notorial dissent wrote:...I have said it before and I will say it again, Kurt’s ego was his undoing. That and just being generally inept to start with. It really doesn’t matter how much you believe in yourself if you are just plain incompetent to start with...
I agree there is an ego factor, particularly given the religious dogma and martyrdom aspects.
But I discount the idea that he was incompetent. IMHO, they could have gotten away with millions and spent their lives comfortably somewhere outside the US if they had pulled the plug at the right time or hadn't had an attorney who couldn't buy them time.
In the long view of things, I think they failed to manage the timing of the Kenney and related cases. Apparently they felt the pressure from the marketing arm to prosecute those cases to give the agents some visible evidence that they would indeed step up and argue in court that the scheme was legal. Unfortunately for them, things moved too quickly.
I still believe a rather typical business mistake in marketing timing precipitated their loss of a life of liesure. At that nexus, every week the program could still be marketed could mean tens, maybe hundreds of thousands put away off shore for a new life.
But the Kenney case apparently didn't take anywhere near as long as they thought it would and the ugly ruling diminished sales much more rapidly than they had expected.