State shuts down DirectBuy of Gurnee

State shuts down DirectBuy of Gurnee

There are 58 comments on the News-Sun story from Mar 27, 2009, titled State shuts down DirectBuy of Gurnee. In it, News-Sun reports that:

DirectBuy of Gurnee, 4081 Ryan Road, abruptly closed last week after the Illinois Department of Revenue revoked the business' certificate of registration.

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Another former employee

Wheeling, IL

#25 Feb 23, 2011
It's been a long time and I have lost contact with my fellow former DB employees. I was one of the suckers who agreed to stay on and continue working even after one payroll was missed. I never had much contact with Karuna, I was part of the second-to-last group to be hired, so I was only working there a few months. But I saw and heard enough to know that I should have followed... darn I can't remember his name... soft-spoken grey haired gentleman who refused to work without a paycheck... shouyld have followed him out the door - at least he got paid!
Anyway, I'm wondering if anyone is currently taking any actions to get the money they are owed.
Still trying

North Chicago, IL

#26 Mar 16, 2011
We have taken action to get the monies owed to my husband, it was found in hisfavor and now it's with the Attorney general's office, so if anyone knows where she is....please post here.

Waukegan, IL

#27 Mar 16, 2011
Dear still trying,

I wish you good luck & hope you get your money. Karuna has a Facebook page, I know it's not much, but it's a place to start.=)

Little Rock, AR

#28 Apr 19, 2011
Can I cancel Direct Buy payments by putting a stop payment on my acct.
lil helper

Chicago, IL

#33 May 3, 2011
Still trying wrote:
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Thank you - will start checking this out. I will continue to search for her - I can give this info to the State's Attny office and they can start their search as well.
I'd also recommend that you write to State's Atty office about looking into the legality of her foundation
lil helper

Chicago, IL

#36 May 5, 2011
Still trying wrote:
Thank you - for the update - I did notice that on the pay it forward. I have a call into the State's Attn'y office who has our case. I will not rest until we get our money that is owed. The guy that she's engaged to works at a very known company in Lake County. We will prevail on this, I am not the type of person who jsut gives up. Thank you all for all of this info, it sure is helping.
Let me know if there is anything I can help out with, to a certain extent. I dont like direct buy and supposedly the Direct Buy corporation is $355M either in debt or getting sued for that amount from present owners as well as past owners is what I've heard.
lil helper

Chicago, IL

#37 May 5, 2011
Sage experience wrote:
Wow! This is powerful stuff against a former employer. Although she may not have been a model leader you all need to understand a few things. You need to file a complaint with you state dept of labor to make a claim on your earnings. In Bankruptcy earnings claims even come before taxes...YES before the gov't. It's a little work and will take time to sort out but when the trustee does settle the estate; you will get what's coming. Keep in mind many franchisor's create a predatory environment to induce a failure in the field for a host of reasons...none of which are good. The simple fact/truth is your employer may not have had the money to meet payroll and was going to have to shut the doors. And, as for the venom towards your former employer...walk a mile in her moccassins...losing a business is very difficult for anyone...I admit I may not know all the facts here but that's my 2 cents.
Just wanted to clarify on losing a business. it would be hard and difficult if it was even her own money invested. i heard she didn't have any money to buy the business and she borrowed the money from her husband's father, which she hasn't paid back one cent even. She really spent and wasted his money not her own so. So, i don't think its that difficult on her except for her ego.
lil helper

Chicago, IL

#38 May 21, 2011
Just an update, Karuna filed for brankruptcy
lil helper

Chicago, IL

#39 May 22, 2011
also try her maiden name. "Kumari"
Yet Another Former Employ

Libertyville, IL

#43 Aug 14, 2011
Not giving up wrote:
Check out the site The Armour House in Lake Forest, IL pictures of her wedding. Thanks for all the info on her, State's attny has emailed us and the more info the better. They have the new address, and her married name. Hopefully, something will be settled soon.
Could someone please list out, in a single post, exactly what steps should be taken get the ball rolling on a claim of unpaid wages against Karuna? Addresses/Telephone Numbers/Agencies that need to be contacted would be a huge plus, as well as what documentation should be gathered. There is strength in numbers in situations like this. The more of us that get on the same page and tell the same story to the same agencies, the better.
lil helper

Chicago, IL

#44 Aug 24, 2011
just saw a post in the Lake forester newspaper with Karuna when asked what she like about Lake Forest that time of year.

as quoted,

"I would say the beach, probably, the Lake Forest beach. I just ran down there yesterday (Memorial Day) and it was great to see everyone exercising. I forgot how beautiful it is. Iíve been away at college for four years in Boston. It was great to come back and see that again.

Karuna Talwar
Lake Forest

How did she have time to be in college, in Boston let alone, and run Direct Buy at the same time. LIAR!!!!
lil helper

Chicago, IL

#46 Aug 25, 2011
Still trying wrote:
I really wonder if her new husband knows what he married....What goes around comes around...time will tell
don't even fel bad for him at all, supposedly she can sell herself to brainwash people initially. and yes time will tell when he will get fed up with her attitude. also, I saw on the internet that she is trying to get into acting. That she is great at I'm sure, shince she pulled one over on alot of people.
lil helper

Chicago, IL

#47 Aug 25, 2011
She was just looking for another free ride I bet.
lil helper

Chicago, IL

#48 Sep 24, 2011
Supposedly she is driving a new Mercedes now. I guess she was born witha lucky horseshoe up her rear.

Apo, AE

#49 Oct 26, 2011
I worked at Direct Buy in late 2005 when I was 16. All of the backstabbing and lying and deceit I saw in there was ridiculous. I saw a man get fired pretty much for being gay, but was told he was looking at gay pornography on his computer. He won that lawsuit. I was eventually fired for answering my cell phone during work hours. I think i was just an excuse to get rid of me because her "favorites" did it all the time. Im glad to see she got what she deserved.
recent x friend

Garden City, MI

#50 Jan 9, 2012
I became friends with after the DB closing. The only thing I told was Suko screwed her over because of resent for the marriage ends. She had to file bankruptcy but, always claimed she has 12 Million that her x father in law is holding on to until after the banruptcy. She also has all the tv's and furniture in storage in Waukegan. Her bankrupcy did go threw. She has theBMW 7 series in her x father in laws name. Shehas to not have a paper trail that she has money but she get what ever money she want at any moment from Suko and his Dad. They deposit what she wants whenever in her bank account or buy it for her. She drinks 2 bottles of champage every night. Her and her recent hunsband have problems and drama. My friend ship end the week I read these post. She wanted us to start our own salon together. Very quickly I Was doing all the work and bringing in all the clients for salon. She wanted paychecks for far fetched ideas to help the salon. Turned out she couldn't get the start up $ so I continued to start out with out her. She must have been resentful because before it was for sure I could get a salon with just my Mom and me, she told my owner & they fired me. The day it happened she kept asking for text updates about what happening. It wasn't for sure but her messages in reply kept saying she know the land lord is giving me te space. Well she set me up and show my old owners the texts and got me fired because she was jealous or something. She always has to be the center of attention and causes drama. I prevailed and we are still opening this Jan. If anyone wants details to help get there payroll I would be happy to help. I had no idea this happen to empoyees. I told her to stop trying to help the homeless and pay her employees back!

Naperville, IL

#51 Jan 12, 2012
Wow! Karuna is HOT!
recent x friend

Chicago, IL

#53 Jan 12, 2012
hahaha! Too funny! I love how they said she's a business women & has a charity. Really she's a mess! She is always full of drama! She can't run to my house from her crazy marriage. I tried to help her and all I got was screwed over. Now she's running to Suko's house.I'm sure her x father inlay will pay for her DUI. Her drinking is getting way out of hand. The week we stopped being friends she said she need me to fixed her cause she drinks to bottles a night! I hope you guys tell the District Attny she has at least 2 lots of storage in Waukegan full of asset. She told me an she was going to try and sell in on crag's list or a garage sale soon. I always heard you can get assets

Chicago, IL

#54 Mar 20, 2012
Looks like Karuna got busted with a DUI!! Very true, what comes around goes around!!

Elk Grove Village, IL

#56 Apr 12, 2012
all direct buys SUCK!!!

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