TVI Express owner Tarun Trikha arrested in India
One of the more prolific MLM pyramid schemes we’ve seen over the past half-decade or so has been TVI Express.
Like a hydra, despite being banned and certified illegal in multiple locations across the globe (Australia, Indonesia, Lesotho, South Africa, Namibia and the US), TVI Express continued to pop in new markets and lure new affiliates into the scheme.
Once saturation was reached they’d then move onto new locations and thus the process has repeated itself over and over again these past five or six years.
It seemed that as long as owner and CEO Tarun Trikha (an Indian national, photo right) was free, the scam would continue to pop up in new markets.
Seeking to put a stop to TVI Express once and for all, the unexpected news broke yesterday that Tarun Trikha had been arrested in India.
Is this the end for TVI?
Details surrounding Trikha’s arrest in Kolkata by India’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) are sketchy, with the news first being published by Kolkata locals present at what appears to be the transportation of Tarun Trikha:
Angry victims of Trikha’s TVI Express scam report that Trikha was arrested by the Kolkata CID at Delhi airport, after which he was transported to Kolkata and where the above photograph was taken.
As of yet I haven’t seen any English language news reports covering Trikha’s arrest however I’m sure they’ll eventually surface.
Of particular interest will be the basis of the CID’s investigation, what they’ve charged Trikha with and the particulars of his arrest.
As I understand it TVI had been particularly active in south-east Asia for much of 2012 having focused on recruitment in Africa in 2011.
The last major recruitment market for TVI Express was the Philippines (much of 2012), with the company as recent as April 2013 announcing plans to move on and target South Korea:
Why Trikha returned to India is not immediately clear.
Local Kolkata victims of TVI Express allege that Trikha and family
defrauded the whole world Citizens for more than $ 50,000 Millions (5000 crore) (and that) more than 7 Millions (70 Lakh) peoples from all over the world have lost their Life Savings to these scam Artists.
The operators of the Giftex website claim to be “victims” of TVI Express and state that they ‘will not rest, sleep or stop‘ until they have recovered their money.
WE WILL NOT LET TARUN TRIKHA AND HIS FAMILY GET AWAY WITH THIS SCAM.
WE WILL HUNT HIM TILL HELL.
Meanwhile on January 31st 2013, TVI Express published a notice on their website advising visitors that under something called the “Quantum Leap Program”, they were “changing”:
The TVI Express board has launched a “Quantum Leap Program” as a part of which you would witness a host of changes at TVI Express that would rejuvenate our existing system and help create a long-term opportunity for our existing and new members.
Soon we will have new management and a new name but the core engine of our success will remain the same. You can look forward to more announcements with further details made soon.
Two months later and no further announcements are visible on the TVI Express website.
Reading between the lines it appears as if TVI was looking to rebrand itself and kickstart a whole new round of recruitment. Sooner or later they were bound to run out of new countries to migrate to and that seems to be what has happened here.
I imagine however that the arrest of Tarun Trikha was not part of this reboot masterplan and it will be interesting to see how things play out.
Update December 1st 2018 – After investigating the case for four years, the Central Bureau of Investigation has filed criminal charges against Tarun Trikha.
Someone dug up this video showing the same guy lead into Indian court:
Finally the criminal has been caught. Let Justice be served and let this act as a reminder to people that they should stay away from Ponzi schemes.
@Oz : The videos are in Bengali and not Hindi. Bengali is the local language of Kolkata where the scamster was caught.
Thanks for the explanation.
Star News video taken down by Youtube for TOS violation? Or did some TVI Express fan filed a bogus takedown?
I’d probably go with option B. I fail to see how recorded footage of a few seconds of a broadcast broke YouTube’s TOS.
Strange that the Indian media haven’t taken a more active interest in the arrest. I know TVI was largely dead in India but still, it is afterall where it all began.
What’s interesting is that Giftex.pro website disappeared as well.
If it wasn’t for that news report (which was confirmation of the news in my eyes), I’d suggest we’d been had.
The IMGUR album is also now blank.
I’ve been surfing the India police websites, trying to confirm the arrest report. It’s interesting that while West Bengal Police have public arrest reports, Kolkota police do NOT.
Checking Star News doesn’t reveal anything either. It’s renamed itself to APB news, i.e. NewsBullet.in, but nothing there either. Wonder if Mr. Kkhosla speaks Bengali? Maybe he can locate the item for us.
The IMGUR album is http://imgur.com/a/WUuE0#3
if tarun is guilty and cheated millions of people in india and internationally, why when he is arrested in india NO NEWS COVERAGE. all the facebook and youtube postings were made from some individual mobile phone only.
Amazing thing is the sites which were active in promoting this news suddently disappeared. i feel some individuals who wants to tarnish the image of tarun is doing all these. or may be a sort of blackmailing him for a lumsum.
I think this arrest is just because of a personal case and not related to tvi at all. otherwise indian media would have made it as a big issue. lets wait for the some time to see whats the real picture.
Merely thousands in India. The scam was worldwide.
Back March 2010, when people in Sikkim filed FIR, TVI sent in a lawyer and paid them all off to kill the FIR. I can’t find this news online any more, but it was at “Voice of Sikkim”.
In July 2011 Bangalore Central Branch police raided TVI Express office and arrested two.
The bengali language news report clearly showed TVI Express’ logo a few times and although I don’t speak Bengali, I’m sure I heard Trikha’s name mentioned a few times.
There’s also the footage of Trikha walking handcuffed with the CID (or some other law enforcement agency) present.
I got confirmation! It’s in Bengali though, but Google translate is pretty clear:
FYI, TheBhaskar is India’s MLM news website, so stuff on there should be treated with a grain of salt, but the details in this case seem to be pretty clear. Too bad there isn’t any links or references to confirm it.
I believe anyone can submit articles to The Bhaskar. All the Speak Asia loonies were doing it back in the day.
But usually the flood of articles is for the “good” stuff. This is “bad” stuff.
And the details are precise enough that it was probably someone “in the know” (at least he knows Kolkotta pretty well)
Another Bhaskar report by a different guy, but same event:
(Google Translate is wonderful once you figure out what’s “Tarun Trikha” in Hindi / Bengali)
Online venture TVI Express promoter Tarun Trikha arrested for ‘duping’ more than one lakh subscribers in India
By ABHISHEK BHALLA.
There we have it. Confirmed.
I wonder if they’ll have more luck than in the Speak Asia case.
Now DailyMail / India Section reported that CID is going to question all of Tarun Trikha’s family, as many of them are “directors” in TVI Express.
ALL BULLSHIT… the directors of the company were already arrested in Bangalore and they were two muslims from Kashmir.
How come all of a sudden his family is been dragged into this issue. They were neither associated with the company nor in any legal documents. May be some of the funds raised thru this scheme must have been deposited in their names.
As i said earlier, its a revenge by somebody who knows him and his family in and out. if his family members are not connected with this company, they should not be pulled into this soup.
Thousands of mlm companies came and gone in india. none of the company owners family were dragged into the issues like this, even though they were enjoying the fruits of the huge fortune their person made.
What proof do you have that the newspaper is wrong?
Perhaps you should learn to read before you declare things to be B/S:
The article quite clearly states:
See that ??
“the role of the entire family is being probed”
NOT: the family has been arrested or the family has been accused
Tell us, Radhika, where would YOU start looking for the proceeds of a fraud ??
There is no official document states that tarun is the owner of the company in india and the directors were two other persons (not from his family).
He was promoting the company as a leader and very lately in one Indian program he has declared that he is the ceo of the company. In the midst of all these issues raised internationaly as per Mr K Changs links, tarun was conducting lots of programs across the world and speaking publicly on stage about how he started the company and all.
If any of such issues are really true, can he come on stage and speak like this. in India also they said lots of petitions are there in his name since 2009. We know that India is such a strong country and its not easy for such criminals could escape from Media or authorities.
Today is supposed to be the courthearing of tvi case and no official print media has covered this multibillion fraud issue. What should we understand from this?
Oh well if there’s no official documents, guess he isn’t the owner then… /facepalm.
Let’s hope the CID are more diligent then you.
Trikha was uncovered as the owner/CEO of TVI years ago.
Of course he can.
Read up on Speak Asia chief.
That a court hearing was supposed to happen (on a Sunday?) and that no official print media has covered it.
Bernard Madoff not only “came on stage and spoke like this” he “came on TV” and in the newspapers on an almost weekly basis at times AND was former non-executive Chairman of the NASDAQ stock market.
So, in answer to your question, YES he can.
Yes but were there any “official documents” linking Madoff to his scheme?
Had Madoff of been Indian he was probably innocent yo.
Again, what evidence do you have that proves the newspaper is wrong? Repeating a denial doesn’t make it true.
Tarun Trikha had portrayed HIMSELF as CEO of TVI Express for YEARS. He also listed himself as primary contact for TVIExpress.com domain.
I may believe that the link to his family is a bit thin, but denying that he’s the leader of TVI Express is just bull****, when he had said so himself.
When it was promoted in Sikkim in 2009 there was no mention of “president”. Back then TVI Express was claiming generic names like “Sarah Wilson” and “Sam Cooper” as “admiral, vice admiral” and so on in the company. Tarun Trikha only said he’s a part of the “advisory board”, which is supposedly elite members. It wasn’t until September 2010 that Tarun Trikha revealed himself to be CEO / President.
You see, I actually tracked that scam for four years. 🙂 I know most things about it.
The arrest video news report is back:
And there’s a headline article about how swindles in India are making a lot of people poorer through fraud, with Tarun Trikha front and center
Odd bit of news… Looks like Philippines is waking up… Their SEC just called TVI Express a pyramid scheme back in March.
More reports of TVI express Scam in India:
dear mr k chang,
please provide me all cases detail which was file against tarun and tviexpress worldwide. this will help me in case.
and information regarding case you can get through me.
and mrs anuradha,
you know except tviexpress tarun have lots of company in india like v2 internationalpvt ltd, book my trip pvt ltd, v2 services pvt ltd and etc in all these company tarun trikha and his family is directorand tarun take all money in these company account (i have all proof in any body want plz mail me i will forward you).
you can also check through mca.gov.in or i have certified copy. and i forward all informationto cid so dont worry cid will find true things. and we file lots of f.i.r to keep tarun inside for years.
and mr anuradha (your realy name is shikha trikha).
you know tvi services (uk) ltd registration no – 05884910 first company register from uk is on your name . and this is first company tarun register from uk to show tvi is an international company .
his family is fully involve and all will arrested soon.
@TVIVictims — this list is a little old, but it’s a good starting point. I haven’t updated it with the latest news articles yet.
I did update the timeline though. This is current. And it has more links near the end.
Shikha Trikha? Isn’t that Tarun’s brother?
sikha trikha is taruns sister. his brither name is varun trikha .
Thanks for the correction.
In other news, Egypt also outlawed TVI Express, demands Interpol to arrest the mastermind of it and 7 other international scams.
(link is in … Arabic?)
Tarun Trikha is total poor fraud guy …Guys I feel there no one is pushing the case in india.
Also the master mind behind this is Rahul khurana may be people dont know this.
TRUE… NOW NOBODY INTERESTED IN TARUNS ISSUE. Who is rahun khurana , its a new name came all of a sudden…
Actually who were the key directors started tvi in india?
Tarun had given an interview in a network marketing magazine(Networking today- published by Jeet Kalsi) 4 years back (4 pages) in which he claimed many things which now he is denying.
Rahul Khurana was a name I heard before
Rahul Khurana was at one time listed as “advisory board member” of TVI Express. His name however, was purged in 2009, I think. No explanation was ever given.
My research of Indian corporation records revealed that their name was associated with a corporation called “TVI Services”, which was were all the payments are going to when you pay TVI Express.
There is a Rahul Khurana in Danville, CA. No idea if this is the same person… Maybe not?
Where is Tarun Trikha Right Now ?
TARUN TRIKHA SEEN IN GANGTOK SIKKIM .now must be trapped in sikkim case.
when did he get bail and go off to sikkim? i cannot find any news report about him getting bail?
it is obvious, that trikha has friends in the west bengal govt, and he’s been protected.
even the sharada scam which was uncovered a couple of years back, was hushed up and great efforts were made to sweep it under the carpet, as the west bengal govt was hand in glove with sharada and heavily funded by them.
west bengal is hanging on to the coat tails of a some yesteryear communist ideals. there is barely any enterprise there and it is under developed and poor. everybody, from the high heeled to the street sweeper is involved in chit fund scams.
what is the status of TVI investigation?
any body has the news ? where is tarun trikha?
Haven’t heard anything since the arrest.
He is out n roaming freely enjoying his life!!
hello friends, latest updates regarding/tarun trikha:
two new F.I.R 160/16 by E.O.W.mandir marg. and second fir 44/17 p.s – EOW registered in Delhi tis hazari court.
he also start a new company obtanix. if anybody want to file a complaint against tvi/tarun trikha please send your compliant through courier/personal in E.O.W(DCP), MANDIR MARG, NEW DELHI.
Court need prove that Tarun trikha is Ceo of company if anybody can explain.
What’s there to explain? Trikha owns TVI Express.
That’s something for police to investigate.
He is finally arrested as on 29-Nov-2018.
Why can’t people stay away from such schemes? “If something is too good to be true it probably is”.
CBI books Delhi-based tviexpress.com for defrauding people of Rs10,000 crore.
Please help me I invested lot of money and it is still stuck in those boards.
I still got the paper, please advise me on how to get my money back. I am from South Africa.
TVI Express? Your money isn’t “stuck in boards”, it’s long-gone.
There is no recovery because today your money doesn’t exist, at least not how you deposited it into TVI Express years ago. Sorry for your loss.
FIR DETAILS OF TARUN TRIKHA AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBER
1. Elite Enterprises FIR no -08/2009 CBCID Cyber cell U/S 419/420 (Chennai , tamil -nadu)
2. FIR NO – 46/2013, P.S – KESHIARI (WEST BAENGAL)
3. FIR NO-114/13 P.S –DEBRA (WEST BENGAL) DATE 01/06/2013
4. FIR NO-238/13 P.S – KANDI DT. 01.04.2013
5. FIR NO-332/13 P.S –KANDI
6. FIR NO-133/13 P.S –NANDI GRAMDT. 10.05.2013
7. One Case is in Sikkim court by hemlata Agarwal
In the court of bebika chettri, judicial magistrate, chungthang sub division, north Sikkim, north division, gangtok in P.C CASE NO -05 OF 2014.
8. Fir on name of tarun trikha and his company V2 international pvt ltd Harsh kumar Vs V2 international.
FIR NO -160/2016, P.S –E.O.W, NEW DELHI.
9. In 2017 another fir on name of ravi kumar vs V2 international
FIR NO 44/2017, P.S –E.O.W, NEW DELHI.
10. In 27/11/2018 on order of supreme court of india CBI register a fir (FIR NO –RC2252018E00015 ) CBI KOLKATA against Tarun trikha and its family member.
11. Fir No -466/18 P.S- Jotwara Rajasthan U/S-420,406,120b
12. Fir No-16/2019 P.S-S.O.G (ATS) Jaipur U/S-420,406,409,120b And 3,4 And 5 Prize Chit fund and Money Circulation Scheme Act 1978