CHICAGO — Over 30 people who were supposed to receive money from a 2016 settlement involving Herbalife are finally receiving their checks Tuesday evening.
Last month, the group of 31 Illinoisans protested outside of the Thompson Center with the goal of getting the attention of Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul.
Back in 2016, his predecessor Lisa Madigan led a case against Herbalife — saying the $3 million settlement that was reached resolved complaints about false and misleading marketing schemes.
In the meantime, none of the 31 victims have received any of the $3 million.
The group’s leader, Pastor Julie Contreras of United Giving Hope, who helped fight for the payouts, was on hand as they received the money on Tuesday night.
“It’s been a very long journey,” Contreras said.
“I feel the chills. I can’t believe this amount,” added Maribel Garcia upon receiving her restitution money. She bought into Herbalife 15 years ago, saying she was brainwashed by the company’s false and misleading marketing scheme.
“The company was pushing us all the time and I wanted to be successful in the company and obviously, I was investing but they never showed me the way of doing it,” Garcia said.
Checks will range from $140 to $140,000 and she credited WGN with helping to speed the process up.