Smart Circle International - False Accusations

Posted on Friday, June 6th, 2014 at 8:34am CDT by 6d8ff725

Product: Smart Circle

Company: Smart Circle International

Location: ROANOKE, 24018, US


Category: Job, Career

I am writing this now, because I feel my story must be told. I have waited so long because, as you will see in the telling of my story, I believe I am beyond the statute of limitations for further false legal action to be taken against me.

My name is Chris. My last name is not important for the purposes of this. For my story is a similar story to most that have worked for Smart Circle or any of its subsidiaries.

Now, before beginning, I wish to let it be known that I am not writing this to say Smart Circle is a scam. It technically is not. I am putting my story into text because Smart Circle and its managers lie to their employees to get them to work for them. They promise them lofty goals that only a few ever reach. They make their living stepping on the backs of the hard working men and women. Then, when you try and leave, it is just like the mafia. No one gets out without an attempted assassination. Smart Circle, unlike the mafia, attempts to assassinate your character.

I started out in a Door-To-Door division. After training I started to do well and was making money. Not a lot, but a decent amount. Since I was making money, I started to buy into the indoctrination that they feed you on a constant basis. After a few weeks of doing good I was promoted to a leader position, as they promised in their hiring spiel. No pay increase, but I was able to start "building my team".

I became good at it. In a short amount of time I has trained people who were training people. All was going well. No more money was coming in, but my manager was filling my head with false hopes and promises to keep me going.

At this point, most people who were in the system began to ask their manager about the assistant manager position and the guaranteed pay. Which is exactly what I did. That was when I was told there was no room in that current campaign for growth and I would need to move to a different state.

Having been heavily swayed by the lies of the company, I eagerly agreed to move in order to move up in the world. I uprooted my life and moved north. It started out well enough. Myself and one other person went up north for training and located an office to move "our" business into.

A year later we were doing decent. We had an office, a small team and I was making some money. Not assistant manager money, but money none-the-less. Then, about a year and a half later, it happened. I got promoted to manager!

I was all hyped up. For the first month or so, it was all great. I couldn't pay myself that much, but I was a manager. This is what I got in the business for. I was happy. I was loving it.

Fast forward a few months later. I was having the usual Smart Circle issues. My crew was getting "negged out" because we were in a small market doing very little growth. Ex-employees from my promoting manager, who had completely vanished by now, were coming back looking for him and causing a scene. I wanted to stop any negativity from affecting my business. So I called my hiring manager. He gave me Brian Mcguigan's number, who was his promoting manager. So, I call Brian and ask for advice: "Your business, your problem." and hung up.

Feeling a little more than "negged out" I pressed on. I kept the business afloat for a few more weeks. I had to pay myself less and less. I saw all the signs, so I emailed my hiring manager, promoting manager and Brian, stating I couldn't make it work and without help I would have to resign. My response? An email from Brian stating I was under a "company investigation".

I thought that was odd, but was in such a bad place I agreed without question. He tore through my office and paperwork. After he was finished, he told me he had found nothing, but he was going to shut the office down. He had fired me before I could quit.

I left the business with my head hung low. I went home and started job hunting. A few days later I get a call from Brian later telling me I had stolen from my employees and that he was taking me to civil court. I freak out and called a lawyer. The lawyer told me to wait until I got served papers before doing anything. A week passed. No papers. Two weeks. Still nothing. After a month of nothing, I figured I was clear and relaxed.

I has started another job and was rebuilding. One month after Brian's "scare tactic" I received a call from someone from Smart Circle I had never talked to or met, Ryan Irish. He told me that if I did not come to New York and work in his campaign, Smart Circle would come after me for several thousand dollars that I supposedly owed them. When I stated I could not move and I had another job he verbally berated me and laughed at me. Ending his call with "See you in court pussy.".

This time, I do not freak out, but simply waited. Months pass with no incident. I get a job offer out of state. I begin to pack my things and get ready to move and start my life anew. About two weeks before I move, I receive a call from my promoting manager who had vanished. He makes small talk and I mention I am moving. He says he's sorry I can't stay with the company, but he understands and wishes me luck.

Three days later, I receive a letter in the mail from the Circuit Court stating that I am being accused of embezzlement, check fraud and tax evasion by Smart Circle and have to appear in court next week. I call a lawyer and state how scared I am because, while I did not do any of those things, I do not have anything proving I did not do those things.

The lawyer tells me to just keep calm and we will get through this. The day of the initial hearing comes and no one from Smart Circle shows up. It is just me and my lawyer. The judge reschedules for one week and if no one shows up my case will be dismissed.

I start to get a little hopeful. The day before the trial Brian gives me a call. He tells me he will give me a chance to avoid jail if I will just sign an admission of guilt and pay what I owe. He does not say how much it is, but if I just admit I stole from them they will not press charges. I tell him I have to contact my lawyer first. He tells me that I "do not know who I am dealing with" and they will "run me through the ringer and send me to jail to get raped." and hangs up.

I call my lawyer and tell him what happened. He tells me just show up to court and ignore any calls they try to make. The day of the hearing arrives and Brian, Ryan and several lawyers are there. Brian stops me and tells me I have one more chance to sign an admission before going to court. My lawyer asks to see the paper, but Brian refuses. The lawyer advises me to let it go to trial and everything will be fine.

Our case is called and we all walk up to the judge. The judge asks me how I plead to the accusations. My lawyer asks for a discovery before entering a plea. The Smart Circle lawyers state that they have no evidence and that they need an extension. The judge grants and the trial is moved two weeks.

At this point, to avoid losing my job I have stopped the move for legal reason, but have been living in a hotel near my job and commuting to court. I get several more threatening calls from Brian and various other Smart Circle people, but I follow my lawyers advice and wait for the court date.

The date finally arrives and none of the Smart Circle lackeys are in sight. We go before the judge and he throws out the case. I breathe a sigh of relief and move to my current location and put this horrible incident behind me.

The moral of the story is not the Smart Circle is a scam, or that they lie to you. It is that if you do not succeed in their business, they will try and take you for all you are worth. They hate to see anyone who used to work for them succeed in any aspect of life that is not through them.


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fab13ed3, 2014-09-26, 08:24PM CDT

Your experience sounds horrible! I'm trying to reach someone at Smart Circle in Louisville but can't locate a phone number. Do you have any way to reach them? Thank you!

the d., 2014-12-06, 11:24AM CST

Sorry you had to go through that. I don't know Brian but the stories I heard almost made me vomit. It's not jut him, all the owners are a little psycho. It's Smart Circle's 'system' that turns people into devils. If you go to you will find links to news reports, government rulings, lawsuits and video footage showing how these people do business. Shame on them.

8577c0ff, 2015-04-24, 02:16AM CDT

I am so glad I found this post. I recently was hired to work at the Pittsburgh, PA division, that goes by Riverpoint Management. This is a roadshow division of smart circle, which means we stand inside of SAMs club or costco and pitch products that the innovage company (another division of smart circle) creates for us to sell and has websites with inflated prices on them to make the products seem more valuable.

Thankfully I was only with the company a few months, but in that time I've been sent to several different states to sell products. No matter how great I did on sales my checks never increased. It always was split with someone else. So of I sold $1000 of products in the morning and the other person didn't sell anything it was quite possible they would take home more money than I did, it all depended on how many hours they were there. What brought my smart circle career to an end was my family telling me I could go closer to home and get a part time job and make more (which was true) and they thought something was off with the company. So one rotation I worked at the club 90 miles from my house, did $1500 in sales, and got a call from my manager the next day telling me I only sold $60!!!! So I proceeded to ask one of the managers if the tags were scanning and they said yes, in fact one cashier even went to accounting and pulled up sales with that item number amounting to $1500. When I got paid I ask my boss and she said no without a doubt it was only $60. At which point I said this is a scam, because I said this she excused me the rest of the day, told me to not talk to any of my coworkers and she would get back to me about working the next day because of the "gravity of the situation". Well I wasn't put on the schedule the next day but for several hours a coworker blew my phone up asking me to take him and all the inventory back to the office!!! Because I was specifically told to not talk to coworkers I ignored the call. The following day I got a text asking me to send the hours I worked that week to my manager and she would get back to me with a schedule. I had full intentions of not going back but I still haven't got said schedule. I totally feel relieved now I'm no longer with the company, others have ask me why I quit and I told them she's ripping us off and it's a scam so the seeds of doubt are planted!

My advice to anyone that applies for a job looking for sports minded individuals for a rapidly growing company run like hell. I was only there a short time and I racked up over $1200 on my credit card, sadly in about the two months I was there I don't think my checks amounted to that much total!

dissatisfied, 2016-02-02, 01:35PM CST

Just found this forum, had a friend ask me about this company..I was a business owner and Had been approached by Smart Circle International to sign on and offer some discounts to their customer base. I worked up discounts that they requested to be put out in a sales packet that they would then sell. The customers would come in and redeem the Smart Circle coupon and we would be paid a pre-set amount from Smart Circle for each service redeemed. Well..first they assured me that they would only sell in my local demographic area and to my financial demographic customer profile so I could build a book of business from the newbies...LIE! They also assured me that I would be paid promptly for each service redeemed...LIE! After a short period, once I realized how much of a scam and nightmare this company is, I bailed. Thankfully I had the foresight when I signed on to insist on a no obligation trial period in writing. DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH THESE PEOPLE OF BE EMPLOYED BY THEM. You have been warned,,the rest is up to you. Oh yes, I never did collect on the balance of what they owed me, wasn't enough to warrant legal action, just wrote it off as a loss, but this should tell you how these clowns conduct business.

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