Thursday, December 3, 2009

Part 1: Reporting Nithyananda's Fraud to the FBI & IRS

Nithyananda, "I am not a crook."
Paramahamsa Nithyananda, didn't you just make some big legal threat against someone, but haven't followed up yet? Did you forget to pay the piper? After all, you have all that money. How much could the services of a piper cost? "Aaarrrrrugh." Oh, I see, my Gruntanese translator said that you're thoroughly annoyed right now. Sri Nithyananda, we would like to enlighten you about... "AAARRRRRUGH!!! How can you possibly 'enlighten' me!?! I'm PARAMAHAMSA Nithyananda, the 'Enlightened' Healing Master among other honorific titles!?!" Easy, there, Sri Nithyananda. Since you are surrounded by yes-saying-minions that you have thoroughly brainwashed, we just want to let you know that there is something in the U.S.A. that no one is above, and that's the law. "What!?! I'm above everything!" Well, not in this case, Sri Nithyananda. "AAARRRRRUGH!!! AAARRRRRUGH!!! AAARRRRRUGH!!!" Oh, oh. My Gruntanese translator says we better go lightly.

OK, Sri Nithyananda, we'll lighten up a bit. Sri Nithyananda, do you believe in transparency of your organizations? "Be very clear. I am a self-realized, and self-proclaimed, genuine, bona fide, and certified Paramahamsa! I do not answer to anyone, and all of the gods that I say that I'm not an avatar of, they answer to me!" Oh, dear. This might be a long night. Sri Nithyananda, yes, that might all be true, especially in the eyes of your devout following, but here in the United States, everyone is equal in the eyes of the law. Even Richard M. Nixon found that one out, the hard way. "I am not that crook!" Sri Nithyananda, that was almost the quote from Nixon. But, in the United States, no person is above the law no matter how high they have claimed to levitate. "I AM NOT A CROOK!!!" There you go, Sri Nithyananda. That is the correct quote of Richard M. Nixon.

Anyway, Sri Nithyananda, if there seems to be a lack of transparency and some, shall we say, some irregularities, there's a due and fair process to help ensure that every thing is kosher. It does not mean that you are 'in the wrong', but it helps shed light, and perhaps could even correct things that are in a gray zone, but need to straighten up before things go really wrong. Therefore, Sri Nithyananda, I would like to take a moment and let our readers know of some resources where they can get that process started. "WHAT!?!" Yes, you heard me, Sri Nithyananda, I just want to post a few resources so that our concerned readers will feel better and at ease to know that you and your organizations have had the proper guidance to be a legitimate contributor to society. "RRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAUUUUUGGHHHHHHHHHZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!" Oh, Oh. My translator in Gruntanese says that was a sound you never want to hear. I better put on this football helmet and extra thick kneepads. Today, I thought we would give some resources on how to report you and your organizations to the FBI and the IRS.
"RRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAUUUUUGGHHHHHHHHHZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!" Clunk! Oh, my. Sri Nithyananda, you just went into deep samadhi again. My Gruntanese translator just informed me that I'm lucky to be alive and that if Sri Nithyananda didn't go into deep samadhi, that I would suffer a fate of cruelty worse than his ashramites receive. Yikes. I would hate to think what that might be. OK, let's not get Sri Nithyananda out of his deep samadhi. He looks very peaceful right now. I wish his ashramites would get this kind of rest from time to time too.

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GENERAL GUIDELINES:
If you would like to initiate some investigations and transparency for Sri Nithyananda and his organizations, it is very important that you be fully grounded in satya (truthfulness). Only report information that you know is absolutely true, and that you have personally experienced. When giving the information, it is best to document these points to the best of our ability:

1. When? Give the time and dates as close as you can.
2. Where? Give the place and locations. Don't worry if this happened outside of the United States, but if it did, say so.
3. Who? Give the names of the people involved.
4. What? Be as specific as possible. Best if you have details such as check numbers, amounts, additional names, etc.

Poor information: Don't give hearsay info such as "My best friend’s brother had a girlfriend and this person said that..." That is weak and not helpful.

Good information: "I personally experienced on September 11, 2007 that Nithyananda said at the Ashram in Duarte, California said to me and these people around 8:00 p.m..... and the amount of the money was $3,000 U.S.D. with check number 588, etc."

Confidentiality: You really need to give your full contact information to the US Government. Your report will have much more credibility than just an 'anonymous' tip with no personal information. Most likely leads that do not have this contact information are discredited. The U.S. Government does an excellent job of maintaining privacy, so there's no reason to worry. You could request along with your information that you remain anonymous so that you do NOT face retaliation or retribution if your identity is exposed (which is unlikely). Your privacy will be fully respected. Guaranteed.

Nationality: Do not worry if you are a U.S. citizen, U.S. Resident, or even a foreigner residing in or outside of the U.S. The U.S. authorities have overseas branches. Let them decide if your information is relevant or not. That's their job. It is best to come forward and give this information when possible. It will be helpful.

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REPITITION:
When reporting, it is best to include duplicate information to multiple agencies. For instance, information that is sent to the IRS should also be sent to the FBI. Although the U.S. agencies work well together and share information, this sharing and duplication will speed up the reporting process. Be sure to inform each agency which information has been shared with other agencies. For instance, if you send an IRS Form 13909 to the IRS, you should also send that form to the FBI with additional notes as needed.

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REPORTING NITHYANANDA'S NAME:
Nithyananda's legal name is: Sri Nithyananda Swami

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REPORTING ORGANIZATIONS:
Below is a list of recognized Nonprofit Organization under Nithyananda. The most important aspect is the Employee Identification Number (EIN). The name and address are helpful, but the EIN is the key. Be sure to include this if you mention a specific organization. Here are all of the charities under Nithyananda that are registered under the IRS Publication Form 78:

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Hindu University of America Inc., Orlando, FL USALife Bliss Foundation Inc., Duarte, CA USA


Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam of Columbus, Delaware, OH USA

Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ USA

Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam of Saint Louis, St. Louis, MO USA

Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam of San Jose, Fremont, CA USA

Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam of Seattle, Redmond, WA USA

Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam Temple & Cultural Center, Duarte CA USA

Nithyananda Foundation, Duarte, CA USA

Nithyananda Foundation Montclair, CA USA

Nithyananda Yoga Foundation Inc. Duarte, CA USA

NOTE: listed under Form 78 with no EIN (not with status of a nonprofit charity) - STATUS IS IN QUESTION:

Nithyananda Vedic Temple of Oklahoma City, OKC, OK USA

We can thank our lucky stars. By a stroke of luck, some Nithyananda supporter posted all of the needed public information about each of the above Nithyananda organizations on the Guruphiliac Forum. To find the all-important EIN numbers as well as the full address of the registered charitable organization, just go to this URL:

CLICK HERE for EIN Numbers for all of Nithyananda's Organizations

http://guruphiliac.lefora.com/2009/08/12/comments-on-this/page1/#post15872957

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REPORTING TO THE FBI
If you have specific information that fits this general category of possible crimes including:

* organized fraud, e.g. selling 'enlightenment'
* specific fraud, such as promising teacher training and then sent do menial volunteer service such as 'flyering', and then not offered a refund, etc.
* illegal immigration racket
* sexual abuse (best information includes first-hand accounts or direct 'eyewitness')
* physical abuse, particularly to children and teenagers which mostly happened in India
* mental and psychological abuse and other brainwashing techniques deployed by cults including sleep deprivations, yelling, humiliation, etc.
* diverting of charitable funds from a 'promised' project to another project, usually outside the U.S. to India.
* all other activities that seem 'fishy' or possibly illegal.

You have three options to report this information to the FBI:

1. Online:
https://tips.fbi.gov/

2. By Mail:
http://www.fbi.gov/contact/fo/fo.htm

3. In Person:
http://www.fbi.gov/contact/fo/fo.htm

If you live outside of the U.S.:
http://www.fbi.gov/contact/legat/legat.htm
(usually, direct3d through the U.S. Embassy)

Online: If you submit online, be sure to fill out the form properly. Unfortunately, there's no ability to send attachments.

https://tips.fbi.gov/

By Mail: If you send by mail, it is best if you include both a hard copy (printed) and a soft copy (burned on CD) with your contact information and brief description of the content on the CD. This will help the FBI agent to place your information digitally (but it is not necessary). It is highly recommended that you call the regional office first to confirm the mailing address before sending the information.

Visiting the FBI Directly
If you plan to visit the FBI directly, be sure to navigate the FBI's location pages on their website. Most major cities have 'satellite' offices or 'resident agencies'. For instance, Los Angeles has ten (10) offices in addition to the field office headquarters. One should be very near you.

Although it takes a little more time, ideally, going directly to the FBI regional office allows credibility that a real and legitimate concerned citizen is coming forward with information. Be sure to include your contact information on all correspondence. As always, your personal information will be treated confidentially and with care. When submitting this information, it is best to provide both a hardcopy and a digital copy (if possible.)

Our personal experience is that the FBI Regional Office has always treated us with dignity, respect, and concern. Just a small etiquette tip, as friendly and helpful as the FBI employees are, they never give out their names. So save your self some awkwardness and don't ask them for anyone's name when you visit.

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REPORTING TO THE IRS
If you see anything that looks suspicious that deals with finances (that includes any monetary transactions) with any of Nithyananda's charitable organizations, then you will want to inform the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (The Federal Tax Branch of the U.S. Government.)

You will need to fill out the IRS Form 13909, Tax-Exempt Organization Complaint (Referral) Form:

The instructions on Form 13909 are very clear. Be sure that all sections are answered as appropriate.

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f13909.pdf


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The most important piece of identification information is the Employee Identification Number (EIN). Be sure to include it for each organization reported.

If you are not certain which of Nithyananda's organizations to name in the 13909 Form, then send duplicates forms for each organization that is in question. For instance, if during the Mission Training 2007, you were promised to receive acharaya (teacher) training, but were told to do menial service without the option for a refund, then you might want to fill out two (2) forms for both 1. The Life Bliss Foundation and 2. The Nithyananda Foundation. Although the information will be the same, it will help the IRS in sorting out which organization should be investigated. Do not worry. It is the same people with the same leader. The IRS will be able to figure it out.

You will need to fill out one (1) 13909 Form for every organization reported. For instance, if you fill out a complaint against the 1. Life Bliss Foundation, 2. The Nithyananda Foundation, 3. Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam Temple & Cultural Center, you will need to fill out three (3) separate forms.

EIN Numbers for Nithyananda's Organizations Available Here

For the one Nithyananda organization that does not have an EIN number, that is the:

Nithyananda Vedic Temple of Oklahoma City, OKC, OK USA

The IRS recommends that you still fill out a 13909 Form and state that this charity does not have an EIN number.

In section 5 of the IRS Form 13909, under "Submitter Information", you might want to check the box that will make your information confidential, specifically, check the box next to: "I am concerned that I might face retaliation or retribution if my identity is disclosed." Your information will remain confidential.

Sending instructions are on the IRS 13909 Form. You may send it via hardcopy through the postal service or as an email attachment (recommended) to the given email address, which is on the form.

You might want to write additional information to the IRS on a separate document. Be sure to include your contact information and the charity in question, including the address, and especially the EIN on all supporting documents.

IRS Reward Possibility: You might be interested to know that there is an IRS reward that you could qualify for. To be eligible you will need to fill out and sign the IRS Form 211 "Application for Award for Original Information" and male that separetly to the Whistleblower Office. You may obtain that form from this link:

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f211.pdf

Multiple Copies to Other Agencies: Once again, it is highly recommended that you send a copy of all IRS documents to the FBI. You might also want to keep a copy for your own records.

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Stay tuned for additional information on how to report Nithyananda and his organizations in future posts.

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