I was a "patient" at UBR from August 2001 to October 2002, sent there for failing to conform to LDS ideals and for challenging authority. When I arrived I was put on work crew (as everyone is) and made to endure all sorts of humiliating and abusive treatment. I had to stand facing a blank wall for hours on end. I was sometimes denied food or even water.
To be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must not be organized or operated for the benefit of private interests and no part of a section 501(c)(3) organization’s net earnings may inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual.
Information published last week demonstrated how Kenneth Allen used West Ridge Academy’s non profit tax-exempt status to fund his own shell company Proficio Services Group, paid that company more than $480,000 in 2010-2011, and then paid himself bonuses with tax-exempt funds because of Proficio Services Group’s performance, which was directly related to Kenneth Allen paying Proficio $480,000 in tax-exempt funds. Proficio Services Group has since edited their web page to conceal this fact.
Additionally, the IRS requires all charities and non-profits to report and pay taxes on all Unrelated Business Income, and West Ridge Academy, through Proficio Services Group, must report all income generated through Proficio Services Group.
To file a complaint with the IRS, you will need to fill out this form:
You will also need the following information:
Name of referred organization:
Children and Youth Services INC dba West Ridge Academy
address: 5500 West Bagley Park Road West Jordan, UT 84088
Organizations Employee Identification Number: 87-0265761
Nature of violation:
Directors/officers/persons are using income/assets for personal gain
Organization is engaged in commercial, for-profit business activities
Organization engaged in deceptive or improper fundraising practices
Details of violation: Children and Youth Services INC dba West Ridge Academy paid Proficio $204,237 in 2010 and $275,037 in 2011, and then paid Kenneth Allen a bonus in 2010 and 2011 for the performance of Proficio’s investments. Proficio has no investments and only does business with West Ridge Academy. These payments benefited Kenneth Allen, Paul Watson, and other individuals associated with West Ridge Academy and Kenneth Allen.
You may claim a reward for the information provided to the IRS and receive a percentage (up to 30%) of the the additional tax, penalty and other amounts the IRS collects.
Fill out this form once you’ve completed the first one, and send it to the IRS to claim your reward:
Here are the 2010 and 2011 IRS 990 forms filed by Children and Youth Services, Inc. which contain some information about the violations:
In response to an article last week about West Ridge Academy’s shell company Proficio, CEO and self-proclaimed IT expert Paul Watson deleted Proficio’s obviously bogus “client” list.
Unfortunately for Brother Watson, no one has told him that you cannot delete web pages from the Internet.
A shell company is a business with no active operations that exists only in name, and serves as a tool for another business to perform off-the-books transactions. Shell companies exist mainly on paper, with no physical presence (often operating from a P.O Box), employ only one person (often an agent of another business), and produce nothing. They are frequently used to shield identities and/or to hide money.
In 2010 (the same year they found out they were being sued in a California Federal Court for $12 million in a child sex abuse case), West Ridge Academy used $204,237 dollars of untaxed earned income to start the first of its many shell companies, Proficio. West Ridge Academy made the mistake of choosing Paul “Porky” Watson to start hiding its money from child abuse victims and the IRS. The following year, West Ridge Academy paid Proficio $275,037 for “IT and Accounting” services. West Ridge Academy then paid its executive director a bonus for “the performance of Proficio Management’s Investments.”
Paul Watson was smart enough to pretend to do more than just take money from West Ridge Academy off-the-books, but not much more. In less than two years, Proficio had funneled half of a million dollars out of West Ridge Academy, $275,000 of which was billed for the same services it pays its accounting and IT staff to perform, and while he still collected a paycheck from West Ridge Academy as their Chief Information Officer. Watson created a number of Proficio subsidiaries; Proficio Services Inc., Proficio Services Group, Proficio Management Inc., and Proficio Advisory Group.
Ken Allen’s decision to create a for-profit company with non-profit money, pay that for-profit company with non-profit money, and then take a percentage out of that for-profit company (in addition to more than $200,000 per year in salary from the non-profit) because that for-profit company is making money (from the non-profit) is grandiosely brazen. It probably helps to have relatives serving on the board of directors. It is important to emphasize the fact that Proficio only does business with West Ridge Academy, despite listing seven “clients” on its website. A mere five seconds on Google is all it takes to deconstruct Proficio’s claims of legitimacy.
The first company listed is West Ridge Academy itself. So far so good, but about as true as a boy calling his mother his “roommate.”
The second client listed is CALO – Change Academy Lake of the Ozarks, which is just an extension of West Ridge Academy’s “residential treatment” program. West Ridge Academy sent its clinical director to head this program in Missouri, but the business address listed with the IRS is the same as Proficio’s, a PO Box in West Jordan, UT.
- Video of Ken Huey as director of clinical services for West Ridge Academy.
- Video of Ken Huey as director of clinical services for CALO.
West Ridge Academy also claims a 57% ownership of CALO, as a “managing partner,” and earned more than half of a million dollars from the program in 2010.
The third client listed is another residential treatment program for teens called Teneo. There is no mention of West Ridge Academy on its website, but the phone number listed on the front page to “Contact Teneo!” is (801) 282-1013. One only needs to dial this number, not exactly hacker-level information gathering here, to reach the voicemail box of ”Rachel Nobel, director of outpatient services at West Ridge Academy.”
West Ridge Academy claims a 68% ownership of Teneo, as a managing partner, and reported a shared loss of $20,844.
The fourth client listed is Lifestar Network, a bizarre Utah-based collective of therapists who treat pornography and sexual addiction. West Ridge Academy is the managing partner and 39% owner of Lifestar Network.
The fifth client listed is Proficio itself, with a dead link to http://proficiomgt.com/, which is just lazy.
It is worth noting that the business address reported to the IRS for CALO, Teneo, and Lifestar Network are the same PO Box as Proficio’s business address: PO Box 1389 West Jordan, UT.
The sixth client listed is “Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Programs” which is a company that just does not exist. They don’t even have a website or phone number.
The seventh client listed is “Santiam Crossing Therapeutic Boarding Schools” and is another company that just does not exist. There is no website or phone number for this client either.
Paul Watson, issued a statement today to MormonGulag.com, insisting that his latest shell company inside a shell company (like a Matryoshka doll), Proficio Advisory Group, has nothing to do with West Ridge Academy. This is, of course, a lie.
I am not affiliated with West Ridge Academy in any way. Your presumptions about Proficio Services Group are misinformed. PSG is not part of WRA or Proficio Management.
PSG was formed 1 Jan, 2010 (see public records if desired). I purchased PSG from West Ridge on 1 Jan 2011 and withdrew from any position with West Ridge or any of its subsidiaries at that point. Any presumption otherwise is inaccurate.
While I do not expect you to make changes, the offensive articles about PSG and myself are not appropriate given that neither I nor PSG has any association with , contract with or provide any services for WRA at this time and have no intentions or requests to do so.
Retaining those articles may appear to strengthen your cause, but publishing tacitly inaccurate information may not help your fight.
West Ridge Academy is in the awful business of abusing children, and it takes a certain type of person to want to work there, but to suggest that Proficio (also known as Paul Watson) is in any way separate from West Ridge Academy is a mind-boggling lie to tell. Over the last three years, I have witnessed Paul Watson and Kenneth Allen, along with other West Ridge staff, tell outrageous lies, conceal and manufacture evidence for lawsuits (In December of 2012 Watson refused to answer questions under oath and instead would only submit a written statement through Ogletree & Deakins), but to accuse someone of publishing “tacitly inaccurate information” for pointing out the obvious, while failing to at least use a different bio picture on the Proficio and West Ridge Academy websites, is more than a little insulting.
On June 27, 2013 West Ridge Academy (Mormon Gulag) updated their admissions packet – the paperwork guardians must sign and fill out when they are going to send a child to the facility.
Parents/Guardians must initial item 18 and sign the line below it, which reads:
“I agree to support the Academy in a positive manner at all times”
Parents/Guardians must also agree to “indemnify [West Ridge] Academy from any and all claims, demands, or causes of action… including any such claims that allege negligent acts or omissions of the Academy.”
The last item parents/guardians are expected to sign in the updated Admissions Agreement of West Ridge Academy is incredible. It reads:
“In the event that I file a lawsuit against the Academy, I agree to do so solely in the state of Utah, and I further agree that the substantive law of the State of Utah shall apply in that action without regard to the conflict of law rules.”
This last item is included, of course, because West Ridge Academy is being sued in California.
The new admissions packet can be accessed here:
In a list of questions that will be used to screen potential jurors in Federal Court, lawyers for the Mormon Boarding School West Ridge Academy disclose the following:
“This case involves claims of sexual abuse against a residential treatment facility for children run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day [sic] Saints (Mormon Church) whose wrongful or negligent conduct was a legal cause of the victim’s molestation.”
Another question West Ridge Academy asks of potential jurors is:
“Were you ever a member of the Mormon Faith”
“Do you know anyone who has regular contact with any person in the Mormon Hierarchy or order other than being a parishioner or attending religious services”
See the full juror questionnaire below:
“My son went to West Ridge and it was a huge mistake. He is very strong willed, and they said he was the hardest one they had dealt with. They kept him in a blanket and underwear for months. They thought it was funny and were determined to break him down. But he didn’t deserve the abuse they heaped on him, and there was a required code of silence: Tell and you will get more and no one will believe you.
One time when I talked to them about some things I had seen, my son asked me not to say anything in the future, there were staff members who took it out on the kids. I made a point of trying to drop in and talk to him and the other students, then I found out they would get in trouble if they so much as said “Hi” to me as I was passing through.
The day I heard his “counselor” tell him he was a “waste of human flesh” was the day I started to believe the stories I had heard. This was after he had “graduated” and we were back for a check-up appointment. They had said if he wasn’t complying with everything I requested, he would be taken back for the weekends to the ranch, and they were doing follow-up counseling. Prior to that, they managed to keep a good face on it when I was visiting. A couple of times his counselor had not seen him for months, and when I questioned that, I was told that he needed time to figure things out before she would work with him.
When he was first put in the “Academy”, I was not allowed to see him for several weeks. When I did see him he begged me to take him home. They told me that he was lying and that I had to be strong. He said he had had his head smashed, and several of the other things that the other boys are reporting on this site. The convinced me he was lying to get out and told me he would be even more difficult if I took him home at this juncture.
Once he forgot something in his pocket from home, and he showed it to me as we were walking in after a weekend at home. They made a big deal about it and were going to punish him. I still don’t know if they did, but I told them that he had been honest about it and I expected them to not do anything about it, I had it now.
We went outside and talked during a “devotional” and he originally got in trouble for that until I convinced them it was my doing and not his.
In the heat of the summer, I went out to take some things. I found that they had forced him to stand at attention in the July heat all day at the flag pole with no water or shade. At that point I issued a strong warning, and told them if I ever found out they had done something like that again I would take them to court and sue. Their excuse was, again, that he was so strong willed they had to think of new ways to “discipline” him or he wouldn’t comply.
I will also never forget one of the required parents’ meetings. One of the other mothers said, “Let me get this right. If we were allowed to do a fraction of what you do in the form of discipline with our children, they wouldn’t be in here. Right?”
The only problem I see with the posts here is that many of the “students” blame the LDS church for the ranch. I think it is a classic case of people trying to use religion in a negative way, and it reflects on the abusers, not the LDS church. I believe there are many people who abuse others in the name of religion, but that does not make them actually representatives of the respective religions. I hope those who were harmed will take that into consideration and not harm themselves further with hate toward a group of people who, for the majority, would not tolerate such actions if they were aware of them.
Those working at the ranch should have blown the whistle. They should have been honest when questioned. If there is nothing to hide, honesty never hurts.
I don’t believe the LDS church would condone child abuse in any way, shape or form, if it was known. We believe we are all in the image of God and that God knows and loves us. These beliefs do not jive with the way the ranch was run in the late 1990s, when my son was there. The abusers relied on the “students’” difficult reputations to tarnish their testimonies. I, for one, wish I had understood the few things I saw were normal for the ranch, and not aberrations as I had been told by staff. I wouldn’t have been so gullible.”