Is HomeopathyPlus planning to ditch Australia?

Just over a month ago Homeopathy Plus an outfit selling fake medicine was punished by the Federal Court of Australia and ordered to pay  $115,000 in fines plus the legal costs of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, in addition to Fran Sheffield owner of Hompeopathy Plus being personally fined $23,000.

It recently came to my attention that Homeopathy Plus has quietly migrated its website from the Australian .com.au domain to the international .com I don’t know the exact reason for this, but in my experience a common way for shonks to try and evade government regulators is by moving or at least pretending (often poorly) to move beyond the jurisdiction of their perceived foe. Unlike a .com.au which must be tied to the registrant by either an ABN or Trademark a .com can be registered to anybody, including a third party who acts as a proxy to hide the identity of the real owner.

Given that the court order was worded as

The First Respondent and the Second Respondent cease publishing and remove from
the website www.homeopathyplus.com.au permanently
I can only infer that this is the reason for the domain name switch to HomeopathyPlus.com is a means to try and circumvent the law.

Over the past 5 years that I’ve been writing this blog I have seen many creative and imaginative tactics for cheating and scamming the public, harassing critics into silence, dodging legal obligations and deceiving the media. Never underestimate the creativity of imaginative assholes.

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