Attorney General Lawsuits


Traveling Door-to-Door Sales Attorney General Lawsuits
Dedicated To Presenting The Violence, Crime, Fraud, Human Trafficking and Exploitation
that have turned the Traveling door-to-door Magazine Sales Industry into a National Tragedy.


"He who profits by a crime commits it."

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California

Carol C. Lam, United States Attorney for the Southern District of California,
and Eileen J. O’Connor, Assistant Attorney General for the Tax Division of the
Department of Justice, announced that Lonnie R. Divine, Yvonne Divine and Deanna
McKinnon have pleaded guilty to federal criminal tax offenses. All three defendants
entered their pleas today in San Diego before the Honorable Barry Ted Moskowitz,
United States District Judge.
California Attorney General Press Release

September 10, 2003
Conspiracy
Income Tax Evasion
OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
San Diego, California
United States Attorney
Carol C. Lam
Press Release

MAGAZINE SALES ENMESH YOUTHS IN MURKY WORLD
Morning Call; Allentown, Pa.; Jun 17, 1984; RON DEVLIN, Sunday Call-Chronicle
MAGAZINE SALES ENMESH YOUTHS IN MURKY WORLD

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California
December 30, 1993
Violation of Federal Trade Commission
'Cooling Off Rule'
Case Number: 92-1338-B(LSP)
Plaintiff:
The United States Of America
V.
Lonnie R. Divine
a/k/a Lon R. Divine
a/k/a Lonnie R. Devine
a/k/a Lonnie Divine
a/k/a Lonnie Devine
United States Of America Complaint

Colorado

April 23, 2012
Defendants:
Jennifer Proffitt-Payne, Cody Payne, Great Lakes
Circulation, Inc.; D2D Consulting, LLC; Reviste, Inc.;
Rivista, Inc.; American Cash Awards, Inc.; Monitoring
Services Network, Inc.; Youth Incentive Marketing, Inc.;
Direct Youth Marketing; Magazines, Inc.; and Fun Sales, Inc.
Colorado Attorney General Complaint

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Colorado
April 30, 1992
Denver, Colorado
FOR RELEASE: APRIL 30, 1992
FTC CHARGES COMPANY THAT SELLS MAZAGINES
WITH VIOLATING DOOR-TO-DOOR SALES RULE
The Federal Trade Commission has charged Houston-based Tork
& Associates, Inc., doing business as Aristocrat Sales, Torque
Power Sales, and ATM Sales, and its president, Jonathan Tork,
with violating the FTC's Cooling-Off Rule in connection with the
door-to-door sale of magazines. The FTC asked a federal court to
issue a permanent injunction prohibiting the defendants from
violating the rule in the future and to order them to pay civil
penalties.
Federal Trade Commission: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/predawn/F93/tork.htm
Jonathan Tork

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

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Illinois

Magazine Sales Fraud
May, 15 2002
Case Number: 02-CH125
Plaintiff:
The People Of The State Of Illinois
-VS-
Defendants:
CIRCULATION II, INC., d/b/a SERVICES UNLIMITED
PLUS, an Illinois corporation; CIRCULATION I, INC.,
an Illinois corporation; and KARLEEN HILLERY, a/k/a
KARLEEN HUMPHRIES, a/k/a KARLEEN K. PIERCE,
a/k/a BRITNEY RENEE HILLERY, a/k/a ERICA
BROOKS HlLLERY, individually and as president and
secretary of CIRCULATION II, INC., and
CIRCULATION I, INC
Illinois Attorney General Lawsuit

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

June 9, 2004
STATE OF KANSAS, EX REL
PAUL J. MORRISON, DISTRICT ATTORNEY,
TENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT,
Plaintiff
Care No. 03CV1623
DIV# 10
ULTIMATE POWER SALES, INC.,
AND
UNITED FAMILY CIRCULATIONS, INC.,
Defendant(s).
JOURNAL ENTRY OF CONSENT JUDGMENT

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North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

February 29, 2012
Mike DeWine
Ohio Attorney General
News Releases
Attorney General DeWine Sues Door-to-Door Magazine Seller for Failure to Deliver 2/29/2012
(YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio) – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced a lawsuit against
New Beginning Enterprises Inc. (New Beginning) for failing to deliver magazine subscriptions
it sold to consumers in Ohio and other states. "This business sent representatives door-to-door
selling magazine subscriptions," Attorney General DeWine said. "In many cases, consumers paid in
cash or by check for the subscriptions, but they never received the magazines. My office worked
with the business to try to resolve these issues, but complaints continued to pour in."
New Beginning, based in Youngstown, Ohio, offers magazine subscriptions through door-to-door
sales in Ohio and throughout the country. The Ohio Attorney General's Office and Better Business
Bureau have received more than 100 complaints against the business. The Better Business Bureau gives
the company an "F" rating. In their complaints, consumers say they paid New Beginning for magazine
subscriptions that never arrived. Although the business resolved some consumer complaints by providing
refunds or delivering the subscriptions, other complaints went unresolved. The lawsuit charges the business
with violating Ohio's Consumer Sales Practices Act and Home Solicitation Sales Act. Specific counts include
failure to deliver and failure to honor consumers' cancellation notices. In the lawsuit, the Attorney General
seeks consumer restitution, civil penalties, and injunctive relief. Attorney General DeWine reminds consumers
to research businesses with the Ohio Attorney General's Office and Better Business Bureau before making any payments.
For most door-to-door sales, consumers have three business days to cancel a contract they sign in their home.
Under the Home Solicitation Sales Act, the seller must give consumers notice of their right to cancel, and
cancellations must be in writing. Consumers who believe they have been treated unfairly should file a complaint
with the Ohio Attorney General's Office at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov or 800-282-0515.
Media Contacts
Lisa Hackley: 614-466-3840
Dan Tierney: 614-466-3840
Documents
Copy of Lawsuit (PDF)
New-Beginning-Lawsuit.pdf
New-Beginning-Lawsuit.pdf
Ohio Attorney General Press Release
BBB: New Beginning Enterprises Inc
See:
Go Doers Enterprises
Connections 2000
Go 4 More
Go Lee
Go Masters
Go With Experience P&A Associates
The Doers
Unified Stars
UD Management Group
U.D. Management
Unity Management
American Community Services
The Sleaziness Of The Door-To-Door Magazine-Subscriptions Industry Continues
By Craig Malisow Apr. 6 2009 @ 6:59AM
The Sleaziness Of The Door-To-Door Magazine-Subscriptions Industry Continues

Oklahoma

1999
Oklahoma Department of Labor fines Karleen Hillery $10,000 for labor violations committed
during the March 25, 1999 van crash that killed seven sales agents and maimed five for life.
Jeremy Holmes the driver of the van is charged with seven counts of vehicular homicide and
five counts of feloniously causing great bodily harm to another. Holmes is sentenced to seven
years in prison. Holmes did not have a valid Wisconsin drivers license. The Manager of the
sales crew Choan Lane is charged with obstructing an officer, contributing to the truancy of
a child, contributing to the delinquency of a child, and interference with child custody. Lane
was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison. Holmes and Lane worked for Subscriptions Plus, Inc.
a magazine sales company out of Oklahoma owned and operated by Karleen Hillery.
March 15, 2000
U.S. Labor Department fines magazine company connection with fatal van crash
U.S. Labor Department
March 29, 1999
Oklahoma Department of Labor Violations
Magazine Company: Subscriptions Plus, INC.
Owner/Operator: Karleen H. Hillery
Oklahoma Labor Vioalations
Oklahoma Department of Labor Warning

Oregon

Oregon
January 17, 2002
Attorney General Files Settlement Agreement With Illinois Business With Crews Selling Door-to-Door
Attorney General Hardy Myers today announced the filing of a settlement agreement with an Illinois man whose employees sold cleaning products door-to-door using a variety of misleading sales pitches in order to obtain orders. The sales approaches included claims that the company was raising money for the Mid-Valley Women's Crisis Service in Salem. Named in an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance filed in Marion County Circuit Court is Kevin Scarborough of Chicago, Illinois, who does business in Oregon as K & S Enterprises of Ogden, Utah. "Oregonians should be extremely cautious when it comes to buying anything from a door-to-door salesperson," Myers said. "Experience tells us that sales pitches emphasizing special connections with local businesses, schools or charities are oftentimes fabricated in order to sell a product. Always ask for written information and take the time to check out the company and the reliability of the sales pitch before giving them any money." Scarborough and his crew arrived in Oregon in late November selling Advanage (sic) citrus cleaner door-to-door in the Portland, Tigard, West Linn and Salem areas. K & S crew members told consumers that a percentage or all of the money earned from the sale of the product would be donated to the Women's Crisis Center, programs for inner-city youth from Chicago and Detroit, victims of the September 11 attack in New York City, or to victims of domestic violence. Scarborough admitted that all of the money was going to the company and not to any non-profit organizations. Consumers called the Mid-Valley Women's Crisis Service to verify the pitch, only to discover that the Salem charitable organization had no connection with K & S Enterprises. A newspaper article warned readers of the problem and consumers reported separate incidents involving the company to the Attorney General's consumer protection office. Department of Justice investigators found that K & S violated several state laws including the Unlawful Trade Practices Act for misleading consumers about the company's connection with local charitable groups, the Charitable Activities Act for not being registered with the Department of Justice as a professional fundraiser, and Corporation filing statutes for failure to register its assumed business name with the Secretary of State. Employees also failed to provide certain disclosures required by law in the first 30 seconds of the door-to-door sales pitch. Scarborough agreed not to violate Oregon laws in the future and paid $500 to Mid-Valley Women's Crisis Service and $500 to the Department of Justice consumer protection and education fund.
Oregon AG Press Release January 17, 2002
Oregon Departmet of Justice Civil Action January 16, 2002
Advanage Cleaner: Austin Diversified Products: http://advanagecleaner.com
Active member of the National field Selling Association: http://nfsa.com
Google Search: "Austin Diversified Products"


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Washington

West Virginia

April 24, 2007
STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA, ex rel.
DARRELL V. McGRAW, JR.,
Attorney General
Plaintiff/Petitioner,
CIVIL ACTION NO.: 06-C-755
V.
CHECK GAME SOLUTIONS, INC., and
CATHERINE KEY, Individually and as
President of Check Game Solutions, Inc
West Virginia Attorney General CIVIL ACTION

Wisconsin

On July 1, 2005 Brandon Green (a traveling magazine salesman employed by Gemini Subscriptions
and Palmetto Marketing) brutally beat and raped a Menomonie, Wisconsin woman.
Dunn County District Attorney Criminal Complaint:
Read PDF Criminal Complaint
Lawsuit Filed Against Vincent Pitts and Palmetto Marketing
by Wisconsin Lawfirm Lawton and Cates:
Read The Civil Lawsuit Against Vincent Pitts
Dunn County Court Judge Stewart's Decision:
Read Court Decision
Wisconsin Court Of Appeals Denies Vincent Pitts Appeal:
October 30, 2007
Read PDF Wisconsin Court of Appeals Decision
Vincent Pitts is currently president of the
National Field Selling Association.
The NFSA (NFSA) is a trade group that represents
many of the traveling magazine sales companies and magazine clearinghouses
across the country.

The Magazine clearinghouses clear magazine subscriptions
from the magazine sales crews and magazine sales companies up to the magazine publishers
(Magazine Publishers of America: MPA).
Read Letters To The Publishers

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Wisconsin
October 19, 2004
The Cochran Film
Letter to Wisonsin Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager
The Cochran Film

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Wisconsin
March 30, 2000
Wisconsin Department of Justice Attorney General Jim Doyle Letter To Conde Nast Publications Inc.
Wisconsin Department of Justice

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Wisconsin
March 29, 2000
Case Number: 00-CV-0852
Plaintiff:
State Of Wisconsin
Department Of Justice
V.
Defendants:
Subscriptions Plus, Inc.
Y.E.S.L.C.
Karleen Hillery
Choan Lane
State Of Wisconsin Department Of Justice Complaint

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Wisconsin
March 25, 1999
Janesville, Wisconsin Van Rollover
Wisconsin Labor Violations
Car Recruiter/Handler-Driver: Jeremy A. Holmes
Crew Chief: Choan A. Lane - Youth Employment Services, Inc.
Magazine Company: Subscriptions Plus, Inc. - Owner: Karleen Hillary
State Of Wisconsin Labor Violations

Wyoming

Wyoming Attorney General - Posted: 10/11/2001:
Attorney General Secures Refunds for Magazine Subscribers
Traveling Sales Crew:
Unlimited Sales, Inc.
Clearinghouse:
Pacific Coast Clearing Service.
Wyoming Attorney General




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