Report: #425693

Complaint Review: Richard Bernstein, National Distribution Group

  • Submitted: Wed, February 18, 2009
  • Updated: Wed, October 17, 2012
  • Reported By: Valparaiso Indiana
  • Richard Bernstein, National Distribution Group
    1129 Chestnut Street
    Burbank, California

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I originally saw an infomercial on Television in 1995 for his products and called about a distributorship. I only wanted to purchase a small amount but was talked into buying several accounts, with my out of pocket investment of over $11,000 dollars. I was guaranteed 30 accounts that they would set up for me and all I had to do was service the accounts.

To make a long story short the accounts were not there and asked for a refund of my investment. I did recieve a portion of my money after several bounced checks but was still owed around $5,000.

I went to small claims court and won but could never collect my money because I didnt know Richard Bernsteins SS# so the papers could not be served. The Judge also added a $20. a week penalty for none payment. I suppose it would be worth a great deal of money right now.
When I spoke to Richard he told me his business was in California but he commuted by plane to his home in Nevada. I know his wifes name was Valerie and she was on the board.

The LA Police Department tried to help me find him but he did not have a drivers license in California.

Valparaiso, Indiana

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

Please tell us more about Mars Venus Coaching

AUTHOR: Concerned Client of Mars Venus Coac - (USA)

Thank you for posting Lolita.

Please share more of your story so we can be informed.

My company and me were ripped off by one of Rich Bernstein's "executive training sessions". What a joke. He is very smooth on phone and in person. I should have known better - he has slick haircut, manicured nails, shiny shoes, an sparkling capped teeth. too many scammers like this in Vegas already.

Please share his tactics and common phrases so others will be warned when he is moving in for their credit card number.
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#2 UPDATE EX-employee responds

More Current Ex-employee

AUTHOR: Lolita - (USA)

A more current ex-employee was neither a porn star nor an embezzler and has yet to be paid for her last week's pay and commission while working for Rich Bernstein.  Rich bounded her last paycheck leaving her checking account in a huge debit.  Recently found out from insiders he was about to be kicked out of his office for non-payment of rent  for the second time in two months.  He sure found the money to keep his precious office.  To bad he doesn't think that highly of his employees. The employees that have witnessed the wrong doing behind the scenes.  
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#3 UPDATE EX-employee responds

How to collect your judgement

AUTHOR: Lolita - (USA)

Rich and Val live at:

LAS VEGAS NV 89113-6267

His Office is at The Watermark Building
5940 Rainbow Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89118


Its all public record in Nevada

CLICK here to see why Rip-off Report, as a matter of policy, deleted either a phone number, link or e-mail address from this Report.
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#4 Consumer Comment

Rich Bernstein & Valerie Carpenter Bernstein BUSTED

AUTHOR: Robinson - (USA)

I worked for Rich Bernstein and his wife Valerie Carpenter Bernstein in their boiler room. They expected you to lie and cheat for them and then paid you with a bad check. Several employees took them to the labor board. If anyone did anything about them you had to deal with Valerie. She came after your kids, you, your wife everybody just to get even.They were driving around in a Bentley and bouncing hundred dollar checks to employees working for minimum wage just to feed their families.  I believe in Karma and it looks like they finally got what was coming to them.  To bad it took so long to pop Rich, a lot of casualties along the way could have been prevented.
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#5 Consumer Comment

Ex Felon Rich Bernstein Pleads Guilty to Felony Charge Again

AUTHOR: vegasbound - (USA)

Ex Felon Richard Bernstein can now add another felony conviction to his resume.

On March 14, 2012 Bernstein is ordered to be sentenced for the following felony. Below are the court minutes.
11/10/2011 9:00 AM 
-Adriana Escobar and Jeffrey Segal, Dep. A.G.s present on behalf of the State. Information and Guilty Plea Agreement FILED IN OPEN COURT and NEGOTIATIONS are as contained therein.DEFENDANT BERNSTEIN ARRAIGNED AND PLED GUILTY, PURSUANT TO ALFORD, TO COUNT 1 - SECURITIES FRAUD (F). Offer of proof by the State. Following CONFERENCE AT BENCH, COURT ACCEPTED plea and, ORDERED, matter referred to the Division of Parole and Probation (P&P) for a Presentence Investigation Report (PSI Report) and set for STATUS CHECK on sentencing. CONFERENCE AT BENCH. Mr. Brown advised the State agrees to return Defendant's passport to him and presented an Order which was signed by the Court. Court directed Mr. Brown to take the Order to the Clerk's Office on the third floor to have it filed and to contact the Evidence Vault and present them with the Order for return of Defendant's passport. BOND 3/14/12 9:00 AM STATUS CHECK: SENTENCING
Hey John Gray and Mars Venus Coaching 1 Question. Didnt you put out a press release that Bernstein was going to be exonerated?

Mars Venus Coaching Global President and CEO is Stepping Down to Resolve Legal Challenges

This corrupt team of unprofessionals claims in the above press releases the following,We are confident that once the truth comes out, the charges will be dismissed in their entirety, says Dheeraj K. Singhal, a Mars Venus Success Coach and California-based litigation attorney. Rich has been the unfortunate victim of his former business partners, who by misrepresenting information, have persuaded the Attorney Generals to take up a matter that should be handled in civil courts if anywhere.

Rich Bernstein is definitely not the victim here and hopefully the court will order him to repay the hundreds of thousands he stole from innocent hardworking people as part of his sentencing for this very serious crime.

The Mars Venus team also attempted to dupe others into buying into this scheme by claiming Bernstein stepped down. Just another lie for Bernsteins Linked in still lists Bernstein as CEO of Mars Venus Coaching and so does the website.

This information is supposed to be disclosed in the Mars Venus Franchise Disclosure Document but it appears Mars Venus has not filed a current disclosure document in years. If it wasn't for the internet rest assured Bernstein and this malicious pack of thieves would have stolen much more.

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#6 Consumer Comment

Self Proclaimed Life Coach Rich Bernstein arrested on felony Charges

AUTHOR: clearcut - (USA)

Looking for Rich Bernstein? He can be found in the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas arrested on felony charges and held on a $250,000.00 bail.

Just Google"Life Coach Richard Bernstein Arrested" or see links below for more info
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#7 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Mars Venus Coaching and Rich Bernstein is a SCAM!

AUTHOR: iknowalltoowell - (USA)

As an ex-Mars Venus Franchisee, I can assure you that this company is a SCAM! They start off with forcing you to give them $20,000 to $40,000 US for training and a b/s Franchise that isn't actually legal anywhere except in Nevada. Then they give you high financial income expectations, which do not happen!!! In my own case, they stole $20,000 from me, without giving me any Franchise documentation at all. Then they demanded that I pay $1000.00 per month for Franchise Fee's...for a Business I did not even own!! These people are very good with the SPIN selling techniques, and can spin any story and create lies upon lies, just to take your money. I know, it happened to me. Don't be the next victim of this company!!

Rich Bernstein and Jim Taylor of Mars Venus Coaching are true SCAM artists who should be behind bars!!!  

Don't ever buy anything from them!!!!  

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#8 UPDATE EX-employee responds


AUTHOR: Anonymous - (U.S.A.)

Another lawsuit has been filed against this con artist in May 2009 by Actioncoach. Although John Gray has him selling franchises to train people on business coaching and parenting classes this dude has tons of lawsuits filed against him one pending for fraud. Our tax dollars are being used to chase down child support from this deadbeat dad who has liens filed against not only by child services but the Nevada District Attorney. I guess John Gray thinks this is the perfect person to conduct training in family values. What a joke. Who in their right mind would buy one of these franchises or use a coach trained by someone with this background. Just another company Bernstein will run into the ground after taking a bunch of innocent victims to the cleaners.
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#9 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Rich & Valerie Bernstein's Federal tax liens, current pending fraud case and numerous judgments

AUTHOR: Telecommunicator - (U.S.A.)

Rich Bernstein's company National Distributing Group AKA Bernstein Brothers AKA 21st Century Sales have numerous judgments filed against them. Just search the Los Angeles court system. After skipping town the Bernstein's quickly were sued numerous times in Las Vegas for slander, false allegations, and just for ripping off any one they could. Valerie Bernstein has spent the last 10 years attacking a former employee for giving birth to three children fathered by her husband while they were married and blaming her for all the lawsuits, judgments and tax liens filed against them. These are not the only children this guy has fathered during the marriage and refuses to pay for. This woman has nothing to do with all of us that have been burned by them. Everyone that worked for Rich knew he was convicted for not paying child support. To get an idea of who the Bernstein's truely are you can go to the site below to view these judgments and liens against these two along with many more.

Lien District Attorney Recorded 03/09/07
Lien Los Angeles County Childsupport Recorded 02/23/07
Judgment default Discovery Bank Recorded 11/29/06
Lien Internal Revenue Service Recorded 3/29/06
IRS Lien Notice recorded 7/24/02
IRS Lien Recorded 5/16/2006


(1) 07-A-534985-C 01/24/2007 Titan Stairs And Trim Inc
Robinson Creek Financial Group Inc

(2) 05-A-497826-C 01/10/2005 G L P USA Corp
21st Century Sales

(3)04-A-480965-C 02/20/2004 Onyx Acceptance Corp
Bernstein, Richard

(4)03-A-465578-F 04/01/2003 White Zuckerman Warsavsky Luna
Bernstein, Richard

(5)02-A-452225-F 06/19/2002 Lake Street Industrial Partners
Bernstein Bros Marketing Corp

(6)01-A-443553-C 12/07/2001 DeSage, Ramon
Bernstein, Richard
01-A-438010-C 07/31/2001 Sahara Rainbow LLC

(7)Bernstein, Richard
01-A-436354-C 06/21/2001 Bernstein, Richard
Senior, Blaine R

You can also view Rich Bernsteins felony conviction on the Federal Bureau of Prisons website at: under inmate #81824012.

For the women who filed the orginal report let us know if you have had any luck collecting your judgment.
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#10 UPDATE EX-employee responds

No problems

AUTHOR: Stopruth - (U.S.A.)

I am an ex-employee of National Distributing and it was a positive and financial
success for me, personally.

I didn't work for the the side-company stated by the woman from Indiana.That was actually owned by a gentleman named Robert Matt.

The woman I believe to be writing the above threads is Ruth Collins. She worked for Mr. Matt. Prior to that she was a porn actress. You can google Ruth Corrine Collins (IMDB) as a reference, but adults only please.

The Indiana woman is probably Ruth Collins. She was one of the sales people who worked for National and Chroma. I don't know what happened
to Ruth but I do know she has several illegitimate children by different fathers and has never married. The original octomom? Forgive my humor. But it does appear she loves the attention.

Just basic speculation, she uses child support as a way to make a living, like many of the women (I've dated some) in Los Angeles. Thus the child support reference. I guess after she got too old for the adult films, she found another way to make money. Never graduated H.S so you've got to give the girl credit, she is a scrapper.

Rumor has it she was involved in some type of blackmail or extortion of National after she left and was sentenced to a year in jail. In Burbank, I believe.I'm sure it would provide interesting reading if you look it up.

I heard Collins was recently involved in another extortion scheme after being evicted from several residences, sometimes with a Feliks Parnell. A landlord died and she claims he promised her the house. There is interesting reading on Attorney's Forum if you'd like to google that as well.

Working in the same office for 2 years with Collins was entertaining to say the least. But it was a professional, ethical company, that helped me launch my own business. I am grateful for the opportunity.

These posts are nothing more than drivel, including mine, but I feel for anyone who gets Collin's on their case. She has sued her last 3 landlords after being evicted with Parnell, and I guess she just likes playing Allie MacBeal (more humor).

Collin's is definately scary, and I feel sorry for all her victims, but I will say goodluck to those involved, and don't believe everything you read, just have a good laugh.

Don and Cindy
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#11 UPDATE EX-employee responds

John Gray Mars Venus Coaching

AUTHOR: Telecommunicator - (U.S.A.)

Richard Bernstein is now President of Mars Venus Coaching. They are located at 5940 Rainbow Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada 89118 (702) 835-9295. You may be able to garnish his wages by contacting his employer John Gray directly at the home office located at 20 Sunnyside Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941 (415) 381-5735.
I worked for this guy at National Distributing Group and I can tell you he is a tax evader who was also convicted for failing to pay child support to a bunch of kids he left high and dry. You might be able to pull copies of the federal tax or child support liens filed in LA County and Las Vegas to obtain his SS number. Good luck
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