“Search for what?” he asked.
“First of all, we need to know where the battery acid is,” one marshal replied.
“Battery acid?” Caton exclaimed. “I don’t have any battery acid in my home.”
The marshals entered the house, taking him along, and sat him down, handcuffed, while they searched. Other marshals assisted, until, Caton estimates, eight of them were going through his home. He asked no fewer than four times to call his attorney, but they refused to allow it. When he asked why, since he’d been arrested, their reply was, “You’re not arrested—you’re a detainee.”
“This, to me, was the most amazing thing of all,” Caton says, “as if somehow that wording changes what is in fact happening. When I brought that up to my defense attorney, he said, ‘They’re not supposed to do that.’ I said, ‘Well, can’t we do something about it?’ He said, ‘No, because it’s your word against theirs—they can do whatever they want.’ ”
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As it turned out, Caton was not only a detainee but an arrestee, and he was sent to the parish jail. “Jail” conjures up the image of a couple of cells in a police station or behind the sheriff’s office in an Old West frontier town, but in fact, Lafayette Parish Correctional Center is a prison, where Caton was held for two months without being charged and for another six after that, without bail, on the premise that he was a flight risk.
The FDA's Panacea
As it turned out, Caton ended up serving a 33 month federal sentence for "introducing a new unapproved drug," and in connection with this a mail fraud charge.
According to Caton: "Critical to the destruction of AO Labs in the United States was the coordinated involvement of my former associate, Kevin Trudeau -- of late-night informercial fame -- and George Ackerson, a former associate who bragged to associates about his role after my imprisonment."
on September 17, 2003 -- U.S. federal and local agents raided our manufacturing facility, warehouses, and even our home. They destroyed over 95% (roughly $500,000 worth) of our inventory, raw materials, and packaging; confiscated cash and library books from our home (only to later dramatically understate the total and claim that they "incinerated" our property because they couldn't find us); then worked with not less than two competitors (that we know of) to assist in the theft of our intellectual property. the Ashwin
But there's a lot more to the story.
This Caton is one interesting fellow. He was the founder of Consumer Express (1984), a multimillion dollar MLM company which later morphed into Nutrition For Life, which later morphed into Vitamark.
Disillusioned with MLM, Caton wrote MLM Fraud in 1991, a look at corruption in the multi-level marketing industry and the tools to identify the work of its perpetrators -- since banned in the U.S.
For that effort, a state district court judge in Houston awarded a $133 million settlement to Nutrition for Life that claimed it suffered $150 million in damages from the publication of the book and a permanent gag order against Caton.
Interestingly, Kevin Trudeau's name pops up again in the suit. NLI claimed Caton had made false claims about the company in his book and on numerous Internet sites, concerning the practices of the company and Kevin Trudeau, its principal salesman, who had previously been convicted of credit card fraud and check kiting.
In 1995 Caton created Alpha Omega Labs. He refused to wholesale products he manufactured to any MLM company, and he claims he had been asked many times.
For an interesting read, take a look at Insights into nutritional products sold via MLM ... an essay of self-reflection and critical analysis by the 'ex-MLMer' who founded Alpha Omega Labs ...
After getting out of prison, Caton moved to Ecuador in June, 2008 and reopened his business.
Now I don't really know what to make of Caton and his "cancer cures" that got him into trouble with the FDA. He's a young man and quite bright. Take a look at his c u r r i c u l u m v i t a e. Quite prolific for someone his age.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg for Caton and his legal problems. Back in 2003 a Sue Gilliatt claimed her nose was disfigured and demanded 40 million from Dan Raber et al., and 40 million from Greg Canton et al., for her alleged damages for a grand total of 80 million in damages from these two separate entities. Gilliatt collected 800 thousand dollars from Greg Canton after pressure from the FDA.
I don't know how much truth their is to this claim, but a reader on a cancer forum wrote:
I believe my life was probably saved by my using black salve at a time when I had no affordable medical care available. I am angered that Greg Caton, the developer of Cansema black salve was imprisoned for helping people cure cancer. He was recently listed in a Washington Post Parade Magazine cover story article as one of the world’s most wanted fugitives. In the Feb. 8, 2009 article, his picture was included along with 25 others including Osama Bin Ladin and 2 other terrorists, 3 Mafia crime bosses, drug kingpins, Multi-million dollar scammers, mass killers, and other viloent criminals.
He had already served his prison sentance and is sought on a probation violation.
THE NAZI FDA DID GREG CANTON OF ALTFA-OMEGA LABS, THE FDA REPORTEDLY PAID A LYING B---- $250,000 TO LIE ON THE WITNESS STAND AGINST GREG
Very interesting fellow to say the least!