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Seven Young Kids Killed And Five Maimed For Life
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In Loving Memory Of My Beautiful Daughter Malinda
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Our hearts still ache in sadness,
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no one will ever know.
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Dustin, Shawn, and Dad.

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For I have not left you or forgotten you.
I am here with you now even as you suffer and mourn.
This is true love.
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Only an angel living in your heart.
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Trapped Into Selling Magazines Door-to-Door
Traveling crews have been exploiting young workers and scamming customers
for decades—and neither law enforcement nor
Congress has been able to do anything about it.

APR 20, 2015

The Atlantic

"Oh my God, can you grab him?” I shouted at the woman at the door, as my 3-month-old puppy darted out into the cold and I tried to stop my 6-year-old twins from following suit. She obliged, and I was able to get a proper look at her. It was in the 30s outside, unseasonably cold for Florida, and the young woman holding my squiggling puppy was wearing nothing but a light spring sweater, shivering and looking miserable. I invited her in.

Over a cup of coffee, she introduced herself as Tysharia Young and tried to do what she’d come to do: sell me overpriced magazine subscriptions. It was not the first time someone had knocked on my door for this purpose, and I was sure it wouldn’t be the last. Gainesville has had such issues with magazine sellers that our local police department recently issued a public warning.

Young came armed with an official certificate stating her company’s mission. According to the paper, Certified Management Incorporated was dedicated to helping youth and other troubled souls get off the streets by giving them the opportunity to sell subscriptions door-to-door for points while the company provided room, board, and food. The workers get placed on “crews”—teams of four to 12 people—and travel across the country, canvassing neighborhoods. At each door, they tell residents their personal stories—which generally include a litany of poverty-driven hardships and the need to support a family—and then try to sell them magazine subscriptions for a staggering $75 to $150 apiece. After a week or two, the crew moves on to another city.

Young said she was working to send money home to her two daughters, aged 5 and 7, and she hoped to make it back in time for her littlest one’s birthday in the coming months. This was her first stint on a crew, and she was hopeful for the future. If all went well and she earned 20,000 points, she could move up to junior manager. After a 12-hour shift, she told me she’d earned 13 points. “If I can get sales on my resume and get a reference, I might be able to get my babies out of the projects,” she said.

But Young was hundreds of miles from home, and she worried that if she failed to deliver, she wouldn’t earn enough to make it back to her kids. “If you sell too low or you’re a troublemaker, they’ll leave you,” she said. “And I ain’t got nothing.”

Young is one of tens of thousands of people working for door-to-door magazine crews, and the fear of being left behind is nearly universal. “I’ve been working on crews for three years, and I’ve been abandoned 11 times,” said Stephanie Dobbs, a mother of three who worked with another company, Young People Working, LLC, until being stranded in Cloverdale, Indiana, last month. “But I keep going back. I’ve got to do something to support my kids, and this is fast, easy cash if you’re a good seller.”

Dobbs dated Aaron Harvey, a higher-up at Young People Working, on and off for years. He is the father of one of her children, and she watched him rise from junior manager to manager. As he rose, so did she, from seller to junior manager. But she says she doesn’t know if she will ever return to the traveling sales life.

Being on the road meant being away from her kids for weeks at a time. While she was on the road, she sent home money and boxes of clothes for them when she could. “I talked to them on the phone every day,” she says, “but the crew don’t let me see them. Even when you have enough money to go, and you’ll be back in a week, they find some way to make you stay. That is, until they want you gone. Then they leave you stranded.”

“I’ve been abandoned 11 times. But I keep going back. I’ve got to do something to support my kids, and this is fast, easy cash.”

Last year, Dobbs says she was in a van crash that left her unable to walk for some months, and her crew left her, moving on to other states. Such crashes are not uncommon: Just last month, a crew leader died in a crash in Texas; a local news station reported that he’d had a record for weapon and drug possession.

Dobbs says she’s also been left for not selling enough or for disagreements with managers. Crews have no obligation to get their workers home, since they’re independent contractors. She claims that the crew managers try to hide the abuses by encouraging a festive atmosphere, sometimes even providing alcohol and even drugs. “I’ve seen every drug you can imagine,” Dobbs said. “Young kids partying, not knowing what they’re in for, then abandoned to life on the street in a strange place when they don’t pull their weight. The managers can intimidate you, make you feel like you owe them, humiliate you, even beat you. This is a dangerous business.”

It’s been nearly 30 years since Congress launched an investigation of the magazine sales industry, finding widespread instances of fraud and abuse. The investigation revealed that many of the young workers were essentially indentured servants: In one company, 413 of the 418 sellers owed money at the end of the year, even as the company itself reported sizable profits.

In 1999, Senator Herbert Kohl from Wisconsin introduced the Traveling Sales Crew Protection Act, a piece of legislation that would have regulated the industry. The bill was inspired by an accident involving an 18-year-old Wisconsin girl named Malinda Ellenbecker. Earlier in 1999, Ellenbecker had died in a highly publicized crew van accident: The van was speeding and being pursued by a police officer just before the crash, and the driver didn’t have a valid license.

The law died in the House, but Malinda’s father, Phil Ellenbecker, has been tracking the violence, crime, and death rates in the industry ever since. His website is a scrolling tome of news stories and testimonials about the dangers of crew life. The site, with its American flag backdrop and poems in Malinda’s honor, appears amateurish at first glance but many of the stories it aggregates are from major newspapers or official police reports and can be verified by several regional Departments of Labor and by the Child Labor Coalition (CLC), a network of unions and nonprofits that gathers information about underage workers.

A decade ago, the CLC estimated that more than 50,000 children were working for these crews. Reid Maki, the CLC’s Director of Child Labor Advocacy Coordinator, believes that number hasn’t changed much since then. “It’s become this little world of people operating in the shadows, and they’ve become very good at working the system,” Maki said. “There are so many areas of magazine crews operating just outside the law that seem unconnected, but they’re not. They keep one step ahead of the authorities.”

The CLC doesn’t have the resources to keep tabs on the companies involved in this work. The problems are so disparate, crime takes place so quickly, and companies reinvent themselves so often that without a fully funded taskforce to monitor sales crews— which neither the Better Business Bureau, the Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Justice, nor any other faction of the U.S. government has—there’s not much anyone can do.

For instance, the company that sent Young to my door, Certified Management Inc., is not registered anywhere in the United States, and certainly not in Champaign, Illinois, which is where it claims to be located. I called the number listed on the website to get comment for this story, and my call was answered as follows: “Huh? No, we’re driving. I’ll call you back when we reach our destination.” That person never called back and subsequent calls went unanswered.

This particular company has a Better Business Bureau rating of F and has had nearly 4,000 customer inquiries about it in the last three years. Going through the BBB complaint list, I found that Certified Management Inc. also goes by a number of other business names, such as Certified Management Training, and Ultimate Unity, a company located in Michigan City, Indiana, with another F rating.

A consumer complaint on the BBB site linked Ultimate Unity to Urban Development Solutions, a company in Detroit with a C rating, saying, “I contacted Ultimate on 3 separate occasions after not receiving any product as of July 2014. On January 14, 2015, I received a letter from Urban Development Solutions saying they have taken over for Ultimate and know I have an order but cannot find my info. The letter is not on any type of letterhead, my name is misspelled, and the email I am to send my information to is a gmail account.”

Other complaints on the BBB’s site link Urban Development Solutions with Midwest Clearing Solutions, also located in Michigan. These four companies collectively had at least 10 phone numbers listed for contact information. Of those, two were completely disconnected, two went to automated voicemail with no reference to the business, one was a fax machine, one led to a law firm, one led to a cremation service, one to a private residence which had no idea about the company, one led to what I can only assume was a crew driver, and one actually had a professional business phone tree, but no answer when I chose any of the options.

Simply put, I was unable to call any of the businesses that may be attached to Certified Management Inc. And this is not an isolated issue: The BBB said most phone numbers and addresses of non-accredited magazine-selling companies with bad ratings are defunct.

When companies parade as something they are not, sell goods that never arrive, and don’t refund the money, it all leads to suspicion of fraud.

“It’s not illegal to change a business name,” said Lisa Dilg of the Detroit BBB. “I don’t know how it’s legal, because it’s like hiding. But because it’s not illegal, there is no way to find out if the companies have been changing names and popping up in BBBs across the U.S. looking like they have no affiliation to each other.”

Of course, when companies parade as something they are not, claim to be incorporated when they aren’t, sell goods that never arrive, and don’t refund the money, it all leads to suspicion of fraud. Tom Stephens, the president of the BBB of Northeast Florida, says these cases aren’t usually investigated simply because the cases of fraudulent behavior are vastly underreported—only a small percentage of customers who order subscriptions even remember it. And since the crews are only in town a week or two, they’re gone by the time the complaints come in, the checks already cashed.

Besides, Stephens notes, “state agencies that might regulate this won’t until they hit a certain cap for money, and each individual only out $75 just isn’t enough.” The sellers don’t accept credit cards, so there’s no fraud protection there. And with so many fake numbers and addresses, it’s nearly impossible to track them.

Customers who don’t receive their subscriptions can, of course, lodge a complaint with the BBB in their area, and they can also call the Attorney General’s Office to attempt a state investigation into the company. Again, the problem lies in the numbers. Indiana’s Attorney General’s Office said that while it would investigate alleged fraud, it had to have enough complaints to warrant it, and the complaints had to show a pattern of fraudulent behavior. The office couldn’t comment on what an investigation entailed, or what consequences the company could face, simply saying that its office always attempted mediation between companies and customers and most businesses acquiesced to it.

I was unable to determine whether these businesses pay taxes. Internal Revenue Services’ media officer Michael Devine told me through email that “strict privacy laws protect every individual and business entity from unauthorized disclosures of details of their relationship with the IRS. Unless there is public record, such as court records or documents filed in the public domain, we cannot discuss tax matters publicly.”

While much light, however ineffective, has been shed on the lives of those working the crews, little has been written about how the crew companies’ management structure. According to Ellenbecker, who keeps tabs on the industry at, each crew follows a strict hierarchy, usually starting with the owner and filtering down to the managers. Each manager is in charge of a set of junior managers, and each of those is in charge of a select crew of sellers.

Dobbs says her then-boyfriend, Harvey, never let her see the books while they were on the road together with Young People Working, LLC. She doesn’t know how much money the company brought in, but she used the phrase “pyramid scheme” to describe its business model. According to Dobbs, each $75 to $100 subscription is divided, rather arbitrarily, into three parts, which the companies call “front-end sales,” “mail-in percentage,” and “shipping and handling.”

Dobbs says sellers get 50 percent of the first chunk—their “front-end sales”—plus points to work their way up the system. Junior managers get 100 percent of their “front-end sales,” 40 percent of the “mail-in percentage,” and a few dollars per subscription from the “shipping and handling” portion. The bosses and the owners collect the remainder, and Dobbs says it’s an impressive figure. She said on a really great sales day, Harvey, her ex-boyfriend, can bring in thousands as a manager of Young People Working LLC under Crystal and Kevin Davis.

I wasn’t able to reach Harvey, but I did talk to Crystal Davis, who confirmed that she and her husband owned the company. Unlike many other crew companies, Young People Working, LLC, is a legitimate corporation, filed with the state of Colorado and up to date on paperwork. The couple hasn’t always been with Young People Working: In 2012, Kevin was briefly in the news after an 18-year-old girl at Lrumar Publications, LLC, was reported missing. According to a TV news report in Oklahoma City, the girl called her sister briefly to say that she was in Illinois, “hiding out” with a group of 19 crew members. The weekly paper Houston Press identified Kevin as the owner of Lrumar and reported that he’d agreed to pay for the girl’s flight home if her father would stop talking to the media.

Crystal spoke warmly of the industry, saying it’s a family-oriented community that provides opportunities to those who otherwise couldn’t find work. “I’ve been in this business since I was 19, and it’s been wonderful for me, an extraordinary journey,” Davis said. “I care for my family. I own a home, my kids all go to school. I’m on the road for three weeks then three weeks off. Our kids come first, and we cover for each other when emergencies come up.”

She wouldn’t comment further on the magazine crew business, citing the negative press that surrounds the companies as reason for them to “hold their cards close to their chests.”

Because the sellers are independent contractors, owners like the Davises are largely invulnerable. After all, it’s not a crime to employ willing people as independent contractors engaging in direct sales. The laws currently on the books in most states only outlaw solicitation, which means targeting those on the lowest tier of the crews—the ones actually going door-to-door.

“The worst thing you can do is go after the people on the streets selling.”

Earlene Williams, the founder of Parent Watch, a labor advocacy group keeping tabs on these travelling crews, argues that this does nothing to address the problem. Williams started Parent Watch after her own son nearly joined a traveling sales crew in 1983. He had second thoughts after signing his contract when he arrived at the designated motel lobby to meet his crew, but the trainer wouldn’t let him leave and wouldn’t allow him to call home; she says it was only through adept police work and pressure from law enforcement that she was able to bring him home before the crew set out on the road. Now, she says she receives multiple phone calls and emails a day from sellers stranded or scared for their lives.

“The worst thing you can do is go after the people on the streets selling,” says Williams. “Research shows these people mostly come from very low-income situations, may have had trouble with the law, and are earnestly trying to dig themselves out of a hole. They’re vulnerable because they don’t feel like they’re worth anything and the crew managers instill a culture of fear and manipulation amid the crews. After working for them for only a short time, most people who call me actually feel they owe the crew managers money.”

Magazine crews wouldn’t be able to exist at all if it weren’t for the sprawling, haphazard way subscriptions are bought and sold. Magazine circulation is a huge industry whose umbrella covers a multitude of businesses, and hardly any of them talk to one another. They act like cogs, each doing its own part in a time-tested machine.

Based on my research through multiple outlets, and confirmed by Stephens at the BBB, a publisher like Time-Life, Conde Nast, or Atlantic Media may contract with a reputable agent like Publisher’s Clearing House or Priority One in order to reach a broader audience. (In most cases, it’s not the subscription money that’s important, but the subscription itself: Higher circulation numbers translate into higher advertising rates.)

These agents then contract with subagents, which can range from retailers to philanthropic causes such as school fundraisers and—in theory—traveling crews that help low-income kids climb out of poverty.

This is supposed to adhere to guidelines set forth by the Association of Magazine Media. According to Rita Cohen, the association’s senior vice president of legislative and regulatory policy, those guidelines call for a subscription trail between agents and sub-agents, clearly indicating where the subscriptions come from.

Still, it’s up to the clearinghouses to ensure that they’re doing business with legitimate subagents. Dawn Daugherty, CEO and founder of Priority One, says her company requires every sales crew to fill out an extensive application, listing how long it has been in business, its sales track record, and the source that referred them to the clearing house. Priority One then researches the company through the BBB and government channels to ensure it is legitimate and worth doing business with. Then it signs the contract.

Of course, sometimes things go awry, and when a company violates the contract—whether through fraudulent practices, misrepresentation to the consumer, or offering unapproved discounts—Priority One blocks it from the list of approved subagents and refuses any further subscriptions that come in through that company. It then notifies both the company and the publisher that the subagent has been blocked.

Not all agents are as thorough. According to Bridget Wells, owner of Periodical Watchdog, many agents do the bare minimum required by the Federal Trade Commission since 1999: They store each magazine crew’s name and Employer Identification Number (EIN), but they don’t go further than that. “Some publications have multiple restrictions on who can sell their product,” she says. “Others just don’t care, so long as it’s not fraud.”

If trouble arises, a publisher can hire Periodical Watchdog to look into it. Wells has worked in magazine circulation for Hearst for 25 years, and since starting Periodical Watchdog 10 years ago, she’s amassed a database of more than 22,000 researched names and EINs. She’s able to look at a subagent list and compare it to her database to attempt to figure out if the company has changed names.

Fulfillment companies—the ones who collect all the subscriber names and send them to the printer—have nothing to do with this process. They sign their own separate contracts with publishers. Mike Luksan, who is the vice president for sales at the fulfillment company CDS Global, says his company gets a list of approved agents and subagents with whom they can do business and the prices that each agent worked out with the publisher beforehand. Anything beyond that amount, the agents and subagents keep. “If subscription lists come in from unapproved agents or subagents, those get sent back to where they came,” Luksan said. “I don’t know where the money goes from there.”

Magazine circulation is a huge industry whose umbrella covers a multitude of businesses, and hardly any of them talk to one another.

Mary Berner, the president and CEO of the Association of Magazine Media, says a corrupt subagent “can be a huge nightmare for the publishers because the customers pay for the content, and it never shows up, and they blame the publisher who knows nothing about these door-to-door sellers.” It then falls to the publisher’s customer support department to resolve the issue.

Still, says Cohen, the association’s senior vice president, selling this way is worth the hassle because agents have connections that publishers may not have. “Our hope is that we can rely on the agents to do business as we put forth in our guidelines so that we can continue to get our content to as broad an audience as possible.”

As long as publishers are willing to keep signing these contracts, they hold the ultimate responsibility for the existence of fraudulent magazine crews, say Williams and Ellenbecker. “The publishers think that they are separated by enough barriers that they’re safe from this,” Ellenbecker said, “but they’re part of it because they know about it.”

I reached out for comment to the communications departments at The Atlantic and Conde Nast. Conde Nast didn't respond before my deadline, but Emily Lenzner, The Atlantic’s vice president of global communications, spoke to me about how the magazine views this problem. “We work with the primary agents only and not with the subagents,” she told me, “and therefore we do not knowingly participate with them or have influence over their positioning themselves as having an established and approved relationship with The Atlantic.” In other words, The Atlantic doesn’t have any intention of doing business with magazine crews, but it also doesn’t keep track of all the many subagents out there selling subscriptions. That’s what the agents are hired to do. Lenzner added that even if The Atlantic is able to trace a fraudulent order to a specific crew, there’s nothing preventing that company from carrying on the same business under a different name.

Sometimes, magazine crews find it impossible to keep skirting the law. Just this December, two men pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges after they were found holding a 15- and 16-year-old pair of sisters against their will in Wilmington, North Carolina, forcing them to sell magazines eight hours a day for $20 a day. The teen girls had wanted to go home, but had signed a contract with Midwest Circulation Company, stating that no return tickets would be provided for a designated period of time. The minors were trapped. Justin Angermeier and Jeremy Moots initially faced 2nd-degree kidnapping charges, but they were reduced when the two agreed to help in the investigation against their employer, Midwest. Aaron Harvey, Dobbs’s ex-boyfriend who is now associated with Young People Working, LLC, previously worked for this company, according to subscription receipts.

But an investigation like this is multi-jurisdictional and complex, as law enforcement officers find themselves having to contend with different laws across different states, as well as slippery defendants. Wilmington police expect to make more arrests, but given the diffuse resources and red tape involved, they don’t know how long it will take.

“Despite all efforts, the public doesn’t know how much crime is attached to these crews,” says Maki of the Child Labor Coalition. “It usually tends to be major tragedies that drive reform, and until there are enough accidents where kids are getting hurt or killed to sufficiently grab the public’s attention and Congress’s attention, you’re not going to see action on it.”

At the moment, the most thorough law in existence is the Malinda’s Traveling Sales Crew Protection Act passed in Wisconsin in 2009. The law, named in honor of Ellenbecker’s daughter, requires employers who use traveling sales crews in Wisconsin or who recruit them from there to register with the Department of Workforce Development. It also requires that all crew vehicles be certified according to state safety codes and that workers be paid on a semi-monthly basis for wages earned.

If similar laws were passed elsewhere, Maki believes it would make a difference. “If we had the capacity, we would have states enact model laws to try to clean up this industry, requiring the crews to check in with local authorities before they are permitted to sell,” he says. “It would still be difficult because there aren’t enough enforcement agencies out there to catch them all, but at least it would give police the authority to go after these bad actors. Right now, police can only arrest those going door-to-door for the solicitation aspect, but those are not the ones we need to focus on. There’s no way right now to go after the crew managers, and that’s where we need to be.”

Still, with crews traveling so widely, it’s hard to address the problem on a local level, says Lester Claravall, the Child Labor Program Administrator for the Oklahoma Department of Labor. “A lot of states do what they can, but when we can’t even track them when they leave Oklahoma, then how can we track them throughout the United States?” he says. “Even when you get the 50 states together to try to handle it, you can’t because they have too many names and numbers and the state agencies all have many other investigations going, so they can’t devote all their resources to this.”

Like Williams and Ellenbecker, Claravall assigns responsibility to the magazine publishers. “If anything, it’s the magazines that could shut them down by not doing business with them,” he said. “But they claim they don’t, and yet these crews still exist.”

“A lot of states do what they can, but when we can’t even track them when they leave Oklahoma, then how can we track them throughout the United States?”

Ellenbecker says he and others have tried several times to get federal legislators to pass regulation akin to the Wisconsin bill. (The 1999 bill was reintroduced in 2001 but died in the house.) He blames lobbying from the Direct Selling Association for preventing national legislation.

Ben Gamsey, the marketing research manager for the DSA, told me that the association does not cover magazine sales. It does, however, promote a business model that offers entrepreneurial opportunities to individual contractors, with compensation dependent on one-to-one sales. When I asked Gamsey why the DSA doesn’t represent magazine crews, I didn’t receive a clear answer. Initially, he told me it was a matter of “overlap,” but when I asked him to elaborate, he told me he couldn’t comment any further.

For now, Claravall says the only thing the Department of Labor can do is warn prospective workers and customers to stay away from selling crews. His division has produced detailed pamphlets for children and their parents on the dangers. “It’s ranked number one in the worst children’s jobs in the United States,” he says. “But right now we just don’t know how to stop it.”

After months of research, I don’t know how to stop it either. And when sellers come to my door, I don’t know how to help them.

Young couldn’t even take a donation. I offered her the $25 I had in my wallet, but she turned it down. “We’re not allowed to take anything but a check made out to the company for our points,” she said. “If I take money from you, they’ll know, and I’ll be docked.”

She had no cell phone; every time she called her family, she had to rely on the crew. I had no way to follow up with her afterwards.

It was 6:30, and getting darker and colder, and Young still had an hour to go when we finished our coffee, for which she thanked me profusely. I apologized for not buying one of her subscriptions and wished her luck.

When the door opened, a blast of frigid air burst through, and she quickly wrapped her arms around her frame, visibly bracing for the cold. On impulse, I grabbed one of my old coats out of the closet. “Can you at least take this?” I asked. “You’ll freeze out there.”

She accepted it with a gracious smile and disappeared into the shadows of my neighborhood.

The Atlantic
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State sues Chesapeake door-to-door-sales company
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
KLMN Readers, Inc.
This Business is not BBB Accredited
KLMN Readers, Inc.
(757) 818-9497
PO Box 15187, Chesapeake, VA 23328-5187
BBB Rating: F
KLMN Readers, Inc. has been the subject of a pattern of customer complaints alleging non-receipt,
delivery delays or delivery of wrong magazines, prompting requests for delivery of magazines,
cancellations or refunds. The company has responded to some complaints by either delivering the
magazines or issuing refunds, however, four remain unresolved and most are unanswered.

On May 23, 2012 a certified letter was sent to the company regarding a pattern of consumer complaints
which the BBB had previously brought to their attention. The company signed for the certified letter
on May 25, 2012. As of the date of this report those consumer complaints remain unanswered.

The Virginia Attorney General's office is requesting that consumers that have complaints call 1-800-552-9963 or contact them using the following link:

BBB file opened: 07/13/2010
Business started:
Business started locally:
New Owner Date:
Type of Entity
Incorporated: June 2009, FL
Contact Information
Principal: Ms. Shannon Dancy (Manager)
Mr. Michael G. Whitley (President/Owner)
Number of Employees
Business Category
Door-to-Door Sales - Magazines
end DMPG Info
December 6, 2013
State sues Chesapeake door-to-door-sales company
By Scott Daugherty
The Virginian-Pilot
© December 6, 2013
Bobby Clifton realizes he messed up.

A couple of young men knocked on his door last September selling magazines. They seemed like nice guys - maybe a little "rough" looking, but polite - and they told a good story, he said.

They were trying to help inner-city children. They wanted to keep kids off the streets and in school. They needed help.

Enter KLMN Readers Services, a company with offices in Chesapeake the young men said had brought them to his doorstep in Louisville, Ky.

Would he like to buy some magazines?

"They used all the right buzzwords, like 'inner city youths,' " said Clifton, who happily ordered two subscriptions for $68. "I felt like I should help them."

The magazines - Smithsonian for him and Nutrition Health Review for his mother - never arrived, though, he said. And neither, he added, did a refund he requested the day after he placed the order.

Clifton is not alone in his complaints, according to state officials.

The Virginia Attorney General's Office sued KLMN last week, claiming the company is violating the state's Consumer Protection and Home Solicitation Sales acts. The lawsuit seeks restitution for the alleged victims, civil penalties up to $2,500 per willful violation and attorney's fees.

"We won't tolerate door-to-door sales agents who misrepresent their services," Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said in a statement explaining why his office brought the case.

According to the lawsuit, 199 people in 24 states have filed complaints against KLMN in the past four years. Clifton was one of them, a spokesman for the Attorney General's Office said. The suit said that may represent just the "proverbial 'tip of the iceberg.' "

Complaints include people being charged for magazines that were never delivered and customers asking for refunds and never receiving them. Five individuals claimed they purchased subscriptions to be sent to charitable organizations or soldiers serving overseas, only to realize later that the sales form they signed indicated the company does not send magazines to charities, the lawsuit said.

Officials with KLMN - which received an "F" rating from the Better Business Bureau - did not return two phone messages and two emails seeking comment.

According to the KLMN website, the company is owned by Michael G. Whitely Sr., a veteran door-to-door salesman with more than 37 years' experience. It is named in honor of his four children, using the first letter of each of their names.

The Better Business Bureau indicates that Whitely has operated at least two other magazine subscription companies: Worldwide Readers Services Inc. and Universal Subscription Agency Inc. Neither appears to be currently in business.

The KLMN website says the company relies on a network of independent contractors - sales agents, sales managers and drivers work for commission and bonuses.

KLMN was incorporated in 2009 in Florida, but its website lists a Virginia phone number and Chesapeake post office box. Shannon Dancy of Chesapeake is listed as the company's treasurer in records filed with the Florida Department of State.

Despite his dealings with KLMN, Clifton is not ready to write off all door-to-door solicitors.

Next time someone comes knocking, he said he will be more careful and research the company before handing over any money. A simple web search, he said, would have alerted him to beware of KLMN.

"If I'd done just a little due diligence, I wouldn't have given them anything," he said.

Scott Daugherty, 757-222-5221,
By Scott Daugherty
The Virginian-Pilot
Norfolk, Virginia
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Bloomfield Township, Michigan
Police: 4 magazine salesmen arrested, accused in carjacking, stabbing
September 19, 2013
Police: 4 magazine salesmen arrested, accused in carjacking, stabbing
1:48 PM, September 19, 2013
By Tammy Stables Battaglia
Detroit Free Press Staff Writer
Police have arrested four out-of-town magazine salesmen they say went on a crime spree Sunday, including stabbing and robbing a person and carjacking another person.

Police say they carjacked a man at the Bloomfield Township Kroger after being ticketed for soliciting without a license, then stabbed another person in an armed robbery.

The carjacking victim called police at 11 p.m. Sunday from the Kroger at the corner of West Long Lake Road, according to a release issued today by Bloomfield Township Police. He told police four men attacked him after he refused to give them a ride, pulled him out of his vehicle and drove off, Sgt. Timothy Abbo said in the release.

Bloomfield Hills Police officers heard the police radio chatter about the carjacking. They informed investigators four men had just been charged with soliciting without a license and released at 10:30 p.m. from their police station at East Long Lake and Woodward Avenue, just under two miles away.

Investigators were able to use that information to identify the four men. On Monday, they arrested two men at a home on Lafayette in Detroit. The pair cooperated with investigators, leading to the arrest of two other men who were packing up at a motel off Jefferson Avenue in Detroit, preparing to flee to Kansas City, Mo.

Also on Monday, Detroit Police found the stolen vehicle abandoned on the city’s west side. Bloomfield Township Police detectives found evidence inside indicating the men were involved in an armed robbery in Detroit where one of the victims was stabbed.

The men, all in their 20s and from Chicago; Memphis, Tenn.; Shreveport, La.; and Birmingham, Ala., said they’d been in metro Detroit selling magazines for the past two months, according to police.

They are being held by Detroit Police pending charges in Detroit and Bloomfield Township.
By Tammy Stables Battaglia
Detroit Free Press Staff Writer
Detroit, Michigan
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Breaking News

The National Field Selling Association
SCUMBAG CROOKS Strike Again !!!

This crime was brought to you by:
The National Field Selling Association
Worldwide Sales Inc.
Advanage Diversified Products, Inc
Austin Diversified Products
And last but not least the Owner of Advanage Diversified Products and former president
of the The National Field Selling Association
Nathan Edwards

Scottsbluff, Nebraska
Traveling salesman arrested for groping woman
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Worldwide Sales Inc.
aka: Advanage Diversified Products, Inc
aka: Austin Diversified Products
end DMPG Info
Posted to this website: September 28, 2013
Traveling salesman arrested for groping woman
By MAUNETTE LOEKS New Media Editor | Updated 2 weeks ago
A 46-year-old man is in jail for sexually assaulting a woman in the parking lot of an area business Friday night.

Timothy Alsup remained jailed on a charge of third-degree sexual assault, a Class I misdemeanor, Monday after he had allegedly grabbed a female outside of Whiskey Creek.

According to an affidavit by a Scottsbluff Police officer filed in Scotts Bluff County Court, police were called to the business at 11:06 p.m. Friday and made contact with a woman and two friends.

The woman told police that a male that had not been known by the three women approached their vehicle and began speaking lewdly to thw woman. He allegedly reached into the car and groped her. She told police that she told the male repeatedly to “back off and leave her alone.”

When she did get out of her car, the woman told police, the man grabbed her buttocks, kissed her on the neck several times and hugged her twice. When he hugged her, he thrust his hips at her “in a way to simulate sexual intercourse.” Witnesses gave similar descriptions of the man and the incident.

The man had been staying at the Candlelight Inn, where police made contact with Alsup, who is identified as a traveling door-to-door salesman.

Alsup denied having talked to anyone in the Whiskey Creek parking lot, however, the officer made contact with the woman, who identified Alsup as the man who had harassed her.

Police arrested Alsup, who did not have identification and gave three different locations of out-of-state residences.

He appeared in Scotts Bluff County Court Monday afternoon on the charge. Alsup plead to the charges and will be sentenced Nov. 14.
By MAUNETTE LOEKS New Media Editor | Updated 2 weeks ago
Scottsbluff, Nebraska
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DMPG Info Clip Posted 09/17/13:

Scottsbluff, Nebraska Police - case# 13-10003
Crime Date: 091313
Company Name: Worldwide Sales Inc.
Worldwide Sales Phone: 909-223-8709
1302 24th Street W,
Billings, MT 59102
Phone: (406) 371 9918
Fax: (406) 371 9917
World Wide Sales Inc.
aka: Advanage Diversified Products, Inc
aka: Austin Diversified Products
This Business is not BBB Accredited
BBB: Advanage Diversified Products, Inc
(708) 331-8390 ext 5070
16615 Halsted St, Harvey, IL 60426-6112
BBB Rating: F
BBB file opened: 02/17/2011Business started: 03/26/2009
Type of Entity
Incorporated: March 2009, IL
Contact Information
Principal: Mr Arnold Bowen
Austin Edwards (President)
Business Category
Door-to-Door Sales - Cleaning Supplies, Cleaning Supplies by Internet
Alternate Business Names
Advanage Diversified Products Inc, Advantage Diversified Prod Inc
end BBB.
Austin Diversified Products
BBB: Austin Diversified Products
Nathan Edwards
ADVANAGE Wonder Cleaner

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Dallas, Texas
That Magazine Peddler at Your Door Was Part of a $2 Million Scam by a Dallas Company
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Destiny Sales, Inc.
Larhon Buchanan
Samuel Cole
end DMPG Info
August 28, 2013
That Magazine Peddler at Your Door Was Part of a $2 Million Scam by a Dallas Company
By Eric Nicholson Wed., Aug. 28 2013 at 1:29 PM
Dallas Observer
Categories: Crime
It's such a familiar scenario, you suspect there's some sort of script. Some fresh-faced young man, or else an adult whose face is a bit too weathered for their years, knocks on the door. They're a troubled youth in a crime-ridden urban area, a single parent trying to make ends meet, just a guy trying to get his life back on track, and will be able to do so if you, with your middle-class home in your middle-class neighborhood, paid for by your middle-class job, will simply buy a magazine subscription.

In fact, you pretty much know there's a script. You just wonder who wrote it. The federal government now has an answer: 32-year-old Larhon Buchanan.

Buchanan appeared in a Pennsylvania courtroom on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to co-running a Dallas-based company, Destiny Sales, Inc., as well as a handful of other firms that were part of a $2 million magazine-subscription-sales scam.

The scheme worked about like you'd expect: Buchanan and her alleged partner, 44-year-old Samuel Cole, would recruit a group of young men and women in western Pennsylvania and send them through neighborhoods with false credentials from the National Field Selling Association and Better Business Bureau. The salespeople would tell customers that a sizable portion of proceeds from their subscriptions -- which, according to posts on Ripoff Report, were quite steep -- would go to well-respected nonprofits, including military charities, children's hospitals, and youth organizations.

The magazines never showed up, but by the time the customer realized this (their receipt clearly told them to "allow 90-120 days for delivery"), Buchanan and her band of salespeople were long gone, having established a new LLC and moved to a new city. First, their operation was based in Pennsylvania, where she and Cole are from. Then, they moved it to Seattle, then Dallas.

It was a good living, at least while it lasted. By the time the law caught up with Buchanan in November 2012, the operation had claimed as many as 21,000 victims and raked in around $2 million.

Just something to keep in mind the next time guilt makes you reach for your checkbook to buy something from the kid at your front door.
By Eric Nicholson Wed., Aug. 28 2013 at 1:29 PM
Dallas Observer
Dallas, Texas
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Jefferson City, Missouri
Business that goes door to door selling magazines sued by state of Missouri
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Midwest Circulations, LLC
President: Bridgett Robbins
end DMPG Info
June 3, 2013
Business that goes door to door selling magazines sued by state of Missouri
Brian Vandenberg, Edited News Release From The Missouri Attorny General's Office
Phone support: (417)268-3183
3:26 p.m. CDT, June 3, 2013
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a lawsuit against a door-to-door magazine sales company for allegedly deceiving consumers.

Koster sued Midwest Circulations, LLC and its president, Bridgett Robbins, of Osborn, Missouri, alleging that Midwest Circulations:

Misrepresented to consumers that the magazines consumers purchased would be donated on their behalf to various charities, including children in hospitals;

Misrepresented how long consumers had to cancel their magazine subscriptions:

Illegally denied refunds to consumers; and

Failed to provide magazines to some consumers.

Koster said hundreds of people have complained to the Attorney General’s Office and the Better Business Bureau about this company.

“Consumers should be cautious about door-to-door sales or offers to provide services,” Koster said. “If you have any doubt about a sales offer, decline the offer until you have an opportunity to do some homework to determine if it is legitimate.”

The lawsuit seeks to stop Midwest Circulations and Robbins from continuing any illegal sales practices in Missouri. The suit also demands restitution for consumers and civil penalties against the business.

Koster offered the following tips to help consumers avoid becoming the victim of a scam:

Brian Vandenberg, Edited News Release From The Missouri Attorny General's Office

3:26 p.m. CDT, June 3, 2013

Be wary of sellers claiming to be local students or members of an organized group, such as a sports team. There are documented cases of door-to-door sellers being arrested by law enforcement for using this type of deception.

Avoid succumbing to high-pressure sales tactics, a common behavior for sham door-to-door sales.
Brian Vandenberg, Edited News Release From The Missouri Attorny General's Office
Phone support: (417)268-3183
Springfield, Missouri
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DMPG Info:
Bridgett Robbins: Midwest Circulation LLC
Pig for Profit
Bridgett Robbins is beyond all doubt the next Karleen Killery Spruiell of the Traveling
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Industry.

DMPG Info Clip Posted 041813:
Midwest Circulations,LLC, aka: Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc., aka: Prodigy Publications, aka: MidWest Marketing, aka: MWM, aka: Prodigy Publications

Google Search: Midwest Circulation + magazine

Search Midwest Circulation This Website

Additional Information:

Prodigy Publications, Presence on Facebook:
Prodigy Publications Photos:
Prodigy Publications/Midwest Marketing
Ripoff Reports: Midwest Circulations, LLC

Midwest Circulation LLC.
aka: Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc., aka: MidWest Marketing, aka: Prodigy Publications
Bridgett Robbins
CEO & President at Midwest Circulations,LLC and Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc.

BBB: Midwest Circulation LLC
This Business is not BBB accredited
Midwest Circulation LLC
BBB Rating: F
Phone: (816) 632-2919
Phone: (816) 632-2917
Fax: (816) 632-2916
506 Northland Dr, Cameron, MO 64429
3330 Smalley Ter, Kansas City, MO 64129
BBB file opened: September 29, 2009
Business started: 08/15/2009
Business incorporated: 11/01/2008 in CO
Type of Entity
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Business Management
Jami . Wendy ., Customer Service
Contact Information
Complaint Contact: Wendy ., Customer Service
Business Category
end BBB info.

On January 15, 2012 a magazine salesman was arrested and accused of stealing the wedding rings from an 81-year-old Gainesville woman who had let him into her house to use the restroom, police said. The suspect, Jack Ryan Patti, 20, of Belton, Mo., who said he was an employee with Midwest Circulation LLC, was charged with grand theft, a third-degree felony, as the wedding rings were valued at about $700. Patti was being held at the Alachua County jail in lieu of $5,000 bond. Gainsville police case # 02-12-001056.

On May 8, 2010 Patrick M. Schneider, a traveling door-to-door magazine salesman raped a Sycamore, Illinois woman. Schneider was convicted of criminal sexual assault. According to police reports Schneider was employed by Midwest Circulations LLC. Dekalb County Illinois Case # 201001431

Kissimmee, Florida
December 31, 2009
Arrests of salesmen in bloody Osceola County beating attracts attention of national group monitoring door-to-door magazine sales. KISSIMMEE – Two national groups say the recent arrests of two magazine salesmen charged with beating a colleague at an Osceola County motel represent a nationwide surge in violence in a door-to-door business where workers can't meet quotas in the recession. Parent Watch, one of the groups, has been following the industry for 30 years that hires young adults to travel across country in teams selling magazine subscriptions to earn points for prizes, cash awards and shopping sprees. "The crews for the most point seem to be more on edge than ever before because they can't sell," said Parent Watch founder Earline Williams, who handles two to six phone calls a day from frightened, stranded workers seeking bus fare home. "The industry's ouf of control as far as violence." On Dec. 16, Osceola County deputies found a salesman known as " The Kid" bleeding from multiple wounds outside America's Best Inn at 5150 W. U.S. Highway 192, according to sheriff's reports. The victim, Brian Emery, told deputies he recently had been hired to sell magazines and slept with other team members in a motel room rented by the company. Late on Dec. 15, some of his team members gave him $12 to buy beer but became enraged when he bought the wrong brand, the report stated. Justine Angermeier, a 24-year-old salesman, is charged with breaking a 32-ounce beer bottle against Emery's right eye and cheekbone. Jeremy Kirkemeir, 20, a team member with a criminal record in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri, is charged with taking part in a beating that followed, according to court records. Both were released on bail from the Osceola County Jail. On Thursday, about 30 salespeople working for Midwest Circulation LLC, a door-to-door magazine sales company, checked out America's Best Inn on Thursday afternoon, according to the motel staff. Midwest Circulation manager Bridgett Robbins, who lists Angermeier as a friend on her page, did not return a telephone request for comment. The group's activities prompted a public warning in Gainesville in November, when about 50 Midwest Circulation workers started selling magazines in Alachua County, according to the Gainesville Sun. "Our patrol division has been advised to be on the lookout for places where these folks may be working and that they do have criminal histories," sheriff's spokesman Art Forgey told the newspaper. Few of the magazine sales teams do background checks on their workers, according Phil Ellenbecker of , a national group based in Wisconsin that has tracked about 300 felony crimes and 86 deaths attributed to door-to-door vendors. "It's not uncommon to get recently released felons knocking on your door trying to sell you magazines," said Ellenbecker. "They've been linked to a number of unsolved rapes and murders."
Henry Pierson Curtis can be reached at 407-420-5257 or
By Henry Pierson Curtis, Orlando Sentinel
5:06 p.m. EST, December 31, 2009
Orlando, Florida
end sentinel article

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Midwest Circulation LLC.
aka: Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc.
Bridgett Robbins
CEO & President at Midwest Circulations,LLC and Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc.

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May 9, 2013
California Law Firm Wins A Historic Victory Over The Traveling Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Clearinghouses.
12 man jury returns a unanimous decision:
Magazine Sales Agents Are NOT Independent Contractors They Are Employees of the Magazine Clearinghouse !!!

Hi Phil: I am thrilled to report that in the case of Gary Roberts and Nat Tonihka versus Atlantic Circulation our jury returned a unanimous verdict in our favor today finding that, under California law, the clearinghouse, ACI, was the employer of our clients at the time they were grievously injured in a van rollover in 2009 while selling magazines. This is the first verdict ever in the history of the industry finding a clearinghouse to be an employer of the solicitors. You were a significant help in achieving this result. Thanks and congratulations. A jury will find the truth when the truth is before them. We showed them. Atlantic Circulation got all the benefits of exploiting the boys. Now Atlantic Circulation will face the burdens of that relationship. Thanks.

Thom Peters
Kiesel + Larson LLP
8648 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, Ca. 90211-2910

See Traveling Door-to-Door Sales Flow Chart:

Kevin Eugene Davis
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Lrumar Publications
aka: Lucretius Phocylides LLC
Colorado Court Case : 11CR4093
Colorodo Springs Sheriff office police report: 11-24548
Date of Crime: 08/03/11
Felomy Charge: Possession of marijuana concentrate. 0ver 3oz.
Colorado Springs Sheriffs Office: (719) 520-7111
El Paso County, Colorado DA office: 719-520--6000
Kevin Eugene Davis

Kevin Eugene Davis

WANTED: Magazine Salesman: Sexual Assault

NCL - 5 Most Dangerous Jobs 2012

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
Magazine sales exec gets prison for fraud
February 20, 2013
Magazine sales exec gets prison for fraud
FEB 20, 2014

The head of a Georgia-based magazine sales operation was ordered Tuesday to serve 18 months in jail because of his company’s deceptive practices.

James Edward Clair, 42, of Buford, Ga., was convicted of 32 charges in Stafford Circuit Court, including two felony counts of obtaining money by false pretenses.

As part of a plea agreement, another 116 charges were dropped.

Judge Sarah Deneke’s sentence exceeded the recommended state sentencing guidelines, which call for probation and no incarceration.

Clair entered Alford pleas to the charges, meaning that while he does not admit guilt he acknowledges that evidence is sufficient for convictions. A six-day jury trial for Clair had been scheduled to start Tuesday.

According to the evidence presented by prosecutors Kristin Bird and Michael Hardiman, a group of solicitors working for Clair’s company came to Stafford early last year.

The group, mostly young people, stayed at the Days Inn on U.S. 17 in a block of rooms that police say were paid for by Clair.

The salespersons went door to door, falsely claiming to be area residents, selling magazine subscriptions to benefit troops overseas or local sports teams.

Stafford Detective Christine Hammond began an investigation in March after getting complaints from multiple residents.

Hammond said she learned that the solicitors were often lying to residents about their own identities and about what the money was being raised for.

Many customers either didn’t get what they paid for or got nothing at all.

Hammond’s investigation led to a central clearinghouse in Georgia headed by Clair, who never came to Stafford prior to his arrest.

His company, United Family Circulation, has sent solicitors all over the country.

Bird said among the military installations subscriptions were supposedly being sent to were Walter Reed Hospital, the USS Theodore Roosevelt and VMI Military Hospital.

Bird said Walter Reed closed in 2011, the USS Theodore Roosevelt has been docked since 2009 and the VMI hospital never existed.

Bird said about 200 Stafford residents were bilked by deceptive practices. Clair was ordered to make restitution of $18,856, which he made Tuesday.

Fifteen others, including Clair’s ex-wife, have been charged in connection with the fraud.

Five have received jail time ranging from 30 days to Clair’s 18 months; two others still have to be sentenced and two have yet to be tried.

The others have not yet been arrested.

“We certainly hope we’ve sent a clear message to solicitors who would come here with less-than-honest intentions,” Bird said.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
Magazine sales firm owner faces fraud charges in Stafford
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Majestic Sales LLC. aka: United Family Circulation
aka: Marquis Fulfillment Agency

Active Member of the National Field Selling Association:
National Field Selling Association Members Page:

BBB: United Family Circulation
This Business is not BBB Accredited
United Family Circulation
BBB Rating: F
Phone: (770) 831-7733
(770) 831-7722
(866) 299-2619
(770) 831-7002
(770) 831-7003
Fax: (770) 831-7040
303 W Shadburn Ave Ste 100, Buford, GA 30518-2692
BBB file opened: 07/08/1999
Business started: 06/08/1999
This company is in an industry that may require licensing, bonding or registration
in order to lawfully do business. BBB encourages you to check with the appropriate
agency to be certain any requirements are currently being met.
These agencies may include:
Department of Banking & Finance
2990 Brandywine Rd Ste 200
Atlanta, GA30341-5529
(770) 986-1633
Contact Information
Principal: Mr. James Clair (President)
Mr. Nicholas Angel (CEO, CFO, SEC)
Mr. Rick Clair Ms. Julie Clair Ms. Jennifer I. Clair (Secretary)
Mr. Rick W. Clair
Number of Employees
Business Category
Magazine Sales, Magazines Sold Door-to-Door,
Employment Agencies, Magazines - Subscription Agents, Mortgage Brokers
Alternate Business Names
Absolute Marketing, ALP, LLC, Coast to Coast Sales, Inc, CQ Diversified Products,
Empire Sales, Inc., Majestic Sales LLC, Marquis Fulfillment Agency LL, Nationwide
Subscriptions, Inc., Tuscan Readers Services, Inc., U S Circulation Corp, Ultimate
Power Sales, Inc., Xcaliber Marketing, Inc., Platinum Sales, Inc., United Family
Publication, Heritage Marketing
end DMPG Info
September 21, 2012
Magazine sales firm owner faces fraud charges in Stafford
September 21st, 2012 9:35 pm
A judge Friday set a $250,000 bond for the head of a Georgia-based magazine sales operation accused of cheating at least 60 people in Stafford out of money.

James Edward Clair, 42, of Buford, Ga., is charged in Stafford with 148 offenses, including multiple counts of obtaining money by false pretenses.

During a three-hour bond hearing Friday in Stafford Circuit Court, prosecutors Kristin Bird and Jim Peterson asked Judge Sarah Deneke to have Clair held without bond.

They argued that Clair’s business is continuing to operate fraudulently and that Clair has been encouraging others wanted in Stafford for their roles in the operation to hide from authorities.

Local attorney Mark Gardner and Georgia lawyer Brian Steele said Clair poses no danger to any community and is not a flight risk.

Steele said Clair has known about the investigation against him for months and still showed up in Stafford on Friday as requested.

“He is not the leader of the people who came to Stafford to rip off residents,” Steele said.

According to the evidence, a group of young people were in the area earlier this year selling magazine subscriptions, supposedly to benefit troops overseas or local sports teams.

Detective Christine Hammond testified that she began an investigation in March after getting complaints from multiple residents.

Hammond said she learned that the solicitors were often lying to residents about their own identities and about what the money was being raised for.

Many customers either didn’t get what they paid for or got nothing at all.

Hammond’s investigation led to a central clearinghouse in Georgia headed by Clair. She said Clair has sent solicitors all over the country, including Washington state, Oregon, Kansas, Florida and North Carolina.

The Stafford group stayed at the Days Inn on U.S. 17 in a block of rooms that police say were paid for by Clair.

Hammond’s widespread investigation, which included a trip to Georgia to serve a search warrant, resulted in the arrests of about 15 people on charges in Stafford.

Two have already been convicted of felony offenses, and some are cooperating with authorities in the case against Clair.

A six-day trial in Stafford has been tentatively set to start Feb. 19.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404
By Edie Gross on September 21st, 2012 9:35 pm
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Karleen Hillery Spruiell (James Edward Clair's Sister) is curently serving a 10 year prison term
in Arizona. The bitch was convicted of multiple counts of DUI and Felony Assault.

Karleen Hillery Spruiell
The Mother Of PURE EVIL !!!

Karleen Hillery Spruiell is responsible for the deaths of 9 young kids.
Including 7 kids killed near Janesville, Wisconsin on March 25, 1999
Monica Forges who was the DMPG Poster Child died last year in 2016.
Janesville, Wisconsin Van Rollover March 25, 1999
Malinda's Memorial

karleen Hillery's brother James E. Clair (Marquis Fulfillment Agency)
is currently being sued for the deaths of 4 young kids (LTP Inc.) in a van rollover on June 22, 2011
near Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Read PDF Law Suit

Robert Spruiell and Karleen Hillery Spruiell were both members of the National Field Selling Association.
Robert Spruiell was stabbed to death in May 2008 in Miami, Florida during a drug deal gone bad.
They are all part of the family: Organized Crime: The NFSA and the MPA. Robert Spruiell and Karleen Hillery both cleared magazine subscriptions through the Magazine Publishers of America.
Using magazine clearinghouses:
National Publishers Exchange
Magazine Fullfilment Services
"He who profits by a crime commits it."

Denver, Colorado
Judge Issues Permanent Injunction Against Magazine Sales Companies
December 1, 2012
Judge Issues Permanent Injunction Against Magazine Sales Companies
Virtual Channel 4
RF Channel 35
December 1, 2012 2:56 PM

(credit: CBS)

Jennifer Proffitt Payne and Cody Payne (credit: CBS)

DENVER (CBS4) – Five years after an undercover CBS4 investigation into door-to-door magazine sales a judge has taken dramatic action.

Two major players in the magazine sales world are now permanently barred from the business and were fined almost $1 million dollars.

A Denver District Court judge issued a permanent injunction against the magazine sales companies, saying they routinely misled consumers, failed to deliver magazines, and routinely misrepresented their connection with charities and other groups.

Magazine crews have been crisscrossing Colorado for years, in many cases misleading consumers like Catherine Pickering.

“He told me what they were doing was buying books for children in the hospital and I thought, ‘Well gee, that’s’ pretty good.’ You know because it was for the hospital,” Pickering said. She gave magazine salesmen $300, but the door-to-door salesmen were later arrested for fraud admitting their hospital story was just a ruse to sell subscriptions.

Now a Denver judge has ordered the husband wife team of Cody Payne and Jennifer Proffitt Payne banned from the door-to-door magazine business and ordered them to pay nearly $1 million in fines

The Paynes owned and ran a network of magazine companies that a judge says operated in bad faith, had sales crews make false statements to consumers, and failed to provide refunds.

“What actually generated the most complaints was people who tried to cancel their subscriptions, either because they didn’t get it, or it was too expensive, or whatever other reasons, and were promised refunds that were never processed and never received,” Deputy Attorney General Jan Zavislan said.

The Attorney General’s Office says it’s identified nearly 800 Colorado consumers ripped off by the Paynes and their web of companies.

“There’s no question that with crews operating in multiple states, as well as in Colorado, that they sold magazines to thousands of households,” Zavislan said.

Five years ago A CBS4 producer went undercover with a magazine sales crew. She was told to act younger to elicit more sympathy and sales.

“So I’m talking to you as Stephanie, but when I’m in contests I’m trying to act more like a kid, so my voice is going to change a little bit and I act more kiddish,” the salesperson said to the CBS4 producer.

The Paynes didn’t contest the order banning them for life from the magazine industry. It’s believed they have both now moved out of Colorado.

The Attorney General’s Office urges people not to let any unsolicited door-to-door salesmen in their house at any time.
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How To DESTROY The EVIL Monster:
Change their 'business model' with state and federal legislation: Regulate their fowl, immoral, and criminal industry.
Don't buy cleaner or magazine products from a door-to-door salesman.
Deplete their work force by destroying their ability to recruit sales agents.
Take away their profits by taking away their sales and their sales agents.
Expose them with media coverage at all levels.
Educate every parent, teacher and kid in the United States about their exploitation, human trafficking and crime.
Continue to file civil lawsuits against companies that have committed hidious crimes.
Report all fraud cases to the State Attorney General.
Contact all media including newspapers, facebook, and Craig's list: destroy their ability to recruit our children.
Report all exploitation, abuse, and abandoment cases to the Polaris Project: (Human Trafficking).

My hate will die with you.

On March 25, 1999 you cracked my beautiful daughters head in half like a watermelon,
and you ripped her guts apart. Malinda bled to death on a cold cement highway with
no one to hold or comfort her as she lay dying. Malinda was 18 years old.
You murdered my daughter Malinda, destroyed my family, my son, and my life that night.
Malinda went to heaven on March 25, 1999.
You are ALL going to prison and then you are ALL going to HELL !!!

“I reach’d my home—my home no more—
For all had flown who made it so.
I pass’d from out its mossy door,
And, tho’ my tread was soft and low,
A voice came from the threshold stone
Of one whom I had earlier known—
Oh, I defy thee, Hell, to show
On beds of fire that burn below,
An humbler heart—a deeper woe.”
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Pigs for Profit
The total ANNIHILATION of your multi-billion dollar a year industry is our goal.
We are going to destroy the exploitation, slavery, human trafficking, and hideous crime.

How long do you think it's going to be before we expose YOU on American Greed and 60 Minutes?
How long do you think it's going to be before we get congressional hearings and federal legislation?
How long do think it's going to be before we destroy your 'business model' and shut you down forever.
How long do you think it's going to be before we file criminal and civil RICO cases and Class Action Law Suits.
Take another breath and blink your reptile eyes.
That's how long it's going to be.

Maybe you should look up the definitions of conspiracy and organized crime.
All evil in this world has an Achilles Heel and we are going to slaughter you with one single arrow.

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Traveling Door-to-Door Magazine Salesman With Gun???
Gee, is this a pellet gun for killing the rats in the motel or is it a 9 mm/45 cal. used for other ominous reasons?
I can't find the use of this gun in the National Field Selling Association or Magazine Publishers of America Code of Ethics
but I'm sure it's in their somewhere. Or maybe it's the gun they will use to kill me and my family?

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Business started: 01/01/2010
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Lacy Knight, Executive Contest Cooridinator
Mr. Thomas Woodward, Principal
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Principal: Mr. Thomas Woodward, Principal
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