Amway India CEO William S Pinckney arrested, again

May 27 2014, 16:57 IST
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Amway India says arrest of chief William S Pinckney was made on Amway India says arrest of chief William S Pinckney was made on "frivolous" charges that gave "a misleading impression" about its business. (PTI)
SummaryWilliam S Pinckney, Chairman and CEO of Amway India was today placed under arrest by Andhra Pradesh police...

William S Pinckney, Chairman and CEO of Amway India was today placed under arrest by the Andhra Pradesh Police in connection with a complaint against the direct-selling firm.

Kurnool Superintendent of Police Raghurami Reddy said Pinckney was apprehended in Gurgoan yesterday and was brought to Kurnool on a warrant. The arrest was based on a complaint alleging unethical circulation of money through Amway's operations.

"He will be produced in the court shortly. The CEO has been booked under the Prize Chits and Money Circulation.

Schemes (Banning) Act," Reddy said.

This is the second time that the Amway India CEO has been taken into custody. A year ago Kerala Police arrested Pinckney and two company Directors on charges of financial irregularities.

Arrest of MD & CEO unwarranted: Amway India

Direct selling firm Amway India today termed the arrest of its MD and CEO William Scott Pinckney as an "unwarranted act" on "frivolous" charges that gave "a misleading impression" about its business.

"We are aggrieved and shocked at the sudden and unwarranted act of detention of our official," Amway India said in a statement.

The case in which the action has been taken was filed in December, but the company said that it had no prior information on it.

"The allegations mentioned in the FIR are frivolous and give a misleading impression about our business... Amway is a legitimate direct selling FMCG organisation operating in the country since 1998...," the company asserted.

Pinckney, who was arrested by Kerala Police last year as well along with two directors under similar circumstances, was today placed under arrest by the Andhra Pradesh police in connection with a complaint against the direct-selling firm under the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, (PCMCS).

He was apprehended in Gurgoan yesterday and was brought to Kurnool on a warrant. The arrest was based on a complaint alleging unethical circulation of money through Amway's operations.

Amway India contested the allegations stating that "due to the lack of a legal framework for the direct selling industry, any case filed is being misinterpreted and booked under PCMCS, which is otherwise intended to regulate financial schemes".

It further said: "Till date, Amway has furnished all information and documents sought by the police officials... We have been compliant with all laid down laws and guidelines of Union and State governments."

The company said the direct selling industry has been repeatedly seeking an amendment to the PCMCS

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