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.
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.
British Not for Profit Sector Journal, ‘Third Sector’, has reported that the Commission is monitoring the Sound Foundation Charitable Trust and has given the trustees a deadline of May next year to comply with a plan to manage conflicts of interest and issues regarding public benefit.
The regulator received a complaint about the Sound Foundation’s use of charitable property and its relationship with a company that practices ‘esoteric medicine’.
Excerpts from the article are followed by a Who is Who of Universal Medicine UK. (Updated Feb 20, 2014)
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.
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.