Alan Neil Kippax, an investigative editorial of the Business in Motion / BIM founder

by bobandanna on January 22, 2010

The founder, CEO, Master Distributor of Business in Motion (BIM), is Alan Neil Kippax.

He’s also a card carrying megalomaniac.

Mr. Kippax has a long history of questionable companies, as well as a criminal record (drugs, weapons, and assault) described here.

Would you follow this man into business?

Would you follow this man into business?

One of Alan’s early ventures was door to door sales of frozen meats and fish from a truck bed freezer.  He often bragged about his success in the Alpha Club which dealt in travel coupons, and admitted that the coupons were worthless.  He claimed that his business “Half Price Towing” became the largest in Canada in eighteen months, but we are unable to find any record of that company’s existence.  His list of accomplishments changes and grows as does his self written reputation as a ‘mathematical genius’ and now ‘visionary’.  Google his name and settle back for some sadly amusing reading.

In April 2004, he opened Treasure Traders International, “eight years in the planning”.  Alan claimed that TTI made $34 million in its first year, a feat that somehow did not catch the attention of any financial publication, and that Alan never bothered to back up with official financial records.

The product was “the most expensive product in the world – emeralds!”  The emeralds, and later the sapphires, rubies, and travel packages covered up a classic pyramid scam – the splitting panel, often referred to as “The Airplane Game”.

TTI adopted a nautical theme.  The airplane became a ship (The Destiny!) with 8 Crew, 4 Voyagers, 2 First Mates, and 1 Captain.  Each time the ship filled with unsuspecting crew members, it split to form two new ships, and more crew members were invited to join.

When you boarded a ship as Crew, you paid $1200 to the Captain (cash only!), and invited two more people on board who also paid $1200 to the Captain, adding an Aussie Two Up feature to the scheme.  In return for your cash, you would receive a certificate from the Captain, which you could later redeem (with a large additional payment of $800) for the gemstones or travel pack of your choice.

As one astute distributor of questionable ethics once said “Alan could throw all those damned little green buttons into the ocean, and this deal would work a lot better.”

We know from personal experience that well over 90% of participants never got paid by TTI, and actually lost money they could ill afford to lose.  Many at our center were seniors on limited income, a favorite prey for scam artists.

Many of those who tried to cash in their certificates for the $1200 worth of gems promised to them were told, “That option is unavailable at the present time.  We will place your name on a waiting list.”  The waiting list got longer and hope dwindled.

In November 2005, the UK branch of TTI, operated by Alan’s cousin Peter Kippax, was closed by the British Government as an illegal pyramid [Word Document].

Shortly afterward, in February 2006, Alan closed the doors to TTI, citing the problems caused by “lying, cheating, thieving distributors”.  He crossed the street, and opened a copycat company called Business in Motion, using the same Airplane Game / Aussie Two Up model.  This time, it was not a ship but a Board Room, in which participants could progress from the Mail Room to the CEO position.  Entry fees were upped from $1200 for a gemstone certificate to $3200 for a travel package of dubious value.

Along the way, Alan incorporated several side schemes.  One was a pyramid structure in which distributors would pay $20 or $40 per month for training, out of which commissions would be paid upwards.  92% of participants would be guaranteed not to make back the monthly fee.  Alan placed himself at the top of each pyramid and at the top of each Board Room.

As BIM developed, Alan introduced various products to promote in increasingly transparent attempts to disguise the pyramid.  Suppliers came and went with varying degrees of hostility, but each time Alan rebounded and gathered even more supporters – proof that the product is of little importance in a scheme where constant recruitment and promises of quick easy money are the keys.

Canada’s CBC has aired an expose of Alan Kippax and Business in Motion.  Click here to view.

Alan Kippax’s notorious driving habits finally resulted in a tragedy in which his cousin Peter was killed and two others were crippled for life.  Click here.

On October 27 2009, Alan was found guilty of two charges of dangerous driving causing bodily harm, and one charge of dangerous driving causing death.  Sentencing will take place on January 28 2010.

Also, see our Business in Motion Profile page.

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Bob and Anna Bassett April 7, 2011 at 8:44 am Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hello Rich

Unfortunately, you are not alone. We know from hands on experience that well over 90% of Treasure Traders victims never made a dime. They lost $1200 to $3600 or more and found themselves on stalled boards, or crashed airplanes.

Here is an article we wrote re the class action suit:
http://togethertothetop.com/?p=4277

And here is an article mentioning ‘The Lucky Thirteen’ facing RCMP charges:
http://togethertothetop.com/?p=5018

As for Revenue Canada, we suggest you provide them with proof that you never received any money via the Trucash card. Since the card system has probably collapsed along with everything else Alan built, it might be difficult to obtain records.

Consult your accountant to see what documents you need.

Thanks for speaking up. We need more voices like yours to help stop these scammers from ruining more lives.

Bob and Anna

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rich April 4, 2011 at 9:48 am Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi folks. Wish you had been at this before my involvement with BIM. Have you heard of anyone receiving any money from the theif loaded onto trucash cards? I just got hit with an assessment for income received in this manner and was not even aware it was put there. I have spoken to others in my area and no one seems to know of any commission program which would have produced this money. By the way I never was a dos on a completed board. Also, the money on the card has disappeared too. Now I have to deal with rev cda somehow.

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bobandanna January 14, 2011 at 7:13 pm Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Here’s a lesson or two we can learn from this BIM fiasco:

Lesson From The Business in Motion Charges:
You Are Responsible For Your Actions
http://togethertothetop.com/?p=5018

Bob and Anna

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bobandanna January 14, 2011 at 6:48 pm Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Happy New Year!

The RCMP have laid charges against 13 BIM ‘distributors’ in Manitoba!

RCMP Charge Business in Motion as Pyramid Scheme
http://togethertothetop.com/?p=5000

What are the lessons we can learn from this?

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Bob and Anna January 10, 2011 at 7:40 pm Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi Mark

Charges are indeed being laid, but not for involvement in BIM. Revenue Canada is going after some of the Bimbonians for questionable tax reporting.

Everything we know is posted on our blog at http://www.TogetherToTheTop.com. Just do a search for Kippax or Fox. Our latest addition is http://togethertothetop.com/?p=4179 which mentions the charges against Colin Fox.

We can’t verify anything. All we can do is point people to what we’ve seen in the news. Thanks for your comments and thanks for your continued interest in keeping these scoundrels off the streets.

Bob and Anna

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Mark January 9, 2011 at 11:41 pm Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I have just found out that criminal charges may have been laid against BIM corporate members. Would you be able to verify any of this or have some details about it?

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W.Blair January 9, 2011 at 4:03 am Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Once I was convinced that a system such as BIM and Amway would provide incredible residual income for my efforts. If not for my weakness in my desire to suceed I would never have stepped on board these structures. Less that 1 out of a 1000 actually do well in these systems. The latter of the two I did realize income that I was happy for. However my expenses exceeded the return so I operated in the red. When I began to struggle financially in each I had to admitt being dupped! Had it not been for the flamboyant, careless and cavalier carrying on by the leader of BIM many may have at least earned their money back. The value of the products is the only questionable issue when compared to the price. Only one such product was clearly worth every penny and then some for many!! We each make choices and are the only ones to blame at the end of the day regardless of clever masking techniques and enticing strategies.
Mr. Kippax and executives, I do not wish you personal harm or continuing hardship, but I would sure like my money back!

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bobandanna April 6, 2010 at 12:12 pm Thumb up 0 Thumb down 1

BIM is now ‘on hold’, while Alan’s sentencing has been delayed by an adjournment until April 26 2010.

To hear Alan’s skillful and frightening control of the minds of the Bimbonians, please visit our article …
Collapse of a Cult – BIM is ‘On Hold’
http://togethertothetop.com/?p=3790

To read an analysis of the scam, and a warning about companies like BIM, please see our article …
Business In Motion – A Zero Pillar Company
http://togethertothetop.com/?p=3872

Comments are welcome.

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Simon March 18, 2010 at 10:26 pm Thumb up 0 Thumb down 1

A BIM DIRECTOR CHARGED BY CRA
Hamilton, Ontario, February 11, 2010 … Colin Michael Fox, of Stoney Creek, pleaded guilty in Ontario Court of Justice in Hamilton, on February 5, 2010, to two counts of failing to comply with a court order to file income tax returns. He was fined $2,500 on each count, for a total of $5,000, to be paid within 12 months. In addition to any fines imposed by the courts, individuals or corporations convicted of failing to file tax returns are still obligated to file the returns and pay the full amount of taxes owing, plus interest, as well as any civil penalties that may be assessed by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Fox, a former director at a network marketing company known as Business in Motion International Corporation, was fined for not complying with a court order to file his 2005 and 2006 individual income tax returns. A third charge against Fox for failing to comply with a court order to file his 2004 individual income tax return was remanded to September 9, 2010.

On July 3, 2009, Fox was convicted of not complying with requirements issued by the CRA under the Income Tax Act to file his 2004 to 2006 personal income tax returns. He was fined $1,500 on each count, for a total of $4,500. At that time, the court ordered him to file the outstanding tax returns with the CRA by August 4, 2009, and to pay the fines within 90 days.

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bobandanna February 4, 2010 at 8:14 pm Thumb up 1 Thumb down 2

A huge red flag to watch for is the lack of information about the company’s physical location on their website. BIM provides no such info, but in their back office we found this:

Business In Motion International Corporation
7275 Rapistan Crt Mississauga,
Ontario Canada, L5N 5Z4
Phone: 905-542-8766

Just in case you wanted to pay Alan a visit before his sentencing on March 5 on three charges of dangerous driving …

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bobandanna February 3, 2010 at 9:42 am Thumb up 1 Thumb down 1

Maggie, you are absolutely right! Unfortunately, circumstances can help us turn a blind eye to red flags.

We now realize that when we met Alan, our debt load was a factor in our rationalization of his criminal record. We allowed him the benefit of the doubt, thinking that the drugs, weapons and assault were all just part of a reckless youth and that he had changed for the better.

The only thing he got better at was fleecing larger number of people with a smoother style every year. When we talk to the BIM Believians now, it is doubly embarrassing as we were once there. Lucky for us, our morals remained intact, and we managed to spit out the Koolaid.

And you are right about the weak ones. Napoleon Hill tells us that the person who gambles like this will always lose, as a reward for trying to get something for nothing.

Thanks for your wonderful comment, Maggie!

Bob and Anna Bassett

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bobandanna February 3, 2010 at 9:33 am Thumb up 1 Thumb down 1

Well said, Lane!

Many people believe that if the Canadian authorities had put Alan away for his crimes in ‘business’, he would have been out of his car and off the street and this senseless tragedy would never have occurred.

We are embarrassed and ashamed that our government can permit (and hence promote) this evil behavior.

You were very kind to refer to Alan as a ‘joker’. We tend to be a lot harsher in our labels.

Thanks for your comment!
Bob and Anna Bassett

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Maggie Kress January 26, 2010 at 11:09 pm Thumb up 3 Thumb down 1

This article proves that they are out there waiting for their next victim. We must arm ourselves against people like him that are so money hungry that they do not care who they steal from. Usually the weak ones that want to get rich quick.

Let me say, there is no get rich quick scheme that pays off. The important thing to do is DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Know the company that you are considering, make sure they are legal before you put up ONE CENT.

Education is the way to know if the company is legit. There are many ways on the internet that can teach you how to find a reliable company that does what they say. In other words THEY WALK THE TALK. This means they are honest and upfront and do not try to hide anything in pages of Compensation Plans or Terms and Conditions.

IMPORTANT: Do not be like our govenment, READ BEFORE YOU GIVE APPROVAL.

Thanks and God Bless
Maggie Kress
maggiekres.com

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Lane Romero-Reiss January 25, 2010 at 11:05 am Thumb up 4 Thumb down 2

I’m glad he is being charged with SOMETHING, but it is truly sad for our industry that guys like this are able to continue to run these scams with little fear of being punished for it.

There ARE legitimate companies out there. You just have to do your due diligence. Personally, I got tired of the promises of the start-ups, and am now happily working with a company celebrating its 25th year.

I also realized I had developed the skills necessary to grow a successful business, so I didn’t have to rely on the “ground floor opportunity” that so many people think is the only way to make money in this industry. More often than not, sadly, you’re actually more likely to end up with a joker like Alan at the helm.

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