The New York Times reported that sources said the case has been under investigation for several months. The daily added that officials it contacted say it is possible that authorities will opt not to take action against Herbalife.
The Times wrote that the investigation focuses on Herbalife's direct-selling business model.
|Photo by Frederic J Brown
A woman is seen beneath a Herbalife sign in downtown
Los Angeles on January 24, 2014
Shares in the Los Angeles based company have fallen sharply in recent months amid the allegations.
The Federal Trade Commission says it has launched a civil inquiry into Herbalife, and the company has revealed that it also is being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
But the company issued a statement on Friday, responding to "media reports and rumors in the marketplace," saying it was unaware of any criminal investigation.
"We have no knowledge of any ongoing investigation by the DOJ (Department of Justice) or the FBI, and we have not received any formal nor informal request for information from either agency," the Herbalife statement said.
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