August 2016 I reported UK’s HM Revenue & Customs landedrewarded our complaints about Universal Medicine’s sham UK charity with a big fat tax bill to Sound Foundation Community Care. Almost £400,000. Update August 2017: Either I misinterpreted the charity’s 2014-15 end of year accounts or UM are telling lies in official documents. According to the charity’s accounts, released in the last week or two, the charity’s VAT debt was incurred as part of the charity’s transfer from trust to an incorporated company. UM says the VAT was refunded. Strangely, in spite of me repeatedly asking the charity’s trustees to explain how a £378k VAT liability appeared on the charity’s accounts, they made no attempt to correct my mistaken interpretation. None. I’m happy to retract my statements from last year and apologize to readers for the misunderstanding. If there was one. Will we receive an explanation for the outstanding anomalies in the accounts? And we’re still left with the problem that literally anyone can register a charity in the UK and take advantage of charity laws for personal financial benefit.
October 2015, the College of Universal Medicine had its deductible gift recipient status revoked by the ATO (Australian Tax Office). The charity’s official line was that it was revoked ‘voluntarily’. So was the loss of almost $600,000 in tax deductible donations voluntary as well?
Benhayon’s $2.3m Converys Lane building at Wollongbar before renovation
October 2015, the Universal Medicine cult’s Australian charity had its Deductible Gift Recipient status cancelled by the Australian Tax Office. The College doesn’t fulfil the requirement of a charity for the advancing of education. It never did. The College’s building fund has been shut down. Cult leader, Serge Benhayon, has also been prohibited from using the charity’s funds to improve property he owns. Seeing that was the whole point of the sham, what will happen now?
Official complaints are ‘hate’. Hysterics and fibs from College of Universal Medicine director, barrister Charles Wilson, for the tax exempt Church of Serge
In the last couple of years, Universal Medicine’s bent charity operations were chastened by regulatory scrutiny. UniMed’s propaganda division continues its offensive to aggressively discredit complainants and whitewash investigation findings. UM and its bottom line might have taken a battering, but charity regulation leaves a great deal to be desired.
Serge Benhayon appeals for his tax exempt building fund
For over two years too few of us have been exposing the Universal Medicine religion and complementary medicine racket; its bogus therapies, anti-social doctrines, secrecy and dangerous activities. This past year has seen the cult launch new fronts and initiatives targeting the vulnerable, renewed media interest in UM’s activities, and an all new display of aggression and bullying.
The Sound Foundation’s Sound Training Centre – Serge Benhayon’s UK church
Last year, the UK Charity Commission launched an investigation into the Universal Medicine cult’s UK charity front, the Sound Foundation, located at UM headquarters in Frome, Somerset. Particular scrutiny was given to trustee, Simone Benhayon’s conflicts of interest over her use of Sound Foundation facilities, and as a result, the charity was issued with a compliance plan. Their 2012-13 financial statements are a testament to UM’s fundamental dishonesty – revealing glaring anomalies that should have prompted the Commission to shut the tax exempt sham down.
The College of Universal Medicine has launched its website and is ‘taking enrolments’ for a bunch of courses without publicizing the details yet. We expected nothing new from the UniMed brains trust, and the rebranding of the Esoteric Development Group confirms what we suspected; the CoUM is really just the tired old products and services of the UM cult repackaged to avoid tax. They’ve merely added some fresh marketing double-speak to bamboozle the regulators and attract new customers. True to Universal Medicine form, the site’s privacy disclaimer is more detailed than the College ‘curriculum’, and the rest of it is crammed with blatant cultism and howling porkies.
This Today Tonight report on Australian charity regulation talks about the new rules for charities to make their audited accounts public. The Hill Song Church alone raised 50 million tax free dollars last year through its charity, but until this year, no one has ever asked them to account for it, and how that money is used to benefit the public. The same can be said for the College of Universal Medicine and cult leader, Serge Benhayon’s fiery property improvement fund.
‘Juzzie Smith, Chris James, Michael Benhayon all put out music that doesn’t need you to like it.’ (EDG Student Notes)
The published object of the Sound Foundation Charitable Trust, founded by musician, Chris James, is to ‘benefit wellbeing through sound’. What that object doesn’t disclose is that the sound is restricted to that of cult leader, Serge Benhayon’s funny little voice – lecturing that music is poison – and the strains of muzak produced by business associate, James, and other cult members. Nor does the Foundation’s publicity mention that it’s a tax exempt front for the nasty Universal Medicine enterprise, which propagates belief that charity is evil on a par with paedophilia.
Update 2: Cult photographer and legal genius, Clayton Lloyd of Flawless Imaging, Goonellabah, issued a copyright infringement notice for the Chris James meme to the left, but did not take legal action when I issued a counter notice – another pathetic and unlawful abuse of DMCA takedowns by the cult in an attempt at censorship. My response to Lloyd is in the comments. Continue reading →
Prior to adopting the Sound Foundation charity as the tax exempt front for Universal Medicine’s commercial operations in the UK, cult leader, Serge Benhayon, attempted to obtain charity status for his business by pitching it as a religion called ‘The Way of the Livingness‘. His marketing department sent out an email call to the faithful to provide testimonial on how the Livingness has benefited those around them. In spite of the propaganda, sanity prevailed and the Church of $erge failed to gain tax exemption from the UK Charity Commission. However, his ‘charity’ merely emerged in different packaging, undisclosed.
Serge Benhayon, UK Livingness Retreat, 2013, in the Sound Foundation conference facility. Construction funded by Universal Medicine students.
The Universal Medicine cult was denied charity status in the UK, but that hasn’t stopped the Benhayon enterprise from raising millions of gloriously tax free pounds through The Sound Foundation charity front to construct a plush Universal Medicine clinic and conference facility, and a swimming pool from which Sound Foundation trustee, Simone Benhayon, operates her swim school and Esoteric water healing racket.
Universal Medicine has a charity in the UK. The charity commission in the UK would not give UM charity status. Fortunately for us Chris James, one of the esoteric students had an existing charity called “the sound foundation” which he is allowing UM to use, as he does not need it.Esoteric Development Group lecture notes taken by Elizabeth Dolan, December 17, 2011.