual solicitors
Individual solicitors must carry identification and authorization to act on behalf of the organization
If a 501(c )(3) organization, the organization must provide a letter of determination approving tax exempt status, updated annually
If public or private school, they must provide a letter from school administrator verifying school affiliation, updated annually
Must apply for a permit at least 30 days prior to proposed solicitation
Permits are valid for 1 year
Children under the age of 12 shall be accompanied by an adult

REGULATIONS
Establishes a "Do Not Knock" Registry
Residents can submit their address for inclusion
New entries are effective the 1st of the following month
Resident entries must be renewed annually
Solicitors are required to obtain an updated list on the 1st of each month (available at City Hall, Finance Department)
All solicitors must abide by the Do Not Knock Registry

Anyone who is required to obtain a permit (commercial & non-commercial) cannot solicit:

At any address listed on the Do Not Knock Registry
At any residence or business with a "No Solicitation" or similar sign
From dusk (30 minutes past sunset) to 8 a.m.
At certain locations: bus stop, public transportation vehicles or facilities, public parking lots or parking structures, outdoor dining areas
Includes solicitation in person or with flier or leaflet

Abusive Solicitation Prohibited

Coming within 3 feet of, or touching, person solicited
Blocking or impeding the passage of person solicited
Continuing solicitation after person solicited has objected to solicitation
Following person solicited after person has objected to solicitation
Threatening or using offensive words

City Resident & Business Participation
City residents and business persons can sign up for their address to be listed on the "Do Not Knock" Registry. Sign up forms available on this website (below), in the Police Department lobby, and at City Hall. Sign up forms will also be mailed out with the July 2008 refuse bill.

"No Solicitation" stickers and signs indicating inclusion on the "Do Not Knock" Registry will soon be available for purchase at City Hall; this website will be updated when those items are available. A sticker or sign is not required for those listed on the Registry, but may be helpful to prevent unwanted solicitors.

Violations should be reported immediately to the Claremont Police Department by calling (909) 399-5411. Enforcement of violations involving solicitation fliers or leaflets requires that a person be identified who is actually seen distributing a flier or leaflet at a location listed on the Registry or a location with a "No Solicitation" sign posted.

The entire ordinance is available on the City website (click here),
Section 5.40. It is also in PDF format in following link.

(Adobe Acrobat, 40KB)

Complete Solicitation Ordinance (Adobe Acrobat, 40KB)

Sign Up for the "Do Not Knock" Registry Sign up to be listed on the "Do Not Knock" Registry at the Police Department lobby or City Hall. You can also download the Registry application below and mail to City Hall.

"Do Not Knock" Registry Application (Adobe Acrobat, 117KB)

Solicitors
Non-Commercial
Non-Commercial solicitors can apply for a solicitation permit at:
Claremont City Hall
Finance Department
207 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont, CA 91711.
Contact: (909) 399-5398, jmarinelli@ci.claremont.ca.us

Click here to download the Non-Commercial Solicitation Application (Adobe Acrobat, 42KB)

Commercial
Commercial solicitors can apply for a solicitation permit at:
Claremont Police Department
570 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont, CA 91711
Administrative Services Bureau, (909) 399-5407, bherold@ci.claremont.ca.us

Click here to download the Commercial Solicitation Application Packet (Adobe Acrobat, 59KB)

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City of Claremont
207 Harvard Ave.,
Claremont, CA 91711
909-399-5460 ~ www.ci.claremont.ca.us
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Cohasset, Massachusetts
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Alert !!!

June 16, 2008
Town bylaw on door-to-door solicitors enforced
By Mary Ford
Mon Jun 16, 2008, 10:33 AM EDT
Cohasset Mariner
WickedLocal.com
Cohasset -
Solicitors selling magazines had not realized they had crossed over from Hull into Cohasset last week. Police talked with the individual in charge who knew about Cohasset’s bylaw requiring solicitors to register with the police. Chief Hussey said police dealt with the same group last year. Police received several complaints from residents on Jerusalem Road, Black Rock Road and Linden Drive, about the door-to-door solicitors. In responding to one of the calls, police ran a check on one of the solicitors, who was on his way to West Corner to wait for a ride. The 45-year-old California man had two warrants and he was arrested. Hussey said police encourage residents to call if they see door-to-door solicitors. Police will know “right then and there” if the individual has registered. Police will also go out to the reported location, explain the town bylaw, and tell the person to stop soliciting until he or she registers. Under the town bylaw, door-to-door solicitors are required to register at the police station where they can apply for a $25 license. They are required to wear a badge issued by the police that includes their name and photograph. The badge should be worn and be clearly visible. Solicitors have to provide police with their name, address, date of birth and height, weight and eye color, Social Security number; dates and times of canvassing activities; name and address of employer; and a brief description of the purposes of the solicitation. Exceptions to the bylaw are town, state or federal officers or employees on official business; minors under 18 unless in connection with a commercial activity; candidates for public office or campaign workers; those promoting political causes and those soliciting for charitable organizations unless those solicitors are paid.
By Mary Ford
Cohasset Mariner
WickedLocal.com
Cohasset, Massachusetts
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Leesburg, Virginia
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Alert !!!

June 16, 2008
Two Muggings Reported In Sterling
(Created: Monday, June 16, 2008 3:55 PM EDT)
The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is investigating two robberies that occurred over the weekend in the Sterling area. The first incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. Saturday near the Denizen Plaza. A 19-year-old female was selling magazines in the area when a black BMW pulled up next to her. Two men, described as white males in their 20s, got out of the car and took money from her. The victim waited an hour before reporting the incident. Anyone with information about the case is urged to call Investigator K. Poland at 703-777-0475.
leesburg2day.com
Leesburg, Virginia
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Knoxville, Tennessee
Door-to-Door Book Sales
Southwestern Company
Member: Direct Selling Association
June 14, 2008
Updated: Door-to-door salesman in Hardin Valley surprised by school phone alert
Posted By: Katie Allison Granju
WBIR TV-10
WBIR.COM
June 14, 2008, 29 mins ago
A door-to-door salesman working his way around West Knox County may have been misunderstood by some, according to the sheriff's office, but not by Shelly Connard. "We loved this guy," the mother of three children explained. "We even talked about him after he left, how clean cut he was and mannerly, and how he's such a sweetheart." Connard was leaving the house when the salesman first caught her, but she and her husband arranged a time to meet later to look over the educational material he was selling. "He never said he was from the school system, but he did know a lot about the curriculum," Connard explained "We ended up getting the whole set. We talked with him afterward and even invited him to dinner." However, others were concerned by the sales pitch and contacted the Knox County School system. It issued a warning to hundreds of people by phone Thursday, using its "parent notification system." The schools warned people to be on the look-out for a man posing as a representative of Hardin Valley Academy. When Connard read about the alert on wbir.com, she contacted 10News. "I immediately thought, 'No, people have totally misunderstood this guy,'" Connard explains. "When I saw the story, I was shocked and horrified, for him. Here he is, a college student from Texas, living with a family here, and that's the welcome he gets?" 10News met up with Scott Steffen in Karns Friday while he was selling books for Nashville-based company, Southwestern. The description used by the schools warned of a man in his early 20s, clean shaven, neatly dressed, wearing a ball cap, and carrying a folder. Steffen matches that, and he also drives a blue-steel colored, older model Toyota Camry that sits low to the ground because the trunk is loaded with books. The Texas A&M senior says he'll graduate with a degree in Agricultural Engineering, thanks to those books. Southwestern's director of communications says the company has been hiring college students to sell its material since 1868. Right now, he says they have almost 3,000 student dealers spread out across the country. And many, including Steffen, actually run from house to house to save time. "I've done this now for five summers all around the Eastern U.S.," he explained. "I've been to Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Georgia, South Carolina and now Tennessee. And through that, I've been able to finance all of my college expenses." Steffen says he gets college credit for showing the books to 30 families everyday. Although, he says he works from 8 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. most days to meet that quota. He also says he tries to identify himself as a college student within the first 30 seconds of introducing himself to a potential customer. "That's one of the first thing I say, 'Hi, I'm Scott, I'm a college student from Texas," Steffen explained. Steffen wears a double-sided identification badge around his neck and he also keeps a copy of the permit to sell door-to-door that he obtained from the Knox County Clerk's Office. The Knox County Sheriff's Office runs local background checks of everyone issued the permits. "I'm supposed to be seeing all the families out here in the Karns and Hardin Valley area with children ages high school down to babies to explain early learning tools," Steffen delivered his sales pitch to a mother on her front porch. "One thing I find is all the moms are really into their kids' education. How do you feel about the schools out here?" Steffen says he can understand how some people could have thought he was with the schools. "I'm obviously a door-to-door salesman," he explained. "I'm not the first person they want to talk to, so they may not hear everything I say. I try to make it as clear as possible I'm not with the schools, but inevitably, people don't hear everything I say. I tend to talk quickly." Steffen says he's been misunderstood before, but in smaller communities where he had an easier time making sure leaders knew who he was and what he was doing. Steffen says his host family alerted him that he'd made the news. He's living with a local businessmen and two other college students who will also be selling books in the area through mid-August. "I never knew anything about a calling alert," Steffen said. "That's kind of neat." The President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Greater East Tennessee says people should use common sense when dealing with door-to-door sales people. "I personally don't buy door-to-door," Jerry Tipton explained. "Some people do. There's nothing wrong with that, as long as it's a legitimate company." Titpon says one should always ask what the person is selling and for whom. He says potential customers should also ask to see the government-issued permit. "There is an element of danger sometimes," Tipton said. "Don't let anyone in your house unless you know who they are." Tipton also cautions that the sales people often use high-pressure tactics. If you do buy something, he says you should make sure any agreement you sign includes a three-day "cooling off period" clause. By law, the consumer has three days to change his or her mind. Meanwhile, the Knox County Sheriff's Department has looked into the matter and determined Steffen was legitimate. "He is not impersonating anybody," spokesperson Martha Dooley explained. "He is legitimate, and he has all the proper paperwork." Schools spokesperson Russ Oaks maintains the schools did the right thing by issuing the alert to several hundred homes in the Hardin Valley area. "If it had turned out some other way, you'd be asking me why we didn't notify people," Oaks said. "It's absolutely appropriate to share information we have with the public."
Posted By: Katie Allison Granju
WBIR.COM
WBIR TV-10
Knoxville, Tennessee
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Rockingham County, North Carolina
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Scam Alert !!!

June 12, 2008
Triad Police Warn Neighbors of Door to Door Scam
Posted by: Tracey McCain, Reporter
1 day ago (6/12/2008 6:39:28 PM)
WFMY News 2 (Channel 2, CBS) & digtriad.com
Police say scam artists are going door to door selling phony magazine subscriptions in the Piedmont.
Triad Police Warn Neighbors of Door to Door Scam
Police say scam artists are going door to door selling phony magazine subscriptions in the Piedmont. Rockingham County, NC - Police say scam artists are going door to door selling phony magazine subscriptions in the Piedmont. Police say the schemers are as young as 16. The fake salesmen say they're raising money to help fight an illness or a to pay for a class trip. They give you a sob story and tell you they need a donation. Police say people open their check books out of the goodness of their hearts and get conned out of hundreds of dollars. "We've had some young people come into our county toward the Summerfield area asking for donations so they could go on a trip and we found this not to be true," said Dean Venable, the public information officer for the Rockingham County Sheriff's Department. "They make it so you'll want to help them, but be careful about doing so," he said. Police say the magazine subscription scheme is an old trick that keeps resurfacing. They warn neighbors to be on their guard. "They're doing it to get money," said neighbor Kelly Buggins. But of course they have a badge, you're going to believe them. But, I guess anybody can get a badge or name tag," he said. "They come up and say, come on buy it, it's good it's good and you know it's not good," said Lacey Ore who lives on the same street. Police say the scheme spans the Triad. Investigators are looking into similar reports in Alamance and Guilford Counties. When it comes to opening the door for solicitors, Rockingham County deputies say to only give donations to someone who you know and trust. They say never hand out your credit card or checking information and ask for identification. Lastly, if you are truly interested in purchasing a subscription, it's better to go directly through the publisher.
Posted by: Tracey McCain, Reporter
WFMY News 2 (Channel 2, CBS) & digtriad.com
digtriad.com
Greensboro, North Carolina
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St. Peter, Minnesota
Cleaner Product Door-to-Door Sales Alert !!!

June 12, 2008
Two men cited for selling door-to-door without a permit
St. Peter Herald Interactive and Minnesota River Valley Shopper
stpeterherald.com
6/12/2008 11:06:00 AM
ST. PETER - Two men from out of town were cited by St. Peter Police for cited on June 6 for trying to sell cleaning products door-to-door without permission from city officials. Ethan Michael Rasmussen, 18, of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Dontrail Lamonte Potter, 23, of Norfolk, Va., were cited for soliciting without a permit. Police received a report that day from a resident in the Pine Pointe area of two males going door-to-door trying to sell cleaning products. Police eventually located the two suspects near the area of Washington Avenue and Riverview Road. The officer found the men in possession of one container of a multi-purpose cleaning product and two containers of a super-concentrated cleaner they were trying to sell. A bi-fold, which contained order forms for the products, were also found. Selling door-to-door is not allowed without a peddler's permit, which solicitors need to obtain from the St. Peter Community Development Office at city hall (227 South Front Street). "Those applying for the permit have to pay a bond and we do a background check on them," Barb Luker, of the St. Peter City Administrator's Office, said. "If they do get approved for the permit they have to carry it with them when they are going around town and if the resident asks to see it they have to present it. "The reason we ask for the bond and do the check is to protect our residents in case something goes wrong with the product they buy." According to Luker, solicitors who park a vehicle in a parking lot and try to sell out of that location also are required to register through the Community Development Office before doing any business. That kind of license is called a transient merchant permit. "People should be reminded to always to use caution when dealing with these kinds of sales people and to be sure to ask to see their permit before buying anything," Luker said. "If anyone sees anything suspicious or someone can't produce the permit then they should to contact the police department (931-1550) because those people will be cited."
St. Peter Herald Interactive and Minnesota River Valley Shopper
stpeterherald.com
St. Peter, Minnesota
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Wentworth, North Carolina
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Fraud Warning !!!

June 11, 2008
Rockingham Co. Police Warn Against Door-To-Door Sales Fraud
WXII12
POSTED: 7:42 pm EDT June 11, 2008
UPDATED: 9:05 pm EDT June 11, 2008
WENTWORTH, N.C. -- The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office warned residents on Wednesday to beware of door-to-door magazine sales. There have been reports of a young person falsely selling magazines, books or accepting donations for a good cause, police said. Most recently, the person said that they were trying to earn money for a school trip to Europe. Police said the people knocking on doors are most often young adults who say they’re the child of a neighbor or live nearby. Detective Dana Taylor said these people have also misrepresented themselves in Guilford County. They give false information to obtain checks from people. Taylor said residents should beware. The best practice is to not engage in conversation and call police, Taylor said. She said, in this age of identity theft and fraud, residents should not give out personal information to door- to-door salespeople.
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Wentworth, North Carolina
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Warning !!!

June 11, 2008
Residents advised to be wary of door-to-door sales
From Staff Reports
news-record.com
Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2008 6:56 pm
WENTWORTH - Rockingham County residents are being advised to use caution when dealing with door-to-door salesmen. The Rockingham County Sheriff's Office reports they have received several calls about youth going to door-to-door selling magazines or books and saying they are trying to raise money for school trips. However, the salesmen are misrepresenting themselves by giving false information to obtain checks from unsuspecting residents. The salesmen usually state they are the child of a neighbor or live nearby in the area, the sheriff's office said. The practice has been reported previously in Guilford County, the sheriff's office said. Anyone who is solicited in this manner is asked to call the sheriff's office 634-3029.
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Louisville, Kentucky
City warns of sales scams

June 10, 2008
City warns of sales scams
Door-to-door dangers noted
By Michelle Day
mday@courier-journal.com
The Courier-Journal and courier-journal.com
June 10, 2008
She thought she was going to hear a sales pitch; instead, a Jefferson County woman was sexually assaulted by a man she let into her apartment after he told her he was a magazine salesman.

The woman was a victim of a fraudulent door-to-door solicitation, a national problem that's worrisome for Louisville because it's part of "the circuit," Officer Dave Dahl said.

City officials held a press conference yesterday to warn residents about these and less severe scams by phony door-to-door salespeople as part of "Keep Louisville Safe," a public-awareness campaign that features a new topic every month.

Crews of illegitimate solicitors come through Louisville before big events such as Thunder Over Louisville, Dahl said.

Some intend to get inside someone's house to harm them or steal items such as checkbooks or electronics, he said.

Some companies recruit college-aged people, who end up scammed themselves and never see any profit, Dahl said. He said the crews are given speeches every morning, and they even sing songs and shout cheers.

"It's really a cult-like environment," he said.

Mayor Jerry Abramson said illegitimate salespeople sell anything from cell phones to lawn care to magazines.

He said there have been instances of solicitors pretending to want work to get inside the house so they can look around, planning to burglarize it later.

There also have been cases where a solicitor took money in advance, but the consumer didn't receive the promised product, he said.

Police Chief Robert White said citizens should not let salespeople in the house and should call the police if they have any problems with someone being aggressive.

"We're asking citizens to exercise their boundaries," he said.

Residents can reduce the chance of becoming a victim of fraudulent solicitors by simply asking to see their permit and references, Abramson said.

"Be skeptical from the get-go," he said. "Don't be afraid to slam the door."

Readers can reach reporter Michelle Day at mday@courier-journal.com.

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Mayor Jerry Abramson, Police Chief Robert White and Diane Looney of the city's Inspections, Permits and Licenses agency said residents can take precautions against fraudulent door-to-door solicitors.

Don't be a victim City officials offered these tips to prevent becoming a victim of an illegitimate solicitor:

You don't have to open the door.

Ask to see a permit and references.

Be skeptical.

Shut the door and call police if the solicitor becomes aggressive.

Always have a phone in hand, and make the solicitor think you're talking to someone.

Never open the door for a stranger until the person has stepped off the porch.

By Michelle Day, The Courier-Journal
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Kendallville, Indiana
BBB lists its latest consumer/business tips

June 8, 2008
BBB lists its latest consumer/business tips
(Created: Sunday, June 8, 2008 10:02 AM EDT)
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United Family Circulation, and possibly others, are selling magazines door-to-door. Complainants are stating sales reps claim to be students trying to earn money. Some sales reps have offered to do odd jobs around the house. So far 99 complaints have been filed against this Georgia company. (If you want to see some really hot warnings on this company, type in “United Family Circulation” in Google and see why the BBB is worried about this group.) If someone comes knocking at your door, get as much information as possible and give your BBB a call immediately at 918-2060.
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Miami, Flroida
Salesman's death in Miami felt in Hawaii

June 8, 2008
HAWAII
Salesman's death in Miami felt in Hawaii
The death of salesman Robert Spruiell in Miami-Dade has
sent shock waves on a rural Hawaiian island going through
tough economic times.

BY DAVID OVALLE
dovalle@MiamiHerald.com
Miami Herald
Posted on Sun, Jun. 08, 2008
In the coming weeks, Robert Spruiell's family will spread his ashes on a nine-acre piece of earth where he hoped to retire. The land sits atop a hill, its back to the Kamalo mountains, the rest a stunning view of four Hawaiian islands. This is Molokai. Spruiell traced his heritage to this 260-square-mile island of only 7,500 people, mostly native Hawaiians, who pride themselves on living more like their ancestors than the over-Americanized isles. Along the way, he bought the Paddlers Inn Restaurant and Bar, a vital employer and the island's sole night spot. But a trip to South Florida marred his quest to reconnect with his Hawaiian roots. Spruiell, the owner of various door-to-door magazine subscription sales companies in Arizona, was killed May 18 at the Golden Nugget Hotel, 18555 Collins Ave. He and another employee, Jeremy Johnson, 22, had gone to confront a guest who they believed had been selling drugs to their salespeople staying in the hotel.

DEATH IN MIAMI

In the confrontation, Jesus Cisneros, 42, stabbed Spruiell to death and slashed Johnson about seven times. Because Spruiell and Johnson committed kidnapping and occupied burglary by breaking into Cisneros' room, police say, Johnson is being held responsible for the death. He is charged with second-degree felony murder. His arraignment in Miami-Dade Circuit Court is Tuesday. He had pleaded not guilty. Spruiell's story, by all accounts, spanned the globe. His father, a U.S. Navy seaman, met his wife while stationed on the islands. She hailed from the large and well-known Kamakana clan of Molokai. Her father, Henry Kamakana Sr., was a renowned pro tennis player. Spruiell grew up in Washington state and spent summers in Hawaii. ''As he grew up, Hawaiian family was around all the time. He had a lot of respect for the Hawaiian culture,'' said his father, Bob Spruiell Sr. Spruiell also served in the U.S. Navy during the first Gulf War. An Arizona resident, he later owned a series of door-to-door sales companies, traveling the country overseeing young people selling magazine subscriptions. While the industry brought bad publicity -- his company was sued this year by Albuquerque, N.M., after two associated salespeople were charged with murder -- he found refuge in Hawaii. Four years ago, Spruiell returned to Hawaii to visit family. As he hit middle age, his interest in his island roots grew, said his 54-year-old uncle, Pete Gonsalves. Gonsalves decribed island life and its people this way: ``The ocean is the ice box, the mountain is where they get substance from deer and pig. Molokai is a self-sustaining place and that's why a lot of people are able to get by.'' Though much of his family lived in Oahu, Spruiell visited Molokai to visit remaining members and fell for the island's traditional style. After just one day, he bought the land where he hoped to build his retirement home. He also hoped to bring his Molokai-native mother, Haunani Kamakana, to live with him there. ''He wanted to give back to his Hawaiian heritage, be part of the community,'' Gonsalves said. Molokai is a unique place. The fish-shaped island, smack center in the island chain, boasts spectacular sea cliffs, lush rain forests and a twin-tiered waterfall called Moaula Falls. It was also home to Kalaupapa, a historic former colony for people suffering from leprosy, or Hansens' disease. Molokai is sparesly populated. Known as ''the most Hawaiian island,'' Molokai does not draw the honeymooners and vacationers like the islands of Oahu and Maui. ''The people here don't want to be like the rest of the islands. We've been fighting development for 30 years,'' said well-known Molokai activist Walter Ritte. ``All the islands have been developed to a high extent. This is the only island that hasn't been developed. It's really rural -- that is by design.'' But these days, the island has been in tumult. The Molokai Ranch, which owns 66,000 acres, or a third of the island, was thwarted in an attempt to build luxury homes. So it closed its cattle and resort businesses, including a lodge, bungalows, a golf course and a movie theater. More than 100 workers lost their jobs. Last week, the ranch sounded alarms by announcing it would stop water and sewer services, affecting some 1,200 customers.

HAWAIIAN PLANS

With this troubled atmosphere as a backdrop, Spruiell -- whose Hawaiian name is Kamuela Kamakana -- had hoped to make a difference last October with the purchase of the Paddlers. A novice in the restaurant business, he had revamped the kitchen, upgraded the sound system, and added live concerts and poker and movie nights. ''We don't make a lot of money, but we're just here for the community. He is going to be missed here,'' restaurant administrator Alicia Montemayor said after his death. Molokai Ranch closed, the Paddlers is now the only place to serve a social hub after hours. It also employs 43 people, not an insignificant number on an island where the unemployment is now hovering about 10 percent. ''Every little thing now becomes a big thing. Every job counts. Not only that, it's a good place for people to let out their frustrations, to eat and to have a good time. Somewhere to go in the evening,'' said activist Ritte. For now, Paddlers will continue to operate as usual, his family said. The Paddlers website, in his honor, put up a slide show of photos taken during Spruiell's April visit. By month's end, family members will take a ferry to Molokai, to his property in the Kamalo mountains, to spread his ashes. Later, Gonsalves and a friend, Kanalu Young, a professor at the University of Hawaii, will compose prayers and bless the land. And in the coming weeks, a probate court in Arizona, where Spruiell lived, will look at his properties and businesses to figure out how they will be distributed among his heirs. After that, no one is quite sure what will happen to the Paddlers. ''The family wants the restaurant to succeed,'' Bob Spruiell Sr. said.
Kate Gardiner of The Molokai Times contributed to this report.
BY DAVID OVALLE
dovalle@MiamiHerald.com
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Akron, Ohio
Door to Door Magazine Scam Alert !!!

June 5, 2008
West Side Neighborhood Watch
Akron.com
By Maggie DeMellier
6/5/2008 - West Side Leader
On May 24, police issued a summons to a magazine sales person for soliciting without a vendor’s permit, following reports of solicitors in the area of Charles Lane and Roberts Ridge. The same day, another magazine salesman received a summons for selling without a vendor’s permit on Top-O-Hill Drive. On May 28, police charged a magazine salesman with soliciting without a vendor’s permit on Beaverbrook Drive, and the following day, two women received summonses for selling magazines on Timberline Drive without vendors’ permits.
By Maggie DeMellier
West Side Leader
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Akron, Ohio
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Berkeley, California
Door to Door Magazine Scam Alert !!!

June 5, 2008
Scams Use Berkeley High Athletics in Oakland, Kensington
By Riya Bhattacharjee
The Berkeley Daily Planet
Thursday June 05, 2008
Berkeley Unified School District officials said they uncovered an athletic fundraising scam on Friday, when a resident of Glenview in Oakland called to report that a young man was going door to door saying he was raising money for the Berkeley High School baseball team to visit Maui. The man said he was a Berkeley High student and a member of the baseball team, neither of which is true, according to school officials. According to the resident, the man was offering neighbors the chance to receive books on literacy in exchange for $100 to $500, district spokesperson Mark Coplan said. Coplan said another caller reported a young man selling magazine subscriptions in Kensington to help fund the Berkeley High swim team’s trip to Hawaii. The man, the caller said, said he was a member of the swim team and the son of a neighbor who lived down the street. The caller remembered later her neighbor did not have a son similar in age to the young man and called Berkeley High Athletic Director Kristen Glencher to alert her. Coplan said the young man told neighbors he was representing the magazine subscription company Quality Services, Inc. (QSI). “The trip to Hawaii and any connection to Berkeley High School is not true, and there is no reason to believe that these youths are actually Berkeley High students,” said Coplan, adding that all team fundraising efforts would seek checks made out to the Berkeley Athletic Fund, the Berkeley High School Development Group or the Berkeley Public Education Foundation. They would never ask for cash, he said. “The moment a fundraiser encourages you to give cash instead of checks, saying ‘cash is easier for nonprofits to process,’ it should raise a red flag,” Coplan said. The district has warned residents about various scams involving people claiming to be raising money for schools in the past. District officials have continually warned community members against offering donations to a man who goes by the name Marcus Robinson. Robinson has reportedly been going around Berkeley neighborhoods for 20 years, asking for donations for a program he calls the Bay Area Scholastic Improvement Center, or BASIC, Coplan said. “I haven’t heard from Robinson in three to four months,” he said. “The athletic thing is a regular occurrence during this time of the year, so it’s important to warn the community.” Questions about school fundraising efforts should be directed to the Berkeley High Athletic Department at 644-8723 or the Public Information Office at 644-6320.
By Riya Bhattacharjee
The Berkeley Daily Planet
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Berkeley, California
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Batavia, Ohio
Batavia considers transient vendor policy

June 5, 2008
Batavia considers transient vendor policy
BY JUSTIN B. DUKE | JBDUKE@COMMUNITYPRESS.COM
communitypress.com
Last Updated: 7:38 am | Thursday, June 5, 2008
BATAVIA TWP. - The trustees wants to crack down on transient vendors.

According to Ohio Revised Code, a transient vendor is a person who opens a temporary place of business, or travels around the township to sell, offer for sale or solicit the order for future delivery of goods. Trustee Lee Cornett was concerned about allowing unknown vendors coming into Batavia. He didn't want a vendor to attack a resident while going door-to-door and the responsibility to fall on the township. "I don't think we should give these people permits because it gives them an air of legitimacy," Cornett said. The trustees discussed two types of transient vendors in the township, a door-to-door vendor and a vendor who sets up on the side of the road and sells out of a vehicle. It will be challenging to enforce any kind of resolution when a person is selling vegetables out of a vehicle, said Trustee Archie Wilson. "That man doesn't come to me and ask for a permit," said Zoning Administrator Denise Kelley. Selling on the side of the road is a very different issue from vendors going door-to-door, said Trustee Deborah Clepper. "I'm not sure what we can do to stop them, but I tell you one thing - I'm not going to vote to allow them," Cornett said. Wilson wasn't sure what rights the township legally had to deal with transient vendors, and asked the board to wait on passing any ordinance until more research was done. The trustees voted to move forward with a transient vendor policy. The township attorney will be consulted to see how restrictive a policy can be. "I want to be as restrictive as possible," Clepper said.
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Batavia, Ohio
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Martinsville, Virginia
Door to Door Magazine sales Warning !!!

June 5, 2008
Police caution families about unlicensed solicitors in Martinsville, Henry Co.
WSLS News Staff
WSLS 10
Published: June 5, 2008
Martinsville Police are warning families in the city and Henry County to be cautious if approached by a an unlicense solicitor. Officers say a group has been going door to door selling magazine subscriptions, encyclopedias, and possibly other publications. Police say the group claims to be a representative of a firm based in Phoenix. “Their sales pitch may include something about a soccer team, hospitalized children or a trip to London, Acapulco, Hawaii or some other exotic destination. They have not obtained the proper permits for soliciting in the City of Martinsville. We advise citizens to check credentials of any door-to-door sales people. Ask to see their company identification and their local (Martinsville or Henry County) solicitor’s permit,” said MPD Sergeant Marshall Farley in a news release. Officers add that some of these solicitors use high pressure tactics. Officers want you to call 911 if you feel uncomfortable, and have an officer come out and check the person who is soliciting.
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Roanoke, Virginia
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San Luis Obispo, California
Magazine salesman arrested for alleged attempted rape
and burglary in Nipomo

June 5, 2008
Magazine salesman arrested for alleged attempted rape
and burglary in Nipomo
Larissa Doust
SanLuisObispo.com
Posted on Thu, Jun. 05, 2008
A magazine solicitor was arrested in Nipomo on Wednesday after he allegedly entered a woman's house and pulled out a handgun, demanding sex. The woman was home with her children on Spruce Lane in Nipomo around 1 p.m. when Rafael Deshawn Joseph, 22, came to her door to sell magazines, according to the Sheriff's Department. Once at the door, Joseph allegedly asked if he could use the restroom and was allowed in the house. While the woman showed Joseph the bathroom, he allegedly produced what appeared to be a handgun and demanded sex. A struggle ensued, according to sheriff's officials, and Joseph allegedly lost control of the weapon and fled the house. Deputies responding to the incident found Joseph attempting to leave the area. A replica handgun was found inside the house. Joseph worked for Urban Nation Enterprises, according to the Sheriff's Department. He was booked into County Jail on suspicion of burglary and attempted rape. Bail was set at $100,000. Sheriff's officials remind people not to let strangers into their home. Criminals often use magazine sales or other ruses - such as needing directions or needing to use the restroom - to commit crimes.
Larissa Doust
SanLuisObispo.com
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San Luis Obispo, California
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San Luis Obispo, California
Nipomo neighborhood rocked by attempted rape

June 4, 2008
Nipomo neighborhood rocked by
attempted rape
Reported by: Kory Raftery
KSBY 6 Action News
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
NIPOMO
A man is behind bars after San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's deputies say he tried to rape a woman inside her home in Nipomo. Deputies say the man was selling magazines when he asked to come inside, then flashed an apparent weapon and demanded sex from the woman. Deputies say the attack happened this afternoon at about one 1:00 p.m. on Spruce Lane in Nipomo. Many of the neighbors said they first heard about the attack on Action News. They said they recognized the man, and they said he knocked on their doors, too. One neighbor said, "Oh my God, that's that guy I can't believe it. I opened my door to this guy.... alone with my baby and my friend." Another neighbor, Andrea Fista, said, "Now I'm going to think twice about opening the door. I sort of kind of did before, but I really didn't put too much in it. But if people are breaking into houses and stuff, that's really scary." Deputies say Joseph approached a home on Spruce Lane in Nipomo where he was apparently selling magazines. Then, he allegedly asked a woman if he could come in her home to use the bathroom. While inside, deputies say Joseph showed the woman what appeared to be a handgun and demanded sex. Deputies say a struggle broke out, and he ran away. Soon after, deputies arrested him. They say the handgun turned out to be a fake. Still, the incident has the neighbors on edge, warning their children about the dangers of opening the door to strangers. "They're not allowed to open the door for anybody. They're not even allowed to ask who it is," said Fista. "I'm always alone at the house. Just me and my one year old daughter, so I have to be really careful now," said another neighbor. Deputies say the woman had her children inside the home with her at the time that they say Joseph was tormenting her. Joseph is being held in San Luis Obispo county jail on $100,000 bail. He's being charged with attempted rape and burglary.
Reported by: Kory Raftery
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Yomiuri, Japan
Draft to ban door-to-door sales

June 3, 2008
Draft to ban door-to-door sales / Akita Pref.
ordinance aims to stop unscrupulous people tricking elderly
Etsuo Hayakawa and Hideharu Tabuchi / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writers
June 3, 2008
The outline of a draft ordinance to ban door-to-door sales has been drawn up by members of the Akita Prefectural Assembly, but this has some people up in arms as they believe such a measure would dampen business activity. The envisioned ordinance is designed to prevent elderly people from being tricked into buying expensive and high-risk financial instruments from unscrupulous salespeople without understanding the details. In February, eight prefectural assembly members drafted an outline of the ordinance to ban salespeople from making uninvited visits to homes, effectively meaning they could not do so without prior arrangement. The proposed ordinance will ban all salespeople from visiting, faxing, telephoning and e-mailing those aged 65 or older as well as minors. However, anyone regardless of age can stop visits and telephone calls from salespeople selling products requiring consumers to pay 5,000 yen or more in monthly installments by registering with the prefectural government, according to the draft ordinance. If the ordinance is adopted, door-to-door sales of stocks and other financial products, that do not guarantee the refunding of principals, will be prohibited.

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Prison terms, fines considered

Salespeople who violate the ordinance may face suspension of business, imprisonment for up to two years or a fine up to 1 million yen. Elderly people and those who do not want to be bothered by such visits can post a notice on their front door. Salespeople who want to telephone, fax or e-mail potential clients will have to confirm in advance with the prefectural government to see whether households will permit such sales calls. In 2004, the bar association in Akita Prefecture submitted to the prefectural governor and the speaker of the prefectural assembly, a proposal to incorporate the right to refuse uninvited door-to-door visits into the existing prefectural ordinance for the protection of consumers. In the United States, a system was established in 2003 to allow consumers to refuse uninvited telephone sales calls once they had registered with the local governments. Inspired by the U.S. move, some Akita Prefectural Assembly members began work on introducing a similar system in 2005. In 2006, a futures company in Akita collected money from more than 200 elderly people who bought U.S. commodity futures and options by telephoning and visiting potential clients. After it was revealed that the company failed to repay more than 2 billion yen, calls for implementation of an ordinance to protect people from unscrupulous sales gained momentum. Eiichi Setagawa, a 60-year-old assembly member who sponsored the proposed ordinance, said visits by these door-to-door salespeople had to be stopped to prevent them from taking advantage of consumers. Lawyer Naoto Omi, who helped compile the outline, said it was more important to protect people's safety and their right to protect their property, than the freedom of salespeople to conduct their business. "That means door-to-door sales has to be curtailed," he said. However, some people have raised questions about the envisioned ordinance. According to the outline, products that require payments of 5,000 yen or less a month, such as newspapers and dairy products, are exempted from the envisaged ordinance, with the exception of the elderly. But those who register to refuse uninvited visits from salespeople could mistakenly turn away people selling newspapers and dairy products.

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Controls to hurt insurance firms

Furthermore, no decision has been made on the 4,600 insurance salespeople in the prefecture. Restrictions on their sales activities will significantly affect employment and tax revenues. In addition, tighter controls on sales activities could undermine seven companies, which have set up call centers after the prefectural government invited them to do so. Other companies may also invest in other prefectures instead of doing business in Akita Prefecture. On March 11 and May 20, a group of assembly members, including those who sponsored the ordinance, collected public comments from 13 sectors, including banks, securities houses, life and nonlife insurers, local agricultural cooperatives, automobile dealers, newspaper sales agencies and door-to-door marketing firms. With the exception of two organizations, including the federation of the prefectural elderly people's clubs, all the groups opposed the outline. An official of the Life Insurance Association of Japan said only a small number of salespeople are responsible for unscrupulous sales. "It's preposterous to ban all sales activities, including those by conscientious salespeople," he said. An official of the Japan Securities Dealers Association said the envisioned ordinance would prevent securities houses from providing useful information to elderly people, who are interested in making investments for their retirement. Their comments supported the view that such an ordinance would hurt consumers as well. An official of the Japan Direct Selling Association said it was unclear whether the ordinance would keep unscrupulous salespeople away as a notice placed on the front door of a residence would only alert salespeople to the fact that senior citizens lived there. "Unscrupulous salespeople would target such residents," he said. Such objections have prompted some assembly members to have second thoughts about approving the outline as many problems need to be solved. An outline of the ordinance was scheduled to be submitted to the assembly in September by the assembly members and implemented in April, but this is highly unlikely now. Tsuneo Matsumoto, a Hitotsubashi University law professor who is a member of the central government's Consumer Administration Promotion Council, said consumer distrust was the reason for the compilation of the ordinance. "Companies did not make sufficient efforts to clean up their businesses," he said. However, he said many problems remain as the outline fails to discriminate between businesses engaged in door-to-door sales. Although consumer protection is a very important issue, excessive restrictions would have adverse effects. Therefore, the Akita Prefectural Assembly must debate the issue extremely carefully.

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Concerns about side-effects

The ordinance outline contains measures that are tougher than the special trade law governing door-to-door sales and mail sales, and the Financial Instruments and Exchange Law regulating dealings involving financial products. The central government's ministries supervising the relevant laws are concerned about adverse effects caused by stricter regulations. The revised Building Standards Law, which went into effect in June and made approval of construction plans tougher, has resulted in a rapid decline in the number of new housing starts. Since the Construction and Transport Ministry was criticized for creating a "government-triggered economic slump" in the construction industry, the government is concerned that a second government-initiated economic downturn could result if the Akita Prefectural Assembly passed the ordinance. A bill to revise the special trade law submitted by the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry to the current Diet session only states that salespeople are obliged to make efforts to affirm whether consumers are willing to see them. A ministry official said an across-the-board ban on uninvited sales activities would undermine efforts by legitimate, conscientious salespeople and have an impact on local economies. A senior official of the Financial Services Agency also said restrictions imposed by each prefecture could contradict the central government's policy of promoting deregulation. The outline has brought to light the possible side effects that such a document could have on both local economies and consumers.
(Jun. 3, 2008)
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Bandera, Texas
An out-of-towner has come a'knockin

Door-To-Door Sales Company: Southwestern Company
Member: Direct Selling Association
June 3, 2008
An out-of-towner has come a'knockin
By Jessica Hawley-Jerome
Managing Editor Tuesday, June 3, 2008 8:33 AM CDT
The Bandera Bulletin
In response to a community alert sent out last week, a visiting door-to-door salesman has come out and come forward with his identity, nature of business and bonded intention. His presence came to the attention of Bandera ISD and local law authorities as a potential threat, though he claims to be nothing of the kind. Derrick Martin, Jr., who lives in North Carolina and attends North Carolina State University, said that this is his fourth summer spent selling books as an independent contractor for Southwestern Company, an intern-based wholesale business. He refutes the rumor that he has represented himself as a member of Bandera ISD, stating that his only reference to the district has been by using names of customers with school children who have purchased his books. He has previously sold books in Indianapolis, Ind., Quincy, Ill., and Arlington. Martin, who is reportedly living with host family Quinn and George Tabbert on Elm Cove Drive in Lakehills, said he was bonded by The Southwestern Company for $2,500 on May 28, and the bond will remain in effect until the end of the year. Bandera County Sheriff's Investigator George Wintle reported that Martin has no active warrants and no felony record. Martin said he was in the area only to sell educational books door to door. The county does not have any licensing or permit requirements for door-to-door sales, however, the city does prohibit such activities. According to Bandera City Administrator Gene Forester, peddlers are only allowed to call upon commercial businesses in the commercial district, per city ordinance. "No door-to-door or house-to-house solicitation is allowed - period," Forester said. "We are trying to protect our citizens." Forester also said that if any person who lives in the residential district of the city is approached by a door-to-door salesperson, they can call the police to ask them to leave.
By Jessica Hawley-Jerome
Managing Editor
The Bandera Bulletin
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Bandera, Texas
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Kaunakakai, Hawaii
Former employee faces charges in Spruiell murder

June 2, 2008
Former employee faces charges in Spruiell murder
By Kate Gardiner
The Molokai Times
Molokai News : Crime
6/2/2008 10:07:59 PM

Johnson charged due to circumstances of the crime

Jeremy Johnson, 22, was charged May 20 with the murder of Molokai business owner Robert Spruiell, known locally as Kamuela Kamakana. The 38-year old Spruiell was in Miami with his door-to-door magazine selling business May 18. Johnson, an employee, told Spruiell that he suspected Jesus Cisneros, 42, of selling drugs to his ‘crew,’ a group of young men and women working under Johnson. Together, Spruiell and Johnson chose to confront Cisneros in the adjacent hotel room at the Golden Nugget Hotel, 18555 Collins Ave., Miami. According to the Miami Herald, Spruiell and Johnson broke into Cisneros’s hotel room, and a fight broke out. Cisneros told police he grabbed a knife to defend himself against his attackers. Spruiell was stabbed, and stumbled out onto the hotel’s balcony, where he died. Johnson and Cisneros were both rushed to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. After treatment for his wound, Johnson was arrested by the Miami-Dade Police Department. He was then charged with second-degree felony murder, armed burglary and the armed kidnapping of Cisneros. Though Johnson did not actually wield the knife that killed Spruiell, he was charged with second-degree murder. The theory of the crime, which is how prosecutors and police decide what to charge individuals with, puts Johnson on the scene as the instigator of circumstances that lead to Spruiell’s death. According to Florida law, if a felony is committed, for example, burglary or kidnapping, and someone dies, any accomplices to the original crime can be charged with second-degree felony murder. In Johnson’s case, the original crimes lead to the alleged felony burglary and kidnapping. According to the statute, Johnson faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. He awaits trial at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami.
By Kate Gardiner
The Molokai Times
Molokai News : Crime
molokaitimes.com
Kaunakakai, Hawaii
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SPOKANE Washington
BBB Alert Door to Door Magazine Sales !!!
June 2, 2008
Lone Star Subscriptions aka LSS INC.
SELLING MAGAZINES DOOR-TO-DOOR IN SPOKANE:
COMPANY HAS UNSATISFACTORY BBB REPORT
Spokane, Washington BBB
6/2/2008
Lone Star Subscriptions aka LSS INC.
4800 Hwy 377 South
Aubrey, TX 76227
(940) 365-0089
FAX: (940) 365-0206

It has been brought to the BBB's attention that the above mentioned magazine door-to-door sale company is soliciting Spokane area residents. Here is the scenario:
A rep for this company came to the door selling magazine subscriptions. His card said he was an independent contractor for the above company. She was told the company was on "Donald Trump's Fortune 500 list." His name was Joe and he put a sticker on her door telling her this was to make sure no one else knocked on the door. He told her he was getting points towards a vacation. She subscribed to Family Fun magazine for herself and a friend. She paid him $1 cash and made out a check for $80. It was to be a 2 year subscription, but the receipt says 3 issues. Based on BBB Dallas files, this company has an unsatisfactory record with the BBB due to failure to respond to one or more complaints and or two or more otherwise complaints. However the business has resolved most complaints presented to the BBB.

TIPS

Consumers are encouraged to be cautious when approached by door-to-door solicitors, even if they appear to be representatives of local schools or organizations. If you are approached by a solicitor, the BBB offers the following tips:
·Obtain the name and address of the school/organization that the person purports to represent. If the person does not know the name of the business or the circumstances suggest a youth-based or sales representative group, ask for references.

·If the person is a youth claiming to be a student at a certain school, contact the school while he/she is present to confirm their student status. If you find the information to be false, contact the local police department. Be sure to get license plate numbers and a description of the person and report it immediately.

·If the person claims to represent a specific organization, be sure to check the reliability of the organization with the Better Business Bureau.

·If you decide to purchase items or donate money, do not give cash and be sure to make checks payable only to the school/organization. Never make checks payable to the individual or a third party.

·Get all details and oral promises in writing and carefully review it. Make sure you understand everything in the contract.

·Make sure the salesperson provides you with the proper "notice of cancellation" forms if you are solicited at your home. This is required by the Federal Trade Commission.

·If anyone is going door-to-door asking for cash donations, consider this a red flag and think twice before donating. Do your research first before giving.
Spokane, Washington BBB
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Kinston, North Carolina
Driver charged in wreck that killed 3
June 2, 2008
Driver charged in wreck that killed 3
newsobserver.com
The Associated Press
KINSTON, N.C. - An Arizona man has been charged with three counts of death by vehicle after a traffic accident in which three people were killed. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that the state Highway Patrol says 28-year-old Frank Hall Jr. of Phoenix was charged after the Ford Aerostar he was driving crashed while heading north on U.S. 258 near Kinston on Saturday. The van was carrying nine passengers traveling from Greenville to Jacksonville as part of a cleaning supply service. The patrol says only three were wearing seat belts. Authorities identified the victims as 23-year-old Alvin Walker of Richmond, Va., 19-year-old David Brown of Marietta, Ga., and 31-year-old Shemieka Fisher of Kinston. They were pronounced dead at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville. One passenger was listed in critical condition and another in stable condition at Pitt Memorial Hospital. Four other passengers were treated and released from Lenoir Memorial Hospital. Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com
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Kinston, North Carolina
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Kinston, North Carolina
3 killed in Lenoir County wreck
June 1, 2008
3 killed in Lenoir County wreck
WRAL.com
Posted: Jun. 1, 2008
Updated: Jun. 2, 2008
Kinston, N.C. — Three people were killed when a van wrecked along U.S. Highway 258 about 13 miles south of Kinston on Saturday night. The van carrying nine people ran off the road while traveling north on U.S. 258 South at Noble Mill Road around 10:30 p.m., said Roger Dail, the director of Lenoir County Emergency Medical Services. The van landed on its side, and six people were ejected from the vehicle, Dail said. Alvin Walker, 23, of Richmond, Va., David Brown, 19, of Marietta, Ga., and Shemieka Fisher, 31, of Kinston, were pronounced dead upon arrival at Pitt Memorial Hospital, authorities said. The driver of the van, Frank Hall Jr., 28, of Phoenix, Ariz., was charged with three counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, authorities said. Three people who suffered major injuries were airlifted to Pitt Memorial, Dail said. One was listed in critical condition Sunday, authorities said. The other occupants of the van sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The van was traveling from Jacksonville to Greenville on business, authorities said.
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Roanoke, Virginia
BBB Alert !!!
June 1, 2008
Company posing as a Charity Sells Magazines Door-to-Door.
Roanoke BBB
roanoke.bbb.org
5/1/2008
A door-to-door magazine sales operation is making its way through western Virginia. Consumers have reported young people in a job training program going door to door soliciting magazine sales. The representative shares a little about his or her life and how the charity is providing valuable job training skills. Next thing the consumers know, they have purchased several magazines from this friendly young salesperson. Consumers have stated that the sales representatives claim the company is a charity whose proceeds go towards an adult job training program. Charities must be registered with the Office of Consumer Affairs in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This company is not registered to solicit as a charity. Each individual sales representative is required to obtain a peddler’s license. To date, the BBB has been unable to verify if these licenses have been obtained. In addition, if the company has employees that are under the age of 18, it must be registered with the Virginia Department of Labor. Dedicated Turn Around, L.L.C. is located in Gainesville, FL. It is not registered with State of Florida as charity. The Jacksonville BBB does not have any information on the company at this time. The firm is NOT a BBB Accredited Business. “Consumers should be aware that many door-to-door magazine sales often involve hidden costs,” said Julie Wheeler, president of the BBB Serving Western Virginia. “Unscrupulous salespeople sometimes trick consumers into purchasing multi-year magazine subscriptions costing hundreds of dollars. When a salesperson offers a package of magazines for a few dollars a week, it may sound like a real bargain, but it may include inflated prices and subscriptions stretching over several years.” Consumers should use caution before agreeing to these types of offers. If contacted by a telemarketer or door-to door salesperson soliciting magazine subscriptions, use these guidelines:

• Listen carefully to the initial sales presentation.

• Ask to see the salesperson’s peddler’s license.

• Don't be afraid to interrupt and ask questions.

• If you're not interested, say good-bye and hang up or shut the door.

• If it sounds like a good deal, ask the salesperson for their name, and the name, and address and telephone number of the company.

• Contact the BBB for a reliability report on the company.

• Before buying anything, ask for the total yearly cost of each magazine and of the entire package purchased. Compare those costs to regular magazine subscription rates offered directly through the publication.

• Ask to receive a written copy of the sales terms.

• Make the check payable to the company, not to an individual. Do not pay in cash.

Whenever you sign a contract or make a purchase over $25 as a result of an in-home solicitation, you have a three-day right to cancel. Make sure the salesperson has provided you with the proper "notice of cancellation" form and make sure that the notice is dated correctly. If you wish to cancel your subscriptions, you must do so in writing within three days of the receipt of the agreement. Remember, any legitimate company that wants your business will be more than willing to allow you the time to "check them out." Don't fall prey to high-pressure tactics. Consumers may contact the BBB at 342-3455 or 800-533-5501 and on the web at www.vabbb.org.
Roanoke BBB
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Roanoke, Virginia
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Portland, Oregon
Attorney General Hardy Myers
Warning Oregonians About
Door-to-Door Sales Crews
May 31, 2008
Some door-to-door crews break rules
News highlights
The Oregonian
Saturday, May 31, 2008
NEWS UPDATE: SALES WARNING
oregonlive.com
Attorney General Hardy Myers is warning Oregonians about door-to-door sales crews selling magazines and cleaning products and announced the filing of an agreement with a Georgia company whose employees engaged in unlawful behavior. Named in an assurance of voluntary compliance in Marion County Circuit Court, is T&B Sales Inc. of Riverdale, Ga. The legal document admits no violation of law. Under the direction of T&B Sales, youngsters recruited from several states arrived in the Willamette Valley in April selling Advanage all-purpose cleaner door-to-door. The state became concerned after receiving reports from police in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties about aggressive sales practices, fraud, theft and illegal drug activity. Within the first week of operation, officers arrested four crew members in Yamhill County for allegedly forging stolen checks, using false names while attempting to obtain medical care and medications at a hospital, and for selling marijuana to an undercover police officer. In addition, six citations were issued for soliciting sales without a permit. The workers left the state after getting a notice of unlawful trade. The firm has agreed to pay $2,500 to the Department of Justice's consumer protection and education fund. Door-to-door salespersons must, in the first 30 seconds, identify themselves, their company, their product and its price, and ask the consumer if more sales information is wanted. If the answer is "no," they must immediately leave.
The Oregonian
oregonlive.com
Portland, Oregon
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Rockland, New York
Magazine Sales Crew Paragon Sales Leaving Rockland, New York
May 31, 2008
This entry was posted on Saturday, May 31st, 2008
at 9:00 am by Steve Lieberman.
Inside Rockland
LoHud.com
New York's Lower Hudson Valley
Today, Rockland can bid adieu to the young men and women who have been going door-to-door to sell magazines, Ramapo police said on Friday. Detective Lt. Brad Weidel said Paragon Sales sellers were supposed to leave the county for other regions today. The sales contingent has been estimated at 40 by police and have been staying at the Holiday Inn in Montebello. Weidel and the police expect them to back up their vans – with Michigan, Tennessee and Illinois plates – and head off. In their short time here, four of the sellers have been arrested – three for soliciting sales without a permit Airmont. They were released on $50 bail by the police pending a hearing in Airmont Justice Court in June. If they don’t show up in court – and that’s the betting odds – they lose their bail money. Left behind in the county jail was Donnell Preston, 28, of Dayton, Ohio, on felony counts of second-degree attempted murder and second-degree burglary. He is accused of breaking into the hotel room of a 25-year-old fellow seller and attempting to choke her to death. The woman he is accused of attacking is the mother of his two children. His case will go before a grand jury and his victim will be asked to testify.
This entry was posted on Saturday, May 31st, 2008
at 9:00 am by Steve Lieberman.
Inside Rockland
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Rockland, New York
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Beverly, Massachusetts
Beverly grabbing suspect held on $100,000 bail
May 31, 2008
Beverly grabbing suspect held on $100,000 bail
By Julie Manganis
Staff writer
The Salem News
Sat, May 31 2008
BEVERLY — A Philadelphia salesman accused of trying to grab a 13-year-old girl on her bike last week will be held on $100,000 cash bail, a Salem District Court judge ordered yesterday. Prosecutors had originally moved to have Jerwayne Hunter, 25, held without bail as a danger to the public, a request that was scheduled to be argued during a hearing yesterday. Hunter was arrested on May 23 after a girl told police that a man fitting Hunter's description had jumped out from behind bushes behind the Stop & Shop on Elliott Street and grabbed her arm. He asked if she had a license for the bike. The girl said she pulled her arm back and pedaled away. Hunter, who was in the area with a group of door-to-door magazine salesmen, was found at Bessie Baker Park, a baseball field on Cabot Street. Hunter's new lawyer, public defender Allison Bloomquist, and prosecutors decided not to pursue a full hearing on dangerousness and instead held a brief bail hearing before Judge Richard Mori. The bail was expected to be high given the nature of the charges, which include assault and battery, accosting, child enticement, and peddling without a license, and Hunter's lack of any ties to the area. Hunter has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is due back in court on June 23.
By Julie Manganis
Staff writer
The Salem News
salemnews.com
Beverly, Massachusetts
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New York
Attempted murder suspect's coworkers busted
May 30, 2008
Attempted murder suspect's coworkers busted
News 12
news12.com
(05/30/08) RAMAPO - Three magazine sellers with connections to an attempted murder suspect were arrested Friday for soliciting without a permit in Airmont. The trio was staying at the Holiday Inn in Montebello with Ohio resident Donnell Preston. Police say Preston tried to strangle another fellow associate to death earlier in the week. `Preston and his alleged victim have children together, according to authorities. Police warned the group they could not sell without licenses and arrested the three suspects after receiving complaints from Airmont residents. Residents are being asked to contact authorities if any more solicitors knock on their doors trying to hawk magazines, as they could be operating beneath the law without a permit.
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New York
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Montebello, News York
Cops, experts knock door-to-door subscription businesses
May 29, 2008
Cops, experts knock door-to-door subscription businesses
Steve Lieberman and Jay Loomis
The Journal News
May 29, 2008
The world of selling magazine subscriptions door to door can be exploitive, illegal and, at times, dangerous, authorities said yesterday.

Thousands of solicitors - mostly ranging in age from 18 into their early 20s - travel the country, living in motels under the control of handlers who pay them a pittance based on daily sales and even hold their earnings, authorities said.

"There is physical violence and there is psychological violence," said Earline Williams, director of Parent Watch, a New York City-based group that monitors door-to-door subscription businesses.

The sellers can't pick up and leave because they are working hundreds, if not thousands, of miles from home and cannot afford a bus or train ticket home, Williams said.

In many cases, she said, if they don't make their daily sales quota, their managers deny them food money, she said. Peer pressure and violence have been used to keep disgruntled sellers in line.

"By and large these kids are in a hole and they don't have enough money to leave if they want to," Williams said. "Their managers hold their money. If they have family, they can get bailed out."

In the Rockland, Westchester and Putnam region, police said, there have been few reports over the years of violence or crimes involving magazine solicitors. Mostly, sellers are arrested for not having a peddler's license and face a fine, police said.

Violence struck Tuesday in Ramapo involving two members of an estimated 40-member magazine- selling crew for Paragon Sales staying at the Holiday Inn in Montebello.

Ramapo police charged Donnell Preston, 28, of Dayton, Ohio, with attempting to murder a woman by choking her inside her hotel room.

Preston and the woman had two children together and were selling subscriptions for Paragon. She was treated at Good Samaritan Hospital and released.

Paragon officials in Rockland said yesterday that they were not aware of the details of the incident. They also said they didn't really know Preston and the victim.

"We have no idea what this dude did," Paragon general manager Silk Campbell said. "This was a couple that got hired."

Internet sites exist outlining supposed cons and violence, including homicides and rapes, involving people in the industry.

Campbell bristled at descriptions of his business by some critics. He said critics play up the negatives, which he said are found in every business.

"The magazine subscription business is a great place," he said. "It gives people an opportunity to get away from bad environments and in some cases gives people a second chance."

Many of the magazine-subscription companies target disenfranchised young people.

The young people are promised money and travel, but are appealed to based on their status in life, Williams said. Some crews are segregated, while others are more diverse.

"That's part of the pitch for some crews," Williams said. "They appeal to people with problems in life."

Campbell said his company encourages people of color to become contracted employees.

"Most people of color come from tough environments," he said. "People make mistakes. America talks about second chances, then doesn't give them. We're busting our butts working hard and trying to teach people."

At times, those going door to door have criminal histories, police said.

Preston had two previous felony convictions involving assault and robbery in Ohio, said Detective Lt. Brad Weidel of the Ramapo police.

Paragon is a subsidiary of Midwest Clearing Inc. in Illinois. The vans being used to drive sellers have license plates from Tennessee, Michigan and Illinois, Ramapo police said.

Midwest's owners, Andre and Jane Walker, didn't return a telephone call for comment.

David Anthony, a Midwest customer service representative, said he wasn't aware of whether Paragon did background checks on its contracted employees.

Anthony said the sellers were independent contractors recruited from newspaper ads and other advertising.

"The ads are put out in disadvantaged areas to get people interested in job training," Anthony said.

Door-to-door sales of magazines are a small part of the publishing industry, with only 1 percent to 2 percent of total subscriptions sold that way, said Daniel C. Smith, general counsel for the National Field Selling Association, a Philadelphia-based trade group.

Across the country, about 2,500 sales agents make their living selling door to door and getting commissions, Smith said.

Despite well-publicized crimes and other incidents in recent years, Smith said, those cases are "aberrations."

"The industry in most cases operates well and does a good job," Smith said. "You will find good and bad in an industry. ... Sometimes, the complaints are blown out of proportion." Smith said the National Field Selling Association has taken steps to improve the industry's image. The changes include encouraging companies to do background checks on recruits and holding seminars focused on rules and regulations.

Some of the biggest magazine publishers said they don't use door-to-door sales crews.

"Our agreement with any agents prohibits them from using door-to-door sales crews to sell Time Inc. titles," read an e-mail statement from the New York-based publisher.

William Adler, a spokesman for Reader's Digest in Chappaqua, said traveling sales crews "are not part of our marketing efforts."

Selling magazines door to door is illegal without a peddler's permit or license in Rockland, Westchester and Putnam counties.

"They've been read the riot acts by officers as far as don't solicit," said Weidel of the Ramapo Police Department.

Sleepy Hollow Police Chief Jimmy Warren, head of the Westchester County Chiefs of Police Association, said groups selling magazines were not uncommon.

"They usually have a van crammed full of kids and stay in some cheap motel while they're here," Warren said.

Warren said the sellers, many times, were the victims.

"The kids get exploited and abused," he said. "They're promised that they'll travel and make a lot of money, but they usually go home broke because they're charged and taxed so much."

Like police in Rockland and Westchester, Lt. Brian Karst of the Carmel police department said officers responded to complaints from residents.

"If they have no permit, they could be charged with peddling without a license," he said.

The summonses issued for soliciting without a permit is the price of doing business for the companies and the contracted worker is responsible, authorities said.

"I don't think these are high priorities for the municipalities and the police - and that's understandable," said Terry Grosselfinger, director of Rockland Consumer Protection.

People should know that many times the prices charged for magazine subscriptions are twice the publisher's price, Grosselfinger said.

People should ask to see a permit so they at least know the company is registered and can be tracked down, Grosselfinger said.

"Some of these sellers are more aggressive than others," Grosselfinger said. "They will give the resident a sob take that they need the money because their mother is dying of cancer or they are working their way through college."
Steve Lieberman and Jay Loomis
The Journal News
lohud.com
AIRMONT, News York
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AIRMONT, News York
Three charged with selling magazines door-to-door in Airmont
May 29, 2008
Three charged with selling magazines door-to-door in Airmont
Steve Lieberman
The Journal News
May 29, 2008
AIRMONT - Ramapo police said today they had arrested three people on charges of violating local law prohibiting soliciting magazine sales door-to-door without a Ramapo permit. The three people from out of state are staying at the Holiday Inn in Montebello as part of a sales force for Paragon Sales. They are driven to neighborhoods to sell magazine subscriptions. Charged with soliciting without a permit are Tracey M. White, 32, of New Orleans, La.; Lorenzo Crawford, 21, of Chicago; and Steven M. Johnson, 41, of South Bend, Ind., Ramapo Lt. Mark Emma said. They all were released last night on $50 bail, which they would forfeit if they don't show up June 28 in Airmont Justice Court. They face a fine as penalty. Both White and Johnson are accused of soliciting on Sonia Court about 5:30 p.m., Emma said. Crawford is accused of knocking on doors trying to sell magazines on Route 59. Police have warned the Paragon Sales managers staying in Rockland that a peddler's permit is needed to sell door-to-door. In an unrelated incident, a Paragon contracted seller was charged this week with attempting to murder his girlfriend by choking her at the hotel. Emma said that incident and complaints from the public had raised the department's awareness about the solicitors.
Anyone who is solicited can call the police at 845-357-2400.
Steve Lieberman
The Journal News
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AIRMONT, News York
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D.M.P.G. Info Clip
June 8, 2008




DMPG research has determined that Donnell Preston works for 'Paragon Sales' a traveling magazine door to door sales crew that clears it's magazine subscriptions through 'Midwest Clearing Inc.'

Midwest Clearing, Inc.
Website: http://www.midwestclearing.com
Midwest Clearing, Inc.
Midwest Clearing, Inc.
President: ANDRE' M WALKER
3649 W 183rd St.
Suite 101
Hazel Crest, IL 60429
Phone (708) 206-2001
Fax (708) 206-2005

Illinois Secretary of State:
Illinois Secretary of State
CORPORATION FILE DETAIL REPORT
Entity Name MIDWEST CLEARING INC.
File Number 63505978
Status GOODSTANDING
Entity Type CORPORATION
Type of Corp DOMESTIC BCA
Incorporation Date (Domestic) 04/14/2004
State ILLINOIS
Agent Name BUSINESS FILINGS INC
Agent Change Date 04/14/2004
Agent Street Address 600 S 2ND ST
President Name & Address ANDRE' M WALKER SR 1019 ELM ST FLOSSMOOR 60422
Agent City SPRINGFIELD
Secretary Name & Address SAME
Agent Zip 62704 Duration Date PERPETUAL
Annual Report Filing Date 03/24/2008 For Year 2008

DMPG Staff has discovered an interesting connection between
Andre Walker and American Community Services:
Read This Court decision:
Andre Walker and American Community Services

"Andre Walker" + "magazine sales"

Google Search: "Donnell Preston" + magazine:
"Donnell Preston" + "magazine"

Google Search: "Paragon Sales" + magazine:
"Paragon Sales" + "magazine"

Google Search: "Midwest Clearing" + magazine:
"Midwest Clearing" + "magazine"

Google Search: "Midwest Clearing Inc" + magazine:
"Midwest Clearing Inc" + "magazine"

Google Search: "American Community Services" + magazine:
"American Community Service" + "magazine"



MONTEBELLO, News York
Police: Solicitor tried to kill girlfriend in hotel
May 28, 2008
Police: Solicitor tried to kill girlfriend in hotel
Steve Lieberman
The Journal News
LoHud.com
May 28, 2008
MONTEBELLO - An Ohio man, accused of choking his girlfriend until she became unconscious, eluded police yesterday for nearly three hours.

Donnell Preston, 28, of Dayton was charged with second-degree attempted murder and second-degree burglary, both felonies.
Preston and the 25-year-old woman had a long-standing relationship and had two children together, Ramapo police said.

They were staying at the Holiday Inn in Montebello as part of a group selling magazine subscriptions door to door across the region, police said.

They worked for Tennessee-based Paragon magazine sales, police said.

Preston is accused of following the woman and forcing his way into her room about 8:40 a.m. yesterday, said Detective Lt. Brad Weidel of the Ramapo police.

"He didn't break down the door," Weidel said, but the suspect is accused of forcing his way through the door after the woman opened it and going inside.

"They started arguing," Weidel said. Preston is accused of attempting to strangle the woman with a chokehold during the argument before stopping, police said. Preston and the woman then continued arguing, their screams getting louder, Weidel said.

While yelling, Preston made comments to the victim that police later used as a basis for charging him with attempted murder, Weidel said.

Weidel declined to discuss the comments. He said Preston gave a statement to police after his arrest.

Preston is accused of grabbing the woman by the throat a second time, Weidel said.

The couple's magazine-selling colleagues heard the screams.

"They started banging on the door," Weidel said, and Preston "jumped out the window." The woman came to and was able to to get to the door and let the other people in, he said.

The second-story window is about 15 feet off the ground, Weidel said.

The woman spoke to police when they arrived. A description of Preston was broadcast, and Ramapo officers found him behind Drug Mart in Airmont, Weidel said.

Officers chased him, but lost him in the woods. Police sealed off the area with the help of officers from Suffern, Mahwah, N.J., and the state police. The Sheriff's Department Bureau of Criminal Investigation looked for evidence at the scene.

Ramapo police used a computerized phone system to warn nearby residents and businesses about the search, Weidel said.

Two officers with tracking dogs joined the effort -.Ramapo Officer Christopher Franklin and his canine partner, Shea, and Clarkstown Officer Joseph Knarich and Oz. The dogs searched vacant buildings and sheds.

As police and dogs searched the ground, the county police helicopter flew around the area.

Ramapo officers arrested Preston about three hours after the attack. He was found between logs in the woods behind the old Grand Union on the northwest corner of Route 59 and Airmont Avenue, Weidel said.

The woman was treated at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern.

"She's going to survive," Weidel said.

Preston was being held, pending arraignment in Ramapo Town Court. Weidel said Preston likely would be held without bail in the county jail, based on the felony charges, previous felony convictions and the fact he had no ties to Rockland County.

Weidel said police also were looking into the company that sent the magazine sellers to Rockland.

Weidel said the magazine solicitors planned to work in Ramapo and other areas of the county yesterday, even though they didn't have a permit and would be stopped if found by police.

Hours after the hotel incident, several solicitors were dropped off in West Nyack, police said, but Clarkstown police warned them that they couldn't sell without a permit.

Usually, during the spring, such solicitors pop up around Rockland. They hail from other states and are dropped off by van in neighborhoods, where they go door to door, trying to sell magazine subscriptions.

Several have been arrested over the years for soliciting without a peddler's permit or for other crimes.

Sgt. Eric Eisele of the Clarkstown police said yesterday that his squad recently had arrested a magazine solicitor.

"The guy was too aggressive, and he wouldn't leave the homeowner alone and take no for an answer," Eisele said. "The guy then started cursing the homeowner."

The solicitor also didn't have a permit to sell in Clarkstown, he said.

Eisele and Weidel said, in their experience, the magazine solicitors generally were young, came from out of state and work for a type of commission.

Reach Steve Lieberman at slieberm@lohud.com or 845-578-2443.
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The Journal News
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Beverly, Massachusetts
Girl-grab suspect held without bail
May 28, 2008
Girl-grab suspect held without bail:
Magazine seller has hearing Friday, denies any contact
By Julie Manganis
Staff writer
The Salem News
Published: May 28, 2008 12:00 am
BEVERLY — A man arrested Friday after police said he tried to grab a 13-year-old girl riding her bike home from an ice-cream stand will remain held without bail at least through Friday, when a hearing into whether he poses a danger to the public is held. At his arraignment yesterday in Salem District Court, Jerwayne Hunter, 25, of Philadelphia, a traveling magazine salesman, pleaded not guilty to charges of child enticement, accosting, assault and battery, and peddling without a license. Judge Richard Mori granted the request of a prosecutor who asked that Hunter be held without bail. Prosecutor Elizabeth Satelmajer called the allegations "very, very concerning." The girl told police she was riding her bike home from Dick & June's and was on a path behind the Stop & Shop on Elliott Street when a man jumped out of the bushes, "firmly" grabbed her arm and asked, "Where's your license?" The girl said she pulled away from him and pedaled home. During a massive search of the area, someone told police that they had seen a man matching the description the girl had given going into Stop & Shop. Police got a copy of a surveillance tape. They eventually spotted a man matching the description at Bessie Baker Park, a Little League field behind Rite Aid on Cabot Street. Hunter has four aliases and a record that includes a conviction for home invasion and robbery in Michigan, Satelmajer told the judge. He is also a suspect in an incident in Wakefield in which a woman reported that a man had been standing across from her home two afternoons last week. She told police she recognized the man from photos of him she saw on the news this weekend. Hunter has denied any contact with the girl. Questioned by police, he said that he'd had no interaction with any child while in the area. Hunter works for a company called "Unified Doers," which is based in Washington, D.C., and has worked as a salesman for about a month and a half, said his lawyer, Thomas Gately. Gately said that there were seven people in his group, and all of them can vouch for his whereabouts. He said Hunter and his fellow salesmen ate lunch together at McDonald's and then went to the Stop & Shop. "At no time was he alone," Gately said. Hunter is expected to remain at Middleton Jail without bail at least until Friday's hearing.
By Julie Manganis
Staff writer
The Salem News
salemnews.com
Beverly, Massachusetts
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Monona, Wisconsin
Door-to-Door Scam Busted
May 28, 2008
Door-to-Door Scam Busted
Tony Galli
WKOW - TV
27 News
Updated: May 28, 2008, 8:34 am
Monona police officials said three people were arrested in connection to door-to-door sales, which included sellers posing as high school students and representatives of collegians with hopes of overseas study. Authorities said Tina Gibson, 23, of Rhode Island was being held in the Dane County jail on a warrant from Texas in a forgery case. Monona Police Lieutenant Rich O'Connor told 27 News Cory Hamilton, 27, and Amanda Gumns, 25, were cited for selling door-to-door without proper sellers' permits. O'Connor said Gumns had an outstanding child support warrant from Illinois, but because there was no guarantee Illinois authorities would pick up Gumns, she was not detained. O'Connor showed 27 News some of the checks which were seized when the three people were arrested. The checks were made out to Tuscan Readers Service, Inc. Some consumer groups have complained about the company's business practices. 27 News was unable to reach a representative of the Georgia-based company. One check was from a Monona man for the amount of $500.00. O'Connor told 27 News other police jurisdictions have been notified of the door-to-door scam activities in Monona and the Madison area.

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27 News Consumer Alert: Magazine Solicitors scam in Monona
From Monona Police Department news release:
On 5-24-2008 The Monona Emergency Dispatch Center began receiving complaints about magazine solicitors on the west side of the city. Officers were able to contact three subjects. The suspects, two females and one male were using a variety of approaches to obtain money from residents. At times they would say they are Monona Grove HS students and were trying to raise money to send a group of students to London. During other contacts the suspects told residents they were attempting to earn enough rewards for the magazine company to send them to London. During some contacts residents were told they were UW students attempting to raise funds for one thing or another. They may have told residents they were employed by Tucan or Tuscan Reader Service. All three subjects were arrested on various charges. Tina Gibson-23 years old from Rhode Island. Gibson is being held on an extraditable warrant out of Texas. Amanda Gumns-25 years old from Las Vegas, Nevada and Cory Hamilton-27 years old from Illinois. Numerous checks and cash were confiscated from these subjects. The Monona Police Department will be attempting to notify the donors that we have their checks for safe keeping. Many of these checks were written by City of Madison residents. The Monona Police Department recommends that you select your charities and retailers and avoid giving money to people who seek you out with items for sale or donation requests. Some are legitimate, but many such as this one are not. If you receive a telephone call or a knock on your door involving people trying to get you to give them money we strongly recommend you say “NO” unless you are absolutely certain of their identity and the organization they represent.
Updated: May 28, 2008, 1:30 pm
Tony Galli
WKOW - TV
27 News
wkow.madison.com
Madison, Wisconsin
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MONTEBELLO, New York
Solicitor tried to kill girlfriend in hotel
May 28, 2008
Police: Solicitor tried to kill girlfriend in hotel
Steve Lieberman
The Journal News
May 28, 2008
MONTEBELLO - An Ohio man, accused of choking his girlfriend until she became unconscious, eluded police yesterday for nearly three hours.

Donnell Preston, 28, of Dayton was charged with second-degree attempted murder and second-degree burglary, both felonies.

Preston and the 25-year-old woman had a long-standing relationship and had two children together, Ramapo police said.

They were staying at the Holiday Inn in Montebello as part of a group selling magazine subscriptions door to door across the region, police said. They worked for Tennessee-based Paragon magazine sales, police said.

Preston is accused of following the woman and forcing his way into her room about 8:40 a.m. yesterday, said Detective Lt. Brad Weidel of the Ramapo police.

"He didn't break down the door," Weidel said, but the suspect is accused of forcing his way through the door after the woman opened it and going inside.

"They started arguing," Weidel said. Preston is accused of attempting to strangle the woman with a chokehold during the argument before stopping, police said. Preston and the woman then continued arguing, their screams getting louder, Weidel said.

While yelling, Preston made comments to the victim that police later used as a basis for charging him with attempted murder, Weidel said.

Weidel declined to discuss the comments. He said Preston gave a statement to police after his arrest.

Preston is accused of grabbing the woman by the throat a second time, Weidel said.

The couple's magazine-selling colleagues heard the screams.

"They started banging on the door," Weidel said, and Preston "jumped out the window." The woman came to and was able to to get to the door and let the other people in, he said.

The second-story window is about 15 feet off the ground, Weidel said.

The woman spoke to police when they arrived. A description of Preston was broadcast, and Ramapo officers found him behind Drug Mart in Airmont, Weidel said.

Officers chased him, but lost him in the woods. Police sealed off the area with the help of officers from Suffern, Mahwah, N.J., and the state police. The Sheriff's Department Bureau of Criminal Investigation looked for evidence at the scene.

Ramapo police used a computerized phone system to warn nearby residents and businesses about the search, Weidel said.

Two officers with tracking dogs joined the effort -.Ramapo Officer Christopher Franklin and his canine partner, Shea, and Clarkstown Officer Joseph Knarich and Oz. The dogs searched vacant buildings and sheds.

As police and dogs searched the ground, the county police helicopter flew around the area.

Ramapo officers arrested Preston about three hours after the attack. He was found between logs in the woods behind the old Grand Union on the northwest corner of Route 59 and Airmont Avenue, Weidel said.

The woman was treated at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern.

"She's going to survive," Weidel said.

Preston was being held, pending arraignment in Ramapo Town Court. Weidel said Preston likely would be held without bail in the county jail, based on the felony charges, previous felony convictions and the fact he had no ties to Rockland County.

Weidel said police also were looking into the company that sent the magazine sellers to Rockland.

Weidel said the magazine solicitors planned to work in Ramapo and other areas of the county yesterday, even though they didn't have a permit and would be stopped if found by police.

Hours after the hotel incident, several solicitors were dropped off in West Nyack, police said, but Clarkstown police warned them that they couldn't sell without a permit.

Usually, during the spring, such solicitors pop up around Rockland. They hail from other states and are dropped off by van in neighborhoods, where they go door to door, trying to sell magazine subscriptions.

Several have been arrested over the years for soliciting without a peddler's permit or for other crimes.

Sgt. Eric Eisele of the Clarkstown police said yesterday that his squad recently had arrested a magazine solicitor.

"The guy was too aggressive, and he wouldn't leave the homeowner alone and take no for an answer," Eisele said. "The guy then started cursing the homeowner." The solicitor also didn't have a permit to sell in Clarkstown, he said.

Eisele and Weidel said, in their experience, the magazine solicitors generally were young, came from out of state and work for a type of commission.
Reach Steve Lieberman at slieberm@lohud.com or 845-578-2443.
Steve Lieberman
The Journal News
lohud.com
MONTEBELLO, New York
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Madison, Wisconsin
3 arrested in magazine scam in Monona
May 27, 2008
3 arrested in magazine scam in Monona
Bill Novak — 5/27/2008 9:26 am
The Capital Times
Police Reports
Monona police arrested three people running a magazine-buying scam in the city Saturday, with one of the suspects arrested also allegedly running a scam in Madison. Amanda Gumms, 25, Las Vegas; Tina Gibson, 23, Rhode Island; and Cory Hamilton, 27, Illinois, were arrested and cited for soliciting without a permit, but they also could face felony forgery charges, said Monona Police Detective Lt. Richard O'Connor. The three were arrested Saturday evening while they were still soliciting door to door, O'Connor said. "They had been operating for about an hour and a half," O'Connor said. "We had a couple of residents call us simultaneously because they felt funny about giving them money." The suspects were telling residents several stories, including that they were Monona Grove High School students raising money to send a group of students to London, or they were selling magazine subscriptions to earn rewards from the magazine company for trips to London, or that they were University of Wisconsin students raising money for "one thing or another," the detective said. Gumms had been sought by Madison police for soliciting donations in the east side Oakridge neighborhood, allegedly telling residents she was the captain of a softball team raising money for a trip to a tourney in Hawaii, and she was also collecting money to buy books for UW Children's Hospital. O'Connor said Monona police have numerous personal checks being held as evidence, including quite a few from Madison residents. "We will attempt to notify the donors that we have their checks for safe keeping," O'Connor said. The suspects allegedly told their targets they worked for Tuscan Readers Services. A Google search found many instances of scams around the country by solicitors purportedly using the company as their employer. O'Connor said people should be careful in giving money to people who come knocking. "Some are legitimate but many such as this are not," he said. "If you get a phone call or a knock on your door from people trying to get you to give them money, we strongly recommend you say no unless you are absolutely sure of their identity and the organization they represent."
Bill Novak — 5/27/2008 9:26 am
The Capital Times
madison.com
Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
Door-to Door Magazine Sales Warning !!!
May 27, 2008
Magazine Solicitation Scam
NBC 15 TV
Tuesday, May 27, 2008 --- 9:15 a.m.
On May 24, 2008, the Monona Emergency Dispatch Center began receiving complaints about magazine solicitors on the west side of the City. Officers were able to contact three subjects. According to a news release from the Monona Police Department, the suspects, two females and one male,were using a variety of approaches to obtain money from residents. At times they would say they are Monona Grove HS students and were trying to raise money to send a group of students to London. During other contacts the suspects told residents they were attempting to earn enough rewards for the magazine company to send them to London. During some contacts residents were told they were UW students attempting to raise funds for one thing or another. They may have told residents they were employed by Tucan or Tuscan Reader Service. All three subjects were arrested on various charges. Tina Gibson-23 years old from Rhode Island. Gibson is being held on an extraditable warrant out of Texas. Amanda Gumns-25 years old from Las Vegas, Nevada and Cory Hamilton-27 years old from Illinois. Numerous checks and cash were confiscated from these subjects. The Monona Police Department will be attempting to notify the donors that we have their checks for safe keeping. Many of these checks were written by City of Madison residents. The Monona Police Department recommends that you select your charities and retailers and avoid giving money to people who seek you out with items for sale or donation requests. Some are legitimate, but many such as this one are not. If you receive a telephone call or a knock on your door involving people trying to get you to give them money we strongly recommend you say NO unless you are absolutely certain of their identity and the organization they represent.
NBC 15 TV
nbc15.com
Madison, Wisconsin
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Boston, Massachusetts
Magazine Salesman Charged
With Attempted Abduction
May 27, 2008
Magazine Salesman Charged With Attempted Abduction
Reporting Kathy Curran BOSTON (WBZ)
WBZ-TV
May 27, 2008 8:03 pm US/Eastern
He's been convicted of home invasion, robbery and several other crimes, but a Pennsylvania man was traveling door-to-door in the Bay State hawking magazines and now he's accused of trying to kidnap a 13-year-old girl. "A person reached at her from a wooded area and knocked her off her bike," said Beverly Police Captain Alan Petersen. Police say Jerwayne Hunter and his magazine crew were at a McDonald's in Beverly Friday afternoon when hunter walked over to a nearby bike path and allegedly tried to grab the little girl. Police say the girl was on her bike heading home after getting an ice cream when the suspect came out from behind some bushes and tried to grab her. An I-Team investigation into magazine sales crews revealed a disturbing trend – there were crew members wanted for rape. Others had done time for assault, armed robbery and even murder. Many towns and cities like Beverly require crews to register with police before they come knocking at your door, but in this case, police had no idea Hunter was walking the streets. "If people have good backgrounds we issue a permit," said Petersen. "If we were familiar with his background, he would not have (gotten a permit)." Residents are glad the young girl is OK, but troubled by the fact that someone like this could be walking up to their door. "Older people in the neighborhood don't realize what's going on and open their door," explained one resident. "Don't know what can happen after that." After the I-Team investigation, the state attempted to pass a "do not knock" bill. Right now, that legislation is being studied and is expected to be re-filed. WBZ tried to speak with "unified do-ers" -- the company involved in this case -- but no-one has returned our calls.
Reporting Kathy Curran BOSTON (WBZ)
WBZ-TV
wbztv.com
Boston, Massachusetts
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Morris, Illinois
Wanted man caught with marijuana
May 27, 2008
Police Report
Wanted man caught with marijuana
Morris Daily Herald
morrisdailyherald.com
Tuesday, May 27, 2008 6:06 AM CDT
A CALIFORNIA man was cited for possession of less than 2.5 grams of marijuana about 8:20 p.m. Wednesday. Jose Lanzas, 21, Upland, Calif., was also wanted in Moultrie County for failure to appear on charges of theft and possession of marijuana. Unable to post $150 cash bond, he was held for a Moultrie County deputy. Deputy Darren Roach reported he stopped a Ford van on Will Road, near Border Street in Diamond, at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday and learned the seven occupants had been selling magazine subscriptions. He warned the driver they had to obtain solicitor permits from each town or village. A computer check of the passengers showed the warrant for Lanzas. The deputy reported Lanzas had part of a cigar filled with marijuana and a plastic bag which contained a small amount of marijuana. He was given a June 9 court date on the Grundy County charge.
Morris Daily Herald
morrisdailyherald.com
Morris, Illinois
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Attleboro, Massachusetts
3 Convicted Felons Selling Magazines Door-to-Door
May 26, 2008
Salesman accused of abduction attempt also worked in Seekonk
The Sun Chronicle
MONDAY MAY 26, 2008
Last modified: Monday, May 26, 2008 12:27 AM EDT
SEEKONK - A magazine salesman accused of attempted child abduction in Beverly on Saturday also went door-to-door with two colleagues - all three convicted felons - in Seekonk and elsewhere. In Beverly, one of the Unified Doors salesmen, Jerwayne Hunter, 25, of Philadelphia, allegedly approached a 13-year-old girl on a park path, asked her if she "had a license" for the bicycle she was riding, and tried to grab her, Beverly Police said. The girl escaped, rode home, and called police. Beverly Police arrested Hunter and charged him with assault and battery and enticing a child under 16. Police said they found Hunter, who matched the girl's description of her assailant, in a nearby park. Police said Unified Doors, of Washington, D.C., did not have the town's permission to sell the magazines, violating state law. The salesmen worked in Seekonk, Needham, Dedham, Cambridge and Lexington as well.
The Sun Chronicle
thesunchronicle.com
Attleboro, Massachusetts
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May 25, 2008





GoDoers Enterprise, Inc.
Website:
http://godoers.com/Unified Doers.htm
GoDoers Enterprise
GoDoers Enterprise, Inc
611 K St., N.W.
Suite 1
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-898-1189
Unified Doers Managers:
Lynetta Moody
Kelvin Moody

Maryland Secretary of State
Taxpayer Services Division
Website:
http://www.dat.state.md.us
Taxpayer Services Division
Entity Name: GO - DOERS, INC.
Dept ID #: D06422059
Ack #: 1000361988880542
Principal Office:
10601 PARRISH LANE
MITCHELLVILLE, MD 20721 - 4042
Resident Agent:
CYNTHIA COLLINS
APT T#2
4706 23RD PARKWAY
TEMPLE HILLS, MD 20748

Other Magazine Sales Crews:
Unity Management
Connections 2000
New Vision
Unified Stars
Maryland Secretary of State
Go Doers Inc articles of incorporation
Go Doers Inc articles of incorporation - PDF
Go Doers Inc articles of amendment
Go Doers Inc articles of amendment - PDF

Go Doers - Washington DC BBB Report:
Go Doers - BBB Report

BBB File Opened
January 01, 2002
Principal Contact
Mr Ottis Garrett (President)
Complaint Contact
Darrick Stancil
Other Contacts
Patricia Barnes (Representative)

BBB Member
This company is not a member

Type of Business
Magazines Sold Door-to-Door
Magazine Sales by Mail
Customer Experience
Based on BBB files, this company has an unsatisfactory record with the Bureau due to unanswered complaint(s).

Google Search: "Ottis Garrett" + Magazine:
"Ottis Garrett" + Magazine"

Google Search: "Go Doers" + Magazine:
"Go Doers" + Magazine"

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CEO BOUND
Website:
http://www.ceobound.org
CEO BOUND
Contact Info:
CEO BOUND
c/o Micheal McGee
12138 Central Avenue, #126
Mitchellville, MD 20721
(301) 537-2116
E-mail / mike@ceobound.org

Google Search: "CEO BOUND"
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Goldsboro, North Carolina
Book Seller - False Representation

May 25, 2008
Salesmen don't represent school system
By Phyllis Moore
News-Argus
Published in News on May 25, 2008 02:00 AM
Peddlers canvassing the Eastern Wayne school district are believed to be a national book-seller, Wayne County Public Schools' officials said Friday. Earlier, Ken Derksen, public information officer for the school system, had alerted the community to be aware of individuals going door to door, claiming to represent the school system. There is no connection to the district, Derksen said. "We have contacted the company and told them to stop representing our school system," Derksen said. "This is a legitimate company but we can't have people representing our school system."
By Phyllis Moore
News-Argus
newsargus.com
Goldsboro, North Carolina
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DMPG Info Clip:

The Dedicated Memorial Parents Group Staff has learned from Wayne County public officials and the Sheriff's Office that the above mentioned sales agent is employed by Southwestern Company out of Nashville, Tennessee:
The Southwestern Company
2451 Atrium Way
Nashville, TN
37214
Southwestern Company Website:
Southwestern Company
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BEVERLY, Massachusetts
Felon Magazine Salesman Jerwayne Hunter Arrested
Charged With Assault and Battery
and Enticing a Child Under 16

May 24, 2008
Police: Door-To-Door Salesman Tried To Abduct Girl
Sales Team Had 3 Convicted Felons Illegally Selling Magazines
WCVBTV/DT 5 ABC
TheBostonChannel.com
POSTED: 6:27 pm EDT May 24, 2008
UPDATED: 7:07 pm EDT May 24, 2008
BEVERLY, Mass. -- A door-to-door salesman tried to abduct a 13-year-old girl while she was riding her bicycle along a park path Saturday, police said. NewsCenter 5's Lynn Jolicoeur reported a man approached the girl and asked if she “had a license” for her bicycle, and then tried to grab her, according to police. The girl got away and rode her bike home, where she called police. Police found convicted felon Jerwayne Hunter, 25, of Philadelphia, Pa., in a nearby park, wearing a dress shirt and tie, matching the girl’s description. Police said they also have surveillance camera video of him making a purchase at a store close to the path where the attempted abduction took place. He was arrested and charged with assault and battery and enticing a child under 16. “It’s very scary. It makes you feel like you can’t even send your child out to play anymore,” said nearby resident Jaime Bowden. Hunter was in town working for a Washington D.C. company, Unified Doers, which sells magazine subscriptions door-to-door. Police said the company did not get permission from the town to sell the magazines, which is a violation of state law. Two other salesmen with Hunter at the time of his arrest also had criminal records. “You can’t trust them. If they don’t have a license, if they don’t have a badge and they’re not stating their name, how can you trust them?” said nearby resident Ken Clarke. Police said they’re also looking at Hunter for a connection to a sexual assault on a woman at gunpoint Sunday night in a wooded area near the Hall-Whittaker Bridge. “We’re just locking the doors, even during the day. We didn’t tend to do that all the time,” said resident Tanya Blot. The salesmen were also selling magazines in Needham, Dedham, Cambridge, Lexington and Seekonk. NewsCenter 5 was not able to reach anyone from the company for comment.
WCVBTV/DT 5 ABC
TheBostonChannel.com
thebostonchannel.com
Boston, Massachusetts
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Beverly, Massachusetts
Magazine Salesman Jerwayne Hunter Arrested

May 24, 2008
Police urge vigilance with door-to-door solicitors
Sat May 24, 2008, 07:16 PM EDT
WickedLocal.com
Marblehead, Massachusetts
Marblehead - In light of an incident in which a man allegedly tried to grab a 12-year-old Beverly girl off her bike Friday, Marblehead Police are urging all merchants and residents to call 9-1-1 immediately should they be approached by any door-to-door solicitors. Beverly Police arrested Jerwayne Hunter in relation to the incident, and Marblehead Police have learned that Hunter is associated with a group soliciting door to door under the company names of UDG, Unified Does Managers Group and CEObound.org. ”These situations are very common this time of year, and every police department needs the help of every citizen in order to deal with these types of solicitors,” Lt. Dave Millett said. “Once the police gain legal ground provided by a citizen’s call, criminal records are often discovered, and arrests may be made.” Millett added, “To paraphrase: It takes a village to chase the bad guys out of town.”
WickedLocal.com
wickedlocal.com
Marblehead, Massachusetts
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Goldsboro, North Carolina
Book Seller - False Representation
Door-To-Door Sales Company: Southwestern Company
Member: Direct Selling Association
May 23, 2008
School officials cautions residents about solicitors
By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on May 23, 2008 02:09 PM
County school officials and the Sheriff's Office are investigating reports that someone is going door to door claiming to represent the school system. It is unclear how far-reaching the situation is, or the specifics of what one or more individuals may be seeking, said Ken Derksen, public information officer for Wayne County Public Schools, though they seem to be affiliated with a book publishing company. But so far, it seems to be isolated to the Eastern Wayne district, he said, naming Parkstown and Beston Road areas specifically. Several parents have contacted the schools this week, Derksen said. "Right now we have only heard from parents in (Eastern Wayne) elementary school but in case this is outside of the Eastern Wayne district, we want the public to be aware," he said. "They're making it sound like they're representing the schools and they're not." Derksen said it does not appear that money was being solicited and advised residents not to give out any personal information and not to allow individuals into the home. He said that parents in the Eastern Wayne area have been alerted and officials determined it would be wise to broadcast the concern in case it spreads to other parts of the county. Derksen also noted that they had a description of a vehicle believed to be connected to the incidents -- a silver Volkswagon Jetta. Sheriff Carey Winders cautioned residents to be careful any time someone calls or comes to the door posing as a school representative, or soliciting for organizations not typically known to do that. "Usually they don't send anyone around to collect money," he said. "This is probably not the first time something like this has happened and it probably won't be the last." Sometimes, he noted, the person is not after something in the short run, but is at a residence to "scope things out to see what's there." "If somebody goes to the house and tries to solicit or whatever," he advised, "make sure they call 911. Obtain as much information as you can about what kind of car, or a description of the tag. If you can get a license number, that's also good."
By Phyllis Moore
News-Argus
newsargus.com
Goldsboro, North Carolina
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DMPG Info Clip:

The Dedicated Memorial Parents Group Staff has learned from Wayne County public officials and the Sheriff's Office that the above mentioned sales agent is employed by Southwestern Company out of Nashville, Tennessee:
The Southwestern Company
2451 Atrium Way
Nashville, TN
37214
Southwestern Company Website:
Southwestern Company
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Honolulu, Hawaii
Molokai restaurant owner slain

May 22, 2008
Molokai restaurant owner slain
Florida killing: Robert Spruiell owned Paddlers Inn
By Gary T. Kubota
gkubota@starbulletin.com
Vol. 13, Issue 143 - Thursday, May 22, 2008
Star Bulletin
WAILUKU » The owner of a Molokai restaurant was stabbed to death in a Florida hotel while attempting to halt illegal drug sales within his business there, Miami-Dade police said. Robert Spruiell, 38, known on Molokai as "Kamuela Kamakana," died Sunday morning in a hallway of the Golden Nugget Hotel in Sunny Isles Beach, between Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Spruiell, who owned Paddlers Inn Restaurant & Bar in Kaunakakai, was in Florida for a couple of weeks operating his door-to-door magazine sales business Integrity Sales Inc. A preliminary police investigation found that Spruiell was trying to stop the selling of drugs to his salespeople when he was stabbed. "It doesn't surprise me he was trying to help somebody else," said Alicia Montemayor, manager of Paddlers Inn. "We already know he's like that. He was really a great man. He had a great heart." Several black ribbons have been hung at the doorway and on display cases of the restaurant where he employed 42 people. Charged with second-degree felony murder is 22-year-old Jeremy Johnson, one of Spruiell's magazine sales employees. Johnson also was charged with burglary and kidnapping, said Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Nelda Fonticiella. Fonticiella said Johnson was being held without bail. She said the investigation was continuing. Molokai resident Shirley Rawlins said Spruiell, a grandson of tennis professional Henry Kamakana Sr., had been visiting the Friendly Isle for a year or two before buying the restaurant. She said Spruiell had bought land and was planning to build a home. Montemayor said Spruiell, whose Hawaiian mother once lived on Molokai, bought the restaurant in October. She said Spruiell, divorced with three children on the mainland, planned to make Molokai his permanent home. "He liked the community, the lifestyle," she said. "He was looking into buying boats. ... He had a lot of plans for his business and the community."
By Gary T. Kubota
gkubota@starbulletin.com
Star Bulletin
starbulletin.com
Honolulu, Hawaii
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Employer of murder suspects killed in stabbing

May 21, 2008
Employer of murder suspects killed in stabbing
KRQE | Reporter: Kim Holland | Web Producer: Bill Diven
krqe.com
News 13, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Posted: May 21, 2008 02:18 AM CDT
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The owner of the magazine-sales company that employed two men charged with killing an Albuquerque company has himself become the victim of murder. The death of Robert Spruiell will change the lawsuit the city of Albuquerque filed against his company, according to assistant city attorney Greg Wheeler. The suit can still proceed against his estate and his company, Integrity Program LLC, he said. "Shock and surprise, I can say after 15 years in the practice of law I've never had a case where a party was murdered in the middle of a litigation," Wheeler added. Spruiell's company sold magazine subscriptions door-to-door and hired two salesmen who later allegedly murdered an elderly couple--Tak and Pung Yi--in their northeast Albuquerque home. Doors are shut a little tighter on Avenida la Costa NE these days, and Delsa McCracken, one of the Yis' neighbors, told KRQE News 13 things haven't been the same. "She was a good, good lady, and he was a good man," McCracken said. "I just don't even like to think about it." Travis Rowley and Mike Lee where soon charged in the brutal slayings. Both remained jailed pending their trials. McCracken, 85, said she now double checks that her doors are locked. "You bet I do," she said. "All the time." The murder case shone a light on Integrity Program LLC and its operations which have been under a cloud of controversy in several states. "They didn't have permits," Wheeler said. "They didn't have tax numbers, which means they weren't paying taxes here. "They weren't registered with the state or registered with the city." Out of the killings came a bill before the Albuquerque city council would tighten controls on door-to-door sales. It would let homeowners put themselves on a no-knock list, and a salesman who came to their door anyway could be arrested. And the city of Albuquerque is, or was, suing Spruiell who was murdered near Miami, Fla., on Sunday. Police in Florida reported Spruiell, 38, confronted a man he believed was trying to sell drugs to his sales people. He was stabbed to death in the confrontation. Wheeler said the city still plans to follow the money and will amend the civil suit to go after Spruiell's estate. They're trying to set an example that shifty and shady sales people are not welcome in Albuquerque.
KRQE | Reporter: Kim Holland | Web Producer: Bill Diven
krqe.com
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Kaunakakai, Hawaii
Arrest made in murder of Paddlers' Inn owner

May 21, 2008
Arrest made in murder of Paddlers' Inn owner
By Kate Gardiner
The Molokai Times
Molokai News : Crime
5/21/2008 2:25:17 AM
Suspect charged with murder, burglary, kidnapping

Paddlers’ Inn owner Robert Spruiell, 38, was stabbed to death Sunday morning in Miami. Charged with the crime, second-degree felony murder, is 22 year-old Jeremy Johnson, one of Spruiell’s employees. Spruiell owned and operated many businesses on the mainland from Phoenix, Ariz., including a door-to-door magazine sales business. He and his magazine sales crew were staying in Miami for two weeks, apparently selling magazines for Integrity Sales, Inc. According to the Miami Herald, Spruiell and Johnson confronted a man they believed was trying to sell drugs to Spruiell’s sales people. The two entered room 205 of the Golden Nugget Hotel, 18555 Collins Ave., and confronted Jesus Cisneros, 42. Cisneros told police he grabbed a knife for self-defense and stabbed both men. Spruiell was dead at the scene. Johnson was arrested at Aventura Hospital after treatment for his stab wounds. He was also charged with burglary and kidnapping. Magazine sales businesses, including many of those belonging to Spruiell, his ex-wife and his former business partner Jonathan Tork, have drawn media attention for everything from the treatment of employees to the criminal behavior of those employees, most of whom are independent contractors. According to the Herald, two subscription sellers associated with one of Spruiell’s companies, Integrity Program LLC, Travis Rowley, 23, and Michael Lee, 21, were charged with murdering a couple in Albuquerque, N.M. According to the Albuquerque Tribune, Tak Yi, 79, and wife Pung Yi, 69, were found Dec. 4 at home. Yi was bludgeoned to death; his wife was raped and suffocated. Another Integrity contractor, Corey Finley, 21, was arrested a few weeks later in Claremont, Calif. for allegedly raping a woman. The Herald quotes the director of the National Field Selling Association, Ellen Buckley, “He worked every day of his life. He would never allow anything bad to happen to his agents.” Those who knew Spruiell, or Kamuela Kamakana, as he was known on the island, were saddened by the loss. Most remembered him as an easy-going man with a strong business sense and big ideas including franchising the restaurant. Immediate changes included a popular tri-weekly poker tournament and a grand prize sending the winner to Las Vegas. Paddlers’ Inn has black ribbons over the doorway, but was operating as usual on Tuesday afternoon. Employees of Paddlers’ Inn said the business will continue to operate as usual.
See story from CBS 4 Miami
Also see details and history from the Miami Herald
By Kate Gardiner
The Molokai Times
Molokai News : Crime
molokaitimes.com
Kaunakakai Hawaii
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Miami, Florida
Magazine Sales Co-worker Charged With Murder

May 21, 2008
Co-worker charged in Sunny Isles hotel slaying
BY DAVID OVALLE
Posted on Wed, May. 21, 2008
Miami Herald
A traveling magazine salesman was charged Tuesday with felony murder because his co-worker was stabbed to death during a brawl that started when the two stormed the room of a Sunny Isles Beach hotel guest. Jeremy Johnson, 22, was charged with second-degree felony murder, armed occupied burglary and kidnapping with a weapon. Police say he and co-worker Robert Spruiell, 37, traveling magazine salesmen from Prestige Sales in Arizona, broke into room 205 of the Golden Nugget hotel to confront Jesus Cisneros on Sunday morning. They believed Cisneros was selling drugs to other of their ''agents,'' young men and women who travel the country hawking subscriptions. Spruiell, a father of three who runs nearly a dozen magazine subscription companies based in Arizona, was stabbed to death in the fight. In Florida, someone who commits certain felonies -- in this case kidnapping and burglary -- that result in a death can be held on a murder charge. Cisneros, who said he acted in self-defense, cooperated with police and has not been charged. Johnson, of Sioux Falls, S.D., armed himself with a knife during the fight, too, police said. He also was wounded and taken to Aventura Hospital. On Tuesday, he was booked into Miami-Dade County Jail. Spruiell, Johnson and a group of agents had been at the Golden Nugget hotel, 18555 Collins Ave., for two weeks during a magazine sales trip. Spruiell had received a bout of bad press in recent months after three subscription sellers -- independent contractors working with one of his companies -- were arrested on murder and rape charges in New Mexico and California.
BY DAVID OVALLE
dovalle@MiamiHerald.com
Miami Herald
miamiherald.com
Miami, Florida
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Miami, Florida
Magazine Sales Co-worker Charged With Murder

May 21, 2008
Co-worker charged in Sunny Isles hotel slaying
BY DAVID OVALLE
Posted on Wed, May. 21, 2008
Miami Herald
A traveling magazine salesman was charged Tuesday with felony murder because his co-worker was stabbed to death during a brawl that started when the two stormed the room of a Sunny Isles Beach hotel guest. Jeremy Johnson, 22, was charged with second-degree felony murder, armed occupied burglary and kidnapping with a weapon. Police say he and co-worker Robert Spruiell, 37, traveling magazine salesmen from Prestige Sales in Arizona, broke into room 205 of the Golden Nugget hotel to confront Jesus Cisneros on Sunday morning. They believed Cisneros was selling drugs to other of their ''agents,'' young men and women who travel the country hawking subscriptions. Spruiell, a father of three who runs nearly a dozen magazine subscription companies based in Arizona, was stabbed to death in the fight. In Florida, someone who commits certain felonies -- in this case kidnapping and burglary -- that result in a death can be held on a murder charge. Cisneros, who said he acted in self-defense, cooperated with police and has not been charged. Johnson, of Sioux Falls, S.D., armed himself with a knife during the fight, too, police said. He also was wounded and taken to Aventura Hospital. On Tuesday, he was booked into Miami-Dade County Jail. Spruiell, Johnson and a group of agents had been at the Golden Nugget hotel, 18555 Collins Ave., for two weeks during a magazine sales trip. Spruiell had received a bout of bad press in recent months after three subscription sellers -- independent contractors working with one of his companies -- were arrested on murder and rape charges in New Mexico and California.
BY DAVID OVALLE
dovalle@MiamiHerald.com
Miami Herald
miamiherald.com
Miami, Florida
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DMPG Research regarding the above article reveils:
Magazine Companys:
Integrity Sales/Integrity Program/
Prestige Sales USA

Persons of Interest:
Robert Spruiell
Karleen Hillery
Karleen Spruiell
Karleen Hillery Spruiell
Jonathan Tork
Diane Tork

WebSite:
Prestige Sales USA

Google Search: Prestige Sales LLC
Google Search: Prestige Sales USA
Google Search: Prestige Sales + Magazine
Google Search: Jonathan Tork + Magazine
Google Search: Diane Tork + Magazine

WHOIS.NET
Info on prestigesalesusa.com as of May 10, 2008
Domain name: prestigesalesusa.com

Registrant Contact:
Prestige Sales (SPRESTIGE65@YAHOO.COM)
+1.6029784710
Fax: +1.6029784710
PO Box 82430
Phoenix, AZ 85071
US

Administrative Contact:
Prestige Sales (SPRESTIGE65@YAHOO.COM)
+1.6029784710
Fax: +1.6029784710
PO Box 82430
Phoenix, AZ 85071
US

Technical Contact:
Prestige Sales (SPRESTIGE65@YAHOO.COM)
+1.6029784710
Fax: +1.6029784710
PO Box 82430
Phoenix, AZ 85071
US

Status: Active

Name Servers:
NS1.ACCUWEBHOSTING.BIZ
NS2.ACCUWEBHOSTING.BIZ

Creation date: 11 Dec 2007 18:54:01
Expiration date: 11 Dec 2010 18:54:01

Arizona Secretary of State:
File Number: L-1415655-1
Corp. Name: PRESTIGE SALES LLC
Domestic Address 24820 N 16TH AVE #110
PHOENIX, AZ 85085

Statutory Agent Information Agent Name: REGISTERED AGENT SOLUTIONS INC
Agent Mailing/Physical Address:
638 N FIFTH AVE
PHOENIX, AZ 85003
Agent Status: APPOINTED 12/17/2007
Agent Last Updated: 01/24/2008

Additional Incorporation Date: 12/17/2007 Corporate Life Period: PERPETUAL
Domicile: ARIZONA County: MARICOPA
Approval Date: 12/19/2007 Original Publish Date: 01/22/2008

Member Information ROBERT SPRUIELL
MEMBER
24820 N 16TH AVE #110
PHOENIX,AZ 85085
Date of Taking Office: 12/17/2007
Last Updated: 12/19/2007

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Integrity Sales/Integrty Program:

Integrity Sales Website: integritysale.com
Integrity Program Website: integritypgm.com
Arizona Secretary of State Corporation/LLC Website:
Az. S.O.S. Corp/LCC
Arizona Secretary of State: Integrity Sales:  Integrity Sales
Nevada Secretary of State: Integrity Program:  Integrity Program
Criminal Profiles: Search For: Integrity Sales
Magazine Scams: Integrity Sales
Consumer Advocacy: Edumacation.com: Integrity Sales
BBB Report Phoenix, Az.: unsatisfactory
Rip Off Report: Integrity Sales
Magazine Company/Sales Crews as of 05/13/06:
Magazine Fulfillment Services - Operated by Robert Spruiell
Integrity Sales, Inc. - Operated by Robert Spruiell
Integrity Program, Inc.- Operated by Robert Spruiell
Circulation I - Operated by Karkeen Hillery
Circulation II - Operated by Karleen Hillery
SERVICES UNLIMITED PLUS - Operated by Karleen Hillery Spruiell/Robert Spruiell
National Community Clearing, INC - Operated by Karleen Hillery
TEAM X-TREME
DYNASTY SALES
POWERHOUSSE SALES
KAYS NATURALS - Karleen Hillery Crew
Kay's Naturals website: ournaturals.com
Crew Name: 029
Crew Name: 032
IP MARKETING
IMPACT PUBLICATIONS
Subscriptions Plus - Operated by Karleen Hillery
(old mag. company name - may be in use again)

Google Search: Karleen Hillery
Google Search: Karleen Spruiell
Google Search: Robert Spruiell

Integrity Sales is a Member of National Field Selling Association: nfsa.com
National Field Selling Association is a member of:
Magazine Publishers of America: magazine.org

RIP-OFF Report.com
Integrity Sales ripoff
Phoenix Arizona *Consumer Comment ..New Info
Read This Rip-Off Report On Integrity Sales

Lookup: Karleen Hillery on Profiler:
Karleen Hillery Profile

Lookup: Karleen Hillery - Janesville Wisconsin Van Crash March 25, 1999
Karleen Hillery Profile

View Recent Criminal Activities of Karleen Hillery Spruiell:
Karleen Hillery Spruiell
(NOTE: for search on Arizona State Supreme Court Criminal Records
Enter: Last Name: Spruiell, First Name: Karleen in search box.

View Wisconsin DOJ Civil Lawsuit Against Karleen Hillery (case # 00-CV-0852)
State of Wisconsin V. Karleen Hillery

View Illinois Magazine Sales Fraud Lawsuit Against Karleen Hillery (case # 02-CH125)
State of Illinois V. Karleen Hillery

Note: The DMPG collects information from various sources:
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The DMPG is not responsible for inaccurate data in any of the above sources of information.
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Miami, Florida
Magazine Company Owner
Robert Spruiell Stabbed To Death

May 20, 2008
SUNNY ISLES BEACH
Details emerge in Sunny Isles hotel slaying
The man stabbed to death in Sunny Isles Beach
was well-known in the controversial
door-to-door selling market.
Posted on Tue, May. 20, 2008
BY DAVID OVALLE
dovalle@MiamiHerald.com
Miami Herald
Robert Spruiell, an Arizona businessman whose door-to-door magazine sales companies had drawn a flurry of bad publicity, was stabbed to death in Sunny Isles Beach when he confronted a man he believed was trying to sell drugs to his sales people, police said. Spruiell, 38, a father of three, died Sunday morning at about 8 a.m. outside Room 205 of the Golden Nugget hotel. His associate, Jeremy Johnson, 22, of Sioux Falls, S.D., was hospitalized after the fight. The third man in the fight, Jesus Cisneros, 42, has cooperated with Miami-Dade homicide detectives. No arrests had been announced as of Monday evening.

For years, the subscription-sales industry has come under fire for questionable business practices and allegations of mistreatment of ''agents'' -- usually teenagers and young adults -- hired as independent contractors to travel the nation selling subscriptions. But his supporters say Spruiell unfairly got lumped in with shadier elements of an oft-derided industry. ''He was adamantly opposed to drug use, personally and by people associated with his companies,'' said his Oklahoma-based attorney, Cynthia Becker. ``He took a lot of pride in doing the right thing.'' About two weeks ago, Spruiell and his sales crew checked into the Golden Nugget, 18555 Collins Ave., from which they would fan out to neighborhoods to hawk subscriptions. On Sunday morning, he and Johnson confronted Cisneros, the man he suspected of peddling drugs, inside Room 205. Cisneros told police he grabbed a knife to defend himself and stabbed both men. Mortally wounded, Spruiell staggered to the walkway outside, collapsed and died. Johnson was hospitalized.

A former U.S. Navy sailor who fought in the first Gulf War, Spruiell -- whose mother is Hawaiian -- also owned the only bar on the small island of Molokai. His Hawaiian name was Kamuela Kamakana. Called the Paddler's Inn, the restaurant and bar employs 43 people on an island of 7,000. ''We don't make a lot of money, but we're just here for the community. He is going to be missed here,'' said restaurant administrator Alicia Montemayor.

A MIXED LEGACY

In the magazine subscription industry, Spruiell leaves a mixed legacy. He ran nearly a dozen companies in Arizona, which recruit young people with the promise of business experience and travel. Brian Hooley, an employee at Prestige Sales in Phoenix, said of Spruiell, ``He was one of the best people I've ever known.'' At Prestige, $1,000 bonuses are paid for reaching certain goals. Another of his companies, Integrity Sales, shows a photo of teens on a white-water rafting trip in Colorado. Supporters say the experiences are fun and hone business savvy. Critics say young people, many of them runaways, are paid little and forced to work under grueling conditions. Better Business Bureaus have also taken exception to industry practices -- including salespeople claiming to be earning money for student trips or that magazines will be sent to troops overseas. Spruiell's ex-wife, Karleen Hillery, and her former business associate, Jonathan Tork, have earned notoriety in the industry. Seven young people from one of her companies, Youth Employment Services, were killed in a 1999 traffic wreck. She later settled a multimillion dollar suit with the state. Spruiell met, married and divorced her after the accident. The wreck, however, spurred outrage. Phil Ellenbecker, whose teenage daughter Malinda Turvey was a sales agent and died that day, has run a website for nine years dedicated to exposing the industry. ''They're pulling in inner-city kids from broken homes, and a lot of these kids are innocent,'' Ellenbecker said. ``They have no idea what they're getting into.'' Spruiell's supporters say he had worked to distance the companies from his ex-wife and Tork, who was once fined $50,000 by the federal government for giving out fake subscription receipts.

`WORKED EVERY DAY'

Ellen Buckley, director of the National Field Selling Association, said, ``He worked every day of his life. He would never allow anything bad to happen to his agents.'' Still, negative press followed Spruiell. In December, two subscription sellers associated with Integrity Program LLC -- Travis Rowley, 23, and Michael Lee, 21 -- were charged with murdering an elderly couple in Albuquerque, N.M. The husband was bludgeoned to death, his wife raped and suffocated. A few weeks later, detectives in Claremont, Calif., arrested another company contractor, Corey Finley, 21, for allegedly raping a woman. Spruiell took pains to conduct background searches, his friends said. Still, spurred by the deaths, the city of Albuquerque sued Spruiell's company for operating without proper permits. Spruiell was not in New Mexico when the contractors were arrested. ''Brutal murders -- a very ugly situation,'' said Assistant City Attorney Peter Pierotti, who had just questioned Spruiell in a deposition three weeks ago.

Kate Gardiner of The Molokai Times contributed to this report.
BY DAVID OVALLE
dovalle@MiamiHerald.com
Miami Herald
miamiherald.com
Miami, Florida
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D.M.P.G. Info Clip
May 19, 2008



Robert Spruiell Murdered In Miami
UPDATE
TOPIC: Homicide

CASE #: PD080518242277
DATE: May 18th, 2008, at 8:30 a.m.
ADDRESS: 18555 Collins Avenue Sunny Isles Beach, Fl. (Hotel)
DECEASED
NAME: Robert Sprueill
DOB: W/M, 03/10/1970
ADDRESS: Phoenix, Arizona

TWO WHITE MALES INJURED
NAME: Not available at this time
DOB:
ADDRESS:

SUBJECT(S):
NAME: Unknown name or description at this time
DOB:
ADDRESS:

Narrative:
Sunny Isles Beach Police uniformed officers responded to the scene regarding a call for service. As they arrived, they discovered the body of a deceased male and two males with lacerations. Both males were transported to area hospitals to receive medical treatment.
Miami-Dade Police Department Homicide detectives were summoned to the scene and are currently investigating the incident.
Information regarding this case will be released as it becomes available. We do not anticipate the release of any additional information today. Please do not contact the MDPD Communications Shift Commander for updates.

Anyone with information concerning this case is urged to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (305) 471-TIPS

Update
Prepared by:
Robert Williams, Detective
Media Relations Bureau
May 19, 2008
3:03 p.m.

Read Police Report:
Police Report - PDF




D.M.P.G. Info Clip
May 19, 2008



Karleen Hillery Spruiell Found Guilty:
3 Counts of Aggravated Assault
4 Counts of Aggravated DUI

Karleen Hillery Spruiell is currently being held in the Maricopa County Jail Without Bond.
She will be sentenced to prision on July 28, 2008 at 8:30 a.m.

Read The Jury Decision:
Court Jury Decision - PDF File





Yuma, Arizona
Consumer Alert

May 17, 2008
Traveling Sales Crews: What You Should Know - Consumer Alert
Written by NAPSI
imperialvalleynews.com
Saturday, 17 May 2008
(NAPSI) - The next time an unexpected knock on your door turns up a young salesperson with a sympathy-worthy sales pitch, you might want to think twice about supporting what may be a traveling sales crew, says the National Consumers League (NCL).

Alarming accounts of scams and dangers surrounding some door-to-door sales have prompted the nation’s oldest consumer advocacy organization to warn consumers about the risks of patronizing traveling sales crews.

Traveling sales crews quickly sweep in and out of neighborhoods. Often falsely claiming to support programs to help kids or raise money for charity, these companies recruit children, teenagers and young adults to sell products such as magazine subscriptions, cleaning supplies and candy.

For many youths and young adults sucked into traveling sales crews, promises of high pay and nationwide travel turn into long hours of work with abuse and little or no pay. The salespeople are often required to turn their earnings over to the crew leaders, who dole out $5 - $10 a day for food.

Some sellers are forced to survive by scamming or stealing from their customers--or worse. Crew members have been convicted of serious crimes against their customers, such as rape and murder. More often than violence, however, consumers often find overpriced products, nondelivery of products, nonreceipt of refunds when requested and incomplete receipts that make canceling the orders impossible.

How to spot a traveling sales crew? If your city requires a permit for residential sales, ask the seller to show his or her permit. Most traveling sales crews won’t have one to show you.

If you’re still not sure, ask the salesperson to return the next week. A traveling sales crew likely won’t be in the area long enough, and this can buy you some time to check out the company. NCL recommends that if you suspect a salesperson works in a traveling sales crew, don’t let him into your house and don’t buy his product. Call your local police. Give the police officer the name of the company and what is being sold.

NCL offers tips-available thanks to an unrestricted grant from the Direct Selling Education Foundation-to help consumers distinguish between a legitimate company and the scams of a traveling sales crew at www.nclnet.org .

Traveling sales crews often falsely claim to support programs to raise money for charity.
Written by NAPSI
Imperial Valley News
imperialvalleynews.com
Yuma, Arizona
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Sherman, Texas
Magazine Salesman Jailed

May 16, 2008
Police reports
Sherman Police Department
Magazine salesman jailed
By Herald Democrat
05/16/08
Several complainants came from a neighborhood about a man selling magazine subscriptions. After finding the suspect, Sgt. Stephen Dean jailed him on a charge of soliciting without a permit. The suspect works for Points Across America and is a 29-year-old Phoenix, Ariz., man. The fine on the charge was $231.
Police Reports
By Herald Democrat
heralddemocrat.com
Sherman, Texas
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Roanoke, Virginia
Magazine Saleswoman Arrested

May 16, 2008
Roanoke police arrest door-to-door saleswoman
for having no business license
By Scott Leamon
WSLS10 Reporter
Published: May 16, 2008
Roanoke police arrested a woman in the Crystal Springs neighborhood for selling magazines door-to-door without a business license. Police charged Christina Smalls-Smith, 24, with solicitation without a business license, a misdemeanor. Police at the scene of her arrest said she claimed to be from Florida but had no identification. A woman, whom declined to be identified, told 10 On Your Side Smalls-Smith and another woman came into her home uninvited Friday afternoon. The woman confirmed Smalls-Smith was trying to sell magazines. “[Smalls-Smith] said ‘may I use your bathroom?” the woman recalled later. “And I thought, ‘oh dear! I’m in trouble.” The woman said she heard Smalls-Smith in another area of her home for what seemed like several minutes, so went to check on her. The woman said by the time she got to the room, Smalls-Smith had just entered her bathroom. A short time later the woman said the two salespeople left her home. “As soon as they walked out the door I said ‘oh my goodness! Why did [Smalls-Smith] go through my house?” the woman said. “I ran for my pocket book immediately,” the woman said, which she claimed was in her bedroom near the bathroom. “My wallet was gone so I went into hysterics,” she said. The woman said she later found her wallet in the bathroom under a hand towel “on top of the soap dish.” The woman claimed she did not know how her wallet got from her purse to the bathroom. After the salespeople left the home, the woman said her grandson, whom also lives in the home, went after the women and found them a few blocks down the street. The woman called 911. An officer at the scene said police searched both salespeople and did not find any of the woman’s belongings. The officer said police also investigated to see if the salespeople might have taken some the woman’s personal information, such as credit card numbers, but could find no evidence of any such activity. A police spokeswoman said later citizens should be skeptical of most door-to-door sales tactics. Police at the scene said the sales company Smalls-Smith claimed to represent did not have a license to do business in Roanoke.
By Scott Leamon
WSLS10 Reporter
wsls.com
Roanoke, Virginia
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Supporting pyramid schemes is lucrative for politicians

May 14, 2008
Supporting pyramid schemes is lucrative for politicians
The Fraud File Blog
Sequence Inc.
Wed 14 May 08 ·
Filed under Pyramid Schemes & MLM, Scam Busting
As Barry Minkow (Fraud Discovery Institute), Dr. Jon Taylor, Robert FitzPatrick, Eric Scheibeler and others (including me) continue the unpopular fight against multi-level marketing companies (which are nothing more than disguised pyramid schemes), I occasionally come across items of interest…

Like this one. Did you know that Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has received tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Pre-Paid Legal Services (NYSE:PPD)? He has.

From Utah’s website:

All Contributions for Shurtleff, Mark Leonard

Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc
P.O. Box 145
Ada, OK 74820 10/23/2006 20,000.00
Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc
P.O. Box 145
Ada, OK 74820 12/12/2007 20,000.00
Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc
P.O. Box 145
Ada, OK 74820 04/28/2005 20,000.00
Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc.
321 E. Main St. PO BOX 145
Ada, OK 74820 04/25/2003 20,000.00
Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc.
321 E. Main St. PO BOX 145
Ada, OK 74820 06/14/2004 20,000.00
Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc.
321 E. Main St. PO BOX 145
Ada, OK 74820 03/02/2004 10,000.00

$110,000 in campaign contributions just since 2003 is a nice little chunk of money, I think. And then you have to ask yourself why. Well if you’ve done much research on MLMs, you’ve found that Utah is a hotbed for these pyramid schemes. And Attorney General Mark Shurtleff loves them! Remember this video, in which Shurtleff endorsed Usana Health Sciences and said they were a wonderful company? (Wait, I thought the chief law enforcement officer wasn’t supposed to do things like this… and was instead supposed to be enforcing laws? Oh well.)

Multi-level marketing expert Dr. Jon Taylor knows exactly why Pre-Paid Legal is so motivated to give money to Mark Shurtleff….

In July 2006, Bill SB182 went into effect in Utah, essentially diluting the power of the Pyramid Scheme Act (Title 76) in Utah. The Pyramid Scheme Act dubbed companies illegal pyramid schemes if compensation is primarily from the sales of products/services to downline participants (rather than legitimate 3rd party customers).

SB182 essentially negated that provision by saying that “compensation” as defined in that Act excludes money received because of downline purchases. (i.e. Ignore the fact that the upline makes most of their money from associate purchases of products that are never sold to real retail customers.)

This seems like a picky distinction, but it’s really not. The problem with most (if not all) multi-level marketing companies is that there is not a real retail market for their products and services. There is a very, very small base of actual retail sales. But the vast majority of “sales” made by the MLM are to pyramid members who are meeting minimums or trying to move up in the pyramid. The name of the game is not retail sales, it’s recruiting other pyramid members under the guise of retail selling.

What does any of this have to do with Mark Shurtleff? He was instrumental in getting SB182 passed, essentially weakening the Pyramid Scheme Act so much that just about any product-based pyramid scheme is now legal in Utah.

Dr. Taylor writes:
In both Senate and House hearings, it was clear that legislators lacked the time to review research that should have led to the defeat of the bill. Instead, they relied on testimony by Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, who claimed the bill retained protection against the “really bad schemes” that offer no legitimate products. Obviously, he had not read any of the research that shows that the most damaging pyramid schemes in terms of participant losses are those with products for sale – even very good products. And Mr. Shurtleff failed to disclose that his top corporate campaign contributors were companies protected by the bill…

And here’s more on why this matters:

Utah’s top law enforcement official, Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, supported the bill. He argued, contrary to the facts, that one of the distinguishing features of illegal pyramid schemes was the lack of legitimate products. This may have been a valid argument 30 years ago when product-based schemes were less common. Since then, however, the largest and most harmful of all pyramid schemes that have been prosecuted—such as Equinox, Trek Alliance, and International Heritage—offered products or services as their form of “paying consideration.” The existence or quality of the products is, today, irrelevant to the analysis. Some of Shurtleff’s top contributors were the very companies that would benefit the most from SB 182 [2]. Their operations would no longer violate the state’s anti-pyramid scheme statute.

The Direct Selling Association (DSA) initiated this bill. While the DSA likes to pretend it’s a group looking out for consumers, it is really an organization that looks out for the best interest of multi-level marketing companies. It’s member-run, and their real purpose is to pretend that 99% of participants in MLMs don’t lose money, and that MLMs are the way to financial freedom for many.

The DSA wanted this bill passed in Utah because the Pyramid Scheme Act was much too restrictive, and if law enforcement in Utah ever decided to enforce the law (not likely while under Mark Shurtleff’s command), then a lot of MLMs would be in trouble.

Let’s face it. Utah AG Mark Shurtleff is heavily influenced by MLM companies, which are big campaign contributors. Check out this listing of contributors to his campaign since 2003. $231,000 alone from known MLMs and the DSA. This doesn’t include any individuals who might be associated with the MLMs, as I was only looking for relevant company names. That sheds a little light on Shurtleff’s favorable stance on this legislation, doesn’t it?
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Spokane, Washington
Teen claims she was held captive

May 12, 2008
Teen claims she was held captive
Story by:
Jeff Humphrey / KXLY4 Reporter
KLXY4 TV
Posted: May 12, 2008 08:50 PM CDT
Updated: May 12, 2008 08:57 PM CDT
SPOKANE -- The Spokane Police Department is investigating a teenager's claims that she was held as a captive worker by a door-to-door sales company. The teen, who is being held in protective custody at the Juvenile Justice Center, is a runaway who thought selling magazines door-to-door across the country would be a great way to escape her problems in Spokane. However once she started working for the magazine company she says she was held captive by fear and finance. If you're a street kid and look like you carry everything you own around in a backpack you've almost certainly been approached by a magazine travel crew. "They just tried to get me to go and sell magazines for them and I'm not gonna do that because my friend got lost from California here," Raychael Cook said. Street kids call the magazine sales firm "The Cult", as in once you start working for the company it's hard to get out. "They actually came here last year and I was living here and they actually took five kids away from here and two of them never came back," Cook said. Consider the case of the 16-year-old runaway in protective custody. After being approached by the company at a fast food restaurant she and her boyfriend were offered rooms at a north Spokane motel. However soon the amount of money they owed the company for rent or food outpaced their magazine sales and the teens did not feel they were free to leave the organization. "During the day they were monitored where they went so they were really scrutinized and that's not really freedom and as you said the jobs it's more like owing the company store," Meta Marshall with the Spokane Police Department said. Marshall tracks runaways for the police and worries about travel crews trolling for recruits in area parks and teen shelters. "It's gotta be kids they pick up all over, if this outfit's operating in Washington but also taking the kids down to California and Florida, there have to be other caravans," Marshall said. Marshall says the 16-year-old in protective custody escaped from the travel crew one night after her boyfriend was beaten for poor sales performance. The Better Business Bureau warns this circulation company is taking its customers' money door-to-door but not delivering the magazines.
Jeff Humphrey / KXLY4 Reporter
KLXY4 TV
kxly.com
Spokane, Washington
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Spokane, Washington
BBB And Law Enforcement Warning !!!

May 10, 2008
BBB And Law Enforcement Warn:
ACI Magazine aka Atlantic Circulation, Inc.
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Group Hires Street Kids,
Sends Them Door-to-Door Selling Magazines, Doesn't Deliver

ACI Magazine aka Atlantic Circulation, Inc.
2550 Kingston Road
York, PA 17402
(717) 755-3480

Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Washington, North Idaho & Montana
Zan Deery, Communications/Investigations
zan@spokane.bbb.org
Spokane, WA - 05/10/08 - The BBB and local law enforcement authorities warn our regional parents, job-seeking youth as well as consumers approached by this door-to-door magazine sales group mentioned above to be educated about the highly questionable regional hiring and sales activities being reported.

According to police reports, vulnerable youth (in particular, street or homeless kids) are hired on as door-to-door magazine salespeople. They are instructed to go door-to-door pitching potential customers a story such as "I'm raising money for a class trip," or "I need college tuition," in exchange for the promise of magazine subscriptions. They are instructed to collect cash from customers. The money is turned over to the salesperson's boss, and no magazines are ever delivered.

It's been brought to the attention of local law enforcement that youth have been taken all over Washington (Spokane, Spokane Valley, Post Falls, Tri-Cities, Moscow and Coeur D'Alene, ID, as well as to Florida and California.

In this region, the boss drives a white Hummer, pulling a trailer with a sign that says "Gregg's Sales" on it. The white Hummer and trailer have Pennsylvania plates. There are several vehicles that transport youth door-to-door, including a greenish suburban with Missouri plates.

The BBB report states that this company has been responsive to any complaints brought to its attention by the BBB. As of the date of this release, 65 complaints have been processed by the BBB with complaints mostly concerning selling practices and delivery issues.

The BBB suggests that if you have an unresolved issue concerning this company to file both a police report with your local law enforcement as well as a formal complaint with the BBB at: www.bbb.org

TIPS ON DOOR-TO-DOOR MAGAZINE SALES EMPLOYING YOUTH

"Our organization was founded to give kids like me summer jobs so we can stay off the streets and avoid gangs and drugs. Can you help us by buying our product?"

"I'm selling magazine subscriptions to earn a college scholarship. For each magazine I sell, the group I work for provides scholarship funds for my education."

Sound familiar? Every year crews of teenagers and young adults travel to towns across the country peddling magazines. They show up on your doorstep with stories such as how you can help them avoid inner-city troubles by buying their product. The cause sounds admirable, they appear to be hard working, so why not help out?

Before making a decision, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises you to consider the following: The National Consumers League estimates that 50,000 children nationwide are involved in traveling sales crews selling consumer items door-to-door and on city street corners. The youth groups are transported hundreds of miles from their homes, often across state lines. Unfortunately, many of these young people are victims. The League has consistently ranked "traveling crews" among the worst jobs available for youth and indicates that they can also constitute a dangerous environment.

BBB files reflect that the organizers of these crews may falsely present themselves as charitable and civic-minded groups. In such cases the organizer is the victimizer. In fact, many are for-profit operations that take advantage of their young and vulnerable "workers." The youths are taught to use high-pressure appeals and basically live out of vans and hotels. The organizer also may keep your "donation" or "subscription money" and not pass it along to any charity, community group or publisher. Further, these young people often make little or no money in wages despite the help-wanted advertisements luring them with claims of "big money" and "fun and travel."

Employing the young plays on your sympathy; it may also violate state wage and employment laws. Various news media have reported abusive treatment of young sales crews. Minors report having been sexually harassed and physically assaulted; some have been left stranded with no means of transportation home. In addition, the young people are typically expected to work long hours with little rest and it is not uncommon for them to be exposed to illegal drugs or underage drinking. Parents often discover too late the perils to which their children have been exposed.

Certainly, there are legitimate youth fundraisers. And yes, they may come knocking. However, the next time a youth sales crew appears on your doorstep, it may be wise not to assume that it represents a local school or youth group. Ask for the name of the organization and other details. You may also want to inquire about the welfare of the young "worker." Many localities require licensing for door to door sales, so do inquire and verify that aspect of any door to door sales presentation.

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Contact:
Zan Deery, Communications/Investigations
zan@spokane.bbb.org
Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Washington, North Idaho & Montana
152 S. Jefferson, Suite 200
Spokane, WA 99201
509-455-4200 or 800-356-1007
www.spokane.bbb.org

Zan Deery, Communications/Investigations
zan@spokane.bbb.org
Better Business Bureau
Serving Eastern Washington, North Idaho & Montana
spokane.net
Spokane, Washington
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San Jose, California
Warning: Door to Door Magazine SCAM !!!

May 7, 2008
Action Line: Magazine scam blooms once again this spring
By Dennis Rockstroh
Article Launched: 05/07/2008 01:32:24 AM PDT
Q I was scammed by two boys claiming to be selling magazines to support a baseball team. They claimed to be raising money for their team to go to a tournament in Florida. The point man of the two-man team was very convincing and claimed to be our neighbor. Being new to the neighborhood I wanted to be neighborly and offered to help them out. I wrote them a check for some magazines to be donated to a children's charity. After they left, something wasn't sitting right with me so I Googled the company listed on the very official looking receipt and found countless reports at www.ripoffreport.com of people like me being swindled. I'm writing in the hope that the paper will write about it and put it somewhere everyone can see it. We need to educate people so that they won't fall prey to similar scams.

J.M.
Morgan Hill
A Everyone, tell your friends about this very common scam that blossoms in the spring and lasts well through the summer. Regular readers of this column know all about this. You may recall the last time we visited this subject three months ago, the scam went like this. The folks at Good Samaritan Hospital reported that door-to-door sellers were moving through Saratoga and Los Gatos neighborhoods identifying themselves as West Valley Community College students. They were "pushing" magazine subscriptions that would supposedly go to children hospitalized at Good Sam. The sellers "suggested" the victims spend $40 each for every member of their family. One woman said she wrote the seller a check just to get rid of them. Good Sam said that the sellers had no connection with the hospital. You can expect to see these sellers sweeping through the neighborhoods. Be very careful with these folks because they are pushy. It is best not to let door-to-door solicitors inside your home. But if you don't say "no" right away, then ask to see a card or brochure. California law requires that solicitors have something that shows the name and contact numbers for the organization they represent. If they can't produce that information, thank them politely and close the door. If you are interested in buying, get everything in writing first and ask the salesperson to check back later after you've gone over everything. Be aware that these "students" will lie about where they are from, telling you that they live in your community and that they are a student at your local high school or college. In reality, many of them are traveling across the country in a van packed with as many as 15 teens and young adults selling magazine subscriptions that can cost as much as 300 percent more than if you were to buy the same subscription directly from the publisher via the Internet. Another common false pitch is that they are working toward points to win a trip or that they are doing charity work selling magazines for a local hospital or that they are working toward a scholarship.

In all likelihood, these are scams.
• Mail: San Jose Mercury News, 750 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, Calif. 95190

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• Fax: (408) 288-8060.

Please include full name, address and phone number.

Because of the volume of requests, I cannot respond to everyone.

For tips, self-help, news and discussion, see the Consumer Action Line Web log. Go to www.mercurynews.com. Click on "all blogs."
By Dennis Rockstroh
San Jose Mercury News (Silicon Valley)
mercurynews.com
San Jose, California
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Boise, Idaho
Door to Door Magazine Salesman Arrested

May 2, 2008
10:18 a.m. -- Boise resident puts Kansas man selling magazines under citizen's arrest
Patrick Orr - porr@idahostatesman.com
Edition Date: 05/02/08
Idaho Statesman
A suspicious West Boise resident placed a Kansas man under citizen's arrest Thursday after the man tried to sell magazines without a license. Joshua D. Mott, 19, of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, is charged with misdemeanor illegal solicitation. Mott was arrested Thursday afternoon when a resident at a home in the 2300 block of Welford Place, near the Maple Grove and Ustick roads neighborhood, asked a man who was attempting to sell magazines to produce a valid solicitor license issued by the city of Boise. The resident told police the man — later identified as Mott — said he didn't have one. The resident then told Mott it was against the law to sell door-to-door without a valid license. Mott attempted to sell the magazines anyway, so the resident called police, and then kept talking to Mott until police arrived. The resident put Mott under citizen's arrest. Mott was taken into custody by Boise police and booked into the Ada County Jail on the solicitation charge. "It's good to see citizens listening to our alerts, recognizing the dangers, and calling police as soon as they see this activity in their neighborhoods," Boise Police Lt. Alan Cavener said. "These unlicensed solicitors are not only illegal, they're aggressive and threatening with residents. They've also been associated with other crime like robbery and burglary."
Patrick Orr - porr@idahostatesman.com
Idaho Statesman
idahostatesman.com
Boise, Idaho
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Roanoke, Virginia
Door to Door Magazine Sales Scam !!!

May 2, 2008
Better Business Bureau issues warning
againt door-to-door magazine sales
By Mollie Halpern
Investigative Reporter
WSLS 10
Published: May 2, 2008
WSLS Ten On Your Side has learned more about the door-to-door magazine sales operation we first warned you about on tuesday. “Dedicated Turnaround, LLC” is *not* a charity—even though its salespeople claim proceeds go toward an adult job training program. So, the money for the magazines are proceeds for the business itself. Since our story aired, the Better Business Bureau says it has gotten dozens of calls from people saying salespeople are making pitches in their neighborhoods. The B-B-B says the company plans to stay in the area for two months. If the sales-people knock on your door, the B-B-B says to be wary that you may be paying hidden costs.
By Mollie Halpern
Investigative Reporter
WSLS 10
Roanoke, Virginia
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Houston, Texas
Magazine Sales Crews

May 1, 2008
Are magazine sales crews bringing crime to your door?
07:12 AM CDT on Thursday, May 1, 2008
By Jeff McShan / 11 News
KHOU
HOUSTON -- In one upscale neighborhood near the Galleria, there recently was a rash of home burglaries that seemed awfully peculiar. “It’s such a coincidence that where ever they show up with a cell phone, there is a burglary right next door,” resident Henry de La Garza said. And residents like de La Garza told 11 News all of the clues and pointed to a group of young suspects who were staying at a nearby Ramada Inn. “And they are dangerous,” he said. He’s talking about door-to-door magazine salespeople. “They are soliciting under false pretenses,” another resident said. So 11 News decided to investigate. Our first plan was to simply follow one of their vans into a neighborhood, so we could observe them working. But the driver noticed we were behind him and pulled into a parking lot. So we asked him a question: “Hey, can you tell me who I need to talk to about magazine sales?” I said. And right at that very moment, one of the salesmen grabbed our camera and took off running. When he overheard me calling 911, he gave it back. The Houston Police Department arrived, checked out the video and handcuffed the suspect. Door-to-door magazine sales companies have been around for years. They advertise in newspapers and magazines across the country, looking for employees, promising them good money and a chance to see the country. But activist Earlene Williams, who runs a help group called Parent Watch, claims she receives a lot of complaints from their young workers. “I am probably getting about 10 e-mails or phone calls a day,” she said. “Some from abandoned people, some who want to leave — and some from parents trying to get their kids home.” She says many call because they have no money to get home. “The kids get a daily draw for food and it can be nothing to $20 a day,” Williams said. “And they work 60 to 80 hours a week.” “It was too good to be true,” a salesman, who didn’t want his identity revealed, said. He traveled to Houston with the magazine crew and quit. He said his coworkers were doing drugs. “On coke, crack,” he said. He also said they all had criminal records and claims they continued their unlawful ways. “They said they don’t hire felons, but they are all felons,” he said. He said he watched his trainer break into a house. “No one answered the door,” he said. “He went and jumped the fence, kicked in the back door. …I left because I didn’t want no part of it.” But not everyone agrees with his strong statements. Searching, we came across Michelle, a salesperson from Detroit. “Well I don’t want you guys just giving us a bad name,” she said. “I don’t know if you are going to re-word my words, but I mean please don’t because this is what I am saying: Our crew is a good crew.” Michelle gave us her whole sales pitch. While researching this topic, we can across stories of fatal drug overdoses, attacks, rape and even murder, involving magazine sales crews. But more than 20 years after a Senate investigation into the industry, they are still unregulated. “The problem is, there are no laws protecting home owners from these people,” one resident said. So the next time they come back to Houston, de La Garza said he’s going to warn all his neighbors. Some who said they felt sorry for people like Michelle and placed an order said they’re still waiting for their magazine.

Also online:
Watch Michelle's sales pitch
Related video: Raw video: 11 News reporter and photographer attacked, camera stolen
By Jeff McShan / 11 News
KHOU
khou.com
Houston, Texas
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DMPG Research regarding the above article reveils:
Magazine Companys:
Integrity Sales/Integrity Program/
Prestige Sales USA

Persons of Interest:
Robert Spruiell
Karleen Hillery
Karleen Spruiell
Karleen Hillery Spruiell
Jonathan Tork
Diane Tork

WebSite:
Prestige Sales USA

Google Search: Prestige Sales LLC
Google Search: Prestige Sales USA
Google Search: Prestige Sales + Magazine
Google Search: Jonathan Tork + Magazine
Google Search: Diane Tork + Magazine

WHOIS.NET
Info on prestigesalesusa.com as of May 10, 2008
Domain name: prestigesalesusa.com

Registrant Contact:
Prestige Sales (SPRESTIGE65@YAHOO.COM)
+1.6029784710
Fax: +1.6029784710
PO Box 82430
Phoenix, AZ 85071
US

Administrative Contact:
Prestige Sales (SPRESTIGE65@YAHOO.COM)
+1.6029784710
Fax: +1.6029784710
PO Box 82430
Phoenix, AZ 85071
US

Technical Contact:
Prestige Sales (SPRESTIGE65@YAHOO.COM)
+1.6029784710
Fax: +1.6029784710
PO Box 82430
Phoenix, AZ 85071
US

Status: Active

Name Servers:
NS1.ACCUWEBHOSTING.BIZ
NS2.ACCUWEBHOSTING.BIZ

Creation date: 11 Dec 2007 18:54:01
Expiration date: 11 Dec 2010 18:54:01

Arizona Secretary of State:
File Number: L-1415655-1
Corp. Name: PRESTIGE SALES LLC
Domestic Address 24820 N 16TH AVE #110
PHOENIX, AZ 85085

Statutory Agent Information Agent Name: REGISTERED AGENT SOLUTIONS INC
Agent Mailing/Physical Address:
638 N FIFTH AVE
PHOENIX, AZ 85003
Agent Status: APPOINTED 12/17/2007
Agent Last Updated: 01/24/2008

Additional Incorporation Date: 12/17/2007 Corporate Life Period: PERPETUAL
Domicile: ARIZONA County: MARICOPA
Approval Date: 12/19/2007 Original Publish Date: 01/22/2008

Member Information ROBERT SPRUIELL
MEMBER
24820 N 16TH AVE #110
PHOENIX,AZ 85085
Date of Taking Office: 12/17/2007
Last Updated: 12/19/2007

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Integrity Sales/Integrty Program:

Integrity Sales Website: integritysale.com
Integrity Program Website: integritypgm.com
Arizona Secretary of State Corporation/LLC Website:
Az. S.O.S. Corp/LCC
Arizona Secretary of State: Integrity Sales:  Integrity Sales
Nevada Secretary of State: Integrity Program:  Integrity Program
Criminal Profiles: Search For: Integrity Sales
Magazine Scams: Integrity Sales
Consumer Advocacy: Edumacation.com: Integrity Sales
BBB Report Phoenix, Az.: unsatisfactory
Rip Off Report: Integrity Sales
Magazine Company/Sales Crews as of 05/13/06:
Magazine Fulfillment Services - Operated by Robert Spruiell
Integrity Sales, Inc. - Operated by Robert Spruiell
Integrity Program, Inc.- Operated by Robert Spruiell
Circulation I - Operated by Karkeen Hillery
Circulation II - Operated by Karleen Hillery
SERVICES UNLIMITED PLUS - Operated by Karleen Hillery Spruiell/Robert Spruiell
National Community Clearing, INC - Operated by Karleen Hillery
TEAM X-TREME
DYNASTY SALES
POWERHOUSSE SALES
KAYS NATURALS - Karleen Hillery Crew
Kay's Naturals website: ournaturals.com
Crew Name: 029
Crew Name: 032
IP MARKETING
IMPACT PUBLICATIONS
Subscriptions Plus - Operated by Karleen Hillery
(old mag. company name - may be in use again)

Google Search: Karleen Hillery
Google Search: Karleen Spruiell
Google Search: Robert Spruiell

Integrity Sales is a Member of National Field Selling Association: nfsa.com
National Field Selling Association is a member of:
Magazine Publishers of America: magazine.org

RIP-OFF Report.com
Integrity Sales ripoff
Phoenix Arizona *Consumer Comment ..New Info
Read This Rip-Off Report On Integrity Sales

Lookup: Karleen Hillery on Profiler:
Karleen Hillery Profile

Lookup: Karleen Hillery - Janesville Wisconsin Van Crash March 25, 1999
Karleen Hillery Profile

View Recent Criminal Activities of Karleen Hillery Spruiell:
Karleen Hillery Spruiell
(NOTE: for search on Arizona State Supreme Court Criminal Records
Enter: Last Name: Spruiell, First Name: Karleen in search box.

View Wisconsin DOJ Civil Lawsuit Against Karleen Hillery (case # 00-CV-0852)
State of Wisconsin V. Karleen Hillery

View Illinois Magazine Sales Fraud Lawsuit Against Karleen Hillery (case # 02-CH125)
State of Illinois V. Karleen Hillery

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The DMPG is not responsible for inaccurate data in any of the above sources of information.
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Lynchburg, Virginia
Door to Door Magazine Sales Scam !!!

May 1, 2008
Scam: Magazine Sales
ABC 13
WSET-TV
posted 11:41 pm Thu May 01, 2008
Across the ABC 13 Viewing Area
They go door to door selling magazine subscriptions but the Better Business Bureau of Western Virginia says beware of one group. The BBB says Dedicated TurnAround is not a registered charity as it claims. The agency says many consumers are being tricked into buying hundreds of dollars worth of magazines over several years. They say if someone comes to your door...ask to see a peddler's license. And ask plenty of questions. Get the name and address of the person selling and then contact the BBB for a reliability report. If you do decide to buy, write a check to the company, not to the person. And never give cash.
ABC 13
WSET-TV
wset.com
Lynchburg, Virginia
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Nashville, Tennessee
Door to Door Magazine Sales Scam !!!

May 1, 2008
Resident: Teens Involved In Magazine Scam
Magazine Company Goes Out Of Business
Reported By Catharyn Campbell
WSMV.com
POSTED: 8:55 am CDT May 1, 2008
UPDATED: 9:21 am CDT May 1, 2008
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A Bellevue woman said she was scammed by teenagers who were selling magazine subscriptions door to door.
River Park Estates in Bellevue discourages solicitors, but when a young man came by selling magazine subscriptions four months ago, some neighbors opened their hearts and their wallets. "The young gentleman came to our house, knocked on our door asking us to help him out because he's a troubled teen and wants to get back on track," said victim Terez Hoang. She believed his story and let her 7-year-old daughter pick out a Disney magazine and paid the teen $50 for the subscription. "He's said he was being transported from state to state to raise enough money so he can afford college tuition," said Hoang. The receipt left behind said it could take 90 to 120 days for delivery, but that time has past and she still has not received her magazine. She called the company who is supposed to provide the service, Y and S magazine, but a recording said "this number is no longer in service." Hoang then called the number that the sales man left behind. "The business card says the gentleman's name is Mario Hope. I dialed his cell phone number but the gentleman that picked up the phone didn't claim him self as Mario," said Hoang. When Hoang didn't get any answers, she did a little homework and logged onto the Better Business Bureau's Web site. There she found out she wasn't the only person having problems with Y and S. Forty-four people have filed complaints against the magazine company, all of which centered on delivery, customer service or refund issues. The Better Business Bureau also found that the Collierville, Tenn., based company has gone out of business. "It makes me leery. Do I want to support another solicitation like this next time? Right now I'd say 100 percent, 'No,'" said Hoang. She feels that the teenagers may also be victims and fears that the sales people are doing the dirty work while the business owners collect money for unfilled orders. The Better Business Bureau has told people who have unresolved issues with Y and S magazine to seek legal advice.
Reported By Catharyn Campbell
WSMV
wsmv.com
Nashville, Tennessee
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Nashville, Tennessee
Door to Door Magazine Sales Scam !!!

May 1, 2008
Resident Says Teens Involved In Magazine Scam
Catharyn Campbell
WSMV - Nashville, TN, USA
(5/1/08) - A Bellevue woman says she was scammed by teenagers who were selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door.
Catharyn Campbell
WSMV
wsmv.com
Nashville, Tennessee
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Death Penalty Sought in Double Killing

April 29, 2008
Death Penalty Sought in Double Killing;
Magazine Salesmen Held in Slayings
JOLINE GUTIERREZ KRUEGER Journal Staff Writer.
Albuquerque Journal. Albuquerque, N.M.:
Apr 29, 2008. pg. A.1
Two traveling magazine salesmen accused of killing an elderly couple in their Northeast Heights home last winter could face the death penalty if convicted.

The District Attorney's Office in Bernalillo County filed court documents late Monday stating its intent to seek capital punishment against Travis Rowley, 23, and Michael Lee, 21, in the slaying of Pung and Tak Yi.

Prosecutors cite three aggravating circumstances for their decision: The Yis were killed during the commission of a rape, during a kidnapping and to prevent them from reporting the crime or testifying as witnesses.

Rowley and Lee, described in court documents as transients working for a Nevadabased distributor, are accused of going door to door in the Yis' neighborhood in the 6900 block of Avenida La Costa NE when they entered the garage of the Yi home to steal items.

Pung Yi, 69, was beaten, strangled and suffocated, according to an autopsy report. Albuquerque police say she was also raped.

Tak Yi, 79, was beaten and his head later crushed when one of the men stomped on it, according to court documents.

The Yis' son found their bodies Dec. 4 after becoming concerned when they did not answer their phone.

Rowley, of Claremont, Calif., was indicted on 27 charges, including two counts each of murder and kidnapping and one count of rape.

Lee, a native of Boston, was indicted on similar counts, plus two additional charges of tampering with evidence stemming from accusations that he washed up after the attack and that he hid objects, weapons or metal bars believed to have been used in the crime.

The two are each being held on $2 million cash bail.

The state had 90 days in which to file its intent to seek the death penalty. However, prosecutors had asked for an extension, saying they were awaiting further forensic information. That deadline was this Friday.

Rowley and Lee worked as salesmen for Integrity Program LLC, a Las Vegas, Nev., company that hires independent contractors to go town to town selling books and magazine subscriptions.

The city of Albuquerque filed a federal lawsuit against the company, alleging that it had no valid permit to engage in residential solicitations and did not conduct background investigations to ensure that residents were safe from harm from the salesmen.

The Yi homicides stunned residents, especially those in the Korean community where the Yis were well-known. Several gun dealerships reported a rise in the sale of personal-use weapons after the slayings.

Criteria for death penalty

To seek the death penalty in New Mexico, prosecutors must prove that an aggravating circumstance occurred during the murder. Those are:

The murder victim was a peace officer on duty.

The murder was committed during an attempt to kidnap or rape the victim, or have criminal sexual contact of a child victim.

The murder was committed while attempting to escape from a penal institution.

The murder was committed while incarcerated or on the premises of a penal institution.

The murder victim was a corrections or criminal rehabilitation employee.

The crime was a murder for hire.

The victim was a witness to a crime or likely to become a witness to a crime and was killed to prevent the victim from reporting the crime or testifying about the crime.

JOLINE GUTIERREZ KRUEGER Journal Staff Writer.
Albuquerque Journal. Albuquerque, N.M.
abqjournal.com
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Door to Door Magazine Sales Agents
May Face Death Penalty

April 29, 2008
DA seeking death penalty in couple’s murder
By: Reed Upton, KOB.com
KOB Eyewitness News 4
Posted at: 04/29/2008 11:07:19 AM
Updated at: 04/29/2008 11:13:27 AM
The District Attorney’s Office will be seeking the death penalty against two transient door-to-door salesmen if they are convicted of the murder of an elderly Northeast Heights couple. District Attorney Kari Brandenburg confirms to Eyewitness News 4 that her office has filed notice with the court that there appear to be three mitigating circumstances that would justify the death penalty for Travis Rowley and Michael Lee if the two are convicted of murder. Rowley and Lee are accused of killing 69-year-old Pung Yi and her 79-year-old husband Tak Yi in their home last December. Officials have said that Rowley and Lee were robbing the Yi household when the killings occurred. They allege that Pung Yi was also raped. In a statement to police, Rowley said last December that he only wanted to sell a half-order of magazines to the Yis when Lee decided to steal something from the home. Rowley said he saw Lee punch and then kill both of his victims: Pung by suffocation and Tak by stomping on his head. The three mitigating circumstances that the DA’s office is citing are that the murder happened during the commission of a felony, during a kidnapping and in order to prevent the Yis from testifying. Rowley and Lee were employed by a Nevada company selling magazine subscriptions door to door when the killings occurred. They are being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in lieu of $2 million bond.
By: Reed Upton, KOB.com
KOB Eyewitness News 4
kob.com
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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McMinnvile Police Department
Police Chief: Ron Noble
Press Release

McMinnvile Police Department Press Release

McMinnville Police Department
130 NE Baker Street
McMinnville, OR 97128
Business Office: 503-434-7307

Door to Door Salespeople arrested for various crimes throughout Yamhill County. April 24th, 2008

Over the last few weeks, local law enforcement agencies have received multiple complaints regarding the activities of a group of door to door salespeople operating in the Yamhill County and Willamette Valley region. Many of the complaints have been overly aggressive sales practices, but some of them have involved criminal activity including fraud, theft, and illegal drug activity. Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, Newberg-Dundee Police Department, McMinnville Police Department, and Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics Team have all arrested individuals from this group of salespeople. We are asking that residents of Yamhill County be aware of the potential hazards involving some door to door salespeople. We would remind all citizens that you have the right to tell someone to leave your property and you are under no obligation to allow them into your residence. If a salesperson either refuses to leave your property or is acting in such a manner as to scare or intimidate someone, please call your local law enforcement agency for assistance.

According to Oregon DOJ, consumers who were coerced into buying product at the door from these salespersons, and have been unable to rescind the purchase up to three days following the sale, should call the Attorney General’s consumer hotline at 1-877-877-9392 to file a complaint. Consumers also may file a complaint electronically at www.doj.state.or.us. More information about consumers’ rights in door-to-door transactions can be found at that same website under consumer protection.

Yamhill County Activities:
Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous complaints on the aggressive sales activities of these door to door salespeople. On April 17th, 2008, they cited Derrick Terrell Toliver DOB 12/7/1978 for soliciting without a permit in Sheridan. This person was later arrested for drug activity in McMinnville. Anyone with questions or information regarding incidents involving door to door salespeople in rural Yamhill County and the cities of Sheridan, Willamina, Lafayette, and Dayton may call Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office at 503-434-7506.

Newberg-Dundee Activities:
The Newberg-Dundee Police Department has received over a dozen calls regarding the door to door sales people since March 23. Officers initially gave verbal warnings for the activities. Since early April, six citations for door to door sales without a permit have been issued.
Wednesday, April 23, in Dundee: Gary Wendell Phillips, Jr. 19, of Lansing, Michigan.
Thursday, April 10, in Newberg: Duante Jamal Harrison, 22, of Detroit Michigan, and Arnold Nathaniel Jones, 30, Wilmington, Delaware.
Tuesday, April 8, in Newberg: Donell Mondelle Tyson, 21, East St. Louis, Illinois.
Tuesday, March 25, in Newberg: Quincy Lamar Haynie, 20, Portland, and Brandon P. Bruer, 21, Vancouver, WA.

Most of the officer contacts and citations are for those allegedly staying with the larger group of salespeople in McMinnville area motels. Officers met the men in residential neighborhoods after citizens called police regarding the salespeople’s overly aggressive approaches. In some cases, officers receipted and confiscated the books and sample bottles of cleaning products offered by the salespeople. Anyone with questions or information regarding incidents involving door to door salespeople in Newberg or Dundee may call Newberg-Dundee Police Department at 503-538-8321.

McMinnville Activities:
McMinnville Police arrested Shaquanna L Johnson DOB: 4/21/1985, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida on April 18th, 2008 after she stole a checkbook from a residence she was visiting as a door to door salesperson and forged several checks from that checkbook. She was lodged in jail pending arraignment for the following charges:
• Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2 SRA $5,000.00
• Forgery 2 SRA $5,000.00
• Theft 2 SRA $5,000.00

McMinnville Police arrested Angela Louise Jones DOB 1/20/1988, of Detroit, Michigan and Christopher David Goike DOB 09/22/1985, of Detroit, Michigan on April 23rd, 2008 after they attempted to use false names to obtain medical care and medications at Willamette Valley Medical Center. They were both lodged in jail pending arraignment for the following charge:
• Identity Theft SRA $5,000.00

Anyone with questions or information regarding incidents involving door to door salespeople in McMinnville may call McMinnville Police Department at 503-434-7307.

Narcotics Activities:
Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics Team arrested Derrick Terrell Toliver, DOB 12/7/1978, Black/Male/Adult, Unknown residence in Illinois – but staying at the Paragon Motel, in the Carl’s Jr parking lot on April 23rd, 2008 at approx 2215 hrs after he sold a quantity of marijuana to an undercover police officer. He was lodged in jail pending arraignment on the following charges:
• Possession of a controlled Substance - Marijuana within 1000 ft of a school (SRA) $2500
• Delivery of a controlled Substance - Marijuana (SRA) $10,000
• Delivery of a controlled substance - Marijuana within 1000 ft of a school (SRA) $20,000

YCINT was assisted in this operation by McMinnville Police Department and Yamhill County Sheriffs Office. Anyone with questions or information regarding drug activity involving door to door salespeople in the Yamhill County area may call YCINT at 503-472-6565.

Oregon Department of Justice:
Over the years, Oregon DOJ has received complaints regarding aggressive sales tactics by similar groups of salespeople. They are continuing to investigate this company and its operators and would appreciate contact from citizens who have experienced problems with this group selling a cleaning product identified as “Advanage.”
For anyone with questions or information for Oregon DOJ, please call 877-877-9393.

Captain Dennis Marks
Field Operations Commander
McMinnville Police Department
(503)-435-5611

Sergeant Dwayne Willis
Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics Team
(503)-472-6565

Jan Margosian – Media Contact Only
Sergeant Tim Weaver
Public Information Officer
Newberg-Dundee Police Department
(503) 538-8321

Captain Ken Summers
Patrol Commander
Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office
(503)-434-4950
Public Information Officer
Oregon Department of Justice
(503) 947-4333

McMinnvile Police Department Press Release


D.M.P.G. Info Clip
April 27, 2008





McMinnville Police Department
McMinnville Police Department
Oregon Department of Justice
Oregon Department of Justice


DMPG research reveils the above company to be T&B Sales. T&B Sales is a door to door sales crew/distributor for Austin Diversified Products, Inc.. ADVANAGE Wonder Cleaner Clear, Purple and USAdvanage Citrus Wonder Degreaser are cleaner products manufactured by Austin Diversified Products, Inc.. These products are sold on the world wide web at: advanage.com. These products are also sold by door to door sales crews as the above article demonstrates. Further investigation into Austin Diversified Products, Inc. reveals the owner of this company as one Nathan Edwards. Continued investigation reveals Nathan Edwards to be the former president of The National Field Selling Association - NFSA.

Austin Diversified Products:
Austin Diversified Products

National Field Selling Association:
National Field Selling Association

Company Contact Information:
Austin Diversified Products, Inc.
16615 S. Halsted Street
Harvey, IL 60426
email: inquiry@advanage.com
phone: (800) 323-6444


T & B Sales
Timothy Burgess
8405 Avalon Drive
Riverdale, GA 30274
Phone (800)323-6444

Additional Information on T&B and Austin Diversified Products:
Milton, Wisconsin

Rip Off Report T&B Sales:
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Research Austin Diversified Products on the Criminal Profiler:
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Austin Diversified Products Documented Crimes:
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Google Search: "T&B Sales":
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Google Search: "Austin Diversified Products":
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Google Search: "Nathan Edwards":
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Google Search: "Timothy Burgess":
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Hoschton, Georgia
Door to Door Magazine Sales Fraud !!!

April 23, 2008
Hoschton
Fraud scam reported in neighborhood, two arrested
The Braselton News
Vol. 4 No. 1
A publication of MainStreet Newspapers, Inc.
BraseltonNews.com BarrowJournal.com
Wednesday April 23, 2008
Hoschton police arrested two people last week tied to a door-to-door sales scam. Police said they received complaints of door-todoor salesmen asking residents in the Deer Creek Farms subdivision to purchase books to allow the suspect to attend cooking school. Residents told police they were asked buy a $49 book, of which $20 would benefit the suspect’s culinary career and $19 would go to a children’s hospital. The residents were given different stories about how the suspects planned to use the money and he provided the names of several local residents and streets while pitching his story, according to an incident report. Three residents wrote checks ranging from $29 to $98 to the suspects. All three victims later notified their banks and placed a stop payment on the checks, police said. While later handing fliers to residents about the sales pitches, an officer was told by a resident that one of the suspects was in the neighborhood. The suspect, later identified as Patrick Mitchell Hill, 25, of Peoria, Ariz., gave the officer his name. The man had several warrants in Florida for failure to appear related to a burglary charge, grand theft and possession of marijuana. Hill also went by three alias names, police said. Florida law enforcement officers asked Hoschton police to detain Hill. Hoschton police also charged him with theft by deception. He was taken to the Jackson County Jail. Also during the week, police had stopped a vehicle during a traffic stop that was later tied to the incidents. Police later contacted the vehicle’s driver, who cooperated with police and brought another suspect to the police department. That subject, Shawn M. Battreall, 21, of Cape Canaveral, Fla., was charged with theft by deception. Police said he is one of the suspects tied to the door-to-door sales scam.

Read PDF: The Braselton News Vol. 4 No. 1

The Braselton News
braseltonnews.com
Braselton, Georgia
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Door to Door Magazine Sales Agents Arrested !!!

April 23, 2008
The Daily Tar Heel
Police Log
Issue date: 4/23/08 Section: City
Three people employed by Dedicated Turnaround were arrested Monday for selling magazine subscriptions without a permit, according to Chapel Hill police reports. Leonard Nelson Avery III, 22, of Clayton, and Vandeara Shawnta Faulkner, 20, of Durham, were arrested at 509 Perry Creek Drive, reports state. Rodney Louis Frederick, 42, of Charlotte, was arrested at 2:46 p.m. at Sweeten Creek Road and Toynbee Place, according to reports. All three face misdemeanor charges of soliciting without a permit, according to reports. All three are scheduled to appear in court May 19, reports state.
The Daily Tar Heel
media.www.dailytarheel.com
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Westport, Connecticut
Door to Door Magazine Sales Alert !!!

April 23, 2008
Police Log Police Reports
By: Staff Writers
Westport Minuteman
WestportMinuteman.com
Westport, CT
04/24/2008
Angelo Stevenson, 25, of Chicago, Illinois, was charged with a failure to pay or plead. On Friday, around 6:45 p.m., a homeowner near Broad Street and Newtown Turnpike told police that a man was selling magazine subscriptions and that he was belligerent when asked to leave. Officers found the man, Stevenson, and when talking to him, determined that he was wanted in Stratford for a failure to pay or plead to an infraction. He was arrested by Westport police through the Paperless Rearrest Warrant Network.
By: Staff Writers
Westport Minuteman
WestportMinuteman.com
zwire.com
Westport, Connecticut
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Claremont, California
Ordinance To Regulate
Door to Door Sales !!!

April 23, 2008
Claremont takes tough stand
City takes strict measures with commercial solicitors
Will Bigham, Staff Writer
Daily Bulletin
Article Created: 04/23/2008 09:26:35 PM PDT
CLAREMONT - An ordinance placing tough regulations on door-to-door solicitors working in the city was passed unanimously Tuesday night by the City Council. The law, characterized by city officials as one of the toughest of its kind in the nation, was in response to two rapes committed by door-to-door magazine salesmen in the last year and a half, officials said. For commercial solicitors - those going door to door selling goods - each salesman must undergo a background check and be issued an ID card from the city. All solicitors - both commercial and noncommercial - must obtain a permit from the city before going door to door. The new law also establishes a "do not knock" registry that allows residents to sign up requesting that solicitors stop visiting their homes. A different version of the ordinance had been unenforceable since 2002 because it was overly broad. It required all people going door to door to obtain a permit, even if the visit was for purely religious or political purposes. Laws such as Claremont's were deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2002. Claremont police Capt. Gary Jenkins, who did much of the work crafting the ordinance, said the city's new law could become a model for other cities because it has some of the toughest provisions but still passes legal muster. Those walking door to door for political or religious reasons are exempt from the new ordinance. The ordinance only applies to those seeking money or any other material contributions, including nonprofit and school groups.
will.bigham@inlandnewspapers.com
(909) 483-8553
Will Bigham, Staff Writer
Daily Bulletin
dailybulletin.com Claremont, California
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Port orchard, Washington
Magazine Sales Scam Alert !!!

April 22, 2008
PO Police Seek Information on Possible Scam Artist
` Kitsap Sun staff
Kitsap Sun
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Port orchard
The Port Orchard Police Department is seeking more information on a man whose suspicious behavior led city merchants to believe he was a scam artist. The man visited several businesses on April 18, claiming to sell magazines to benefit a youth organization, according to police Commander Geoffrey Marti. When merchants questioned him, the man became "obnoxious," Marti said. The police didn't learn of the man's behavior until after the fact, so they were unable to question him, Marti said. A man using the same name as the magazine salesman was recently reported to be visiting businesses on Bainbridge Island. He claimed to be a travel writer and asked for free materials. Port Orchard merchants were alerted to the alleged Bainbridge scam artist from an e-mail from the Kitsap Peninsula Visitor and Convention Bureau. Marti said there is no hard evidence that the two men are the same person, but he said it is likely. The man who was in Port Orchard is described as a white male with long blond hair. Port Orchard police officers are urging merchants to be cautious and report any suspicious behavior immediately by calling 911. "It is helpful if we can properly identify them even if they are only 'suspicious' and haven't committed a crime," Port Orchard Police Chief Al Townsend wrote in an e-mail to merchants. "It may turn out later that a crime was committed elsewhere against another business owner in Port Orchard or another community."
Kitsap Sun staff
kitsapsun.com
Bremerton, Washington
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Anchorage, Alaska
Magazine Sales Scam Alert !!!

April 21, 2008
Read Fine Print to Avoid Subscribing to a Scam
by Darla Dernovsek
AlaskaUsa
Consumer Protection
Published April 21, 2008
Sign up for a magazine offer without reading the fine print, and you may learn later that you've subscribed to a scam. Scams and misleading offers typically come from magazine sales representatives at an unscrupulous sales company rather than from the publisher who produces the magazine. In some cases, door-to-door salespeople even may be working solely for themselves, with no intent to deliver any type of publication. The wide range of magazine subscription sales complaints is reflected in the ongoing warnings about subscription scams issued by state agencies charged with consumer protection. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) also offers advice about coping with magazine scams.

Regular delivery

The Magazine Publishers of America (MPA), New York, notes that more than 300 million magazine subscriptions are sold each year in the U.S., with "the vast majority" of transactions resulting in satisfied readers who enjoy regular delivery of their desired publications to their homes or offices. In contrast, people who subscribe to fraudulent or misleading offers may say they never received their magazines; were deliberately misled about the cost of the magazines or the length of the subscriptions; or were not told that the subscriptions would be renewed automatically unless they called to cancel within a set time period. Many consumer complaints about magazine subscription offers could be avoided if consumers read the fine print or asked more questions, according to Shawn Conroy, spokesperson for the Georgia Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs, Atlanta. In 2007, the agency reached a settlement with American Reading Club Inc., a Georgia company that allegedly used "unfair or deceptive acts or practices" for magazine sales. The magazine sales company mailed postcards telling consumers they either had been entered in a cash sweepstakes or had won "free" prizes and encouraged them to call a toll-free number. In reality, consumers allegedly had to purchase a magazine subscription to qualify for the prize drawing. More than 300 million magazine subscriptions are sold each year in the U.S. The company denied the allegations and the related claims that it misled consumers by making telemarketing calls without disclosing the terms of cancellation policies or the actual costs of magazine subscriptions, billed credit cards but then failed to deliver magazines, and refused to provide refunds to consumers who never received magazines.

Protect yourself

Complaints about scams or misleading offers may be based on magazine sales that were made online, by sales representatives going door-to-door, by telemarketers, or by offers extended to customers while they are paying for goods at a retail or discount store. Before accepting any of these offers, make sure you understand:
The total cost,
The length of the subscription,
How you will be billed,
Your right of cancellation, and
Whether automatic renewals are part of the deal.

Telemarketing offers always should raise a red flag, Conroy says, especially if the telemarketer asks for account or credit card numbers. "If you're on the federal no-call list and you're getting a phone call like this, you need to be suspicious," he says. The magazine offer may be an attempt to commit identity theft and gain access to your credit card or account information. If you paid with a credit card, you may be able to dispute the charges. Even if the offer is genuine, accepting it can be costly. Conroy notes that magazines sold by third parties via telemarketing or door-to-door sales can cost two to three times the cost of a subscription purchased directly from a publisher.

Report abuse

If you believe that misrepresentation was used to persuade you to purchase a magazine, Conroy advises reporting it to your state's consumer protection agency. If you paid with a credit card, you also may be able to dispute the charges. "It's possible that the credit card company may already have received so many complaints about this particular company that they might have helpful information for you," Conroy says. Conroy notes that sales representatives who engage in fraudulent or misleading subscription practices often target college students, the elderly, and the disabled. Members of these groups are likely to be home during the day to take telemarketers' calls. They also are likely to be more trusting.

Prevent a scam

Following simple rules can help you get access to magazines without paying an unacceptable price. Unless you know the door-to-door sales agent personally, look for a different option. While it's acceptable to order from your neighbor's middle-school student if the school assures you the company is reputable, avoid most door-to-door offers. Door-to-door sales representatives often claim to represent a local charity or church when they actually are working for themselves or a sales company. A telemarketer's magazine offer may be an attempt to commit identity theft.Buy directly from the magazine. The MPA advises consumers to subscribe directly through a magazine's Web site or by using the tear-out cards provided in the publication. Verify the offer. The FTC advises consumers to demand a written copy of the contract before agreeing to buy a subscription. The MPA recommends that consumers verify offers that raise suspicions by contacting the consumer marketing executive listed on a magazine's masthead. You also can learn more about a sales company by checking its Web site and doing a Web search for complaints.

Prevent auto-renewal.

Magazines sometimes offer automatic renewals linked to credit card payments as a convenience to subscribers, but the offers can be hard to cancel if policies limit that right to a certain timeframe before the renewal date. As soon as you decide to cancel, call the company or magazine to put in a cancellation order. If they say the order can only be processed within a specific timeframe, write the dates on your calendar so you will remember to make the call.

Read for free

Consumers can access many magazines at the local public library. Libraries typically subscribe to a wide range of publications to meet the needs of most readers, making it easy to review a publication for free. Conroy also suggests that consumers check out a magazine by visiting its Web site, where full or partial content of each issue is often posted. If reading more persuades you to buy a subscription, at least you'll know what you're getting.

One student's tale

Consider the story of James, a Midwestern college student who agreed to purchase eight different two-year subscriptions as holiday and birthday gifts for family members. The deal allowed James to pay $27 a month, which he thought was a fair solution to his ongoing gift-giving difficulties. However, he thought he would be paying for just two years, while the company claimed he agreed to make the monthly payments for 45 months, a total of $1,215. Five months later, the company started sending James a second monthly bill for $27 and indicated that payments on the second billing would continue for 28 months, a total payment of $756. When James called to ask why, company representatives said he had agreed to renew seven of the eight magazines for an additional two years when they called him with a prize offer. Although James had no memory of the conversation, the company claimed it had his voice on tape agreeing to the deal and told him the account would go into collection and damage his credit rating if he stopped paying. Consumer experts say James should have demanded that the company play the tape of the renewal conversation for him. Instead, James and his parents negotiated a settlement with the company that paid off all his subscriptions with a lump sum equal to roughly one-third of the outstanding amount. That meant his total cost for the eight subscriptions was roughly $1,461, excluding penalties for late payments. James also was more fortunate than many customers who complain about misleading sales tactics: His family actually received the magazines.
by Darla Dernovsek
AlaskaUsa
Consumer Protection
hffo.cuna.org
Anchorage, Alaska
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Douglas County, California
Magazine Sales Scam Alert !!!

April 17, 2008
Door-to-door solicitors are under investigation
in Douglas County
Staff report
Tahoe Daily Tribune
April 17, 2008
A 20-year-old woman was arrested after she allegedly went door-to-door claiming to be a local high school student raising money for school events by selling magazine subscriptions. Latoya Damon, described by authorities as a transient, was part of a group of young men and women suspected of soliciting without the required permits. Other subjects remained under investigation, according to Douglas County Sheriff's Sgt. Jim Halsey. The solicitors visited homes in the Zephyr Cove, Cave Rock and Glenbrook areas last weekend. Halsey said some residents gave the solicitors money, although he did not know exact amounts. The subjects were not legally licensed to conduct such sales in Douglas County, nor were they students of either Douglas or Whittell high schools, Halsey said. Some residents allowed the solicitors into their homes while they made their sales pitch. Halsey said it was not known if the subjects were casing homes to carry out later crimes. Damon was legally carrying a pellet gun in her waistband, Halsey said. Door-to-door solicitors in Douglas County are required to have a traveling merchant permit issued from the sheriff's office. Residents are advised to ask solicitors who show up at their doors for proof of the permit, and not to allow people they don't know into their homes. Residents can ask the sheriff's office to respond by calling (775) 782-9911. The sheriff's office also reminds all citizens being solicited for funds for any public or private entity to contact that entity first to determine if the solicitation is valid.
Staff report
Tahoe Daily Tribune
tahoedailytribune.com
South Lake Tahoe, California
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Douglas County, California
Door to Door Magazine Sales Fraud !!!

April 16, 2008
Fraudlent door-to-door magazine sales reported at Lake Tahoe
The Associated Press
Las Vegas Sun
Wed, Apr 16, 2008 (3:22 p.m.)
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is investigating several reports of fraudulent door-to-door sales of magazines on Lake Tahoe's southeast shore. Deputies say young male and female adults claimed to be high school students raising money for school events during the sales pitches at homes in Zephyr Cove, Cave Rock and Glenbrook. They say the perpetrators were not legally licensed to conduct such sales in Douglas County, nor were they students of either of the local high schools. So far, one person has been arrested, a 20-year-old transient named Latoya Damon. An investigation is continuing.
The Associated Press
Las Vegas Sun
lasvegassun.com
LAs Vegas, Nevada
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Kennewick, Washington
Door to Door Magazine Salesmen Arrested

April 16, 2008
CRIME: Door-to-door salesmen arrested in Kennewick
By Paula Horton, Herald staff writer
tri-cityherald.com
Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2008
Two door-to-door magazine salesmen were arrested in Kennewick for not having proper licenses. Kennewick police received calls from people around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday about people going door- to-door trying to sell magazines, Sgt. Brian Swartswalter said. James Bennet, 21, of Pasco, was found in the 2600 block of West Sixth Place. He was cited for not having a solicitor’s license and released because he had valid ID and lives in the Tri-Cities, Swartswalter said. Lucas Allen Wilker, 24, was located around West 10th Avenue and Huntington Place. He didn’t have valid ID, wasn’t providing accurate information about his identity to police and is not from the area, he said. Because officers were unable to confirm his identity and where he was from, Wilker was booked into the Benton County jail for not have a solicitor’s license. Not having a solictor’s license is a misdemeanor. If a door-to-door sales person is property licensed by the city, he or she are required to have a city of Kennewick ID card, Swartswalter said.
If the sales person does not have a valid ID, residents should call police at 628-0333. — For more crime news see Thursday’s Herald and tricityherald.com.
— Paula Horton: 582-1556; phorton@tricityherald.com
By Paula Horton, Herald staff writer
tri-cityherald.com
Kennewick, Washington
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Hudson Valley, New York
April 14, 2008
News
Hip-hop connects God, youths
Christian artist uses his life as testimony
By Ashley Kelly
Times Herald-Record
April 14, 2008 6:00 AM
TOWN OF WALLKILL — With his hands tucked tightly in his pockets the young boy watched the pallbearers carry his slain sister's white coffin. It was the autumn of 1986 and Eli Edwards' 11-year-old sister, Tanya McKiernan, was murdered by her next-door neighbor while the young girl was selling magazine subscriptions door to door. Her murderer was 15-year-old Charles Kimble — the brother of one of her playmates. Edwards was only 7 when she died. It was her death, coupled with a childhood spent in foster care, that landed him on a path of self-destruction. At his lowest point, facing 25 years in prison, he found God. Edwards, now 29, is a Christian hip-hop artist. He uses his life as a testimony to encourage teenagers and young adults. Edwards and break dancer Joel Johnson call themselves Rhyme4Reason. "I can see God's hand on my life," Edwards says. "Back then I didn't. I was like, where are you, God?" The duo's debut album, titled, "That was Then and This is Now," was released in 2006.

Life after Tanya "I used to always think she was coming home," says Edwards, whose family moved from Otisville to the Town of Wallkill after Tanya's death. It was there that they tried to start over — tried to move past the pain. "That's kind of where life went down hill," says Edwards, looking at old newspaper clippings of his sister. Coming to school with bruises on his body inflicted by an abusive stepfather landed him in foster care by 1989. At 16 he left the foster-care system and hit the streets. "I basically lived with friends and rented a couch," he says. Working two part-time jobs, Edwards still managed to get his GED at 17. "In the process of that, I was trying to numb the pain with drugs and alcohol," he says. In 2001 a brawl in a Monroe bar landed him in jail. Edwards stabbed a man with a shard of glass from a broken beer bottle. He was charged with first-degree assault and faced a maximum of 25 years in prison.

Jail time Behind bars, Edwards began reading a Bible his mother brought him. "I started seeing these stories and saw how God never forsaked his people," he says. Edwards began writing about his life in a notebook. "Basically I came to the end of myself, like what am I doing with my life?" he says. It was then that Edwards received his calling to spread God's message through music. Edwards served only about seven months in jail because his charge was reduced. He then served five years probation. Edwards founded Rhyme4Reason in 2002. He and Johnson perform mostly at churches, youth events and music festivals. "I realized — wow — kids are relating to this music because this is life," says Edwards, who says he and Johnson are starting a youth music label. "I trust God. That is kind of my motivation and purpose," Edwards says. "He's given me an opportunity to change." `The group's next CD, "Life Goes On," will be dedicated to Tanya.
akelly@th-record.com
http://www.youtube.com/rhyme4reason
By Ashley Kelly
Times Herald-Record
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New York
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D.M.P.G. Info Clip
April 20, 2008





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METRO DATELINES; Youth, 15, Held In Girl's Death
Published: October 16, 1986
A 15-year-old boy was charged yesterday with murdering an 11-year-old girl missing since Oct. 8. The body of the girl, Tanya McKiernan, was found Tuesday afternoon buried in woods less than a half-mile from her house in Orange County. The boy's name was not released. He was being held at a youth detention center in Highland. The police said he might be tried as an adult. The state police said that the girl had been stabbed, but that the exact details her death were not known.

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Poulsbo, Washington
Magazine Sales Scam Alert !!!

April 9, 2008
Door To Door Scam Reported in Poulsbo
Kitsap Sun staff
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
POULSBO
The North Kitsap School District has alerted Poulsbo residents that teens going door to door are not collecting money for local schools. The district sent an e-mail alert Wednesday about teens in the Torval Canyon area of Poulsbo claiming they were collecting money for the district. "These teens DO NOT represent any school district organization," the e-mail read. Poulsbo police received calls about a common scheme in which magazine sellers, usually younger people, canvas neighborhoods. They usually don't have business licenses and are told to leave. The district e-mail encouraged people to call police if they are contacted by the sellers.
Kitsap Sun staff
Kitsap Sun
kitsapsun.com
Bremerton, Washington
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Omaha, Nebraska
Man Accused of Door to Door Child Labor Violations

April 9, 2008
Owner of Candy-Selling Operation Arrested
whotv.com
Updated: April 9, 2008 09:58 AM CDT
April 9, 2008 (AP)--Omaha police have arrested a Council Bluffs, Iowa man accused of violating child labor laws by sending kids on the streets to sell candy door-to-door. Omaha city prosecutor Marty Conboy says the city has received complaints for years about Teens For Tomorrow, run by Quenton Pfitzer of Council Bluffs. Conboy says Pfitzer was arrested under a new law that prohibits children younger than 16 from selling door-to-door. Teens For Tomorrow bills itself at a charity that helps keep kids away from gangs and trouble. But Conboy says some teens are sent out alone at night to sell candy. Pfitzer is free on bail. He is set to be arraigned on misdemeanor charges on April 28.
whotv.com
Omaha, Nebraska
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Omaha, Nebraska
Door to Door Child Labor Charge

April 8, 2008
Teens For Tomorrow Leader Arrested On Child Labor Charge
KETV.com
POSTED: 3:00 pm CDT April 8, 2008
UPDATED: 5:33 pm CDT April 8, 2008
OMAHA, Neb. -- The leader of an organization that says it works to keep kids out of trouble faces charges for child labor law violations. Omaha city prosecutor Marty Conboy said the city has received complaints for years about Teens For Tomorrow, run by Quenton Pfitzer. A recent change in child labor laws helped lead to Pfitzer's arrest, Conboy said. The new law prohibits children younger than 16 from selling door to door. Teens For Tomorrow deploys teenagers into neighborhoods to sell candy. Pfitzer, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, was arrested in Omaha late last week. "This is a result of police getting a complaint and encountering a young person who was allegedly an employee of Teens For Tomorrow," Conboy said. Conboy said the group claims to be a charity in that it helps to keep kids away from gangs and out of trouble. But sometimes the teens are out at night alone, Conboy said. Pfitzer has been arrested on the same charges of violating child labor laws twice before. The charges were dismissed after a lack of cooperation from witnesses, Conboy said. "Unfortunately, because they are under 16, it's very difficult to for us to enforce a subpoena against them. We really need to work with the parents and a review of why those cases were dismissed. We're going to take steps to make sure we get those kids in court this time," Conboy said. Conboy said the two previous charges will now be refiled. He said safety is the priority in this case. "They're in strange neighborhoods, unsupervised, going to a variety of houses at night -- the prospect of safety is our main concern," Conboy said. Pfitzer is out on bail and said he had no comment on the case. He'll be arraigned on the new and old charges on April 28. The violation is a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of six months in jail.
Previous Stories:
July 14, 2006: Prosecutor Wants To Limit Door-To-Door Sales
November 13, 2003: Lincoln Taking Close Look At Teen Sales Group
February 1, 2002: City, State Leaders Look Into Teen Work Group
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Boise, Idaho
Door to Door Sales Cleaner Products Alert !!!

April 4, 2008
Boise Police warn of door-to-door scam artists
KTVB
Idaho News Now
03:50 PM MDT on Friday, April 4, 2008
BOISE -- Boise Police are warning the public to be on the alert for unlicensed door-to-door solicitors. Besides illegally selling items or collecting money, some solicitors may be connected to other crimes in the neighborhood. There have been reports of this type of activity in areas of the foothills, west and south Boise, and Boise Bench. Residents in those neighborhoods have already expressed concerns to police. One Boise resident who lives near Fairview Avenue and Mitchell Road asked for a Boise City solicitors license, but the salesperson displayed an out-of-state driver's license. The solicitor became very aggressive about trying to get inside the home to demonstrate a cleaning product. The resident finally shut the door on the solicitor. A foothills resident called to report solicitors seeking donations for the homeless without proper licenses. Boise Police have been called to some neighborhoods by residents concerned about unlicensed solicitors. However, when the officers arrive, the solicitors appear to have left the neighborhood. Police officers may cite or arrest those found soliciting door-to-door without a license. It is a misdemeanor with a minimum fine of $50, and a maximum penalty of a $300 fine and 30 days in jail. Police say it is not uncommon for these groups, which often travel in vehicles with out-of-state plates, to move from one community to the next. Here's what Boise Police and prosecutors would like citizens to be aware of regarding door-to-door solicitations:
- Boise City license requirements are for everyone, even charities. (Charities are just exempt from paying for the license fee).

- A Boise City solicitors license should have the official Boise City logo along with a picture of the solicitor.

- The solicitor is required to clearly display the official city license.

- Citizens should ask to see the license. If the solicitor cannot display one, citizens are urged to call police.

- Homeowners should be aware some door-to-door people will use a scam to get inside their homes, such as pretending to do a survey or ask questions about products in their home, and then once inside - try to steal something.

- Homeowners have the right to tell people they are not interested at any time. Homeowners can put up a no solicitation sign, or they can simply not answer the door.

- Homeowners should not be pressured into buying something and they have every right to ask a person to leave. If a person refuses to leave, homeowners can and should call police.

If a person in their neighborhood is acting suspicious to please report it to police.
KTVB
Idaho News Now
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Boise, Idaho
Door to Door Sales Cleaner Products Alert !!!

April 4, 2008
Unlicensed door-to-door solicitors reported in Boise
Idaho Press Tribune
Updated 19 hours 14 minutes ago
Boise — Boise Police say unlicenced door to door solicitors are appearing once again in Boise. Besides the illegal activity of selling or collecting money door to door, the solicitors can appear threatening to some residents and have been known to be connected to other crime in the neighborhood. Residents in several areas, including the foothills, West and South Boise, and Boise Bench neighborhoods have either called police or called the city to express concern about the solicitors. One West Boise resident, calling from the area of Fairview & Mitchell, reports that, when asked for a Boise solicitor's license, the salesperson displayed an out of state driver's license. The citizen also reports that the solicitor was very aggressive about asking to get inside the home to demonstrate a cleaning product. Boise Police have been called to some neighborhoods by residents concerned about unlicenced solicitors. However, when the officers arrive, the solicitors appear to have left the neighborhood. Boise Police officers may cite or arrest those found soliciting door to door without a license. Soliciting without a license is a Boise City misdemeanor with a minimum fine of $50 and a maximum penalty of a $300 fine and 30 days in jail. With citizen reports varying as to the type of products or "charities" the solicitors are pitching, officers are concerned several groups may be operating in and around Boise. It's also not uncommon for these groups, which often travel in vehicles with out-of-state plates, to move down the interstate from one community to the next. So, although Boise City licensing requirements do not apply outside the city, residents of other cities should check to see what their local licensing requirements are and stay alert. Residents throughout the Treasure Valley should call their local authorities if they notice suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. Here's what Boise Police and Boise City Prosecutors would like citizens to be aware of regarding door to door solicitations:
• Boise City license requirements are for everyone, even charities. (Charities are just exempt from paying for the license fee).

• A Boise City solicitors license should have the official Boise City logo along with a picture of the solicitor.

• The solicitor is required to clearly display the official city license.

• Citizens should ask to see the license. If the solicitor cannot display one, citizens are urged to call police.

• Homeowners should be aware some door-to-door people will use a scam to get inside their homes such as pretending to do a survey or ask questions about products in their home and then once inside try to steal something.

• Homeowners have the right to tell people they are not interested at any time. Homeowners can put up a no solicitation sign or they can simply not answer the door.

• Homeowners should not be pressured into buying something, and they have every right to ask a person to leave. If a person refuses to leave, homeowners can and should call police.

• If a person in your neighborhood is acting suspiciously, please report it to police.
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Boise, Idaho
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Loudoun County, Virginia
Door to Door Magazine Saleman Robbed

April 4, 2008
Deputies Seek Second Person In Robbery Of Magazine Salesman
nbc4.com
POSTED: 2:30 pm EDT April 4, 2008
UPDATED: 2:53 pm EDT April 4, 2008
ASHBURN FARMS, Va. -- Sheriff's deputies are looking for a second person in connection with the robbery of a man selling magazines door to door this week in Ashburn Farms. A 24-year-old man said he was robbed Tuesday night at Junction Plaza. Authorities arrested Christopher J. Theisen, 18, of Ashburn, and charged him with robbery for allegedly taking money from the victim behind a residence on Swampfox Court. Investigators said the suspect allegedly brandished a knife during the incident. A second person was reportedly with Theisen during the robbery, investigators said. He is described as white, in his late teens or early 20s, 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a medium build. Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 703-729-4497 or Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered in the case.
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Leesburg, Virginia
Door to Door Magazine Saleman Robbed

April 4, 2008
Second Robbery Suspect Sought
Leesburg Today
(Created: Friday, April 4, 2008 2:48 PM EDT)
The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is searching for a second suspect believed to be involved in a Tuesday evening robbery in Ashburn Farm. Deputies responded to Junction Plaza Tuesday night, where a 24-year-old man reported he had been robbed. One of the suspects, Christopher J. Theisen, 18, of Ashburn, was arrested at the scene and charged with robbery. The suspect allegedly took money from the victim who was selling magazines door-to-door, according to the sheriff' office. The suspect allegedly brandished a knife during the incident, which occurred at behind a residence on Swampfox Court. A second suspect was reportedly with Theisen during the robbery. He is described as a white male, in his late teens to early 20's, 5'11" tall, with a medium build.

Anyone with information about the identity of this suspect is asked to contact the Ashburn Farm Community Policing Deputy G. Cumberledge at 703-729-4497. Callers wishes to remain anonymous may contact Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919. If the information leads to an arrest and indictment, the caller could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.
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Leesburg, Virginia
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Pike County, Kentucky
Door to Door Magazine Sales Scam !!!

April 1, 2008
Claims Of Door To Door Scam Not Checking Out
WKYT-TV
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Posted: 5:49 AM Apr 1, 2008
Last Updated: 7:49 AM Apr 1, 2008
An eastern Kentucky Police Chief says a door to door scam may have cheated dozens of people out of their money. Coal Run Police Chief Todd Akers says people are claiming they are selling magazine subscriptions for a charity or a college, but he says their stories do not check out. He says no local charities or colleges say they are selling magazine subscriptions. He says buyers gave them anywhere from $40 to $130, and now he is investigating this as a scam. “We can't confirm or deny anything at this point. It's a waiting game to see if what you bought will arrive in 120 days. If not, then we'll follow-up with charges,” says Todd Akers, Coal Run Police Chief. Akers says if someone knocks on your door selling magazines, you should call your local police department.
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Lexington, Kentucky
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DeKalb County, Fort Payne, Alabama
11 Door to Door Magazine Sales Agents Charged

March 31, 2008
11 busted for magazine sales
By Kelly Townsend
The Times-Journal
Published March 31, 2008
Eleven people including a teenager from all over the U.S. now face charges in Fort Payne after allegedly attempting to sell magazines without a business license. Tamara Lorraine Robinson, 21 of Cleveland, Ga., was arrested for doing business without a license. The following were also arrested on the same charges, Marla Hoelle Barnes, 25 of Pine Flats, Tenn.; Mitchell Alan Salmeron, 20 of Trenton Ga., Charles Ashley Grems, 29 of Pendleton, Ind.; Andrew J. Levine, 25 of Framington, Mass.; a 17-year-old, of Smithville, Okla.; Quintin John Vogt, 23 of Neosho, Mo.; Timothy Daniel Roberson, 24 of Athens, Tenn.; Vanessa Diane Harvel, 20 of Joplin, Mo.; and Bradley Joseph Graham, 22 of Dale City, Va. Fort Payne Police Chief David Walker said the arrests were made Wednesday around lunch after they were allegedly found going door to door. “We believe that the group was all together, but had scattered throughout the Fort Payne area to sell the magazines,” Walker said. He said a complaint about the group was called into the police department. “Anyone going door to door with the intent to sell a product, including Girl Scouts, must have a business license or a permit to do so,” he said. Walker said incidents like these have happened on occasion. “From time to time, we will see groups like this travel around the world, and I think it is important that we take a stand on this,” he said. He said he hopes groups who sell items without a business license will realize the police mean business. “We are hoping that word will spread that we won’t just send people on to the next town. We mean business here,” Walker said. “We will make someone who tries to sell without a license pay a fine on the way out of town.” Walker noted it could be risky to take a chance on buying magazines from someone who knocks on doors. “Whether they give you a receipt or not, the chances one will ever see the magazines again are slim, especially if those selling the magazines live out of state,” Walker said. He said anyone caught selling items without a business license or permit, regardless of whether it is a fundraiser, could face up to a $500 fine.
By Kelly Townsend
The Times-Journal
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DeKalb County, Fort Payne, Alabama
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Pike County, Kentucky
Door to Door Magazine Sales Scam !!!

March 31, 2008
Magazine Selling Scam
Reporter: Angela Sparkman
Email Address: angela.sparkman@wymtnews.com
wkyt.com
Posted: 5:48 PM Mar 31, 2008
Last Updated: 8:56 PM Mar 31, 2008
Buyers Beware… that's the message from an eastern Kentucky police chief who says some people in the Coal Run community of Pike County are trying to sell magazines for various causes. So far, all of the organizations they claim to work for say they don't have anyone selling magazines door to door. Police are now working to make sure no one else becomes a victim. Coal Run Police Chief Todd Akers says he's received dozens of phone calls saying someone came to their door and sold them a magazine subscription, but he worries it is not real, but instead, a scam. “Some of the sales pitches used have actually raised an eyebrow and drawn questions,” Chief Akers said. He says the sales pitches range from raising money for tuition at Pikeville College, to trying to win a National Communications Award, to raising money for families of soldiers killed in Iraq. “One of the most distasteful that they're selling,” Chief Akers said. Whatever the pitch, Akers says dozens of people are biting, buying, and spending anywhere between 40 to 130 dollars. “Be very cautious and leery of these individuals,” Chief Akers said. Akers says right now he can't prove if this is actually a scam or a legit sale, but he says none of the sales pitches check out. Pikeville College representatives told us they do not have any students selling magazines and are not using magazine sales for tuition costs. “At this point, it's kind of a waiting game to see if the magazines show up. If the 120 days pass and there's no magazines, we'll follow-up with filing charges,” Chief Akers said. He says the sellers range from men to women, to older to younger. He says none have hurt or threatened anyone, but he warns people to still be careful. “Because you never know what somebody is capable of doing in this day and age,” Chief Akers said. He says call police if you don't like them knocking on your door. Police say if you really want to buy something from a salesman at your door, ask what company they work for and ask them to come back tomorrow then research the company on the internet before buying to find out if the company is real.
Reporter: Angela Sparkman
Email Address: angela.sparkman@wymtnews.com
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Lexington, Kentucky
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Pikeville, Kentucky
Door to Door Magazine Sales Scam !!!

March 30, 2008
Magazine scam strikes Pike, police say
By Carrie Moore Staff Reporter
Appalachian News-Express
Sunday March 30, 2008
Coal Run Village and other area residents could be the targets of a magazine scam, according to the city’s police chief, J. Todd Akers. Akers said several Coal Run residents had recently contacted his department and told him they were approached at their homes or businesses by people attempting to sell magazine subscriptions for various noble causes. One person who contacted the police department was Michael Jones, a Coal Run business owner. He said both he and his mother had been solicited at their homes by individuals wishing to sell magazine subscriptions, and he had also been solicited at his business by another individual selling magazines, all within the last two weeks. Jones, who lives in Cedar Ridge, said the man who came to his home said he was selling magazines to fulfill his dream of going to the Special Olympics, and the girl who came to his business said she was selling magazines to help pay tuition at Pikeville College. Jones said the girl who came to his office accidentally left her driver’s license in the bathroom, which revealed she was from Whitley County. He said he informed Akers of his suspicion of a magazine scam spreading through the area when he brought the license to the police station Wednesday. Akers said he called both Pikeville College and the Big Sandy Community and Technical College to ask whether either had such a tuition assistance program. Both colleges said they did not. Akers said he received two more complaints about door-to-door magazine solicitors from individuals on Thursday. One of them said the individual who came to his home wished to sell the magazines in order to win a National Communications Association Award, but Akers said he contacted that organization and was told it did not give awards for selling magazine subscriptions. The other individual who contacted Akers said the person who came to his home was selling the magazines to help the families of fallen soldiers who fought in Iraq. Akers referred to this particular sales pitch as “disgusting.” Though Akers said he could not confirm that these solicitors were indeed con artists, he is investigating the situation. He said his advice to residents is “buyer beware,” and also recommended the following tips to Pike County residents: Never let anyone who comes to your door trying to sell something inside your house or tell them if you are home alone. Ask questions before buying anything and research whether the “worthy cause” is legitimate before giving money to it. Never give out a social security number or pay with a check. While a check will supply a record of the transaction, it will also gives possible thieves access to your checking account number. Don’t get confrontational, argue or provoke a solicitor, because there is no way to know what a stranger is capable of doing. Instead, contact police or call 911. Try to obtain as much information as possible, such as the vehicle the person is driving, an estimate of their height and weight, clothing, hair color, eye color, and any distinguishing marks such as scars or tattoos. Being able to identify these things will help law enforcement locate a person in question. If anyone has any other information about magazine solicitors in the area, he or she may contact the Coal Run Village Police Department by calling (606) 437-6032.
By Carrie Moore Staff Reporter
Appalachian News-Express
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Pikeville, Kentucky
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Fallbrook, California
Door to Door Magazine Sales Warning !!!

March 27, 2008
Door-to-door activity reported to Sheriff’s Dept.
Local NewsChristina Macone-Greene
The Village News Inc.
Special to the Village News
Thursday, March 27th, 2008.
Issue 13, Volume 12.
Questionable door-to-door sales tactics have been knocking on the Friendly Village these days and prompting a flurry of calls to the Fallbrook Sheriff’s Substation. Some young adults soliciting magazine sales over the past two weeks have raised suspicion with many residents, leading to the calls to law enforcement officials. “There is a company in Escondido that somehow employs these kids and I don’t know if they do a background check on them,” said John McLelland, crime prevention specialist for the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. “These companies drop off the kids and these kids use a number of misleading techniques to gain sales.” Last Friday morning (March 21) alone, the station received four complaint calls, reported McLelland. “The latest complaint is about a gentleman in his early 20s who somehow procured a business card from a person at the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce office,” said McLelland, “and is using this person’s name as a selling ploy.” This same young man has in his possession two purported checks from people who say they never issued them, said McLelland. “One lady called me and said, ‘I never gave him a check, but my neighbor saw one with my name on it.’” False checks can appear real, especially with the improvements in computer software and printers in recent years. These salespeople, explained McLelland, will often use a range of stories, like they are working their way through college, doing fundraisers or helping cancer victims. Although many residents have called in with their concerns, McLelland said, “So far, technically, there is no violation in the law as we can see it.” The reason this is, says McLelland, is that residents did not call the Sheriff’s Department at the time of the incident and call for a deputy. “After it’s over and done with, we have no chance of finding this person; people must call us as it is happening.” To date, none of the incidences are under investigation because no one has filed a formal complaint. According to the Sheriff’s Department Licensing Division, people who are doing door-to-door solicitation, peddling magazines or other wares, must obtain a solicitor’s permit. With all this “knocking at your door” commotion, McLelland offers the following advice: “My standard rule is if you don’t know the person on the other side of your door, then don’t open your door!” McLelland also recommends that if a resident wishes to support a particular type of endeavor, “go to the local branch of that place and make your donation.” Members of the Boren family, longtime residents of Fallbrook, were approached by a particularly affable, enthusiastic young salesman on St. Patrick’s Day. He presented himself as a student from San Diego State University. “He said he played the trumpet in a jazz band and he would be in KPBS one day next month; he was doing some fundraising,” said Daryl Boren. The salesman told Daryl he would be willing to return back to perform household chores to pay back the money donated. “This young guy was very outgoing; you almost felt like you needed to give him some money because he sounded like a young man trying to get on with his life,” said Daryl. Daryl grew suspicious when, during the conversation, the salesman showed him checks from three neighbors. “I thought that was strange,” he said. The young man was using the name Stafford Barker, said Susan Boren. The following day, their neighbors communicated with each other about the young salesman. “We put it all together and realized what had happened,” Susan said. They discovered that one neighbor did issue a check, but two others that the salesperson had offered for viewing never did. It has been reported that some salespeople are asking for checks to be issued in the name of South Coast Circulation in Escondido; others are requesting checks be issued in the salesperson’s name. Since their March 17 visit, Susan Boren has been researching South Coast Circulation. She says she found negative information when researching the name with the Better Business Bureau. She also received confirmation that Stafford Barker was not on the band roster at San Diego State University. Bryan Ransom, the director of athletic bands at San Diego State University, has been receiving phone calls from Fallbrook residents. Callers have voiced their displeasure regarding rude students selling magazines for the school’s band. “These callers had assumed this was a legitimate thing,” said Ransom. “I informed these callers that we don’t do any fundraisers of that nature.” McLelland warns residents that these young salespeople, typically between the ages of 18 and 25, are suave and smooth.
“Remember, call us at (760) 728-1113 when you have a problem, when the incident is happening,” he said.
Local NewsChristina Macone-Greene
The Village News Inc.
Special to the Village News
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Fallbrook, California
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Coconut Grove, Florida
Door to Door Magazine Sales Warning !!!

March 23, 2008
Door-to-door sales alarm Coconut Grove residents
BY CLAUDIA BOYD-BARRETT
Miami Herald Media Company
Posted on Sun, Mar. 23, 2008
A slew of reports about aggressive magazine salespeople knocking on doors in Coconut Grove have some residents worried that their homes are being targeted by criminals. Coconut Grove's Crime Watch Association put out a warning recently after neighbors in north, south and center Grove neighborhoods reported uncomfortable or intimidating experiences with young men going door-to-door hawking magazine subscriptions. The sellers could be ''casing'' people's houses for potential break-in opportunities, cautioned association president Robert Lupo. In the last three weeks, Coconut Grove neighborhood resource officer Tom Braga said he received seven calls about the salespeople and heard consistent complaints from neighbors at community Crime Watch meetings. He said no arrests had been made, but vendors are being warned by police to leave the neighborhood. ''It's significant enough that it's becoming a repeat call to us and a concern. It's unnerving people,'' Braga said. ``The day of the typical door-to-door salesperson has passed. Most of the people contacted were made very, very uncomfortable by it.'' He said the sellers are dropped off in different parts of the Grove, often in the early evening. Police have been unable to determine who the vendors work for, but many of them give police the same phone number -- for a number in Mississippi that nobody answers when it's called, Braga said. The vendors appear to be trying to earn a living, Braga said, but there could be some bad apples among them. ''There's a concern that there are elements that could use this as a guise for [criminal] activity later on,'' Braga said. ``It doesn't mean these individuals are going to do that, but some may decide to take advantage, and that's the last thing that we want to happen.'' One nervous resident, Diane Cottrell, said she was startled by a magazine seller who she said managed to sneak through her locked garden gate and ring her doorbell. 'When I asked him how he got in, he said. `God let me in,' '' Cottrell said. When she asked him to leave, his language became aggressive, and he only backed away after her two grown sons joined her at the door, she said. 'There were words exchanged and they were heated. And [the seller] said something to the effect of, `don't let me bring my boys back.' '' Since then, Cottrell has added an extra lock to her gate and is wary about being at home on her own. She said she worries that even if the magazine companies are legitimate, they may not be screening their employees properly. Her sentiments were echoed by Peggy Bader, chair of the North Grove Crime Watch, who linked the selling to area burglaries. ''We don't want people selling us anything in our neighborhood,'' she wrote in an e-mail. ``If we want something, we will go out and buy it ourselves, not wait to buy it from someone at our doorstep.'' Soliciting is illegal in Miami, Braga said, but vendors many not be aware that they are committing a crime. ''We're not looking right now to put anyone in handcuffs or lock anybody up,'' he said. ``What we'd really like is to get the message out that the way they're going about this is upsetting people. And that certainly isn't good for business.'' Braga said that the problem seems to have subsided since last weekend, but that residents should call the police to report any further problems.
If you see magazine salespeople, call the nonemergency police number, 305-579-6111.
BY CLAUDIA BOYD-BARRETT
Miami Herald
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Raleigh County, West Virginia
Vacuum Salesman Conns Elderly Lady into Buying SUV

March 21, 2008
Dirtbag Door-to-Door Vacuum Salesman Conns Elderly Lady into Buying SUV
By Amelia A. Pridemore
Register-Herald Reporter
Posted in Civil Liability, Fraud
From the Register-Herald:
Published: March 21, 2008 11:36 pm
Man charged with conning 82-year-old

What a piece of trash this guy is. He gives a bad name to door-to-door vacuum salesmen everywhere. Shouldn’t there be some liability on the part of the car dealership? They were so eager to make a sale that they ignored an obvious problem. I would be interested to see an interrogation of this car salesman who allowed this to happen. There may not be any criminal liability, but there must be civil liability for negligence at the very least. - John H. Bryan, West Virginia Criminal Defense Attorney.

Deputies say $70,000 SUV purchased in scam

By Amelia A. Pridemore
Register-Herald Reporter

Raleigh County sheriff’s deputies say a Daniels man conned an 82-year-old woman into buying him a $70,000 SUV. Steven Mitchell Cox, 30, of Daniels, is charged with obtaining property by false pretenses, according to Deputy J.L. Redden. Cox was taken into custody Thursday and released on $50,000 bond set by Magistrate Charles Humphrey. Cox took the woman from Daniels to Beckley Auto Mall on Feb. 15, Redden said, and convinced her to sign for a 2008 GMC Yukon. Cox had told her she would simply be co-signing for the vehicle to help him establish credit, Redden said. Cox also told staff at Beckley Auto Mall the woman was his grandmother and she wanted to buy him a vehicle, Redden said. Neither statement was true. Cox is not related to the woman, who signed and financed the Yukon. It left the woman more than $70,000 in debt, Redden said. Cox took the vehicle and all the paperwork, then kept it, Redden said. The woman discovered she had actually purchased the vehicle when she received registration forms from the state Division of Motor Vehicles. The woman and Cox met through a business transaction when Cox was going door-to-door selling vacuum cleaners, Redden said. Cox also started a home improvement project for the woman that he never finished.
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Register-Herald Reporter
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Camarillo, California
Door to Door Magazine Sales Burglary Scam !!!

March 21, 2008
Police warn of door-to-door sales scam
From staff reports
Ventura County Star
Friday, March 21, 2008
Authorities are warning residents about a door-to-door burglary scam after at least two incidents in Thousand Oaks last week. A young woman and a young man, both ages 15 to 19, were selling magazines in Newbury Park neighborhoods March 12 as a ruse to enter homes and steal from residents, according to the Thousand Oaks Police Department. The girl introduced herself as "Tanya" and told residents that her partner was her brother. On two occasions, Tanya or her partner asked to use the restroom, and both were invited in. One of them then distracted the resident while the other used the restroom, police said. The pair took checkbooks and credit cards later used to make fraudulent purchases, police said. Tanya is described as about 5 feet 3 inches tall, from 130 to 150 pounds with black hair with blond streaks. Her partner is described as thin, clean-shaven, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, from 150 to 170 pounds with black hair. Police said several similar crimes have occurred in Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley in recent weeks. Solicitors are required to carry valid permits to sell products or services within both cities. Police urged residents never to allow solicitors into their homes for any reason. Anyone with information about the scam may contact the Sheriff's Department at 654-9511 or Ventura County Crime Stoppers at 494-TALK. Crime Stoppers will pay a reward up to $1,000 for tips leading to an arrest.
From staff reports
Ventura County Star
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Camarillo, California
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UK
Unsolicited Callers

March 20, 2008
Police’s icy approach to Cotswold cold callers
The Cotswold Journal
11:06am Thursday 20th March 2008
DOOR-TO-DOOR salesmen who fail to comply with the law are being warned that they face tough action from north Cotswolds police. Any unsolicited callers to houses in the area face prosecution or arrest if they go door-to-door without first obtaining a pedlar's certificate from the police. Sgt Martin Jones of the North Cotswolds Safer Community Team said that in the past month three salesmen had been arrested in Bourton for selling door-to-door without a certificate. Two were cautioned and one was charged and bailed to appear in court. Two further salesmen operating in the area have been sent packing. Sgt Jones said that in response to concerns from the area's new police community panels, No Cold Calling zones have been set up across the north Cotswolds to reduce the risk of distraction burglaries. Distraction burglars often target elderly residents, cold calling at homes evidently occupied by older people, said Sgt Jones. "Using partnerships with the housing association, care workers, district council and local neighbour- hood watch members we approached residents in these areas to set up No Cold Calling areas. "The increased awareness of a need to check all callers at their addresses and the information on how to report any cold callers has led to an increase in calls on possible cold callers in the area," he added. The No Cold Calling areas in the north Cotswolds are: Bartletts Park, Chamberlayne Close, Chamberlayne House, Fisher Close and The Park in Stow; Cotsmore Close, Evenlode Gardens, Evenlode Road, Wellington Road and Jameson Court in Moreton; Springvale and Melville in Bourton; and Ley Orchard in Willersey. Sgt Jones said: "We have now set up six additional schemes in Bourton, Chipping Campden, Willersey and Northleach. More schemes are planned for 2008."
The Cotswold Journal
Old Market Way
Moreton-in-Marsh
Gloucestershire GL56 0AJ
cotswoldjournal.co.uk
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Pratt, Kansas
Magazine Sales Fraud !!!

March 19, 2008
Police warn of door-to-door scam;
Complaints are piling up and an investigation
has begun into a Texas group selling magazines
By Gale Rose, reporter@pratttribune.com
The Pratt Tribune
Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 11:44 AM CDT
Anyone in the Pratt area that purchased magazines from Lone Star Subscriptions should stop payment on the check and contact the Pratt Police Department immediately at 672-5551. The Pratt Police is investigating complaints against the company that also goes by the name LSS, INC and CRS INC, said Pratt Police Chief Steve Holmes. "This group has been the source of numerous complaints in our community and we are currently investigating at least one criminal complaint in connection with the actions of some of its members, " Holmes said. When Cescha Hoffman checked her bank account on-line she discovered that her $54 check to Lone Star had been altered to $154. Complaints against Lone Star include failure to register with the city to sell within Pratt, forgery (altering a check), fraud (failure to provide product), possible false identity information and suspicious circumstances related to attempted access to prescription drugs in the home of customer, Holmes said. The number of victims in the Pratt area is unknown at this time. Pratt Police have called the Lone Star contact phone number and get an answering machine. The Denton, Texas Police Department has been notified and they are attempting to make contact, Holmes said. Three sales representatives from Lone Star were identified and contacted. They were advised they needed a permit to sell in Pratt but no arrests were made. Some Lone Star people represented themselves as Pratt Community College students and they were not, Holmes said. Every law enforcement agency in Kansas has been alerted. The Kansas Attorney General's Consumer Fraud Division and the Better Business Bureau have been notified. The BBB reports over 3,000 complaints against Lone Star Subscriptions, Holmes said. Anyone wanting to sell door-to-door in Pratt has to register with City Hall, pay a registration fee and go through a five-day waiting period before getting a permit to sell. Anyone selling any product must have the permit with them and produce it on demand. "If they don't have that receipt, call the police department," Holmes said.
By Gale Rose, reporter@pratttribune.com
The Pratt Tribune
pratttribune.com
Pratt, Kansas
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March 30, 2008




DMPG research has learned that Lone Star Subscriptions is a traveling magaizne sales crew that clears it's subscriptions through 'All Star Promotions' owned and operated by Russell Wood out of Pilot Point, Texas.
1017 N Hwy 377 Suite 100 Pilot Point, TX 76258
Ph: 940-686-9196 Fax: 940-686-0121
Original URL: http://allstarpromotions.com
TWiki . Edumacation: http://edumacation.com/AllStarPromotions: allstarpromotions.com

Google Search: "Lone Star Subscriptions":
"Lone Star Subscriptions"

Google Search: "All Star Promotions":
"All Star Promotions"

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"Russell Wood" + "magazine sales"


Phoenix, Arizona
Magazine Sales Fraud !!!

March 18, 2008
Report: Teens steal money in Phoenix hospital's name
Reported by: Jose Miguel
ABC 15.com
KNXV-TV, Phoenix
Last Update: 3/18 6:47 pm
Officials from Phoenix Children's Hospital say teenagers are going door-to-door, falsely selling magazines under the hospital's name. The hospital has received complaint phone calls from as far away as Prescott. Victims who have written checks have been able to stop payment on them. Cash donations have been lost. Officials say they never solicit door-to-door or by phone for donations. Instead, they rely on private donations from their website or through private benefits. Police say if anyone comes to your door and you feel uncomfortable or unsure, you should give them a call, or better advice, don't give out your money.
Reported by: Jose Miguel
Email: jmiguel@abc15.com
ABC 15.com
KNXV-TV, Phoenix
abc15.com
Phoenix, Arizona
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Sonora, Texas
Magazine Sales Agent Killed In Van Rollover

March 17, 2008
Utah man killed in crash near Sonora
By Jayna Boyle (Contact)
GO San Angelo
Originally published 11:09 a.m., March 17, 2008
Updated 11:40 a.m., March 17, 2008
A one-vehicle rollover crash Sunday afternoon along Interstate 10 near Sonora killed one man and injured three others, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety official in the agency's Ozona office. Zach Dobson, 26, an independent contractor from Vernal, Utah, was pronounced dead at the scene, said the DPS official, who did not want to be named. DPS Ozona said the driver of the vehicle, Ian Moore, 18, of Phoenix, was eastbound about 4:10 p.m. Sunday when he was distracted and drove into the median. He overcorrected, and the car rolled five times. Moore and Michael Burke, 18, of Phoenix, were taken to Lillian M. Hudspeth Memorial Hospital in Sonora and were both listed in stable condition, according to DPS Ozona. A fourth passenger, Dwayne Meek, 21, also from Arizona, was in serious condition and taken to Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo, DPS Ozona reported.
By Jayna Boyle (Contact)
gosanangelo.com
GO San Angelo
San Angelo, Texas
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Janesville, Wisconsin
March 15, 2008
Traveling sales legislation stalls in Assembly again
By STACY VOGEL
GazetteXtra.com
Saturday, March 15, 2008
MADISON — Another year, another wasted opportunity.
That’s the viewpoint of state Sen. Jon Erpenbach as he watched his legislation die in an Assembly committee for the second year in a row as the legislative session drew to a close Thursday.

Erpenbach, D-Waunakee, has been working on legislation to restrict traveling sales crews for eight years now, motivated by a horrific van accident that killed seven young people. All 14 people in the van were members of a traveling sales crew.

March 25 marks the nine-year anniversary of the crash.

Phil Ellenbecker, father of one of the victims, says traveling sales crew companies exploit and abuse young workers by withholding pay, physically abusing employees and restricting communication with their families.

The companies also put homeowners in jeopardy by not performing thorough background checks on their employees, he said.

Erpenbach’s legislation would require all traveling sales workers in Wisconsin to register with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. It would require the companies to consider sellers as employees, not independent contractors, and provide regular work hours and payment.

The legislation passed the Senate by a wide margin this session but stalled in the Assembly Small Business Committee for the second year in a row.

Some direct selling companies and legislators worried the bill would hurt legitimate businesses. Rep. Terry Moulton, chairman of the Assembly committee, proposed an amendment to exempt sellers that can prove residency in the state.

“The problem I have with the original bill is that it could severely affect some companies, reputable companies, and the way they do business in Wisconsin, and I felt it just wasn’t acceptable to affect those legitimate companies,” Moulton, R-Chippewa Falls, said.

Erpenbach and Ellenbecker said the amendment would have removed the effectiveness of the bill because it’s too easy to falsify residency documents.

“It’s been eight years now, and we have tried to change the legislation or modify it as best we can,” Erpenbach said. “If we change it any further, we’ll have a bill … but the door will still be open (to sales crews).”

Erpenbach said he will reintroduce the bill when the 2009 legislative session starts in January. He also might introduce legislation creating a “no-knock” list, similar to the state’s no-call list.

The legislation would allow residents to sign up if they don’t want sales crews coming to their homes.

A no-knock list would solve part of the problem but not address the issue of young people being recruited to abusive companies, Ellenbecker said.

Ellenbecker said he’s disappointed the Assembly committee listened to corporate interests instead of residents.

“They’re more loyal to the special interests groups than they are to the Wisconsin residents,” he said.

Published at: http://www.GazetteXtra.com/news/2008/mar/15/traveling-sales-legislation-stalls-assembly-again
By STACY VOGEL
GazetteXtra.com
gazettextra.com
Janesville, Wisconsin
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Coconut Grove, Florida
Door to Door Magazine Sales Warning !!!
March 15, 2008
Suspicious magazine sales people
Coconut Grove Grapevine, FL
posted by Grapevine at 8:42 AM
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Magazine sales people have now moved to the Center Grove after residents of both the North and South Grove called police over the past two weeks because of the sales peoples' apparently aggressive behaviors to enter residents' yards and homes. Center Grove residents called police yesterday and the police responded quickly. Neighborhood Resource Officer Braga has recently been in touch with the owners of the magazine company to report these behaviors to resolve these persistent neighborhood problems. If you see these magazine sales people, please call the non-emergency police number (305-579-6111) and let them know you are calling on behalf of the All-Grove Crime Watch and request a marked unit to come to the area to check out these people who appear to be "casing" homes.
Coconut Grove Grapevine, FL
posted by Grapevine at 8:42 AM
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Novato, California
Magazine salesman faces rape charges
March 12, 2008
Magazine salesman faces rape charges
By Bay City News
Novato Advance
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 12:16 PM PDT
A magazine salesman suspected of assault with intent to rape a woman Thursday was arraigned Monday afternoon in Marin County Superior Court. Renard Amos, 19, an Illinois resident, was arrested Friday afternoon while soliciting magazine sales door-to-door in the 1500 block of Lucas Valley Road, said Novato Police Lt. Rich Hill. Police said Amos was posing as a book salesman when he went to an apartment in the 1500 block of Center Road Thursday afternoon. When the female tenant opened her door slightly, Amos allegedly forced his way in and fondled the victim through her clothing while restraining her, police said. Amos and the 21-year-old woman struggled and Amos fled when the woman screamed, police said. She suffered minor injuries, Hill said. Amos was arrested for assault with intent to commit rape, residential burglary and false imprisonment.
By Bay City News
Novato Advance
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Novato, California
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
Door to Door Magazine Sales Danger !!!
March 11, 2008
Woman walks into two Jenison homes
By Rachael Ruiz
WOOD TV8
Posted: March 11, 2008 04:48 PM CDT
Updated: March 11, 2008 04:48 PM CDT
JENISON, Mich (WOOD) - Adrienne Spears said she heard her doorbell ring numerous times, along with a persistent knock at the door. But she thought it was someone selling something. Then she heard the unlocked door leading into her house from the garage open us and confronted a woman who claimed she was selling magazine subscriptions. After the woman left, Spears called the police. "I was home, I was shaken up, and I'm a grown woman," she told 24 Hour News 8. "So when you go to work, lock all your doors. Don't even leave the service door open." Spears said the woman looked disheveled. The woman also had a run-in with the teenager next door, Erika Norton. By the time Norton got upstairs, she found the woman in her parents closet, her hands wrestling with Norton's dad's change container. "She turns around and she see me and says, 'This is not my brother's house, is it?' I said, no, this is not your brother's house," she said. Norton's description matched Spears' description. "Like homeless, I guess," Norton said. "She had missing teeth." Ottawa County deputies searched the neighborhood on foot, but did not find the woman. They remind everyone to lock all their doors.
By Rachael Ruiz
WOOD TV8
woodtv.com
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Novato, California
Magazine seller in Novato attack is Wisconsin sex offender
March 11, 2008
Magazine seller in Novato attack is Wisconsin sex offender
Gary Klien
Matin Independent Journal
Article Launched: 03/11/2008 06:40:19 PM PDT
A traveling magazine salesman accused of sexually assaulting a Novato woman last week is a convicted sex offender who was wanted for arrest in Wisconsin, authorities said Tuesday. Renard Amos, 19, was arraigned in Marin Superior Court on Tuesday on charges of assault with intent to commit rape during a burglary, residential burglary, false imprisonment, sexual battery by restraint and assault by means likely to cause great bodily injury, said Deputy District Attorney Linda Witong. Amos could face seven years to life in prison if convicted, Witong said. A plea hearing is pending. The assault occurred at 3:30 p.m. Thursday on Center Road in Novato, where a salesman came to the door of a 21-year-old woman. When the woman opened her door slightly, the salesman pushed his way inside, restrained the victim and touched her over her clothing, police said. The resident and the attacker struggled until she screamed and he ran away. The woman suffered minor injuries in the assault. On Friday, sheriff's deputies in Lucas Valley contacted a group of itinerant magazine sellers working for an out-of-state company. The group identified one of its salesmen as someone who fit the attacker's description and was working in Novato the previous day, police said. Police arrested Amos in Lucas Valley as he was soliciting magazine sales door-to-door. He is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail. For the past four months, Amos has also been wanted on an arrest warrant from Dane County, Wis., where he is charged with failing to register as a sex offender, a felony, authorities said. Police would not disclose the nature of the original sex offense because Amos was convicted in 2002, when he was a juvenile. "We can't release the information," said Dane County sheriff's Lt. Alecia Rauch. Amos' last known residence was in Harvey, Ill. The name of his employer was not available.
Gary Klien
Matin Independent Journal
marinij.com
Novato, California
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D.M.P.G. Info Clip
March 22, 2008




DMPG research has determined that Renard Amos works for 'Dynasty Sales' a traveling magazine door to door sales crew that clears it's magazine subscriptions through 'Midwest Clearing Inc.'

Midwest Clearing, Inc.
Website: http://www.midwestclearing.com
Midwest Clearing, Inc.
Midwest Clearing, Inc.
3649 W 183rd St.
Suite 101
Hazel Crest, IL 60429
Phone (708) 206-2001
Fax (708) 206-2005

Data Source:
Novato Police Department
909 Machin Avenue
Novato, CA 94945
Phone - (415) 897-4361
Dispatch: 415- 897-1122
Other: 415-899-8900
Offender: Renard Amos
Detective Welsh
Case Number: 08-1505

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"Renard Amos"

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"Paragon Dynasty" + "magazine"

Google Search: "Midwest Clearing" + magazine:
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San Francisco, California
Magazine salesman suspected of assault with intent to rape
March 10, 2008
NOVATO: MAGAZINE SALESMAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT TO COMMIT RAPE
KPIX TV
CBS 5
Mon, 10 Mar 2008 17:20:01
NOVATO (BCN)
A magazine salesman suspected of assault with intent to rape a woman Thursday will be arraigned this afternoon in Marin County Superior Court. Renard Amos, 19, an Illinois resident, was arrested Friday afternoon in the 1500 block of Lucas Valley Road, Lt. Rich Hill said. He is being held in the Marin County jail under $50,000 bail. Police said Amos was posing as a book salesman when he went to an apartment in the 1500 block of Center Road Thursday afternoon. When the female tenant opened her door slightly, Amos allegedly forced his way in and fondled the woman through her clothing while restraining her, police said. Amos and the 21-year-old woman struggled and Amos fled when the woman screamed, police said. She suffered minor injuries, Hill said. Amos was contacted Friday at 3:20 p.m. while soliciting magazine sales door-to-door, Hill said. He was arrested for assault with intent to commit rape, residential burglary and false imprisonment. He will be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. in Department M.
KPIX TV
CBS 5
NOVATO (BCN)
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San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
Magazine salesman suspected of assault with intent to rape
March 10, 2008
Victor's File - San Francisco Bay Area Current Events, World News & Features
March 10, 2008
Bay Area news roundup
A magazine salesman suspected of assault with intent to rape a woman Thursday will be arraigned this afternoon in Marin County Superior Court. Renard Amos, 19, an Illinois resident, was arrested Friday afternoon in the 1500 block of Lucas Valley Road, Lt. Rich Hill said. He is being held in the Marin County jail under $$50,000 bail. Police said Amos was posing as a book salesman when he went to an apartment in the 1500 block of Center Road Thursday afternoon. When the female tenant opened her door slightly, Amos allegedly forced his way in and fondled the woman through her clothing while restraining her, police said. Amos and the 21-year-old woman struggled and Amos fled when the woman screamed, police said. She suffered minor injuries, Hill said. Amos was contacted Friday at 3:20 p.m. while soliciting magazine sales door-to-door, Hill said. He was arrested for assault with intent to commit rape, residential burglary and false imprisonment. He will be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. in Department M.
Victor's File
San Francisco Bay Area Current Events, World News and Features
Bay Area news roundup
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San Francisco, California
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March 10, 2008
Door-To-Door Salesmen: If You’re Selling, I Ain’t Buying
Posted by Lazy Man on March 10, 2008
at 7:14 AM in Dumb Purchases
Lazy Man and Money
lazymanandmoney.com
I live in the nexus of salesmen - or so it seems. At least once a week, we get a visitor looking sell something. Two young ladies knocked on my door the other night. When I answered, they introduced themselves as Beth and Jenn. They had me guess why there at my door. I guessed that they were selling magazines - 92% of the time it’s magazines. Jenn, who did 95% of the talking, informed that it was not magazines, but “periodicals.” One thing I’ve from these solicitors is that they are brilliant. Whatever trick or line you have, they have a counter-line waiting. The first thing these ladies did is ask if they can come inside since it was cold out. When I’m home alone, I don’t particularly enjoy letting total strangers in my home. However, it was hard to say no them with their chattering teeth. Against my better judgment, I let them in. Once inside, they looked around to see what they could use against me. First they saw a picture of me and my wife. They started to ask about her and if she’s into fashion (because they have fashion magazines). Our Red Sox drink coasters caught their eye and they asked if I was interested in sports (the ESPN magazine was worth over 3000 points). Score a couple of points for them, they’ve got me engaged in conversation. For the next 5 minutes, it’s a great game of tennis. They keep on serving pitches for magazines, I keep giving excuses for not buying them. Jenn goes as far as writing up a slip for ESPN The Magazine. It’s only $60 for 52 issues - plus $15 in shipping and handling. As Jenn said, “the mailman needs to get paid too.” She then gives me the slip (with two smiley faces) and her hot pink pen to sign away my $75 for a magazine that I don’t want. When I explain that I don’t want the magazine, they get disappointed, “You don’t want to us to go to Europe?” At that price, no I did not. I finally convinced Jenn and Beth that I wasn’t going to buy. I promptly looked up the price on ESPN. It didn’t take me long to find that I could buy 26 issues for $26 - and get a free fleece.
I despise the companies behind these promotions, but I have to admit that they have a great business plan. They get aggressive salespeople, offer them the chance at big prizes, in an effort to sell overpriced products. Their “innovation” or “product” is quite often marketing - and trying to trick or guilt people in bad deals. I have to remind myself this every time the come to my door.
How do you deal with door-to-door salespeople when you don’t want the product?
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March 10, 2008
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Janesville, Wisconsin
March 9, 2008
Nine years later, fight against traveling sales crews continues
By STACY VOGEL
GazetteXtra.com
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Phil Ellenbecker went through all the normal stages of grief when he lost his daughter: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and—to some extent—acceptance.

But one stage has stayed.

Anger.

Anger at the company that lured 18-year-old Malinda away from home without a word to her father.

Anger at an industry that he says exploits and abuses young workers and exposes unsuspecting homeowners to danger.

And anger at the government that has done nothing to stop the atrocities, nine years after a van crash took the lives of Malinda and six other young people.

It’s that anger and a promise Ellenbecker made to Malinda that have kept him fighting all these years. But he never imagined he’d have to fight this long.

“I thought it’d be a done deal by now,” he said.

Ellenbecker started fighting for legislation restricting traveling sales crew companies shortly after Malinda died March 25, 1999.

She and 13 others were traveling in a van from Appleton to Janesville when a town of Milton police officer clocked the van at 80 mph and tried to pull it over on Interstate 90/39.

The driver, Jeremy Holmes, didn’t have a valid license and tried to get a passenger to take the wheel. The van rolled off the highway, killing seven and injuring five more.

As Ellenbecker came out of his grief, he learned about the practices of traveling sales crews. He heard about workers who were beaten for not making quotas or dropped off penniless on the side of the road when they wanted to quit.

He learned about homeowners who were killed, raped or beaten by salespeople with criminal backgrounds and the rampant drug use among crews on the road.

And he learned about how companies cheat workers out of earnings by charging exorbitant amounts for room and board and keeping shoddy records.

A 2007 New York Times article supported Ellenbecker’s research, cataloguing tales of abuse from former sellers and managers.

Ellenbecker and Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Waunakee, want to keep those companies out of Wisconsin.

Erpenbach has been working on the issue almost as long as Ellenbecker. At the time of the crash, both Ellenbecker and the crash site were in his district.

Last year, legislation Erpenbach introduced to restrict traveling sales crews sailed easily through the Senate but stalled in the Assembly Small Business Committee. The same thing is happening this year.

The legislation would require all traveling sales workers in Wisconsin to register with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. It would require the companies to consider sellers as employees, not independent contractors, and provide regular work hours and payment.

But some direct sales companies worry the legislation would cripple their businesses, even though they don’t employ traveling sales crews.

Many direct-selling companies, such as Avon, Mary Kay and Pampered Chef, rely on independent contractors who are able to work when they want and as much as they want, said Joseph Mariano, executive vice president of the Direct Selling Association.

The trade association opposes the bill in its current form but would support an amended version, he said.

Rep. Terry Moulton, R-Chippewa Falls, chairman of the Assembly Small Business Committee, has introduced an amendment that would more rigidly define traveling sales crews. The amendment also would exempt companies from the regulations if their agents could prove state residency.

“I think we’re all in agreement that we want to get rid of these problem crews that we have,” Moulton said. “I just want to make sure that we’re not going to limit the legitimate companies that it will severely impact.”

Erpenbach says the legislation in its original form would not affect direct sales companies other than traveling sales crews. Moulton’s amendment, he said, would destroy any effectiveness the bill might have.

“Anybody can type up a lease and have it signed,” he said. “Doesn’t mean you’re living there.”

The truth is, door-to-door sales companies will stop at nothing to protect their interests and to kill the legislation, Erpenbach said.

“We’ve been working with these people eight years,” he said. “There’s absolutely nothing they will support short of killing the bill.”

The two sides have little time to reach a compromise. The state legislative session ends Thursday.

Ellenbecker believes the legislation will end up stalled in the Assembly committee, just like last year. But he also vows to keep fighting until traveling sales crews are stopped.

“I sincerely want to put these people out of business,” he said. “I can’t begin to explain to you the atrocities they’ve done to teens and homeowners.”

Published at: http://www.GazetteXtra.com/news/2008/mar/09/nine-years-later-fight-against-traveling-sales-cre
By STACY VOGEL
GazetteXtra.com
gazettextra.com
Janesville, Wisconsin
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Novato, California
Magazine Salesman Arrested
In Sexual Assault

March 7, 2008
Magazine seller jailed in Novato sex assault
Gary Klien
Marin Independent Journal
Article Launched: 03/07/2008 09:40:29 PM PST
Novato, California
A traveling magazine salesman was arrested Friday on suspicion of forcing his way into a Novato woman's home and sexually assaulting her this week, police said. Renard Amos, a 19-year-old Illinois resident, was booked into the Marin County Jail on suspicion of assault with intent to commit rape, burglary and false imprisonment. Bail was set at $50,000. The attack occurred at 3:30 p.m. Thursday on Center Road in Novato, where a salesman came to the door of a 21-year-old woman. When the woman opened her door slightly, the salesman pushed his way inside, restrained the victim and touched her over her clothing, police said. The resident and the attacker struggled until she screamed and he ran away. The woman suffered minor injuries in the assault. On Friday, sheriff's deputies in Lucas Valley contacted a group of traveling magazine sellers working for an out-of-state company, said Novato police Lt. Rich Hill. The group identified one of its salesmen as someone who fit the attacker's description and was working in Novato the previous day, Hill said. Police arrested Amos in Lucas Valley as he was soliciting magazine sales door-to-door. The victim in Novato described her attacker as black, in his early 20s and 5-feet-4-inches to 5-feet-9-inches tall. Amos is black, 19 years old and 5-feet-9-inches tall, according to the jail's booking log. Amos is expected to appear in court on Monday unless he posts bail over the weekend.
Gary Klien
Marin Independent Journal
marinij.com
Novato, California
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Conway, Arkansas
Door to Door Magazine Sales Warning !!!

March 6, 2008
Police Beat
Among recent reports generated by
local law enforcement agencies
The Log Cabin Democrat of Conway, Arkansas
1. Harassment complaint at 2100 block of Sugar Creek Drive.
A magazine salesman grabbed a woman's breast after she let him into her house, and later called and text-messaged her.
The Log Cabin Democrat
thecabin.net
Conway, Arkansas
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Pasadena, California
Door to Door Magazine Sales Alert !!!

March 5, 2008
Magazine Solictors March 5, 2008
Posted by David S. in Helpful Hints.
From Ali on the Suspicious Activity Comments Page
Pasadena Neighborhood Watch Weblog
Dear Neighbors- I live on South Grand Avenue between Palmetto and Locke Haven and I just got a ring at the door bell which I responded to and believe to be very suspicious. First of all, my house is behind gates and normally, solicitors will ring the bell at the gate before proceeding up the driveway. These 2 solicitors were very savy and walked up my neighbors driveway which does not have a gate and came through my side driveway which is accessed through the neighbors. These 2 young ladies were at my front door and spoke through the glass. They had a rehearsed speech which they both presented to me about being single mothers from the inner city and wanting to set good examples for their children by earning points by selling magazines. I then told them that I was not interested in buying any magazines and then they proceeded to present a different speech about giving them a donation or buying magazines for charitable causes. I became more suspicious and then asked them for aseller’s permit or documentation from the city showing that they were permitted to sell door to door. They acted very surprised and said that they have been in my neighborhood for 2 straight days selling magazines and that all my neighbors have been very supportive. I asked them to show me who they have sold to and they showed me a list of handwritten names without addresses and looked like fake signatures. I noticed there were no addresses or magazine orders on the list they showed me. It was clearly a bogus list. They asked me if I knew a Janice Glidden and I said no, and they said she gave them a donation and lived a few blocks away. Anyways, they were very, very persistent and would not go away. I am glad that I never opened the door, because they would not leave. Finally, I told them I would not buy anything or give them a donation unless they showed me a permit from the city and they said they did not have one and left. They left my door at 1:50pm and I immediately called the non emergency police number and notified them of the activity. The dispatched told me that they would send someone out right away since the solicitors did not have a permit to sell. So please remember to always ask for the permit, and if they don’t have one call the police non emergency number.
Posted by David S.
Pasadena Neighborhood Watch Weblog
pasnwatch.wordpress.com
Pasadena, California
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Columbus, Georgia
Magazine Scam !!!

March 4, 2008
ConsumerWatch
Magazine Scam Hits Local Consumers
Newsleader 9
Posted: March 4, 2008 10:40 AM CST
Updated: March 4, 2008 10:50 AM CST
Mar. 4, 2008
COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - It begins with a knock on the door.
"Started off with a story that went somewhere along the lines of a point system," says local resident Josh Barnes. That's how Barnes describes his conversation with two young people he says came to his house selling magazines for a company called Southern Circulation. "This point system that they had mentioned was a competition amongst the company for which the person with the highest points would get this vacation," he adds. But Barnes says after talking with the two for a while, something didn't feel right. "Real suspicious, their activity, their demeanor, everything about them just kind of bugged me." Enough for Barnes to walk away and refuse to write the pair a check. He also conducted an internet search that confirmed his suspicions. "Numerous, numerous complaints of people purchasing this magazine or whatever magazines they have and not receiving them," says Barnes. Our own search of Southern Circulation revealed the same thing. While the company has a legitimate looking website, several complaints pop up on ripoffreport.com, complaintsboard.com and even the Better Business Bureau. The Better Business Bureau's website states, "Based on BBB files, this company has an unsatisfactory record...most complaints regard non receipt of ordered magazines". Local President Leonard Crain says it's important for residents not to fall for sob stories or emotional appeals. "I'm just out here working hard in the rain, you know knocking on doors to try to sell these magazine subscriptions, well, don't be swayed by that," says Crain. And while Barnes wasn't, he's speaking out so others won't fall victim to this scam. "What I've got a problem with is somebody coming into my neighborhood, taking advantage of people on a fixed income, and then might not be as suspicious as I was," says Barnes. Southern Circulation did not return repeated phone calls from Newsleader 9. If you've already purchased magazines from these individuals, contact your bank immediately to inform them of the problem.
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Columbus, Georgia
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Seattle, Washington
Door to Door Magazine Salesman
Gets 8 Years In Prison

February 29, 2008
Magazine salesman who robbed woman gets 8 years
Traumatized victim reluctant to be in courtroom
By TRACY JOHNSON
P-I REPORTER
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Last updated February 29, 2008 11:50 p.m. PT
A man who choked and robbed a woman in the Eastlake neighborhood after coming to her door to sell magazine subscriptions was sentenced Friday to more than eight years in prison. Antonio Smokes, 26, apologized to the victim, who was reluctant even to be in the same courtroom as the man for his King County Superior Court sentencing. "This is a nightmare that still affects her," Deputy Prosecutor Hugh Barber said. A friend of the woman, Andrew Van Eck, said Smokes was an evil man who left his victim so traumatized that she had to drop out of college a few months shy of graduation. Defense attorney Nancy Mattson said that while there are no excuses for what happened, Smokes had a troubled childhood filled with abuse. Smokes sold the woman two magazine subscriptions on Aug. 29 and returned two days later, claiming he lost the paperwork. Not long after she let him inside, police said, he told her "I'm sorry" and grabbed her by the neck, choking her until she lost consciousness. She awoke in the bathtub of the apartment. He'd stolen her laptop computer and cell phone. He pleaded guilty last month to burglary, robbery and assault charges.
P-I reporter Tracy Johnson can be reached at 206-467-5942 or tracyjohnson@seattlepi.com.
By TRACY JOHNSON
P-I REPORTER
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
seattlepi.nwsource.com
Seattle, Washington
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Los Angeles, California
Beware the magazine scam

February 29, 2008
Beware the magazine scam
Los Angeles Times Blog
OPINION L.A.
Posted by Dan Turner on February 29, 2008 in Employment
The young woman came to my door at around 7 p.m., a good time to catch working people at home on weeknights. She was from South Central, she said, the mother of a young son — she showed me his photo on her cell phone just to prove it — who was working her way toward college. By selling magazines, she said, she could get a scholarship to turn her life around. Her story was laid on so thick, with so many rehearsed appeals to the heartstrings, that before very long it started to sound like ... a scam.

It was.

Magazine crews have been around since the Depression, but with laws restricting telemarketing they've become more common than ever — so common, in fact, that I seem to get a new crew through my neighborhood two or three times a year. The magazines they peddle are legitimate, but offered at prices that are usually far higher than you'd pay by subscribing directly. What's more, buyers are lucky if they ever actually receive the magazines they purchase. One favorite technique of the crews is to tell people who turn down their magazines that they can win points toward a scholarship if the homeowner will simply give a contribution to their organization. This gives the impression that the salesperson is working for some kind of nonprofit: In fact, he or she is working for a sleazy, for-profit, fly-by-night operation that seldom keeps its promises to the naive young people it lures to sells its magazines. Magazine crews were the subject of an in-depth report in the New York Times last year. So many salespeople have been abused while traveling around the country in crews that support organizations have been set up for recovering crew members and their parents; two such groups can be found here and here. The best way to discourage them: Politely say no and close the door.
Los Angeles Times Blog
OPINION L.A.
Posted by Dan Turner
on February 29, 2008 in Employment
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Los Angeles, California
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Denver, Colorado
Beware of the latest magazine sales scam

February 29, 2008
Beware of the latest magazine sales scam
Contributed by: Kalen Landow on 2/29/2008
YourHub.com
When the doorbell rings and the teenager on the other side of the door tells you they're selling magazine subscriptions to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, they're not. BGCMD has learned that sales efforts are underway by people claiming to represent the organization, not just in Denver, but as far away as Evergreen. "Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver is not participating in any sort of magazine subscription fundraiser," stated Interim CEO Kathy Luna, who warned, "We want to alert everyone about this scam." The Denver Better Business Bureau's Vice President of Public Affairs, Susan Liehe, added, "This is a classic scam, and this one has potentially three victims: one, the consumer (who may never receive a single magazine for their money), two, the nonprofit that isn't the beneficiary, even though their name is being used, and three, the young people themselves who have been recruited to actually go door-to-door may have no idea that the premise of the sale (i.e., "benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs") is a sham. Often they have problems being paid a fair wage for their work, too."

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver: The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver is to inspire and enable young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Since 1961, BGCMD has been helping kids from tough neighborhoods stay out of trouble, stay in school, and succeed in life. Not just after school hangouts, the Clubs are places where young people come to learn, do homework, develop social skills, express themselves creatively, and participate in sports. Learn more at www.positiveplacedenver.org.
YourHub.com
Contributed by: Kalen Landow
denver.yourhub.com
Denver, Colorado
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El Paso, Texas
Scam warning !!!

February 28, 2008
UTEP says magazine sales not authorized
El Paso Times Staff
Article Launched: 02/28/2008 12:00:00 AM MST
The UTEP Police Department has issued a warning about a scam by people claiming to be students selling magazines as a fundraiser for the university. The salespeople, who have been going door to door in West El Paso, repeatedly ask to enter a home during the sales pitch. University of Texas at El Paso police said the university does not do that type of fundraising and residents should be cautious about letting strangers into their homes.
Daniel Borunda
Scam warning
Daniel Borunda
El Paso Times Staff
El Paso Times
elpasotimes.com
El Paso, Texas
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Stanford, California
Door to Door Magazine Sales Warning
Jaguar Sales LLC !!!

February 22, 2008
Kimball struck by scammers
By Andrew Valencia
The Stanford Daily
February 22, 2008
Kimball Hall was targeted by a pair of men selling magazine subscriptions, possibly as part of a nationwide scam based out of New York. According to residents, two unknown individuals entered Kimball on Tuesday afternoon, going door-to-door soliciting students to purchase magazines and donate to charities, requiring that they sign checks on the spot. While residents and housing officials were convinced the individuals were con artists, the Department of Public Safety, upon making contact with the pair, deemed that “they were there conducting legitimate business.” At 2 p.m., a Kimball resident contacted residence officials about a young man trying to solicit magazine subscriptions from students in the building, according to Sue Nunan, director of housing assignments. Nunan said in an email to The Daily that officers were contacted immediately following the report and that later in the afternoon residents were reminded to enforce resident security measures by not propping doors and first floor windows open. Stanford Police Deputy Chris Cohendet said in an email to The Daily that officers concluded after speaking with the suspects that their claims were authentic. In an email sent out to the Kimball residence list, however, Aram Zinzalian ‘10 claimed that the two men tried to sell him magazine subscriptions on behalf of Jaguar Sales LLC, and after researching the company online, he became convinced they were frauds. Jaguar Sales LLC has been the subject of numerous accusations and legal disputes nationwide, ranging from unlawful employment and sales practices to sales fraud, according to the Office of the New York State Attorney General. In August 2007, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo filed suit against the company in State Supreme Court, charging that the company illegally recruits young workers to sell magazine subscriptions, requires them to travel far from home to solicit sales, withholds their wages and prevents them from returning home. Those residents who were propositioned by the magazine solicitors said that the men appeared very unprofessional and came across as extremely suspicious. “I let them come into my room and talk to me for like 15 minutes,” said one Kimball resident, who wished to remain anonymous out of concern for her safety. “It was not a good idea in retrospect.” According to the resident, the two individuals knocked on her door and claimed that they were selling magazine subscriptions as part of a contest through which they could win a trip to Europe. She said the two men were charming, but aroused her suspicions. In addition to being dressed casually, she said, they were unusually fast-paced in their presentation and placed a great deal of pressure on her to buy something. A sheet showing the list of magazines they were supposedly selling also struck her as strange. “It almost looked like a sheet of paper from a magazine cut out and laminated,” the resident said. After trying repeatedly to convince her to purchase a magazine subscription — the cheapest one was $65 — the men then tried to convince her to donate money to an unrelated charity. It was then that she remembered an email that had been sent out to the dorm list about unidentified men trying to get residents to buy magazines. “There had already been an email to the dorm about possible magazine scammers, but it didn’t register at first,” the resident said. “I checked it again as they were talking to me.” Other residents approached by the magazine solicitors gave similar accounts of their interaction. Megan Li ‘08 had read the warnings of the possible scammers before they approached her, and she tried several times to get them to leave her room. When she refused to purchase any magazines, the men claimed that her neighbor had donated a book to a children’s hospital instead of buying a magazine. Li later learned that her neighbor had refused them as well. “After about a good five to 10 minutes of refusal, they finally left — after asking for my phone number and if I had a boyfriend,” Li said in an email to The Daily. “At the same time they left, someone on the Kimball email list said that there were cops on the third floor looking for these guys, so I sent back a response that the scammers had just left my room.” After approaching numerous residents on more than one floor of Kimball, a staff member, who had been alerted of their presence, approached the men and asked them to leave. “While on the second floor, I saw no one in the hallway except for two unfamiliar guys knocking on a door and when I asked whether they were selling magazines, they replied ‘No,’” the staff member said in an email to The Daily. “I figured that if they were just visiting friends in the dorm, that would be apparent once they were invited in,” she continued. “When the resident opened the door, however, they said that they got the wrong room and headed out. At that point, I told them that if they were the ones selling magazines, they needed to leave because Kimball does not take solicitors.” While the incident brought to light the dorm’s potential vulnerability to intruders, for some it also highlighted some alarming tendencies in the way students perceive outsiders. When the staff member sent out her own email alert to residents warning about the solicitors, she described them simply as both “young, dark looking.” ASSU Vice President Mondaire Jones ‘09, a Kimball resident, responded with a dorm email asking that residents rethink this description of the suspects, as “we all know that description can apply to a ton of people, possibly in the thousands, at Stanford.” “I don’t think it was malicious at all,” Jones told The Daily, “but I do think that, when presented with unsavory situations, we at Stanford as students, and as citizens, need to go about it in a very responsible way.” He added that such generalized descriptions can “raise false suspicions about people” and that the staff member should have “described attire” when portraying the suspects. Following Jones’ email, the staff member apologized to the dorm for her choice of wording. As far as residence officials know, no one from Kimball or anywhere else has come forward claiming to have given money to the individuals.
Contact Andrew Valencia at andrewv1@stanford.edu.
By Andrew Valencia
The Stanford Daily
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Stanford, California
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Door-To-Door Sales Company: Southwestern Company
Member: Direct Selling Association
February 21, 2008
Door-to-door 'internship' tricks students into work
Summer program involves book and software sales
By: Sarah Krasin
Marquette Tribune
Posted: 2/21/08
Side Bar:
Many students received phone calls this month inviting them to an information session regarding internship opportunities The Southwestern Company sponsors these sessions The company offers a summer program selling books and software door-to-door Southwestern's vague phone calls frustrated many students, leading to an intervention from Career Services
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Kortni Smith thought she was getting a great deal when a representative from the Southwestern Company called asking if she would be interested in a lucrative "internship opportunity" for the summer. However, after attending an information session, Smith, a freshman in the College of Business Administration, said she left feeling "frustrated and aggravated." Southwestern's internship opportunity involves selling books and software door-to-door, a program Smith said the company "tries to make seem better than it actually is." "I know they're not technically doing anything wrong, but I feel like they're getting people to the information session under false pretenses," Smith said, referring the initial phone call in which the amount of money she could make was the main focus and the actual job description was barely touched on. Jason Eckert, associate director of the career services center, said there have been several complaints from students regarding Southwestern's "vague" phone calls. According to Eckert, Marquette Career Services representatives met with Southwestern recruiters about the concerns. At the meeting, Career Services reviewed Southwestern's phone script and informed them of the need to be upfront and honest about what the actual job entails. Career Services has not had any more complaints since the Jan. 29 meeting, Eckert said. Students were also concerned over how Southwestern obtained their personal contact information, such as cell phone numbers. "Certainly, no one at the university would give out a student's confidential information," Eckert said. Rather, companies such as Southwestern rely on surveys students fill out in class and personal referrals from students who attend their information sessions. Though some students expressed annoyance at the company's recruitment efforts, others said they would consider the opportunity. Cortney Krauss, a freshman in the College of Communication, said Southwestern's emphasis on building lifelong communication and business skills as well as their extensive alumni network attracted her initially. Krauss, who went through Southwestern's three-day interview process and was accepted into the program, ultimately turned the opportunity down. "The second or third day, I definitely left feeling like I was being sold on something," Krauss said. "It's important to remember that people working for the company are good salesmen. They're trying to sell you (the job)." However, Krauss said the biggest reason she turned down the job was her concern over safety. According to Krauss, the fact that she would be working in a strange neighborhood from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. was especially worrisome. All students hired through Southwestern relocate to a different area of the country, and Marquette's recruits will head to the East Coast this summer. Dan Dougherty, corporate recruiter for Southwestern, said the relocation aspect is "part of the adventure." According to Dougherty, the company is well aware of these concerns raised by students and parents. Students who work with Southwestern do not travel extensively, but rather are assigned a middle to upper-class district and stay there the entire summer, Dougherty said. The company and its recruits are not the only ones concerned with possible safety issues. In 2005, the Wisconsin State Legislature responded by introducing Senate Bill 80. This legislation would no longer allow companies such as Southwestern to have "independent contractors," but would require the company to consider every student working for them an "employee." Supporters of the bill, such as state Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton), said this would stop what they view as exploitation of student workers by insuring they have basic employee rights. The bill has been simmering in the legislature for years, but yesterday's public hearing on S.B. 80 renewed interest in the issue. Southwestern is a registered opponent of the bill and claims it will hurt their business model that allows students to be their own bosses. Loren Groeschl, a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a two-year employee of Southwestern, said he agreed with the need to protect rights of independent contractors, which include individuals who represent companies such as Mary Kay cosmetics. Groeschl, who spoke against the bill at Wednesday's hearing, said he's had a very positive experience with Southwestern's internship program. "The hard work of the program has benefited me the most," he said. "I'm coming back for my third summer this year and am really excited." Eckert said Career Services does not necessarily endorse the Southwestern internship, but by policy the company must be allowed to recruit on campus if they follow certain guidelines.
By: Sarah Krasin
Marquette Tribune
media.www.marquettetribune.org
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Sacramento, California
Magazine and book scam !!!

February 15, 2008
Magazine and book scam
California State University, Sacramento, California
February 15, 2008
Sacramento State officials are asking area residents to be aware that someone posing as a Sacramento State student is going door-to-door selling books and magazines under the false pretext that it is a class project. According to officials, the person claims that he is selling books as part of a communication studies class and that he gets credit for participating in the project. Communication studies official said there is no program like that, and the offer is a scam. If someone approaches you selling magazines and books supposedly as part of a Sacramento State program, please contact your local law enforcement agency.
California State University
csus.edu
Sacramento, California
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Charlotte County, Florida
Door to Door Magazine Sales Alert !!!

February 14, 2008
Help me! Magazine salesman pockets cash
By David Morris
Charlotte Sun
02/14/08
"As I was going into Publix on Peachland Boulevard, I was approached by a young man who was selling magazines to help him earn money for college books. I decided to help him by purchasing a magazine. I didn't have my checkbook with me, so I paid cash. Well, I never got the magazine subscription and when I called the company, I kept getting the runaround. I feel the young man pocketed the cash and never turned in the invoice. Can you help me?" -- Lynda Constantino, Port Charlotte.

Your instincts were right, Lynda. The young man was not a college student. He wasn't even from Florida. And he stole the $45 that you paid for a two-year subscription to Redbook. That was confirmed by Belo Kellam, owner of Fidelity Reader Service in Naples, who terminated him after your incident due to similar complaints. Fidelity is one of the companies that works with National Publishers Exchange in Clearwater -- a clearinghouse for a wide variety of magazine subscription agencies -- that sell magazine subscriptions through telemarketing or person-to-person "field sales," including door-to-door. Industry estimates are that field agents represent about 2 percent of magazine subscriptions, resulting in more than $100 million a year. Ellen Buckley, director of the National Field Selling Association, estimates that on any given day, about 2,500 individuals are on the street selling subscriptions, most of them door-to-door. The Magazine Publishers Association issues guidelines for agent-sold subscriptions. But they're only voluntary. These involve compliance with all laws, rules and regulations, "best" sales practices -- including truthful representation -- and the ability to track all authorized sales agents. You can't indict an entire industry, but beyond performing a background check using a third-party investigative agency -- which was performed on your "college" student -- there's not much else people like Kellam can do about thefts like this in an industry that's pretty much unregulated.

But you can.

Don't buy from them face-to-face.

If someone comes to your door or approaches you in the mall, politely ask for the information and the procedures to order. Then -- under no pressure -- compare costs with other sellers including the publisher. If you still want to do business with that company, it should welcome your phone or mail order. Understand that costs may be higher when dealing with these agents, since that's how they earn their money. In this case, that $45 two-year Redbook subscription is available online directly from the publisher for $15. Bob Carpenter of the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office says he's aware of "sporadic" theft incidents like this, but goes one step further and strongly advises never to give cash, a check or credit card to anyone you don't know or to an organization you've never heard of. "It isn't worth the hassle," he said. The Federal Trade Commission says, "beware of emotional appeals by someone selling door-to-door." But if you decide to do business this way, you're protected by the FTC's Cooling-Off Rule that gives you three days to cancel any purchase over $25. The seller must tell you of that right and provide two copies of the cancellation form. "Ask to see the required cancellation notice before you agree to buy," urges the FTC. "If the salesperson doesn't have it, don't place the order. The company is breaking the law." Furthermore, in Charlotte County, selling magazines door-to-door requires a local business tax receipt -- formally known as an occupational license. Ask to see it. Before one is issued, Erin Mullen-Travis, Building Construction Services manager of the Licensing Division, says an individual must first obtain prior approval through the Clerk of the Circuit Court. Lynda, as for your loss, Hearst Magazines, which publishes Redbook, cannot be held responsible for a stolen order, but Alexandra Carlin, director of Public Relations for the company, is giving you a complimentary one-year subscription to the magazine. In addition, Fidelity's Kellam can't return money he never got, but he's giving you one-year subscriptions to Vogue, Glamour, Garden Design and Gourmet magazines. I think you got your money's worth! For problems with agent-sold magazine subscriptions, first contact the company that the agent represents. If there's no satisfaction, call the National Field Selling Association at 215-564-1627.

Do you have a consumer issue or problem? Contact IN YOUR CORNER, c/o the Sun, 23170 Harborview Road, Port Charlotte, FL 33980; or e-mail inyourcorner@sun-herald.com.
By David Morris
In Your Corner
By David Morris
Charlotte Sun
sun-herald.com
Port Charlotte, Florida
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Chico, California
Door to Door Magazine Sales Warning !!!

February 9, 2008
Editorial: Hits and misses - Our take on the week in news
Chico Enterprise-Record
Article Launched: 02/09/2008 12:00:00 AM PST
HIT -- Oftentimes, the best defense against scams, vandalism and other crimes is vigilant friends and neighbors. The efforts of neighbors in an upscale area north of Chico off Garner Lane likely warded off a door-to-door scam last week that also was prevalent in Chico last summer. In both instances, the M.O. was the same. Young, friendly adults would go door to door saying they are selling magazine subscriptions. They'd drop the names of neighbors who had already made purchases, or would say they lived in the neighborhood and would give an address. If the person at the door didn't want a magazine, the seller would assure the kind homeowner that the magazines would get donated to sick kids or the troops overseas. Who could resist? But in this scam, the magazines never arrive. The check is cashed, and getting an address and bank routing number off the check makes identity theft that much easier. The names of neighbors can be found in any city directory. And if the seller says he or she lived down the street, further research will show that was a lie. Neighbors in north Chico quickly spread word about the scam to help stop it. Good for them. We hope other Chico residents are paying attention, too. This is the second time we're written about people being taken. We hope there's not a third.
"Hits and misses" appears each Saturday. Items are compiled by the editorial board.
Editorial Board
Chico Enterprise-Record
chicoer.com
Chico, California
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Butte County, California
Door to Door Magazine Sales Warning !!!

February 8, 2008
Soliciting door-to-door without a peddling permit is a crime
Staff Report
Oroville Mercury-Register
Article Launched: 02/08/2008 10:01:15 PM PST
The Butte County Sheriff's Office urge citizens to think twice before allowing strangers posing as solicitors into their home and writing check to them without verifying their employer. Checks contain personal account information and criminals can use the information to commit identity theft, according to a BCSO press release. "Since it is unlawful for solicitors to peddle in Butte County without a permit, citizens should inquire whether or not the solicitor has a permit and if they do not, report the incident to the Butte County Sheriff's Office immediately," the press release said, The Butte County Sheriff's Office received several reports on Feb. 5 and 6 from residents in the Chico area claiming young adults were going door-to-door selling magazines and books. The solicitors were reportedly telling people they were local students trying to sell subscriptions for a trip and that they were members of the Chico State Drama Department. Other residents reported that solicitors were using "harsh" tactics to push their sale, according to a BCSO press release. On Wednesday, Dep. Ryan Gsell responded to Keefer Road and Hagenridge Road in Chico for a similar report. Dep. Gsell conducted an area check for the solicitors, who were reportedly driving a white van with Arizona license plates. Dep. Gsell located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. The occupants were identified and showed documentation that they were independent contractors for Prestige Sales USA out of Phoenix, Arizona. Solicitors are required pursuant to Butte County Code to apply for a peddling permit through the Butte County Sheriff's Office. No such record of a permit being issued was located. The solicitors were advised that it was a misdemeanor crime to solicit door-to-door within Butte County without a permit and were told to stop conducting business in Butte County. Since the last contact with the solicitors on Keefer Road, the Sheriff's Office has not received any complaints from area residents.
Staff Report
Oroville Mercury-Register
orovillemr.com
Oroville, California
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Chico, California
Door to Door Magazine Sales Warning !!!

February 7, 2008
Solicitations smell like a scam, neighbors say
By GREG WELTER - Staff Writer
Chico Enterprise-Record
Article Launched: 02/07/2008 12:00:00 AM PST
A young man or woman comes to your door and tells you they're selling books, or maybe magazine subscriptions, to pay for a school-related trip. You want to help, especially when they profess to be a neighbor, and start rattling off names of others on your street who have already written them a check. For what they claim to be a tax-deductible "donation" of somewhere between $40 and $55, they offer to ship you a particular book or magazine of your choice. If you don't want it, they promise it will be donated to a children's hospital, or maybe sent to the troops in Iraq. Several people who heard the sales pitch this week in upscale neighborhoods north of Chico think it's a well-rehearsed scam designed to separate them from more than a few dollars. Starting around 8 p.m. Monday — a time most would consider late for door-to-door solicitations — a young Asian man who claimed to be an engineering student at Chico State University began knocking on doors in the area near Augusta and Garner lanes. He said he was selling children's books to help pay for an internship with Boeing Corp. in Seattle. Some residents reportedly became suspicious when he started reciting the names of people in the neighborhood, and asking where they lived. He also reportedly told one woman who contacted the Enterprise-Record he lived on an adjacent street, and gave a street number that doesn't exist. The woman believes several of her neighbors wrote the man a check, but most canceled them the next day when word got around that the offer was phony. She said one neighbor, who contacted Wells Fargo Bank to cancel the check, was advised to get a new account, because scammers were using routing numbers from the checks to access the account and purchase items like electronics and concert tickets. The woman who contacted the newspaper was among a half-dozen victims or intended victims interviewed who asked not to be named, fearing possible retaliation. However, several of them contacted the Butte County Sheriff's Office, which dispatched a deputy to investigate. Sheriff's officials confirmed that a young Asian man was among several possible people described in citizen complaints. A nearly identical scheme victimized citizens in the California Park and Canyon Oaks areas last July. Several Chico residents reported burglaries police felt were connected to the door-to-door solicitors. Officials in Davis are alerting citizens that a similar suspected scam is happening there right now. Also on Monday, a Chico woman who lives several miles from Garner Lane fell for the same pitch, and described the alleged swindle as being even more elaborate. Asking not to be named, the resident said two young women who appeared to be about 18 or 19 came to her Bidwell Avenue home just before dark. She said they claimed to be college students, but looked like they'd been living on the street. They spun a tale about being Chico State drama students, and selling books to help finance a six-week trip to London to study acting. They even gave the name of a Chico State drama professor the woman knew to be genuine. They allegedly said they only had three books to sell to meet their goal, and showed her a dog-eared brochure about the company they represented. Although the resident said she had no intention of donating, and found all kinds of red flags in their pitch, she somehow found herself writing a check for $55 to a company called Dynasty. When the girls had it, the woman said one of them — the one who did all the talking — asked to borrow her phone so she could call her brother for a ride. She claimed they were going out for pizza, because she "didn't want to eat her mother's lasagna." The resident became more suspicious when the young woman ran out the door seconds later and jumped into a van. She said she doesn't believe anyone else in her neighborhood was solicited. On Tuesday, in an incident that may or may not be related, Butte County sheriff's deputies were called to an area on Keefer Road after getting complaints about people selling magazine subscriptions door to door. Sgt. Jason Hail said several males in their late teens or early 20s were contacted by deputies and told they couldn't solicit without a county permit. Hail said the young men, who produced identification from several states, were advised to leave Butte County. They were riding in a white van with an Arizona license plate. Hail said he would advise against anyone writing a check to a door-to-door solicitor, and ask to see their permit before even listening to a sales pitch.
By GREG WELTER - Staff Writer
Chico Enterprise-Record
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Chico, California
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St. Cloud, Florida
Magazine Sales Attempted Abduction !!!

February 6, 2008
Teen Girl Escapes Abduction Attempt In St. Cloud Neighborhood
WFTV
POSTED: 3:19 pm EST February 6, 2008
ST. CLOUD, Fla. -- A St. Cloud community is on alert after an 18-year-old woman selling magazines south of East Lake Toho said three men tried to kidnap her. People who live in central St. Cloud, an area known as the grid, were unaware of what happened near the corner of 8th Street and Georgia Avenue. "She stopped here, knocked on the door. She wasn't even here for five minutes and then she left," said neighbor Joe Poplowski. An 18-year-old woman selling magazines was nearly abducted by three men in a green Mercury Grand Marquise. According to the victim, the front passenger, described as a light-skinned Haitian male, asked what she was selling. When she approached the car, he grabbed her jacket and pulled her toward him. The guy in the back seat climbed out and tried to push her in the car. She broke away and ran in the opposite direction. "I've been here for seven years. There's never been a problem," said neighbor Nancy Kislowski. The abduction attempt happened around 8:15pm Tuesday. The victim ran four blocks to a supermarket and used a pay phone to call police. Two store employees were sitting on a bench taking a break. "We tried to over hear what she was saying, 'cause she kept looking around like someone was following her," said eyewitness Sandee Samuelson. St. Cloud police said the victim works for Sun Signs Subscriptions based in Deerfield Beach. The frightened victim managed to get a partial Florida tag number from the green Mercury Grand Marquise, J-7-2. If you see it, call police.
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Orlando, Florida
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St. Cloud, Florida
Magazine Sales Attempted Abduction !!!

February 6, 2008
Police: 3 Men Sought After Trying To Abduct Teen Selling Magazines
18-Year-Old Manages To Escape, Calls Police
Local 6 News
local6.com
POSTED: 9:36 am EST February 6, 2008
UPDATED: 12:21 pm EST February 6, 2008
ST. CLOUD, Fla. -- Three men attempted to abduct an 18-year-old woman who was selling magazines in St. Cloud on Tuesday night, police said. According to St. Cloud police, the teen was walking in the area of 8th Street and Georgia Avenue at about 8:15 p.m. when she was approached by three men inside a green Mercury Grand Marquis. The men asked the teen what she was selling, so she walked toward their vehicle and the front passenger grabbed her jacket and attempted to pull her toward the vehicle, St. Cloud police said. One of the other men got out of the vehicle's back seat and tried to push the teen into the vehicle, but she was able to break away and call 911, police said. The victim described the driver of the vehicle as a black man and the front-seat passenger as a light-skinned black or Haitian man about 20 years old, who is about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 225 pounds. He has a Haitian accent and was last seen wearing a black shirt, blue jeans and white Nike Air Force shoes. He was also wearing a long gold chain with a cross on it. The culprit who attempted to push the woman into the vehicle was described only as a white man. The vehicle was last seen driving northbound on Georgia Avenue with a partial Florida tag of J72. Anyone with any information about the incident is urged to call CrimeLine at 800-423-TIPS. Watch Local 6 News for more on this story.
Local 6 News
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Orlando, Florida
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St. Cloud, Florida
Magazine Sales Attempted Abduction !!!

February 6, 2008
3 Men Sought In Attempted Abduction
WESH-TV
WESH.com
POSTED: 11:53 am EST February 6, 2008
UPDATED: 12:07 pm EST February 6, 2008
Police in St. Cloud are searching for three men who tried to abduct a teenager. The 18-year-old woman said she was selling magazines on Tuesday night along Eighth Street at Georgia Avenue. Authorities said the teenager told them a car with three men inside pulled up to her, and one of the men got out and tried to push her inside. The teenager said she was able to fight back and get away. Police said they're looking for a green Mercury Grand Marquis with a Florida license plate.
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Orlando, Florida
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Austin, Texas
Door to Door Magazine Sales Warning !!!

February 5, 2008
Austinites being harrassed by pushy magazine salesmen
Reporter: Gregg Watson
keyetv.com
Email: gewatson@keyetv.com
Last Update: 2/05 11:30 am
Police are warning about aggressive, pushy and demanding magazine salesmen who are making their way through several Austin neighborhoods. Neighbors say some of the salesmen won't take no for answer. A few homeowners have had their doors pushed open, while others say they were cursed at and bullied. "He just became very aggressive and wouldn't let me even shut the door. He was very threatening to me, and my kids were there so it was very uncomfortable,” Tarrytown resident Tracy Bethel said. Some have put "no soliciting" signs on their door, but the salesmen show up anyway. "I think they're trained to just keep going no matter what the person says,” Tarrytown resident Jenny Tolan said. APD says it gets calls about the aggressive salesmen every year, and has this advice for homeowners. "Make sure you use that window or that peep hole to make sure you know who is on the other side before you open it. If something doesn't seem right don't open that door,” APD Det. James Mason said. You can also ask for identification or a website to check out the company before buying. APD says a lot of these folks selling magazines are from out of state and are dropped off in Austin, and told when they make their quota they will have earned enough money to go back home. They also say that's no excuse for bullying people for not buying. Austin has a city ordinance that prohibits door to door salesmen between the hours of 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. If you're approached during those hours, police say don't open the door, instead call for help.
Reporter: Gregg Watson
Email: gewatson@keyetv.com
keyetv.com
Austin, Texas
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Roseville, California
Door to Door Magazine Sales Crime

February 5, 2008
Door-to-door salesman arrested in burglary
By Art Campos - acampos@sacbee.com
Sacramento Bee
Published 3:11 pm PST Tuesday, February 5, 2008
A man selling magazines door-to-door in Roseville was arrested Monday for allegedly breaking into a home and stealing video game equipment, coins and jewelry, police reported. The 20-year-old man was part of a legitimate campaign in which young men sell magazines in residential neighborhoods, but he apparently gave in to temptation when he came upon on house in which no one was home, said police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther. The incident was reported at 5:25 p.m. in the 1900 block of Sidesaddle Way after a woman returned home and found the house burglarized, Gunther said. The thief had broken a rear window to gain entry, she said. A next-door neighbor provided police with a description of a magazine solicitor who had come to her door earlier, Gunther said. Police learned that several door-to-door solicitors with legal business licenses were in the area and that a van would be picking them up shortly, Gunther said. When officers located the van, they found that one of the men inside matched the description given by the burglary victim's neighbor, she said. The man also had the stolen items in his possession, she said. Arrested on suspicion of burglary and providing a false name was Jonothan Pelaske, 20, who gave no permanent address. He also was wanted on two warrants by the Redding Police Department for failure to appear in court, Gunther said. Pelaske is being held in the Placer County jail on $40,000 bail, she said.
By Art Campos - acampos@sacbee.com
Sacramento Bee
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Sacramento, California
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Santa Clarita, California
Door to Door Sales Warning !!!

February 2, 2008
Aggressive Solicitors Targeting Sand Canyon
KHTS AM 1220
hometownstation.com
Santa Clarita, California
Saturday, 02 February 2008
On Thursday at around 6:00pm, residents in the Sand Canyon area reported seeing a burgundy Ford van with Arizona license plate CF24614 dropping off several scamming solicitors. According to residents, the solicitors tried to use a number of fabrications to try and solicit funds from the residents including saying they were from a charity, with the Red Cross, or selling magazines. Reportedly, when they were told 'no', they became hostile, aggressive, and even attempted to push the door to a residence open. KHTS has been told the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Deputies will be on the lookout for the scammers, and will be increasing their patrols in the area.
KHTS AM 1220
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Santa Clarita, California
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Niceville, Florida
Door to Door Magazine Sales Warning !!!

February 1, 2008
Door-to-door salesman spends time behind bars
Robbyn Brooks
NorthWest Florida Daily News
Friday February 1st, 2008
A man selling magazines door-to-door in Niceville was arrested. Niceville police first responded to Weeden Island Drive about 1:40 p.m. Jan. 10. The man was warned he must have a permit from the city to legally solicit business. The man said he worked for Nationwide Subscriptions, Inc. based in Georgia. Shortly after 2 p.m., an officer saw the man walking away from another home on Weeden Island Drive. Someone who lives in the neighborhood flagged the officer down and said that a man matching the “salesman’s” description just approached him to sell magazines. The man was arrested for soliciting, with a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice without violence.
Robbyn Brooks
NorthWest Florida Daily News
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Niceville, Florida
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Denton, Texas
Door to Door Magazine Sales Warning !!!

January 27, 2008
Local News
Police Blotter: Woman: Magazine seller intrusive
08:19 AM CST on Thursday, January 31, 2008
By Donna Fielder / Staff Writer
Denton Record-Chronicle
A magazine salesman pushed his way into a woman’s house, kissed her and left a rude note when she locked herself into a bedroom, she told police Tuesday. The woman said the man who said his name was “Kyle” rang her bell about noon and began a rapid-fire sales pitch, never pausing when she tried to say no. Then he pushed past her into her house, she said. She could not get him to leave the residence in the 1200 block of Cleveland Street, so she decided to buy a magazine to get him out of her living room. He made sexual comments about her figure, she said, and then he kissed her against her will. She ran into a bedroom and locked the door. When she heard him leave, she went back into the living room and found a note left beside her magazine subscription receipt. The note read, “I did it with Kyle and I’m way too tired for you.”
By Donna Fielder / Staff Writer
Denton Record-Chronicle
dentonrc.com
Denton, Texas
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Lower Paxton Township, Pennsylvania
Door to Door Carpet Cleaning Warning !!!

January 28, 2008
Police Seek to Question Door-to-Door Sales People
ABC 27 WHTM-TV
posted 11:23 pm Mon January 28, 2008
Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County
The Lower Paxton Township Police Department is asking for help from the public as it attempts to identify two people who were going door-to-door offering carpet cleaning services. Police said the man and woman were seen at several homes in the Linglestown area during the first week in January. The following week, three burglaries were reported in the same area where the individuals were going door-to-door. Residents who were interviewed felt it was suspicious that the man and woman had no paperwork or flyers, police said. Anyone who was contacted by the individuals, or who may be able to identify them, is asked to call Lower Paxton Township Police at 657-5656 or the department's anonymous tip line at 635-2606.
ABC 27 WHTM-TV
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Lower Paxton Township, Pennsylvania
Door to Door Carpet Cleaning Warning !!!

January 28, 2008
Police Warn Of Suspicious Pair Going Door To Door
WGAL 8
POSTED: 2:40 pm EST January 28, 2008
UPDATED: 2:50 pm EST January 28, 2008
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Police in Lower Paxton Township in Dauphin County are advising residents to be on the lookout for a man and woman who are going door to door offering carpet-cleaning services. Police said during the first week of January a man and woman went to homes in the Linglestown area. Homeowners told police they became suspicious because the two had no paperwork or fliers. Police said the following week three burglaries were reported in the same area. Anyone with information is asked to call the Lower Paxton Township tip line at 635-2606.
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wgal.com
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Miami, Florida
Door to Door Magazine Sales Alert !!!

January 27, 2008
CRIME BLOTTER
Police reports from local municipalities
miamiherald.com
Posted on Sun, Jan. 27, 2008
Two men, one armed with a knife, robbed a man selling magazines door-to-door in the 2100 block of Northeast 135th Terrace at 9:30 p.m. Jan. 12. The victim said the two men approached demanding his money and jewelry before one robber brandished a knife. The victim said he then handed over his gold ring and necklace valued at $350 and $80.
miamiherald.com
Miami, Florida
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Augusta, Maine
Door to Door Magazine Sales Crime !!!

January 26, 2008
Judge slams door on vendor
By BETTY ADAMS
Staff Writer
kennebecjournal.mainetoday.com
mainetoday.com
01/26/2008
AUGUSTA -- A door-to-door magazine salesman from California who forced hugs and kisses -- and maybe more -- on potential subscribers heard a prosecutor describe how his female victims felt violated in their homes. Brandon R. Street's victims wrote the judge and one spoke at a Kennebec County Superior Court hearing Friday. Street was sentenced to 29 months in prison for his conviction in four assaults and two acts of criminal trespass that occurred in Augusta and Waterville over two days in late June 2007. Justice John Nivison imposed consecutive sentences on all but one of the misdemeanor offenses, as requested by the state. "Preying on unsuspecting individuals in their homes shakes the confidence of all individuals," Nivison said. One set of victims said they acquired a security alarm and two dogs as a result of their encounter with Street. "My life has been forever altered," said one woman who was assaulted by Street. "I relive that assault repeatedly." She said she withdrew from friends and questioned her faith after the attack. "I don't feel completely safe in my own home," the woman said. It is the policy of the newspaper not to identify victims of sex assaults. According to a sentencing memorandum by assistant district attorney Paul Rucha, the woman said she was raped but had only a hazy memory of the event. Court documents show that Street, 22, was picked up by Augusta police on June 25, 2007, after several women in the Fairbanks Street and Sparrow Drive area complained about a magazine salesman who tried to hug or kiss them after trying to get them to purchase magazine subscriptions. Three men from the same company, Tower of Power Sales, Inc., were all in the area selling subscriptions, and Street admitted the assaults. Police summonsed Street on two counts of assault, and he was released. Two days later, on June 27, 2007, he was on Silvermount Street in Waterville, where several other people complained he forced offensive physical contact on them. In two of those cases, Street refused to leave until people threatened to call police. He was arrested that night and has been in the Kennebec County jail since. He pleaded guilty Jan. 8 to the charges. "Each assault occurred in a home environment where a person should feel safe," Rucha said. Kevin Sullivan, the attorney representing Street, noted Street had some mental problems and failed to recognize inappropriate behavior. Sullivan asked that Street be sentenced to the eight months he has already served and be free to return home. That request was rejected. Court records list Street's address as Rancho Cordova, Calif. They indicate he grew up in Ohio and has served jail time in Ohio, Nebraska and Washington for breaking and entering, theft and other offenses. He has an outstanding warrant from Washington charging him with escape from community supervision, but the state has refused to extradite him. Street said nothing and showed no reaction in court on Friday.
Betty Adams -- 621-5631
badams@centralmaine.com
By BETTY ADAMS
Staff Writer
Betty Adams -- 621-5631
badams@centralmaine.com
kennebecjournal.mainetoday.com
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Portland, Maine
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Augusta, Maine
Door to Door Magazine Sales Crime !!!

January 25, 2008
Magazine salesman sentenced
By Kennebec Journal Staff report
maintoday.com
January 25, 2008 12:53 PM
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AUGUSTA — A door-to-door magazine salesman from California who forced hugs and kisses — and maybe more — on potential subscribers, and refused to leave when asked, heard a prosecutor describe today how violated those women felt in their homes. The victims of Brandon R. Street, 22, wrote to the judge, and one addressed the judge in Kennebec County Superior Court shortly before Street was sentenced to 29 months in prison for four assaults and two acts of criminal trespass that occurred in Augusta and Waterville over two days in late June 2007. Justice John Nivison imposed consecutive sentences on all but one of the offenses, all misdemeanors.
By Kennebec Journal Staff report
maintoday.com
Augusta, Maine
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Cedar City, Utah
Door to Door Magazine Sales Crime !!!

January 23, 2008
Woman arrested for allegedly altering checks
By RYAN DIONNE
rdionne@thespectrum.com
TheSpectrum.com
Originally published January 23, 2008
CEDAR CITY - Police arrested a woman Saturday for allegedly altering checks while selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door. A Colorado Springs, Colo., woman, Kelsie E. Simmons, was charged with third-degree forgery and theft after she reportedly changed the dollar amount on checks written by people purchasing subscriptions. Cedar City Police Sgt. Jerry Womack said people wrote checks for small amounts - $3 or $4 - and Simmons changed the amounts to $300 or $400. While she was only charged with one count of each offense, Womack said five people were reportedly victimized, but more than five checks were forged. Simmons was reportedly selling subscriptions for multiple magazines and each subscription required a separate check, Womack said, so some reported victims were allegedly victimized more than once. About $800 was cashed before Simmons was arrested, Womack said, and it would have been more if some of the magazine buyers hadn't cancelled their checks after thinking it was a scam. The suspect, who reportedly works for Universal Subscription Agency, posted $2,500 bail.
By RYAN DIONNE
rdionne@thespectrum.com
TheSpectrum.com
thespectrum.com
St. George, Utah
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Cedar City, Utah
Door to Door Magazine Sales Crime !!!

January 22, 2008
Woman arrested for allegedly altering checks
By RYAN DIONNE
rdionne@thespectrum.com
TheSpectrum.com
Originally published January 22, 2008
CEDAR CITY — Police arrested a woman Saturday for reportedly altering checks while selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door. The Colorado Springs, Colo., woman, Kelsie E. Simmons, was charged with third-degree theft and forgery after she allegedly changed the dollar amount on multiple checks written by people buying subscriptions. Cedar City Police Sgt. Jerry Womack said about $800 was cashed using forged checks. For more information on this story, please see Wednesday's print editions of The Spectrum & Daily News.
By RYAN DIONNE
rdionne@thespectrum.com
TheSpectrum.com
thespectrum.com
St. George, Utah
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Decatur, Alabama
Homeless Magazine Salesman

January 22, 2008
Samaritan in Southwest Decatur
Woman helps homeless man with food, shelter, way home
By Bayne Hughes
Staff Writer
DecaturDaily.com
January 22, 2008
Fred Motley was alone, homeless and hungry in a strange city until a good Samaritan offered to help. Mary Wren of Decatur took a chance to help the Ohio man Thursday even though the two had just met. Motley met Wren at Madison County Jail, where she was posting bond for her grandson, Brian Sherrod. Sherrod said he was in jail because he didn’t go to court on a speeding ticket. Wren said Motley told her that he had been in jail on a vagrancy charge. She said he made a friend while in jail who said he was from Town Creek and promised the possibility of a job in Decatur. Motley told Wren he needed a place to stay, food and a way back to Ohio after losing his job. He said he got a job selling magazines in Alabama in early December. His boss fired him, however, after they got into a disagreement while staying at a Huntsville motel on Memorial Parkway. He spent the next month begging for food and money and finding any shelter possible. “I’m not very easily fooled,” Wren said. “He seemed like a very well-spoken young man. Where are we going in this world as human beings if we don’t try to better the world and help someone?’ Sherrod said that helping people like Motley is a family trait. In fact, this isn’t the first time that Wren has been in the newspaper for giving someone aid. In 1974, Wren and her late husband provided a couple canoeing through the country with a place to stay. “We’re always glad to help as long as they’re willing to help themselves,” Sherrod said. Valerie Coan, director of homeless services for the Salvation Army, said Wren’s willingness to help a homeless man was “very brave.” She said it’s difficult for the average person to provide the kind of help that the homeless need because of problems with alcohol, drugs and mental illness. Coan said the Salvation Army provides the security and knowledge needed for dealing with the homeless. “We (Salvation Army) are here for people who have a heart for the homeless so they don’t have to take them home,” Coan said. “There are so many different causes of homelessness that it can be a very dangerous situation to take someone into your home.” Carol Bolding of the Committee on Church Cooperation in Decatur gave Motley a ride to the bus station Monday, and the committee bought him a $75 bus ticket to his hometown, Chillicothe, Ohio. “I don’t think that (Wren helping) was very safe,” Bolding said. “She probably felt OK because her grandson was with her, but things could have been much different.” Wren said she never felt threatened because her son and his friend were with them on the ride home. Motley’s first time inside her home near Austinville Elementary School was Monday for breakfast and this interview. She said his story stayed consistent and he was straightforward about his situation. Motley even raked leaves for a neighbor last weekend. “I never gave that (safety) a second thought — I wasn’t scared at all,” Wren said. “I’m an Army wife, and I’ve been around. I know people, and I can pretty much read them.” Bolding and Coan said Motley would have been better off to stay in Huntsville, which offers a wider variety of homeless services and access to the bus stations. Wren said he was lucky that he didn’t get robbed and/or killed while in Huntsville. Bolding, whose husband is Decatur City Councilman David Bolding, said it’s not unusual for people to get stuck in Decatur without a way out since the city’s bus stops closed. If she can arrange a ride to Huntsville or Birmingham for the person in need, she’ll pay for a bus ticket if possible. She will not, however, give the person money or a check and trust him to buy a bus ticket. Wren said she was unable to arrange shelter for Motley. She said she called Tennessee Valley Outreach and at least two Decatur churches, but couldn’t get him help because he didn’t have identification. She said she called the Salvation Army. Coan said she didn’t talk to her but the Salvation Army does provide shelter for five days without identification and no questions asked. Coan said lack of identification and transportation are the two major barriers for homeless people trying to get work. Despite Wren’s lack of success, Motley got his first meal in three days Thursday and a shelter, an unheated garage, until Bolding arranged for his trip. Wren said the mother of his children called Monday before he left. “It surprised me that she (Wren) was willing to help, but I look at her as a blessing,” Motley said. “Now I know God is on my side.”
By Bayne Hughes
Staff Writer
decaturdaily.com
Decatur, Alabama
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Idaho
Door to Door Sales SCAM Warning !!!

January 16, 2008
Watching Out for Door to Door Scams in Southeast Idaho
Reporter: Tammy Scardino
Posted: Jan 16, 2008 08:52 PM CST
KPVI.com
Police in Idaho are teaming up to stop a door to door scam. No trespassing. No soliciting. If you drive around long enough, you'll find these signs posted on several homes. This simple act of posting a sign could some heartache, especially when thieves disguised as door to door vacuums salesman knock on your door. Posting this sign means you can call the cops on people for trespassing on your property. The scam is real and police in the Treasure Valley have a suspicion they could be headed to East Idaho. Kim Ellis, Pocatello Police Department: "The best advice, especially for the elderly, senior people is to invest in a no soliciting sign. Post that very visibly on your front porch, near your door so these types of salesman, as they approach you home, recognize you're putting them on notice that you're not interested in them." The bogus salesman is said to be male, medium build and medium height. As he enters a home to perform a so called sales demonstration, a second person sneaks in stealing whatever they can get their hands on, even a car has been taken from an elderly victim in Western Idaho. Kim Ellis, Pocatello Police Department: "At the very minimum, if they come to the door and if you answer it, ask them for identification and do they have a license to be selling door to door in Pocatello. If not contact the police department and report that to them we will try to locate them." Here's a description of the suspects' vehicle; It's said to be a maroon van with wide stripes down both sides of it with Colorado license plates.
Reporter: Tammy Scardino
KPVI.com
kpvi.com
Idaho
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Kennewick, Washington
Door to Door Magazine Sales Crime !!!

January 15, 2008
4 in jail over magazine sales in Benton County
PAULA HORTON HERALD STAFF WRITER
Published Tuesday, January 15th, 2008
Mid-Columbia news
Tri-City Herald
A Spokane man who sold a magazine subscription to a Richland woman and allegedly stole medication from her after using her bathroom was arrested after officers found he had 10 syringes and a silver spoon and a plastic bag, both with suspected heroin residue, police said. Gavin Wolf, 21, was booked into the Benton County jail for possession of heroin and soliciting without a permit, said Richland police Capt. Mike Cobb. He was one of four out-of-town men arrested for selling magazine subscriptions door to door without a business license in Kennewick and Richland. A fifth, Stewart Parmenter, 27, of Nampa, Idaho, was cited for soliciting without a permit. It's unknown if the men were working together. Wolf was arrested Saturday afternoon in the 2200 block of Davison Avenue. Parmenter was soliciting residents in the 2500 block of Harris Avenue. He said he was with Atlantic Circulation Co., in York, Penn., Cobb said. Also Saturday, Kennewick police arrested Teamaine Bright, 28, of Leyria, Ohio, for trying to sell subscriptions in the 400 block of North Volland Street. He told officers he was working for Atlantic Circulation in Spokane, police said. On Sunday, Cory Gould, 19, of York, Penn., and James Wilson, 18, hometown unknown, were picked up for the same offenses in the 400 block of North Arthur Street. They said they worked for a company called ACI, officers said. Wolf, Bright, Gould and Wilson remained in the Benton County jail on Monday night. Kennewick police said they received numerous calls over the weekend about the group going door to door. Capt. Cobb called the solicitors a "roving band of gypsies" who often roll into town under the guise of selling magazine subscriptions but actually have crime on their minds. "They prey upon the elderly. They prey upon the gullible. They prey upon nice people," Cobb said. "Do not patronize these kids. It's not a legitimate pursuit." The police captain said he doubts people who have bought subscriptions from a door-to-door solicitor actually ever received their magazines. The scam typically involves the salespeople pocketing the money or stealing identities from checks that are issued, he said. Sometimes, as was the case in Richland this weekend, they'll try to work their way into the houses to steal things, Cobb said. Most don't have valid identification and most have criminal histories, he said. Residents should ask to see a business license from anyone who tries to solicit them at their door, Cobb said. He also advises ordering a magazine directly from the magazine's website.
PAULA HORTON HERALD STAFF WRITER
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Tri-City Herald
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Kennewick, Washington
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Ontario, California
Door to Door Magazine Sales Warning !!!

January 12, 2008
Aggressive vendors causing anger, apprehension
Lori Consalvo, Staff Writer
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Article Created: 01/12/2008 07:15:03 PM PST
SAN ANTONIO HEIGHTS - A few residents in this community have been outraged by the newest visitors to their neighborhoods. For the past seven weeks, people in this unincorporated area have reported they have been harassed by door-to-door travelers using magazine subscriptions as an icebreaker. "Yes, they can sell magazines door-to-door, but their tactics are wrong," said Holly Wood, a 47-year-old San Antonio Heights resident who had a recent and unpleasant experience with a couple of salesmen. Last week, two young men came to the Woods' door around noon. Only Wood and her 11-year-old twins were home at the time. When she heard the knock, Wood said she looked out the window and saw the people with magazine subscriptions in their hands. "I asked them what they wanted through my window and they told me they had my quad outside in my driveway and they just wanted me to open my door so they could hand me the keys," Wood said. "I told them I did not have a quad coming, that I had not ordered one and was not expecting one." The men told Wood that the off-road vehicle was a gift and they were simply delivering it. Wood said she reached over, locked the door, and told them they needed to leave because she was not interested in what they were selling. "At that point, they became rude and started saying (obscenities) to my face," she said. The rest of the conversation consisted of Wood and the men, who were still on her doorstep, arguing back and forth. "I told them I wanted them off my property, and they said they hadn't done anything wrong," she said. With the men watching, Wood said she called the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department and the Upland Police Department. "When they saw I was on the phone with the police, they gave up and left," she said. The sight of door-to-door salesmen is not unusual. And while they are usually considered no more than a nuisance, San Antonio Heights residents have deeper concerns about the growing number of appearances. "I wouldn't have gotten mad if they were just selling magazines," Wood said. "But I was angry that they were lying." Recent news about a rape in Claremont and a murder in New Mexico, both committed by magazine sellers, has many residents here beefing up security. And Wood is not the only one who has experienced pushy salesmen. Terri Roe, 50, said she had several encounters with aggressive magazine sellers who requested cash for personal issues or asked to use the bathroom. Keri Taylor, 35, said she was scared when a vendor started screaming at her husband, Dan, because he would not buy a magazine. Taylor said the salesman also put his foot at the door so they could not close it on him. The best advice law enforcement officers can give residents is to politely ask the people in question to leave the property. "If that doesn't happen, then call 9-1-1," said Sgt. Rick Ells with the Sheriff's Department. "Then we will come out and arrest the suspect, or patrol the area." If someone is asked to leave a property that is not posted with a no trespassing sign and they refuse to do so, they are subject to arrest for trespassing by failure to vacate, Ells said. When a home does have a no-trespassing sign and people continue to come to the door, they have committed a crime as well. But no matter what, Ells said, if someone is made uncomfortable by the presence of a stranger, they should make a phone call. "We'd rather go to prowler reports than take burglar reports," he said. "That's our job, to be bothered. We are supposed to handle those calls."
Lori Consalvo, Staff Writer
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
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Ontario, California
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Palm Beach, Florida
January 12, 2008
Palm Beach Police: Solicitors selling fraudulent magazine subscriptions
PalmBeachDailyNews.com
Saturday, January 12, 2008
The Palm Beach Police Department is investigating several incidents involving door-to-door solicitations. In particular, complaints have been received about young people going door-to-door to sell magazine subscriptions. In some cases, the homeowners are told that if they do not wish to receive the magazines, the subscriptions for which they have paid will be donated to libraries or schools. Police have determined that in most cases these magazine sales are fraudulent. No magazines will be delivered either to the homeowner or anyone else. Police remind all residents that any company wanting to solicit business in the town of Palm Beach by going door-to-door must first obtain a permit by applying to the office of the Town Clerk. Those soliciting will then be required to report to the Palm Beach Police Department Crime Scene Unit, where their identity will be verified. Door-to-door solicitation identification cards bearing the photograph of each individual representative of that company who has been given permission to solicit will be issued. No general solicitation permits covering all representatives of a particular company is ever issued. If you want to void unwanted visits from salespersons, residents may contact the Town Clerk at 838-5416 to register for the town's No-Solicitation List. Anyone who is approved for a permit will be given a list containing the addresses of those residents who should not be solicited. If an address is on the list and someone comes to that door, the solicitor is in violation of a town ordinance; police should be notified of violations. For more information about door-to-door solicitations, contact Sgt. Fred Hess, code enforcement manager, at 227-7080.
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Philippines
Solicitation Regulation Passed

January 12, 2008
Lagawe passes ordinance regulating solicitation
By Glenrose on Jan 12, 2008 in News
Ifugao, Philippines
by Dan B. Codamon
LAGAWE, Ifugao (12 January) — To avert deception and dishonesty on the guise of public solicitation, the Sangguniang Bayan here enacted an ordinance regulating public solicitation by individuals, associations, organizations or any other juridical entity within this municipality. Approved on January 8, the ordinance known as Public Solicitation Ordinance (PUSO) aims to promote and protect the rights and welfare of the inhabitants of Lagawe as it has been observed that some private individuals or members of various organizations roam around requesting or appealing for assistance from public and private offices, business sector, public officials and private individuals. The ordinance states that imploring and beseeching assistance from generous and kind-hearted individuals, public officials, employees and business is permissible and acceptable so long as it complies with the law like Presidential Decree No. 1564 known as the Solicitation Permit Law which regulates the practice of solicitation. This Ordinance is also in conformity with Executive Order No. 24 issued by President Gloria Arroyo which promotes to strengthen the regulation of fund drives, public solicitation and donations so as not to be used for other scheming purposes of certain people. To qualify for solicitation, the ordinance requires that organizations or other juridical entities must secure a permit by applying to the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) covering the place where the solicitation will be implemented. The application shall be filed by the applicant person, head of the organization or its duly authorized representative. For individuals, it shall be filed by the applicant individual and for caroling groups by the applicant individual or its duly authorized representative and after the filing of the application, the MSWDO shall make an assessment focusing on the purpose of the fund raising activity, its specific purpose to solicit, eligibility of the applicant including the fund raising methodologies to be used. The MSWDO shall also conduct a background investigation before the issuance of the solicitation permit and may either approve or disapprove the application based on their investigation. In case of disapproval, the application shall be returned to the applicant citing specific reason for the disapproval and if approved, the solicitation permit is non-transferable and can only be used by the applicant during the duration period stated in the permit. No applicant shall initiate solicitation activities unless the solicitation permit has been issued which shall have the official seal of the Municipal Mayor with the corresponding number, series and the date of issue signed by him or his duly authorized representative and the MSWDO. Fees shall be collected during the application which is P100.00 for organizations or juridical entities, no fee for individuals except when it is renewed that a P25.00 fee shall be collected and P25.00 for caroling groups. Penalties are also provided for violation of the provisions of the ordinance including revocation or suspension of the solicitation permit on certain grounds. (PIA Ifugao)
By Glenrose on Jan 12, 2008 in News
Ifugao, Philippines
by Dan B. Codamon
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Philippines
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Claremont, California
Door-to-Door Salesman Rapes
22-year-old Claremont Woman

January 11, 2008
Salesman pleads no contest to rape
By Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
wes.woods@dailybulletin.com
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Article Created: 01/11/2008 09:54:14 PM PST
A magazine salesman suspected of raping a woman Dec. 19 in Claremont pleaded no contest to one count of sexual battery Monday and was placed on probation for three years. Corey Finley, 21, of Missouri was arrested on suspicion of rape, sodomy and false imprisonment of a 22-year-old woman. The incident took place at the woman's home in the area of Towne Avenue and Scripps Drive, according to a Claremont police news release. Finley pleaded no contest Monday in Pomona Superior Court to misdemeanor sexual battery and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. He was given credit for 30 days already served, said Sandi Gibbons, Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman. Gibbons said she did not immediately know if Finley had to register as a sex offender in California. - wes.woods@dailybulletin.com
By Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
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Claremont, California
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Claremont, California
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales
Double Homicide/Rape Crimes
By Same Magazine Sales Company
Integrity Program

January 4, 2008
8:50am -- Accused Traveling Salesmen in Court
Pair charged with murdering elderly Korean couple face arraignment.
Written by Bruce Daniels - ABQnewsSeeker
Albuquerque Journal
Friday, 04 January 2008
1:35pm UPDATE: Accused killers Michael Joseph Lee, 21, and Travis Rowley, 23, both entered not-guilty pleas at their arraignment this morning on multiple charges in connection with the Dec. 4 death of an elderly Korean couple, KRQE News 13 reported. The judge continued the $2 million cash-only bond for both men, who are accused of murder, kidnapping and rape in the deaths of Tak Yi, 79, and Pung Yi, 69, News 13 reported.
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Two traveling magazine salesmen accused of killing an elderly Korean couple in their northeast Albuquerque home on Dec. 4 were scheduled to appear for arraignment this morning in state District Court in Albuquerque. Michael Joseph Lee, 21, and Travis Rowley, 23, have been charged with multiple crimes, including murder, kidnapping and rape, in connection with the deaths of 79-year-old Tak Yi and his 69-year-old wife, Pung Yi, according to previous Albuquerque Journal reports. Autopsy reports show that the elderly couple had been beaten, strangled and suffocated, and police say the woman was sexually assaulted before she and her husband were killed, according to reports. Lee was charged in a grand jury indictment last month with 29 counts, while his fellow salesman Rowley is facing 27 counts, and both are each being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center on $2 million cash-only bonds. The District Attorney's Office is weighing whether to seek the death penalty in the case, citing the kidnapping, rape or murder of a witness as possible aggravating circustances, the Journal has said. Rowley and Lee worked as salesmen for Integrity Program LLC, a Las Vegas, Nev.-based firm that hires independent contractors to go from town to town selling books and magazine subscriptions, the Journal has reported. Meanwhile, the same magazine sales company that employed Rowley and Lee also employed a man who was recently accused of rape in Claremont, Calif., KRQE News 13 reported. Claremont police arrested 21-year-old Corey Finley on Dec. 19 and charged him with sexually assaulting a woman in the California city, News 13 reported.
Written by Bruce Daniels - ABQnewsSeeker
Albuquerque Journal
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Claremont, California
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales
Double Homicide/Rape Crimes
By Same Magazine Sales Company
Integrity Program

January 4, 2008
Sales company employed rape, murder suspects
Reporter: Jessica Garate | Web Producer: Bill Diven
KRQE NEWS 13
Posted: Jan 4, 2008 01:08 AM CST
ALBUQUERQUE - The same magazine sales company that employed two men accused of killing an Albuquerque couple also employed a recently accused rapist in California, according to police. The city of Albuquerque is suing the company, Integrity Program LLC, which reportedly failed to obtain city licenses for door-to-door magazine sales Now city leaders in Claremont, Calif., are also looking into the company. In Albuquerque Travis Rowley, 23, and Michael Lee, 21, are behind bars in accused of murder. Claremont police arrested Corey Finley, 21, on Dec. 19 and charged him with rape. "We got a call from a family member that someone had sexually assaulted the female resident at his house," Claremont Police Department Detective Aaron Fate said. All three worked as door-to-door salesmen for Integrity Program. Tak Yi, 79, and his wife, Pung Yi, 69, were murdered in their Northeast Heights home on Dec. 4. Tak was beaten to death; Pung had been raped and suffocated. Integrity Program's address is listed here at a strip mall in Las Vegas, Nev., but the business is nowhere to be found. The company phone number has been disconnected. The city of Albuquerque filed a lawsuit against the company hoping to stop it from coming back. And Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez is proposing to create a "no-knock" list to restrict door-to-door sales. Claremont city leaders are now doing the same by "increasing the costs of the business permits that people get to come into town to do business," Fate said. A year before this latest rape allegation in Claremont police there arrested another door to door magazine salesmen for rape. He worked for a different company and was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Now the Nevada attorney general's office is looking into the company and its practices after receiving more than 20 complaints.
Reporter: Jessica Garate | Web Producer: Bill Diven
Reporter: Jessica Garate | Web Producer: Bill Diven
KRQE NEWS 13
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Claremont, California
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales
Double Homicide/Rape Crimes
By Same Magazine Sales Company
Integrity Program

January 4, 2008
Traveling salesman accused of rape in California;
from same company as those charged with murder in Albuquerque
By Caleb Fort
Friday, January 4, 2008
Less than two weeks after two traveling magazine salesmen were charged with murdering a Northeast Heights couple, a man from the same company was arrested in California on rape charges. Claremont, Calif., police say they charged Corey Finley with the Dec. 19 rape of a 22-year- old woman who admitted him into her house during a sales call. He is being held in lieu of $2 million bond. Finley, 21, was employed by Integrity PGM, or Integrity Program, the same Nevada magazine sales company that sent Travis Rowley and Michael Lee to Albuquerque, said Detective Aaron Fate of the Claremont Police Department. Albuquerque police say Rowley, 23, and Lee, 21, beat to death 79-year-old Tak Yi, and raped and beat to death his wife, Pung Yi, 69, in their home on Dec. 4. The two men had been dropped off in the Yis' neighborhood to sell magazine subscriptions. In Claremont, Finley talked his way into a woman's home and then raped her, according to a Claremont Police Department news release. "Things like this don't usually happen here," Fate said of Claremont, a college town of about 36,000, populated by students, business people and retirees. "It's normally quiet." Integrity Program has not returned phone calls or e-mails from The Tribune. Albuquerque and Claremont are considering new laws to discourage traveling sellers from coming knocking. A proposed ordinance that will go before the Albuquerque City Council on Monday would establish a no-knock list for door-to-door sellers similar to the national no-call list for telemarketers. It would also require soliciting companies to submit applications for permits along with information about the company and sworn statements that all the sellers had passed background checks. Claremont police will meet with the city attorney next to discuss adopting similar laws, said Capt. Gary Jenkins. That city has a law that prohibits any soliciting, but such ordinances were declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, he said. Instead, the city uses local tax laws to kick solicitors out of town, Jenkins said. Albuquerque has also filed a lawsuit against Integrity Program, seeking punitive damages and a restraining order that would prohibit them from operating in the city. Fate said Claremont has not discussed a lawsuit, but it might consider it once the criminal case against Finley has been concluded.

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Omaha, Nebraska
Under Aged Door-to-Door Sales Teen Charged With
Burglarizing Home

January 3, 2008
Teen For Tomorrow Charged With Burglary
Teen Salesman Charged, Officers Say
POSTED: 8:56 am CST January 3, 2008
UPDATED: 9:28 am CST January 3, 2008
WETV7
OMAHA, Neb. -- An organization that sends teenagers peddling products door to door is back in Omaha neighborhoods, and one of its members is charged with burglarizing a home. Teens of Tomorrow claims to keep kids out of trouble by giving them jobs selling door to door. Last week, a 15-year-old boy allegedly broke into a home when he was peddling after dark in the neighborhood near Westside High School, police said. He's charged as a juvenile with breaking and entering. His victim, who did not want to be identified, said the boy ransacked his house, apparently looking for valuables. "The back door had been forced open with a screwdriver or some type of object," the victim told KETV NewsWatch 7. "All he got was stuff he could carry on him -- an iPod, a couple rings and whatever loose change and money that was around the house." Some observant neighbors helped police catch the suspect more than an hour later with the stolen items still in his pocket. When officer caught up to him, they said, he was still peddling in the same neighborhood. "That person was arrested and he was identified as an employee of Teens of Tomorrow," said Omaha city prosecutor Marty Conboy. Conboy said he is considering whether to charge Teens of Tomorrow owner Quentin Pfitzer with a child labor violations. "It is unlawful to have a child under 16 selling door to door, and one of the concerns, obviously, is that you have people with no supervision or maturity. It's to protect the child," Conboy said. Pfitzer was not available for comment.
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Omaha, Nebraska
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St. Joseph, Missouri
January 1, 2008
Stabbing Victim Speaks Out
Reported by: Patty Santos
The St Joe Channel
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2008 @01:07am CST
Rodney Spangler is overcome with emotion when he talks about the incident that changed his life. "It's a shocker," he said. "You just don't know who to open the door for anymore." Spangler was attacked inside his own home on Monterey and 33rd Streets on Sunday. A white man in his late teen or early 20's knocked on his door posing as a magazine salesman. Spangler never imagined a refusal could lead to being stabbed. "He said is your wife interested in selling magazines?" Spangler said. "I said, no. The Next thing I know he jerked the door open and started jabbing." "Next thing I know, my wrist is bleeding and I just threw my hand up because he started going for my chest. to block the blow." Spangler will need re-constructive surgery to replace the nerves that move his fingers. The 8 to 10 inch knife cut through to his bone. Police are still looking for the suspect. If you have any information, you are urged to call 238-tips.
Reported by: Patty Santos
The St Joe Channel
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St. Joseph, Missouri
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St. Joseph, Missouri
January 1, 2008
Dangerous Scammer Posing as Salesman
Reported by: Patty Santos
The St Joe Channel
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2008 @11:58am CST
A St. Joseph neighborhood is in fear after a teen posing as a magazine salesman stabbed a homeowner. Melissa Justus is locking her door and being extra careful when someone comes knocking. "I have kids at home and they are just not going to be allowed to open the doors to anyone unless it's an officer," said Justus. That's the way people in the 1600 block of South 33rd Street are reacting after their neighbor, Rodney Spangler, was stabbed by a man posing as a magazine salesman. His injuries were not life-threatening. Police don't have a suspect but say they are also investigating a theft in North St. Joseph involving two magazine salespersons. Diane Routh was hesitant to open her door when we dropped by after finding suspicious footprints in her back yard. Across the street Justus found similar footprints leading to her back window. St. Joseph police say there are legitimate magazine salespersons out there but folks need to purchase with caution.
Call (816) 238-TIPS with any information.
Reported by: Patty Santos
The St Joe Channel
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St. Joseph, Missouri
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