Herbalife Ltd. (HLF) Hit With a New Probe from Illinois Atty. General

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Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF), the multilevel marketing (MLM) company that sells nutritional and weight loss products accused of operating a pyramid scheme by activist investor Bill Ackman and a number of Latino activist groups continues to receive bad news—this time the Illinois Attorney General’s Office launch an investigation against it.

Maura Posley, a spokesperson for Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan confirmed the investigation. According to her, the Office of the Attorney General is investigating consumer complaints against Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF). Consumers filed their complaints against the company in December with some of the allegations dates back in 2008.

The action of Illinois Attorney General Madigan came after the investigations launched by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and reports that the Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and New York Attorney General were also conducting separate inquiry on the business practice of the MLM company.

Herbalife has 15,000 members in Illinois

With regard to the investigation of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) said it has more than 15,000 members and many more thousands of satisfied customers in the state. According to the company, it will continue to provide its outstanding products and services and support the good work of its members.

In addition, the company said, “We are confident in the integrity of our longstanding business and the Company’s compliance with applicable laws and regulations. We look forward to working with the Illinois Attorney General’s office to resolve the consumer complaints it has received.”

No knowledge of DOJ, FBI inquiry

Last week, Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) issued a statement that it had no knowledge regarding reports that the DOJ and the FBI are investigating allegations that it is a pyramid scheme. The company said it did not receive any formal or informal request for information from both agencies.

Earlier this week, the New York Post reported that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman launched an inquiry regarding allegations that Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) is operating a pyramid scheme. The report indicated that two whistle blowers came forward and gave a sworn statement to Schneiderman’s investigators.

Some of the organizations and lawmakers who requested Schneiderman to investigate Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) include Make the Road New York, a community group that surveyed hundreds of Hispanic residents in the state and found that no one among those distributors succeeded in the business opportunity offered by the company.  New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, State Sen. Adriano Espaillo and Council member Julissa Ferreras also requested the Attorney General’s Office to investigate Herbalife.

Equity risk

The shares of Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) closed at $55.10 per share, down by 0.31%, but managed to recover after hours. The stock price of the company declined from its highest level at $83.51 to its current trading price over the past 52-week range or down by more than 30% year-to-date.

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