Dennis Eugene Long, Million Dollar Scammer and Former Amway Diamond Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Drug Scam
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! http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2015/jun/16/ticker-how-churchgoer-dennis-long-preyed/
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!