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S0Noma
02-03-2008, 07:50 PM
BY DAN HORN |

Magazine and radio ads for Enzyte made the “male enhancement” pill sound like a sure thing.

The ads featured a glowing customer satisfaction survey, testimonials from happy Enzyte users, a promise of better sex within 30 days and a claim that a Harvard doctor developed the pill’s formula.

But a company executive who helped sell Enzyte says there was a catch:




None of it was true.

James Teegarden Jr., the former vice president of operations at Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals, explained Tuesday in U.S. District Court how he and others at the company made up much of the content that appeared in Enzyte ads.

He said employees of the Forest Park company created fictitious doctors to endorse the pills, fabricated a customer satisfaction survey and made up numbers to back up claims about Enzyte’s effectiveness.

“So all this is a fiction?” Judge S. Arthur Spiegel asked about some of the claims.
“That’s correct, your honor,” Teegarden said.

Teegarden’s testimony is key to the case federal prosecutors are making against Berkeley and its founder, Steve Warshak, who is accused of orchestrating a $100 million conspiracy to defraud thousands of customers.

Warshak faces up to 20 years in prison and millions of dollars in penalties if his trial ends with a conviction.

Several other company employees, including Warshak’s mother, Harriet, also are charged with participating in the conspiracy.

Teegarden, who has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with prosecutors, said Warshak oversaw the phony ads and every other aspect of Berkeley’s business.
“He was intimately involved with all of it,” Teegarden said. “He knew what was going on in the departments all the time.”

Teegarden said Warshak told him to create two spreadsheets of data to support claims Berkeley was making in Enzyte ads.

One spreadsheet purportedly showed how the pills increased penis size by an average of 24 percent, when in fact no customers had reported such results. Instead, Teegarden said, he made up the numbers.

Another report he created showed customer satisfaction ratings of 96 percent for Enzyte customers. But prosecutors showed jurors an e-mail from Warshak that they said asked Teegarden to fix the numbers.

“Here’s the spreadsheet you wanted,” Teegarden responded via e-mail. “Let me know if you want me to doctor it up some more.”

Jurors saw several magazine ads for Enzyte and other Berkeley products with titles such as “Maximize the Pleasure” and “Harder Than Chinese Arithmetic,” all promising to enhance the sexual experience.

When customers ordered a product, the company’s goal was to keep charging their credit cards for as long as possible, Teegarden said.

He said first-time customers were automatically enrolled in a “continuity program” that sent Enzyte to their homes every month and charged their credit cards without authorization.

“Without continuity, the company wouldn’t exist,” Teegarden said. “It was the sole profit of the business.”

If customers complained, he said, employees were instructed to “make it as difficult as possible” for them to get their money back. In some cases, Teegarden said, Warshak required customers to produce a notarized statement from a doctor certifying Enzyte did not work.

“He said it was extremely unlikely someone would get anything notarized saying they had a small penis,” Teegarden said.

Warshak’s lawyers will not get a chance to cross examine Teegarden until sometime today and they declined to comment on his accusations. Warshak, however, said he did nothing wrong.

“I’m absolutely sure that no crimes occurred at Berkeley,” he said.

Teegarden, however, said Warshak also tried to manipulate data that banks use to determine whether companies should be allowed to accept payment via credit cards.

He said Warshak artificially inflated total sales to offset the high number of customers who sought refunds from credit card companies, a process known as “charge backs.”

If more than 1 percent of its customers sought charge backs, Berkeley could have lost its ability to do business via credit cards.

To avoid that, Teegarden said, Berkeley began making small, unauthorized charges to thousands of customer credit cards. The charges were later refunded by the company, but they temporarily boosted total sales and reduced the percentage of charge backs.

Teegarden said the continued use of credit cards was so important because Berkeley relied almost entirely on them.

Without them, he said, “we would be out of business.”

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SKennedy
02-05-2008, 02:57 PM
Oh Nooooo! Please tell me it's not true!!
I just want to know how all these people I don't know very well are sending me e-mails and they all seem to know about my little penis?

Of course it's all total nonsense (Enzyte...not my small penis) but I do have to admit I enjoy watching their commercials, especially some of the earlier ones that were later removed from the air.
Just goes to show people will believe and buy anything, especially if it claims to help with their insecurities.

Drop1
02-05-2008, 06:32 PM
I suppose you want your money back /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Deeman3
02-06-2008, 08:31 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Drop1:</font><hr> I suppose you want your money back /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif <hr /></blockquote>

<font color="blue"> No, his wife wants the money back! /ccboard/images/graemlins/blush.gif </font color>

DickLeonard
02-06-2008, 08:35 AM
Deeman Rightly so.####

SKennedy
02-06-2008, 10:21 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Deeman3:</font><hr> <blockquote><font class="small">Quote Drop1:</font><hr> I suppose you want your money back /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif <hr /></blockquote>

<font color="blue"> No, his wife wants the money back! /ccboard/images/graemlins/blush.gif </font color> <hr /></blockquote>

I saw an ad for a kit where you can mold your penis into a candle. I estimate my "candle" would burn and last for a total of 2 minutes, which is ironic because my wife says my other candle only lasts for 2 minutes!! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Truthfully, my wife says that I'm "big enough." Whatever that implies....however, this is the same woman that when I ask her where she wants to go eat says, "It doesn't matter to me!" And we all know that's a big lie too!! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif I compensate by using an extra long 28 oz cue stick and driving a big Dodge truck with a Hemi!

Drop1
02-06-2008, 01:47 PM
We have things in common /ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif

catscradle
02-06-2008, 02:10 PM
Fwiw, I managed to produce 4 children. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif I think. /ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif

wolfdancer
02-06-2008, 02:11 PM
Now that ain't nice.....hitting below the belt /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Deeman3
02-06-2008, 02:19 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote wolfdancer:</font><hr> Now that ain't nice.....hitting below the belt /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif <hr /></blockquote>

<font color="blue">Only a sympathetic, knowing cry in the dark over being hit below the belt, so to speak, on numerous occasions myself. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif </font color>