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Dennis Eugene Long, Million Dollar Scammer and Former Amway Diamond Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Drug Scam

June 25, 2015

Another former Amway Diamond was in the news recently for all the wrong reasons, and this one didn’t change his name.

A reader posted a comment about a Dennis Eugene Long from Encinitas, CA, who was sentenced at the end of April to 12 years in prison for swindling his church friends out of over a million dollars on investments with an imaginary Viagra-type herbal drug. The commenter said that they were Direct Distributors under the same Dennis Long that was an Amway Diamond back in the mid-90’s.

My wife and I were in Amway and sponsored by a guy/couple who I always knew/believed to be dishonest; Dennis and Connie Long. They went diamond and we were a direct leg. We got out after years of drawing circles and losing friends. Dennis of course bad mouthed us on the way out. Turns out I was right all along he is, was and always will be a crook!

Looking at the Amway Wiki website, there is indeed a Dennis and Connie Long who were in the ILD group and downline from Jack & Rita Mae Daughery and “River House” Ron & Georgie Lee Puryear. I could not find a photo of Dennis from the Amway days, but there are photos of him in the articles from the sentencing hearing. On Intelius, I found a listing in Encinitas, CA, for Dennis E Long, age 65 (same age as the one being sentenced), who is related to a Connie Long. It’s reasonable to assume then, that this is the same person.

Long originally plead not guilty to 69 felony charges, but he later changed his plea to guilty in the attempt to get a reduced sentence. At the hearing, a number of Long’s victims told similar stories of getting their life savings stolen by the charismatic Long. One victim said the following about Long:

Debra Sims quoted scripture as she said, “Beware of false prophets, they come in sheep’s clothing but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. Dennis, you truly are a wolf in sheep’s clothing … He is a liar, a deceiver, a cheater, a charlatan.”

Judge Michael Popkins was sympathetic to those affected by Long’s misdeeds, and he rejected the plea deal and sentenced Long to 12 years in state prison. It’s unknown if Long is still an Amway distributor, but chances are that he is not. He’s certainly not going to be selling anything from his prison cell for the next decade!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Question permalink
    July 17, 2015 5:58 am

    In what city was he living at the time of your affiliation with him?

  2. July 24, 2015 10:05 am

    Dennis and Connie bounced around North San Diego during the time I knew them. Carlsbad, Encinitas, La Costa, Oceanside Etc.

  3. Early permalink
    October 9, 2016 9:32 am

    I was in his downline in Amway. From the first time I met him I could tell something wasn’t right. He was to well put together. He talked too good of a game. He was too perfect. Everything was too nice. My “spidey” sense told me something was wrong. After years of being in Amway and in his downline, my senses were justified by the crap he pulled in Amway. That’s when I got out and all of my downline quit also. That was the last I heard of Dennis Long until I ran into this article about him scamming the victims in his church and other places. I cant believe his wife didn’t know anything about this also. Just amazing how nasty some people can be and still have a smile, look good, be very warm, be very popular……etc. etc. I hope they keep that POS in jail for the whole 12 years. Oh and he also stood on a stage in front of a 1000 people, at a leadership meeting in ILD and told a story about him getting Hep C from a waiter in a resteraunt. I cant tell you I believed that one either.

  4. September 13, 2017 7:56 pm

    Didn’t Dennis die on 10/9/16? If so, does anyone know how?

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