All you have to do is sign up as a distributor for $199 and pay a monthly subscription of $29. Itdoesn't sound much, but it adds up to an impressive $547 in the first year.According to Mr Ward, there is money to be made by giving away the genie. However, if youbuild a team of people to give it away, you can make a fortune. The earnings were impressive.Get two people to join up and they give you $100, get four and they give you $200. They alsogive you $10 a month every time those four pay their monthly subscription.Even if you went off on holidays for a year, if those four signed up another four, you would getthe equivalent of a further $12.50 per person and $2.50 per person per month signed up belowyou. You could earn up to $20,000 a week this way! This was clearly where the big money wasmade. That's over a million dollars a year to an ordinary distributor.I decided to research the software, the company and its promoters and was stunned by what Ifound. The company was co-founded by Bruce Bise and David Freed. Bise had been sentencedto seven years in jail in the US for felony forgery and fraudulent schemes artifice.When he got out of jail he became involved in a series of multi-level marketing schemes such asCelebrity Galleries International, My Hand PC and Get Moving Today, which filed for Chapter11 (bankruptcy protection) leaving thousands of investors stranded. David Freed was theinternational marketing manager of that company.I asked FR Kelly, international patent and trademark lawyers, to look into My Shopping Genieand their holding company, My Net Universe.To my great surprise they informed me that My Shopping Genie wasn't even trademarked. Thecompany had started the process but hadn't followed it through. Furthermore, a company calledKelkoo had a similar product called "Shop Genie" registered much earlier already.I approached RTE's Prime Time with what I had found and they agreed to work with me on it.With producer Bill Malone I went undercover to meetings, which were held in the Red CowHotel on Thursday evenings mainly.We sent the software to be analysed by RingJohn, internet marketing and advertising consultants.John Ring himself found plenty of odd features. He also found that when he replicated thesearches that Mr Ward had done, all prices came back in sterling. We couldn't find an Irish site inany of his searches. Some Genie!Mr Ward declined an opportunity to go on Prime Time or to answer questions about hisinvolvement in the scheme.After last Thursday night's broadcast, Mr Freed, president and CEO of My Net Universe andAndrew Cauten, president of My Net International, said they believed that Prime Time haddecided "to do its best to damage our reputation".