Serge Benhayon, who insists he is a reincarnation of Leonardo da Vinci, has raised more than half a million dollars using a charity licence granted to him by the NSW government in July of 2012 to build an educational facility.
But the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing said it had “completed an initial assessment and commenced an investigation” after receiving a complaint last week that the College of Universal Medicine had breached charitable fundraising laws.
“The complaint also contains serious allegations in regard to conduct beyond the scope of NSW charitable fundraising laws and will be referred to police for consideration,” a spokesman said.
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The article was one of three published today in the Sunday Telegraph:
Businessman Lance Martin, from Bangalow, on the state’s north coast, formally complained to the OLGR regarding the charitable licence and also to the Department of Fair Trading, claiming The College of Universal Medicine does not meet the definition of a charity.
“The College of Universal Medicine charitable activities are directed to benefiting the UM commercial business and propagating Serge Benhayon’s teachings and practices, and do not benefit the public,” the complaint said…
“It’s modern-day snake oil based on pseudoscience. They haven’t done any charity work, we’ve found no evidence of it,” Mr Martin said…
Mr Benhayon said his critics were liars and “cyber-bullies”.
“Not a single person can be persuaded, coerced or brainwashed against their own will,” he said.
“Science is on my side here.
Would that be the ‘science of numerology’ Serge, or the ‘science of reincarnation’, or Christoph Schnell’s ‘religion that is a SCIENCE‘?
Matt Sutherland talked about UM’s oppressive lifestyle restrictions:
“He calls himself the descended [sic] master and Serge (Benhayon) totally controlled every aspect of our lives, what we ate, who we saw, we were only allowed to listen to music produced by the glorious music label, he told us how to have sex, basically he controls what everyone does.
There’s also a piece about the ovarian reading, one of Serge’s routines for prying around for dirt in women’s private lives:
IT began with a “healing session” for stress during a holiday in Byron.
But by the time the sessions stopped, Esther Rockett said things had turned “sleazy” and she felt as though she was being “groomed”.
Now, cue the Esoteric spam army with the usual complaints accusing 10 media organizations of ‘bias’, and how’d they’d missed the ‘real’ story about the ‘miracles’ of Esoteric healing, we’re cyber-bullies, trolls, loveless and in pain, and people with adverse experiences of UM don’t exist.
Of course they don’t exist when you shut your eyes and ears, refuse to allow feedback and bully them into silence.