Ken Harvey and Sensaslim – the bills come in

Australian Skeptics is calling for your support for Ken Harvey.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has instituted proceedings against Sensaslim Australia, including past scammer Peter Foster. The ACCC says the company failed to disclose Foster’s participation, a serious issue considering that he has been involved in a number of controversies in the last decades, including the Bai Lin slimming tea scandal in the 1980s. He has been jailed for fraud and other misdemeanours on three continents.

The ACCC alleges that Sensaslim and several of its officers engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct and made false representations in relation to the identity of Sensaslim officers, the Sensaslim Spray and the business opportunities offered by Sensaslim.

It allegations include that Sensaslim falsely represented that the Sensaslim Spray was the subject of a large worldwide clinical trial when in fact no such trial was conducted.

Meanwhile, Dr Ken Harvey, who was instrumental in highlighting the case against Sensaslim’s spurious medical claims through complaints to the Therapeutic Goods Administration, is still facing high legal costs.

Ken was hit with an $800,000 defamation suit by Sensaslim when he first brought the company’s claims to the attention of the TGA. This meant that he was faced with considerable legal costs as the case progressed, which now stand at $30,000.

Ken has been granted costs in the defamation case brought against him, and his lawyers assume the case will be dropped when it is due to reach the courts in August. However, he is unlikely to receive any costs from Sensaslim, which is in administration.

Which is why Australian Skeptics is again calling for donations to help cover Ken’s expenses. This is designed to be a definitive and practical show of support to someone whose only sin was to point out a scam when he saw one – and a scam that has now been endorsed by the highest company investigators in the country.

Many people have already committed money to this fund, for which we are grateful, and as at July 24 we have raised $15,000. We are not asking those people to contribute more – they have already made their commitment evident. But we obviously will need to raise more to cover Ken’s final costs.

We have set up a Support Ken Harvey fund, and those who are able to contribute can do so in one of two ways:
• Deposit into Australian Skeptics Inc’s bank account via PayPal
• Call Australian Skeptics on 02 8094 1894 to make payment via credit card (Visa or Mastercard only)

Any contributions you can make will be greatly appreciated.