State shuts down DirectBuy of Gurnee

Mar 27, 2009 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: News-Sun

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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romcat

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I worked for this PHONY direct buy for six months. In a word, Karuna is a LIAR!!! SO Glad they are finally GONE!!!!
Haileyyyy

Kenosha, WI

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May 7, 2009
 
They still haven't paid the former employees. Ridiculous.
romcat

Terre Haute, IN

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May 8, 2009
 
Haileyyyy wrote:
They still haven't paid the former employees. Ridiculous.
Is there some way we could "reunite" and meet for coffee to discuss our individual thoughts on this matter. There are good people who I worked with who don't fully understand my situation, nor do I fully understand theirs. I may leave an email address if there is an interest. Please respond to this thread. Thanks.
a former employee

Northbrook, IL

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May 14, 2009
 
This company should have been closed long before it was. The way Karuna hired and fired people for no reason. As was said before, she was a liar. I got fired for something that I did not do. I was accused of something because they had no other reason to fire me. I was told that I did not smile enough. GIVE ME A BREAD! A very poor business person. Glad they got shut down.
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Libertyville, IL

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May 14, 2009
 
Romcat if you worked for DirectBuy for only 6 months why do you still care?
A former employee, if your job requires you to smile and you didn't, you should be fired. When you are an owner you can fire people all you want. Karuna loved the drama of it
As for the state shutting Karuna down that is false. She was TERMINATED as a franchisee because she miss handled member's money, the state's money (Taxes), DirectBuy Corp.'s money, payroll and payroll taxes. She deserved to be terminated and all that is coming to her!!
romcat

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May 14, 2009
 
Ponder this wrote:
Romcat if you worked for DirectBuy for only 6 months why do you still care?

As for the state shutting Karuna down that is false. She was TERMINATED as a franchisee because she miss handled member's money, the state's money (Taxes), DirectBuy Corp.'s money, payroll and payroll taxes. She deserved to be terminated and all that is coming to her!!
Well, you obviously don't get it. By your own intimate knowledge of the situation she mishandled the states money. So the headline isn't wrong...the state shut her down. Now the questions remain about when former employees will get their final pay? You obviously had your nose real close to her rear-end or you wouldn't know all this. You ask why do I still care? I'll tell you; I'm owed money too!! As for the one who didn't smile...Who could blame her if that was the case...The only one who could manage a phony smile was that thief Karuna! But there too, you don't get it. If she liked the drama of firing someone..then she should be have been having a riot for having been as you put it TERMINATED!!! In fact, I would think that is the day she broke out that Dom Perione the clown accountant brought her. What's YOUR Story??????????
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I would say if you personally have not received your final pay you probably will not considering she is filing bankruptcy and is being sued by everyone. You should try suing her too.
As for my nose close to her rear end I was informed and still get informed of the situation by an employee(s). If you were an employee when Karuna was terminated by DB corporate you would know that the state revoked her license to sell merchandise and the following day DB Corp. terminated her as an owner. Maybe you should consult former employees who knows what happened and went on.
Also I do get it, as I am owed money too. You see very misinformed for being an employee at the time Karuna was terminated as an owner, not the state shutting her down.
Doesn't look like she had a very good accountant..that's kind of funny!!
Karma came and is biting her in the ass and will for many years to come with this. She will never own a business again and will have to give up her lavish life style. That is what makes me happy.....
romcat

Terre Haute, IN

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May 14, 2009
 
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Also I do get it, as I am owed money too.....
Fair enough! Thank You for your honest reply. I hope you get the money rightfully owed you and that she does some very serious soul searching of her own. I know many were very loyal to one who was a cheat. This is one of the sins that cries out to God for justice day and night! Defraud not the laborer his due. God bless you with good fortune in your working career.
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May 15, 2009
 
Karuna needs a soul...she has no intergrity as she always claimed she did. She was a self promoter of how good she was. Anyone that got to know her knew she was a liar and a cheat.
I wonder where the money that people donate to her charity goes. Probably into her pocket!
Also where are all of assets inside the building going? I know I along with several other employees were told they were getting money from her selling the stuff inside the building. No former employees have seen a dime yet, nor do I think we will. She is a low life liar. She must be still shopping and getting her nails done. She is a sick person and has serious mental problems issues.
But again, KARMA. Her house and cars are next to get repo...they already did once...ha! She soon will have no one and nothing. Maybe her personal "Friend". That could be all she has!
Mary Jane

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Directbuy seems tbe be engaged in lawsuits from coast-to-coast:

Phil Ganezer et al. v. DirectBuy, Inc et al
Case No. CV-08-8666 GAF
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
2009

On behalf of "all consumers in the State of California who purchased discount buying organization memberships from Defendants," Plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit in Superior Court against DBI, an Indiana corporation, The Sequoia Group, a California limited liability company and citizen of California, and Does 1-100, alleging violation of several of California's unfair competition laws. Plaintiffs contend, among other things, that the defendants falsely represent that their DirectBuy club provides its members the opportunity to buy goods and services directly from manufacturers and suppliers at cost, and that the club otherwise defrauds its members through improper fees and overcharges.

Then there are:

Ponzi et al v. DirectBuy Inc et al
Case Number: 3:2008cv01274
Court: Connecticut District Court
Filed: August 20, 2008

Randall et al v. DirectBuy, Inc. et al
Case Number: 4:2009cv00243
Missouri Eastern District Court
Filed: February 12, 2009


Wilson et al v. DirectBuy Inc et al
Case Number 3:2009cv00590
Connecticut District Court
Filed: April 13, 2009

DirectBuy Inc v. Giacchi et al
Case Number: 2:2009cv00110
Indiana Northern District Court
Filed: April 20, 2009

More information about Directbuy:

http://edumacation.com/DirectBuy
Roger

Los Angeles, CA

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Jun 3, 2009
 
Mary Jane wrote:
Directbuy seems tbe be engaged in lawsuits from coast-to-coast:
Phil Ganezer et al. v. DirectBuy, Inc et al
Case No. CV-08-8666 GAF
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
2009
On behalf of "all consumers in the State of California who purchased discount buying organization memberships from Defendants," Plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit in Superior Court against DBI, an Indiana corporation, The Sequoia Group, a California limited liability company and citizen of California, and Does 1-100, alleging violation of several of California's unfair competition laws. Plaintiffs contend, among other things, that the defendants falsely represent that their DirectBuy club provides its members the opportunity to buy goods and services directly from manufacturers and suppliers at cost, and that the club otherwise defrauds its members through improper fees and overcharges.
Then there are:
Ponzi et al v. DirectBuy Inc et al
Case Number: 3:2008cv01274
Court: Connecticut District Court
Filed: August 20, 2008
Randall et al v. DirectBuy, Inc. et al
Case Number: 4:2009cv00243
Missouri Eastern District Court
Filed: February 12, 2009
Wilson et al v. DirectBuy Inc et al
Case Number 3:2009cv00590
Connecticut District Court
Filed: April 13, 2009
DirectBuy Inc v. Giacchi et al
Case Number: 2:2009cv00110
Indiana Northern District Court
Filed: April 20, 2009
More information about Directbuy:
http://edumacation.com/DirectBuy
Thanks for posting this information. I am in the process of contacting the class attorneys to see if we can get our names added or not. There is power in numbers
Bess

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Jun 18, 2009
 
Hi,
I am not so much commenting on the last comment as I am giving my views from dealing with Ms. Talwar. I am so glad to read that other people see her for what she is. Her moral compass is way off kilter. I have seen her with her personal life and professional life and it's horrible. As of today she is still behaving in the same way. I hears that she was seen just 6 days ago getting very expensive extensions.($2,000+) She was with her boyfriend whom she cheated on her husband with and claims has beaten her to a bloody pulp. BTW this man is in constant contact with her young son?????? She is driving a Cadillac Escalade, I'm not sure how much these are but I've heard 60K to 80K. Her home in Hunt Club Farms in Wadsworth, IL is currently in foreclosure.(just look up foreclosures in Wadsworth, there are only 3) I don't know how this woman can hold her head up in public. I like the other writers have been victim to her constant cries that "she is a good person". I'ts all lies. she cares for no one but herself. Not even her son, exposing him to a man she claims beats her. So you sow so shall you reap!!!!
Sage experience

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Aug 9, 2009
 
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.
Jumped Ship

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Sep 8, 2009
 
I am a former employee too and not at all suprised about what happened to the business. As an employee I was overwhelmed with projects and Karuna would not hire more staff (couldn't afford it?). I listed to the sales staff promise open house attendees the world... and I knew I was in trouble. We could not deliver at the prices nor did we have the support staff or customer service protocol to meet their built up expectations. I was routinely on the end of customer tirades and did my best to be true to my sense of fairness, good business practices, and just plain common curtousey. Eventually I realized I was fighting a loosing battle so I chose to leave DirectBuy.

While working there I witnessed lying, verbal abuse, poor working conditions, and the mishandling of money. The Talwar's paid employees with their personal credit cards because they were struggling financially. There was rife unprofessionalism and on Karuna's part, a complete lack of respect for people. I don't hate her by any means, but I do think she got what she deserved. It's too bad that everyone else had to get hurt in the process.
member

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Oct 21, 2009
 
directbuy over all has many problems. it cost a lot up front like any investment but from what I know of other members and employees they are all about the close of a deal no follow through. I have been going to the club in chicago and have found it to be very different. the couple (husband & wife) many the time spent there very happy and enjoyable. they show respect to both staff and members. they alone have turned my view of directbuy around. if they ever leave the club so will I. and i will make it known.
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Nov 24, 2009
 
I also was lied to and stolen from. I'd be willing to meet over coffee to discuss "karuna the snake". If interested email below:
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Aug 24, 2010
 
I was recently termed from DB. The owner laid off 3 phone room folks for a week. Called us back to work. I worked for less than 10 hours and was told I was being let go due to missing to much work -RETRO ACTIVE BACK TO THE 1st OF THE YEAR!. I missed because everyone was passing a bug around - we were told not to come to work sick!I was also had court dates that couldn't be missed, was told didn't matter. Also, was told I hadn't memorized a script we didn't use. I was able to recive unemployment. Has anyone out there filed a complaint with the EEOC for your state? I would be very interested in any information.
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I am a former employee too and not at all suprised about what happened to the business. As an employee I was overwhelmed with projects and Karuna would not hire more staff (couldn't afford it?). I listed to the sales staff promise open house attendees the world... and I knew I was in trouble. We could not deliver at the prices nor did we have the support staff or customer service protocol to meet their built up expectations. I was routinely on the end of customer tirades and did my best to be true to my sense of fairness, good business practices, and just plain common curtousey. Eventually I realized I was fighting a loosing battle so I chose to leave DirectBuy.
While working there I witnessed lying, verbal abuse, poor working conditions, and the mishandling of money. The Talwar's paid employees with their personal credit cards because they were struggling financially. There was rife unprofessionalism and on Karuna's part, a complete lack of respect for people. I don't hate her by any means, but I do think she got what she deserved. It's too bad that everyone else had to get hurt in the process.
Where is Karuna

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Sep 1, 2010
 
Jumped ship: I agree with everyone that Karuna Talwar is a liar and a fake, but I have a few questions. You must have not worked for DirectBuy when it got shut down. I was there and there was plenty of staff. I would even say over staffed. What poor working conditions? Karuna just remodeled a brand new showroom. Everything was in great condition. That was one of her problems, she loved to spend spend spend!!! Karuna still owes a lot of people a ton of money. I do not understand how she is getting away with it. She must be holed up somewhere hiding from what is going on. She's probably still blaming Suku for all the problems. She talks about how involved she was with her business, but denys ever knowing her financial state. She verbally and mentally abused her husband Suku. Karuna is as fake as her boobs and nose.
Jumped Ship wrote:
I am a former employee too and not at all suprised about what happened to the business. As an employee I was overwhelmed with projects and Karuna would not hire more staff (couldn't afford it?). I listed to the sales staff promise open house attendees the world... and I knew I was in trouble. We could not deliver at the prices nor did we have the support staff or customer service protocol to meet their built up expectations. I was routinely on the end of customer tirades and did my best to be true to my sense of fairness, good business practices, and just plain common curtousey. Eventually I realized I was fighting a loosing battle so I chose to leave DirectBuy.
While working there I witnessed lying, verbal abuse, poor working conditions, and the mishandling of money. The Talwar's paid employees with their personal credit cards because they were struggling financially. There was rife unprofessionalism and on Karuna's part, a complete lack of respect for people. I don't hate her by any means, but I do think she got what she deserved. It's too bad that everyone else had to get hurt in the process.
Bess

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Sep 2, 2010
 
Check for her in Lake Forest. She had fled her foreclosed house in Hunt Club Farms. I heard she as roped another sucker. Some guy who may be in medicine.
Where is Karuna

Grayslake, IL

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Sep 7, 2010
 
I feel bad for that guy. I heard she flattened her hair. She probably has her black color lipstick all over her lips and teeth still. Maybe he will pay off all the people she owes once they start going after her there. She preached about integrity all the time, but she has none. What person with integrity does not pay her employees that worked hard for her? She will get what is coming sooner or later.

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