Big Trouble for Robert Oblon & Amplifei

Robert Oblon was removed from his position at Elevacity (now Happy Co) in early 2020 after being accused of “gross financial misconduct”.  It didn’t take long before similar accusations were being made in his new company – Amplifei.  Based on the number of complaints filed with regulators and angry distributors posting on social media, it doesn’t look like Amplifei is going to be around for much longer.

The signs of the company being in trouble started in the latter half of 2021 when Oblon changed the compensation plan in order to made it much harder for distributors to qualify for bonuses.  Leaders that had built large organizations suddenly saw their incomes cut by 50% and more.  When Robert was confronted about the changes and the fact that anyone joining after the first part of the month couldn’t qualify for the most important bonuses, he allegedly told distributors that if they were worried about money, they weren’t at the right company.

According to our sources – the real reason for the change to the compensation plan was because Robert had mismanaged corporate money.  Robert is alleged to have spent in excess of $1 Million creating a new affiliate model that would compete with distributors.  He’s also alleged to have spent large amounts hiring consultants such as Troy Dooly to salvage his reputation in the industry.

In December 2021, Troy Dooly and Robert Oblon appeared in a video on YouTube.  Instead of asking some hard-hitting questions about major issues that were being raised by distributors, Troy threw a bunch of softballs.  Even when Robert mentioned the challenges both he and the company faced earlier in the year, Troy never asked him to elaborate on those issues and didn’t demand answers.

A Facebook group called “The Bait of Bobby” is filled with numerous complaints from distributors.  One common complaint stems from the sale of a so-called “Founders Pack” that was sold for $1,000.  Those who bought the pack were promised a share of a specific “Founders Pool”.  When distributors weren’t paid anything from this pool, Robert changed his tune and told everyone that they wouldn’t receive a share of this pool until the company was profitable.  This sounds a lot like an investment and not a bonus.

More complaints arose as a result of the 1099’s people received from Amplifei showing a much larger number in payments than people actually received.  This raises more questions about the accounting and why there was a significant discrepancy.  Were distributors owed more money and then not paid?  Since Amplifei doesn’t have a corporate office and all customer service employees work from home, how is it possible for the company to not be profitable?  Typically, the product costs are far less than 20% of the sale price.  Even if the company was paying out 50% of their total sales plus 20% to cover the cost of the product, that leaves a 30% profit margin to cover overhead.  And we’re being VERY generous with these percentages.

Most companies pay out less than 38% of sales when you include breakage and less than 15% of the retail price for products.  That means if a company does $1 Million in sales, they’ll have over $450,000 to cover the costs of office space, customer service, back office and marketing tools for distributors.  It’s our understanding the company was doing well over $1 Million per month in sales.  Unless there was gross mismanagement of money, the company should have been extremely profitable and been able to pay distributors their share of the founders pool.

Not only have distributors not been paid money they were promised, there have been delays in people getting the money they were paid.  Robert has made a number of excuses ranging from saying the payment processor had issues to changing banks.  Whatever the reason – it’s clear the Amplifei distributors are not being paid what the bonuses they were promised and they’re not being paid on time.

If the financial issues weren’t enough – on October 7th, 2021, Amplifei was served with a warning letter from Truth In Advertising (TINA) regarding some illegal health and income claims it found on their website as well as posts on social media.  Although the claims weren’t as egregious as some we’ve seen, it’s hard to understand why Oblon would suggest that his product cured him of COVID knowing that the FDA had already come down hard  on other companies who made similar claims.  Troy Dooly has a reputation for coming down on companies making inappropriate claims.  How on earth did this slip by him in his role as consultant?

Based on information we’ve received, Amplifei has been reported to several state Attorney General offices.  When TINA sends companies a warning letter, they typically file complaints with the FTC and/or FDA for further investigation.  There will also likely be complaints filed with the IRS regarding false 1099’s that were provided to distributors. 

Frankly – we have more questions about Robert Oblon and Amplifei than we’re likely to get answers to. It’s a safe bet state and federal investigators will be able to get to the bottom of things.  In the meantime, we’d recommend avoiding Amplifei until these issues can be sorted out.

If you have additional information about Amplifei or another company you’d like us to address – please leave a comment below.

 

4 months ago

2 Comments

  1. Unfortunately; all the info in this article is one sided and told by disgruntled affiliates that were let go for unethical behavior on many levels. Truth always prevails just like Robert Oblon won his lawsuit with HappyCo. I am thinking the individuals should focus on their lives and new business since they seems to change companies often: such a shame that individuals have that shallow of a life to focus in a negative frequency:

    1. We received a number of complaints dating back to the summer of 2021 and chose not to publish any articles because the complaints were coming from disgruntled distributors that may have had ulterior motives. For example, we received complaints from Happy Co distributors when Amplifei launched that accused Robert of stealing proprietary formulas that belonged to Happy Co. We chose to stay out of that because we didn’t have the documentation to prove that claim.

      We try to stick to provable facts such as the warning letter from TINA or the numerous people who got 1099’s that were significantly higher than what they actually received. These are facts that go beyond a disgruntled former distributor angry that they were wrongfully terminated.

      I find it interesting that you’ve glossed over an important claim that has been made by current distributors. If distributors did in fact receive a “share” in the Founders Bonus Pool as they were promised, we’d be happy to post a correction.

      After publishing this article, we received additional concerning information that we may publish once we’ve verified the authenticity.

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