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The Atkinson Transcripts “I recommend that you don’t contact Chris” [#15 of 15]

On the night of August 14, CBI agent Greg Zentner was dispatched to Boulder to interview the most crucial witness in the Watts case. The transcript below is an excerpt from a 72 page document spanning 3223 lines of text.

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CrimeRocket is the first to reproduce and analyze this critical transcript in-depth. The entire transcript has been broken down into 15 sections.

The fifteenth part involves the winding down of the interview. Nickole refers to her friends pressuring her for information, and her feelings of reluctance.

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  1. Sylvester

    This gives us a little peek into the LeVel car allowance. When Nickole throws out $800 for a car but can be as much as $1600 that must be for two marketers, who are producing, per household. So here’s the deal – you have to sign a car lease, then if you don’t make production in any single month that $800 is snapped back away from you, and guess what – you are on the hook for a huge Lexus car payment – or whatever car you choose. A Tesla wouldn’t be cheap either. If you don’t take the $800 all you get is $300. So you are producing at the level of an $800 car allotment check, but it’s bumped down to $300 if you choose not to use it for an extravagant car. That’s as they say, a rip off folks. LeVel wants you to ride around in a Lexus, promoting their stuff – it makes them look good because you are making so much money you get a “free” Lexus. They wouldn’t want you driving around in a beater with a LeVel bumper sticker on the back of it. Or advertising your beater on facebook.

    Also Shan’ann must have thought by having Chris sign up as her downline, or promoter, under her, that she would be making a commission on anything Chris purchased. But if they have co mingled their funds as a married couple, how does his purchases give her any kind of reward. He’s spending their money. And actually (in this case) spending his own. The only advantage to bringing in a spouse is the spouse would get a discount on purchases of the patches, protein bars, shakes, and whatever else they are peddling for personal use.

    • CBH

      These MLM operations should be illegal. It’s as though Shannan was a gambler, addicted to gambling. What might things have been like if there were no MLM places to work for?

  2. Mustang Sally


    I think the $800 car allowance is rewarded when a promoter reaches a certain level of sales ($80k?) each month and would receive $1600 at the next level ($200k?) of sales. In order to receive that allocation, the promoter must lease an “approved” vehicle – a model from their luxury list. If a promoter does not lease a vehicle or does not lease one of their approved models but still reaches the sales goal, they would receive $300 in compensation.

    This has led me to wonder if Shan’ann was receiving the $800 and deferring some of her sales through Chris’ account so that he would also receive the bonus but because he was not leasing a vehicle, the bonus would be $300.

    That seems to be what Nickole is suggesting in her statements. At least, that’s how I’m reading it! 😊

    • Mustang Sally

      …and, yes, they would be on the hook for the lease payment themselves if they (the promoter) did not reach their sales goal (the required level of sales) for that month. They take out the leases in their own names.

      • Teresa

        It makes you wonder, given that Shanann wasn’t making as many videos after June of 2018, if she was on the “hook” for the car lease as well. That MIGHT be another reason Chris was angry/fearful/disgusted enough to commit the murders.

        • CBH

          Yes, I think while she was away and he was opening the mail, he was becoming ever more enlightened about the true state of affairs with Shannan’s work and spending.

      • Mustang Sally

        A link for information about how they qualify for the auto bonus:

      • Mustang Sally

        And their flashy video…

    • Ralph Oscar

      Shoulda taken the $300 instead.

  3. Ralph Oscar

    “It makes you wonder, given that Shanann wasn’t making as many videos after June of 2018, if she was on the “hook” for the car lease as well.”

    Yesterday I tried to look up the Thrive auto bonus details – could only find a few things. Found some commentary that compared it to another company’s, said it was the same. So here’s how it went – as Mustang Sally states, the salespeople are required to go to their local auto dealership and arrange the lease themselves, thus taking on all the risk. They are restricted to only certain types of cars – BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, Cadillac, Audi or Tesla – and the color must be white or black. Then, once that car lease has been contracted by the salesperson, they are eligible for the bonus amount provided:

    – You must have 4 Personal Q&A (Qualified & Active) Promoters to Qualify
    – You must have at least 800PV (Personal Lifetime Volume). Personal Lifetime Volume is an accumulation of your personal orders.
    – Must complete and upload Le-Vel auto agreement.
    – Auto Elite Bonus pays $1,600 monthly, plus a custom Auto Elite travel bag (see page 2 of this PDF).
    – To qualify for Auto Elite: must be 40K VIP or greater with 8 personal Q&A Promoters; 2 of those 8 Promoters must be 12K VIP.
    – Must also have 12 personal Customer autoships with a $100 QV minimum.

    Etc. etc. That’s all from the Le-Vel publication. So this was a “bonus” that had to be qualified for in terms of sales – a salesperson couldn’t waltz in and qualify by selling 12K their first month. They had to have a track record, so to speak, and a network of sellers they’d recruited who were also successfully selling. Remember that Shan’Ann had signed Chris up beneath her. We can tell she wasn’t qualified for the Auto Elite Bonus or she would’ve been bragging about it. It’s obviously easier said than done.

    But here’s the thing – Shan’Ann was on the hook for that car lease, and those are NOT easy to get out of! If her sales dropped, no more car lease, and suddenly the collapsing family budget takes another hit of $800/month. Those car bonuses are not a good deal, financially.

    • CBH

      Seems like nothing was a good deal with that whole Thrive business.

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