Shares in Tingo (US:TIO) were trading at more than five dollars a couple of weeks ago but closed yesterday at just $0.96 after another day of panicked selling. Long gone are the days when this fraud had a $7 billion market cap. Yesterday I dropped an email to Jen Knickerbocker. I am not making that name up.
Why bother shorting companies which are just stock market promotes or have severe balance sheet issues. They might struggle on for a while. Instead you can short Nasdaq listed Tingo (US:TIO) which is now a demonstrable fraud its still, on a fully diluted basis, worth almost a billion bucks – at $1.34 – and which is a nailed down zero.
Having initially “refuted” the allegations made by Hindenburg Research and said it would provide its own detailed response, Chris Cleverly’s billion bucks fraud Tingo (TIO) has changed tack and brought in law form White & Case to review the claims. This is a bluff from the fraudsters’ playbook.
Your starter for 10: When was audit firm KPMG last fined and reprimanded by the accountancy watchdog, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC)? The answer is: Five days ago. The previous slap on the wrists was last July. And today we learn that another enquiry is under way, into the 2021 audit of Carr’s Group (CARR). As far as I can see KPMG has a season ticket at the FRC but does anyone care?
Today’s sanction sees KPMG fined £1.25 million, discounted to £875,000 for pleading guilty to its crimes, and getting another severe reprimand/ pointless slap on the wrists. The fine is peanuts and since all the big 4 get regular reprimands nobody cares any more. This time KPMG sinned by screwing up on the calendar 2016 accounts of Luceco.
I refer to this amazing exposé by Snopes HERE into Max Polyakov, Ukraine's Elon Musk. Why does it matter: I recall Cupid and the great establishment cover up. Thjis is crime plain and simple and the board knew about it and covered it up. KPMG covered it up. The Nomad did nothing and so too did the Oxymorons at AIM Regulation. The SNP has been lobbying hard for Polyakov. They are all beneath contempt. Then I ask if share buying at Bluebird Merchant Ventures (BMV) is legit. It is. Then I discuss why a whistleblower may or may not have a story about another AIM company, look at Made.com (MADE), Sosandar (SOS), Tern (TERN) and Bidstack (BIDS): two placings , one a pea shooter, one possibly (but probably not) a bazooka.
In my previous article, “Alpha Growth – accounts deadline confusion”, I highlighted thatGobind Sahney, Executive Chairman of Alpha (ALGW), seemed a little confused over the deadline date to report its year-end results. Well today, via RNS, Alpha announced that:
A number of readers have noticed that their comments on the comments platform here are being liked by good looking birds and wonder if these birds want to hook up with them. I am afraid not, this is a Cupid style scam affecting the whole of disqus not just this one small website.
I start with KPMG and another scandal but the real scandal is the way it deals with its employees who are fraud enablers by act or by omission or both. Then onto the Methodists and why its stance on Rio Tinto (RIO) is, I suggest, not what Jesus would have advocated. Moreover it highlights how ESG driven investing has created valuation anomalies on both the long and short side. Finally, THG (THG) and PE bid speculation.
This is a charade. A pretence. A farce. For the second time, Nicola Quayle, the former head of KPMG’s Manchester office has been fined for signing off on misleading accounts. KPMG has also been fined but the idea that this will change anything is just a farce.
A “private & confidential” KPMG report commissioned by the new managers of Petropavlosk (POG) has, as you can see below, been published in full by the company and claims that its founders Peter Hambro and Dr Pavel Maslovskiy and associates may have taken out $302.4 million to which they were not entitled. But Hambro says that he and Maslovskiy (currently incarcerated in a Russian jail) were not given, as promised and as the company says they were, a chance to comment on the report which,he says, is riddled with innaccuracies.
Manx Financial (MFX) the AIM listed bank based on the Isle of Man, where my pal Jim Mellon is the second largest shareholder and also the chairman, has announced a raft of board changes. No offence intended Jim, but from a G as in Governance perspective this sucks. Now Manx is very well and conservatively run so this is not suggesting anything is amiss but it is how it looks.
Earlier I wrote up the damning report by the FRC into KPMG and its former partner David Costley Wood. The latter lied about a scheme he had engineered which would have wrecked the finances of good ordinary decent working folks and screwed the taxpayer. He then lied about what he had done and fabricated notes of meetings 13 months after they took place in order to try and leg over the regulator. Had KPMG acted against Costley-Wood when it was alerted rather than only parting company with him a couple of months ago, the disgraced Mr Costley-Wood would have been more than £6 million worse off. And that is one reason why he doesn’t care about a £500,000 fine. As you can see below… Another reason is that he will not pay a cent of that fine….
What happened at Silentnight was a scandal and today the lengths to which KPMG went to in order to cover up how one of its senior employees created that scandal emerged as the Financial Reporting Council published a full report into the matter. It is damning and begs very real questions about the toxic culture that exists at the accountancy giant.
For 17 years I have been pointing out the lies and frauds committed by Eden Research (EDEN). I could paper my bedroom with the lawyers letters it and its partner in crime 3DM (now in administration, having blown £65 million of other folks cash, sent me). I could paper another few rooms with the online harassment I received from the 3Dimmers, whipped up by shamed promoters Old Mother Mike Walters and Johnny “the Rat” Townsend. Here we are and I am still on the case although how the regulators have allowed this farce to continue for so long really does cause me to despair. Retained losses now stand at £40 million!
Yet again I have been thanked by the regulator for exposing cooked PLC books. Not that this will stop BBMs from defaming me in all the usual ways but those who count know we matter. So I discuss Eden Research (EDEN) and KPMG. Then there is Peter Brailey’s amazing scoop. Ta Guido for the hat tip (not!) – I discuss Powerhouse Energy (PHE) and Tim Yeo the sleazebag ex Tory MP. Then I turn to Verditek (VDTK) as it misleads again c/o the AIM Shit of the year Richard “Gollum” Gill as his green ponzi bond deadline approaches. Finally there is the fraud Zoetic (ZOE) where my target price remains 0p after today’s dire admission. Add to your shorts.
Sometimes when I read what BBMs write about me even I start to wonder if I am a bad guy even though I know all their defamatory slurs are false. But those who matter know otherwise and also take me seriously. Today, another letter arrives thanking me for my work which has caused another PLC to have to restate crook accounts. The Sheriff of AIM vs Eden Research (EDEN) and KPMG (again). For the second time in 4 years my work has spurred the Financial Reporting Council to act against Eden & KPMG. I have now lost count of how many such missives I have received from my good pals at the FRC but it is quite a lot. The letter is below.
On his LinkedIn profile the former CFO of M&C Saatchi (SAA) Jamie Hewitt says: “After 15 very good years at M&C Saatchi as Global CFO, I decided to leave in search of new and exciting CFO challenges. I am particularly keen to identify and work with fast scaling media and tech businesses, in either a permanent or interim role.” Before hiring Jamie, Prospective employers may care to check out this Winnileaks expose, a report from PWC into accounting fraud at Saatchi from December 2019.
The pleasure of reviewing a truly dismal 2020 trading statement from Eden Research (EDEN), a perennially loss making pustule on the arse of corporate Britain for more than 25 years, comes later. First to business: once again reporting this historically fraudulent enterprise to my good friends at the Financial Reporting Council, FRC, for cooking its 2019 books.
It was in August 2015 when a heavily cash-strapped AIM dog Eden Research (EDEN) engaged in a blatant Panama Pump style fraud with a company, Tepenetech, with which it had long been associated. The 2019 accounts for Eden, signed off by KPMG, still pretend that this is a legitimate deal. But Terpenetech’s own accounts for calendar 2019 are, finally, just out and the fraud is there for all to see.
I start with a personal message as to why there may or may not be a break in bearcasts over the next few days. Then it is onto how Watchstone (WTG) – Quenron (QPP) as was – is suing KPMG. This is bonkers. KPMG has made Watchstone shareholders far richer than they should be. I explain that and then discuss how if I was in charge and had a time machine, we would have stopped this fraud ever happening. Without the time machine, what would I do now?
Thanks to the good works of Gabriel Grego, Akazoo (InternetQ as was) has now been thrown off Nasdaq and the SEC are crawling all over it, its main backer and author of its corporate deals, Martin Hughes’ Tosca Fund and various advisors. One firm that has narrowly avoided a massive bullet, as I can reveal today, is auditor BDO Global.
Almost 100 times since the comical and failed Hammerson (HMSO) bid for Intu (INTU) in December 2017 which Steve Moore described as “shopping centre madness” we have urged you to sell or short Intu. Today, if we are not at midnight on the death clock, we are at 1 second to midnight. Update. at 1.43 PM we are at midnight. It is game over.
Another day and another RNS from Intu (INTU) and yet again the shares move little although the release makes it abundantly clear that investors are going to lose everything. Just how many warnings do you need. And if I was a shareholder or a creditor one thing that would utterly infuriate me is that….
Eve Sleep (EVE) has announced “following a competitive audit tender process carried out by the company, the board has approved the appointment of Smith & Williamson LLP as the company's auditor for the financial year ending 31 December 2019”. The shares have currently responded slightly further lower to 2.75p – ‘further lower’ as they were approaching 14p early this year, 66p as recently as the end of June 2018 and 101p per share on May 2017 AIM listing! Almost natch, with such a record, this is also a Woodford dog...
Last week one of the highlights for me was the shadow of incompetence spreading at Neil's Woodford Patient Capital Trust (WPCT) as it tried to reassure the market with the appointment of Raymond Abbott to its board. What Susan Searle, the Chair of WPCT, would have hoped is that the appointment of Mr Abbott would be seen as a safe pair of hands. Naturally she will have done her homework, which is why the original RNS of Monday had to be corrected, after my prompt, as it mis-named one of Mr Abbot’s previous appointments and missed another off altogether. But is Mr Abbott a safe pair of hands or butterfingers?
Lib Dem grandee Lord Timmy Razzall may have changed the name of Boxhill to St James House (SJH) but this company which has been mired in so much corruption and fraud remains an uninvestable uber dog even by the standards of the AIM casino. Results earlier this week were covered in bearcast yesterday but perhaps merit further scrutiny. They are shocking, breach IFRS on numerous counts and quite simply aim to decieve. Nomad Allenby should be walking.
Covering Quindell (QPP), Naibu (NBU), Patisserie Holdings (CAKE), Staffline (STAF), Sefton (SER) and more I look at the role of auditors and lawyers in enabling corporate fraud and what needs to change to stop this.
My pal Luke Johnson used to be known as Lucky. Just like Lord Lucan. Luke does not stand accused of butchering his nanny and is not fleeing the country but there is blood on the streets round at Patisserie Holdings (CAKE) and Luke’s luck seems to have run out. Though I was a perma bear on Patisserie it gives me no pleasure to be revealed as a superb journalist once again...
And so at last we have the results of the forensic accounting review which followed the confession from AIM-listed Yu Group (YU.) on 24 October 2018 that its accounts were, in effect, a work of sheer fiction and has seen the company’s £12 million placing at £10 per share being investigated by the FCA. We already knew that the bill would be around £10 million – but now it is going to be around £13 million. As ever, the ShareProphets RNS Translation Service is on hand to help us understand all this (original in bold).
AIM-listed Yu Group (YU.) only joined the Casino back in March 2016, via a placing at 185p. Since then it has been a one-way street for shareholders, with the stock rising to a peak of over £14 in March of this year. And then the Finance Director resigned…..
It seems that after just a month in situe the chief bean counter for the fraudsters who run Tesla (TSLA) has decided that he’d rather not earn $10 million and has quit. A great American company is in trouble and there is only one man who can save it. Today we launch a campaign to draft in Sam Antar as the new CFO of Tesla and if you are on twitter here’s how you can help.
Though the outlook for most firms in the UK retail industry has been particularly gloomy so far this year, June provided some welcome respite, with the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and KPMG reporting that total retail sales rose by 2.3% across the UK – buoyed by factors such as the warmer weather and the relative success of the England national team at the World Cup in Russia. Likewise, tipsters and brokers also saw events in June and July so far to be good news for retailers, with the number of ‘Buy’ ratings towards firms within the sector increasing.
I start by looking back to where I watch the World Cup Final 4 years ago and where I will be watching the semi on Wednesday. When you have finished donating a tenner to Woodlarks HERE, this podcast covers the current scandal surrounding the big 4 and KPMG in particular. Sam Antar used KPMG in his 18 year fraud but is it fair to pick on one firm? Is the system inherently flawed? What would I do to make things better?
Bearcasts may be sporadic over the next few days as I explain. By Wednesday I shall be mountain walking in Greece for my Woodlarks training. Think of me with the snakes and in 35 degree heat and donate HERE. Today I look at Optibiotix (OPTI), Audioboom (BOOM), Andalas (ADL), Frontera (FRR), Boxhill (BOX) and KPMG and in some detail at Jim Mellon's failing gold play Condor Gold (CNR).
I am the last person to berate the fine folks from my family’s ancestral homelands of the Kingdom of Ulster or indeed the modern day province. SUFTUM is what I say as I wake up every morning to retweet - with my own comments - @onthisdayPira . But some communities are just perhaps just too tightly knit, too cosy. I refer to the accounting arrangements of First Derivatives (FDP).
FinnCap likes to tell us that it is one of London's leading Nomad's. Okay lets overlook the Silverdell scandal where it insisted that it did nothing wrong as the company misled investors who then lost all their money but how about Constellation Healthcare? This may be off your radar as this company delisted from AIM in January 2017. But this is a massive scandal.
It is individuals that commit financial crime not corporates. And thus, as I have noted so many times before, the only way that we will clean up financial markets in the UK is by starting to throw the book at individuals who sin, making sure that all transgressions, however small, go punished. And that brings us to today's news that the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has started an investigation into the conduct of Mr Richard Adam and Mr Zafar Khan, former Group Finance Directors of Carillion (CLLN) and members of the ICAEW.
If anyone from Jim Mellon's organisation wishes to visit UK Investor Show we give them admittance. But Jim's minions are desperate to stop us from seeing what a shambles and disaster his event yesterday has become. While Mellon's henchmen stopped Darren Atwater from attending we got another photographer in and what she produced shows why Mellon is so desperate to hide the ghastly truth about his heavily loss making event.
The only UK financial watchdog that is anything other than a poodle has again bared its teeth and again it is the auditors at KPMG that are in the firing line, this time over Carillion (CLLN). Still being investigatred over its role in the Quindell fraud, let off the hook on HBOS, KPMG at least knows how the Financial Reporting Council works.
It is a good job that my old friend Jim Mellon is so rich because it appears that the assets he stripped out of my old company Rivington Street Holdings, that is to say t1ps and the Master Investor Show, seem to be burning £10,000 of his cash every week. Poor Jim. The accounts for 2016 have just been published and are even worse than 2015. One wonders how long will this very poorly attended show be kept going?
News today was released by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) in relation to its investigation into KPMG’s audit of HBOS’s FY2007 accounts. Here we are almost ten years on, and we are told all was well after all. Well, sort of.
You may remember that at the last AGM of the London Stock Exchange (LSE) its chairman,, Donald Brydon CBE, 'fessed up to being a ShareProphets reader and as we chatted afterwards he came over as a thoroughly decent man. But he has, yet again, been failed by his minions in their handling of the biggest AIM fraud of the year, so far, Telit (TCM). Lowly gofers such as the head of AIM Regulation, the fake Sheriff Mr Marcus Stuttad, have allowed Telit to avoid any independent scrutiny of its accounts & business practices despite clear evidence of fraud. That has to change and maybe Brydon will push for that. I have sent him a letter.
Shares in Mitie Group (MTO) currently trade circa 4% higher on the day, at around 220p, on the back of a “Trading update” announcement. Good news from this “facilities management, connected workspace and professional services business” then. Er…
My good friend, the king of the fraudsters Sam Antar, was on cracking form this week reminding us all of how he used to hoodwink auditors KPMG over many years when masterminding the Crazy Eddie's fraud. You can see the genius Sam explaining all HERE. I am keen that the fine firm of RSM UK Audit LLP, does not find itself made to look like KPMG style fools, and have thus penned it an open letter today on the subject of both impending bankruptcy and also fraud at its client African Potash (AFPO). I am such a nice guy trying to help out these simple City folk don't you think? The open letter follows:
I noted a week ago, here, that Audioboom (BOOM) shares were weak and that since it was running out of cash I reckoned a placing was afoot. Lo and behold there is indeed a £2.55 million placing at 2.5p today but there is also a stream of other announcements which are a red flag festival. This is a horror story.
Recent profit-warning issuing creator of digital advertising platforms, Crossrider (CROS) has now made an announcement entitled “Board Changes including appointment of CEO”. The new CEO also follows the March departure of Koby Menachemi “to pursue other opportunities”, but who is it and what are the other board changes?
You remember how Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) was going to transform the profits of Quindell (QPP)? Okay, there had always been sub 20,000 successful claims a year but fraudster Rob Terry was accruing profits on the basis that Quindell was going to win 72,000 a year. Yes a 360% market share and the City analysts, mug punters, auditors KPMG et al believed him! Jesus how could they be so thick or corrupt? We did warn them. Anyhow, have a butchers at Note 37 of the Watchstone (WTG) - Quenron as was - accounts yesterday. It states:
There are some folks out there - Evil Knievil - who under under the illussion that what is left in Watchstone Group (WTG) has a value, that somehow the collection of frauds assambled as Quindell that even Slater & Gordon was not dumb enough to buy is worth something. Au contraire. I see that the Maine Finance subsidiary has finally filed its December 2014 accounts with a directors’ report disclosing;
Shares in fully listed Telecom Plus (TEP) seem to have fallen off a bit a cliff over the last few weeks. I’ve not seen anything terrible in the way of RNSs to explain it and although falls in the wider market would contribute to weakness a 20% drop seems hefty. But I did turn up something at Companies House which I think the company should explain.
I can reveal exclusively that class action lawyers Your Legal Friend has today sent its letter of claim to Watchstone Group (WTG) -formerly Quindell (QPP) - on behalf of an initial claimant group of 342 retail investors.
Needless to say, when a fraud scandal breaks one of the questions which gets asked is where were the auditors? In some cases the audit is shown to be hopeless - I would imagine that some will view KPMG's efforts with Quindell (QPP) in that category. Sometimes it is simply that the level of audit which would have been required to unearth the fraud (or, cough, errors) would simply have been too expensive to perform and not necessarily required by the regulators.
The Globo (GBO) scandal brings up the issue once again of what an auditor is there to do. Yesterday’s admission that, essentially, Globo’s accounts could not be relied upon suggests that there has been a massive failure. Auditor there: Grant Thornton. But Globo is by no means the only case of investors being misled as to the true picture in a company’s accounts.
You have to hand it to Avanti Communications (AVN): faced with its fourth annual earnings or revenue miss on the trot it has managed yet again to paper over the ever-widening cracks in its creaking edifice.
The fraudster Rob Terry of Quindell (QPP) infamy is a busy guy as he prepares for the inevitable dawn raid by the Serious Fraud Office as a precursor to a trial and a custodial jail sentence. His latest posting on the website of his new vehicle Quob Park is quite simply delusional.
Last November I wrote an article about a little known Danish software company, called the IT Factory. UK investors probably have never heard of this company, but if you are a Danish investor, you most certainly have. The IT Factory is Denmark’s most serious fraud case.
Shares in blur Group (BLUR) currently trade a further more than 30% lower today, at around 55p, on the back of more financial reporting woes. The following updates, though don’t say I didn’t warn you – see, for example, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE…
In 2014 the esteemed firm of KPMG (Southampton office, three partners) started its audit of Quenron just after Christmas and by March 31 had done enough to allow Quenron to publish the 2013 results – less than three months and the job was largely done. When did PWC start work on reviewing Quindell’s fraudulent accounting policies? Early December 2014.
The statement today from Naibu (NBU) is comedy. This is such a slam dunk fraud I cannot see why we bother pretending otherwise. The tragedy is that with the shares still suspended investors face a 100% wipe-out. I turn to the statement and also to the roll of shame and how this MUST BE CAREER ENDING for some folks if AIM Regulation is to retain any credibility. Are you reading Marcus Stuttard, the phoney “Sheriff of AIM”? The Real Sheriff has a message for you too. Let’s start with the statement which comes after a suspension on January 9 as the NEDS sough clarification of Naibu’s financial position.
Why, we were all wondering, did Quenron (QPP) loan CAN6.8 million to a near bankrupt Canadian software company? Reader Inevitgate has the answer. Shimple, so as to not have to admit that revenues booked in 2013 and 2014 were totally uncollectable and so face a P&L hit. Shimples. Great work. Here it is.
Following the shock Rob Fielding revelations of yesterday, conversations with three current and former Quindell employees and some early morning reading of the Quenron (QPP) 2013 accounts, notably page 57, I have more shock disclosures about Quindell and its acquisitions and rather tough questions both for the fraudsters and for the bumbling incompetents at KPMG who signed off on such utter gibberish and obvious lies.
Law firm YourLegalFriend will tomorrow launch an initiative aimed at pursuing both Quindell PLC and its current board of directors as well as Rob Terry in order to get back the vast losses suffered by investors in Quindell.
No apologies but this Bearcast contains strong langauge. Fraudster Rob Terry has dumped nearly all his Quindell (QPP) shares. It is time for the morons to apologise to me as I am now 110% vindicated. I discuss lessons learned (other than do not mess with the Sheriff) and also what folks should do next. Start by apologising to me and my staff then have a measured go at Terry, AIM Regulation, Cenkos, Daniel Stewart, Canaccord and KPMG.
I have just had a Quindell (QPP) shareholder on the phone. Not any old shareholder but a veteran of class actions. I warn you KPMG, Rob Terry and Cenkos you are potentially in big trouble, this man is very serious and knows exactly what he is doing. Ahead of that I examine what happens next for Cenkos, Rob Terry and shareholders. It is not pretty. And I now have new questions for the FCA about the scale of Rob Terry's insider dealing.
For some reason I could not sleep so at 3 AM I had a good chat with my good pal Sam Antar the mastermind of the biggest Wall Street accounting fraud of the 1980s ( Crazy Eddies) who is now a fraudbuster. Sam is a bit of a night owl but also a twitter fiend and overnight he laid into the idea that audited accounts mean anything. We also exchanged tweets on the BearCast earlier on TNAV (HERE). Time for bed Sam but this is a great volley at the accounting profession on the 13thanniversary of the demise of Enron.
Quindell is a fraud. It has lied to investors and since it never generates cash it is worth 0p. Right now the shares are 49p – and falling – and in today’s BearCast I explain why the fall to 0p might be steady or dramatic. But for now we pretend that with Rob Terry on the board it is a normal business. This is a pretence and needs to be addressed. Here are ten questions hapless shareholders need to be asking.
Well done to foxy Bex and her colleagues at PR outfit Redleaf Polhill, until now the spinners for the liars, fraudsters and insider dealers at Quindell (QPP). Foxy and her team have today quit. And it gets better..
I many not be at my sharpest but I am not pulling any punches as the Quindell scandal deepens. This podcast covers Quindell, Daniel Stewart, Cenkos, KPMG, the lies, the fraud, the implosion and what the fallout will be. I also look at blinkx ( dire results & another Sheriff of AIM win), warn you about African Minerals and look at stocks on a PE of less than 1.
I have been reading and analyzing with great interest the running commentary about Quindell (QPP) and it reminds me very much of a similar case in Denmark involving a very good friend of mine that was roped into investing considerable sums of money into a company that was listed on the Danish stock exchange, that company was called the IT Factory and its auditors were KPMG.
Avanti Communications (AVN) 2014 accounts were released yesterday and while the group's year end statement (from September 15th 2014) revealed that debt continues to pile up at an alarming rate (the debt rises), the accounts show that the quality of its revenues remains questionable as ever.
Over the past months we have seen an astonishing array of articles clearly demonstrating that company directors, Nomads, Brokers, Auditors – just about every profession involved in running AIM-listed companies – have broken rules or been negligent in performing their duties. Tom’s ongoing exposee on Quindell (plc), Daniel Stewart (broker and Nomad), KPMG (auditor to QPP) are recent examples. Ben Turney’s revelations about New World Oil and Gas show the most extraordinary behaviour by its management and by its Nomad – and now Broker – Beaumont Cornish. I’ve been a right old bore about Digital Learning Markerplace plc from 2012 which has posed questions about its management, Broker, Nomad and Auditor. There are more. Many, many more.
I am told that the accounts of Quenron (QPP) must be kosher because the global accounting giant KPMG has signed off on them. KPMG knows all about accounting and I am just a failed fund manager/pizza delivery guy/blogger so clearly know nothing. Hmmmmm, I fear that some folks are in for a rude awakening.
And so Quindell Legal Services, the biggest part of the Quenron Group (QPP) has filed its accounts. Also of interest is the fact that it filed two annual returns for last year. Would Quindell care to deny that it had a spot of bother with its capital adequacy forms filled in with the FCA? That might explain a few of the red flags but not all.
The Quenron (QPP) subsidiary accounts are now landing thick and fast at Companies House and I am ploughing through them but have unearthed the stinkiest yet – Compass Costs. The numbers stated are different in different places, there is revenue missing and there is a curious dividend paid. It stinks to high heaven and since Compass is part of an FCA regulated entity (Quindell Legal Services of which more later) this is certain to attract FCA attention.
Interim results from Cupid (CUP) were predictably disastrous and show why it had to see its dodgy Ukrainian dating businesses. In part that was because, despite the KPMG whitewash they were clearly engaged in unethical practises. But Cupid also needed the cash.
It was 5 AM in the morning one day last week before I finally got to have a good long chat with Sam Antar, the FD behind one of the biggest Wall Street frauds of the 1980s, Crazy Eddies. Poacher turned gamekeeper, Sam now busts white collar crime and is an SEC whistleblower. He also blogs and tweets in a most amusing way. Have a look at www.whitecollarfraud.com @samantar – naturally enough we discussed – at great length – Quenron (QPP).
The most spectacular fraud of the 1980s in the USA was Crazy Eddie’s - an electrical retailer. It was a fraud from start to finish and the FD was Sam Antar. He plea bargained and has since seen the light and become an amazing campaigner and exposer of corporate fraud. And he explains exactly how he engaged in mammoth fraud at Crazy’s.
Oh golly gosh, some folks should not be allowed near shares so great is their misunderstanding of basic accounting. I am not only talking about Laurence Moorse the FD of Quinnovation Group but also the Bulletin Board Morons as well. So – is it okay to accrue? Yes indeed it is sensible to do so. Is all accrual accounting prudent? No.
Gosh this is complicated. The Quindell (QPP) relationship with TMC Southern owned by Mark Ford (see HERE and HERE) is incredibly hard to untangle but one thing is clear: the numbers just do not stack up. Annual returns and reports conflict and there is an awful lot of cash which seems to have gone somewhere? Where? Read on…
Yesterday I revealed HERE how Fraudster Rob Terry had sent £139,000 of Quindell cash helping out a mate by buying 50% of BestPriceHotDeals.com - an almost worthless e-tailer of garden equipment – from a pal of his Mr Farrelly. I am afraid this gets worse with a new revelation.
I have today written to the AIM Regulation team and to the FCA urging both bodies to investigate whether Quindell PLC (QPP) has defrauded its shareholders by paying large sums to buy either companies that have failed to generate any cash for Quindell (indeed they have burned it) or companies that were worthless shelf companies from mates of Quindell founder Rob Terry. Bulletin Board Morons might not like this but it is their company and their cash (as owners of the company) that has been spent and this needs to be formally investigated.
I have today written to the senior partner at KPMG, Mr Simon Collins, asking if he should check whether there was undetected fraud in the 2013 accounts published by Quindell (QPP) and audited by his firm. By fraud I mean the payment of cash and shares to a long-time associate of Rob Terry to buy companies that were essentially worthless. Such payments would be fraudulent. The payments would also be fraudulent were it to be shown that the company had some value but nowhere near that paid and that the purchase price could not be justified.
I gather that my first Mark Ford article HERE has had some effect round at the Country Club. Skillwise, the shelf company with no assets bought by Quindell from (I think Mark Ford) for £2.76 million in cash on August 30th 2013 has finally appointed some directors (Rob Terry and Laurence Moose). And it has extended its year end. So I guess some revenues will be put through it and it will not be struck off. But while we are on the subject of Mark Ford, let’s move onto BE Insulation Ltd.
Having slept on the matter I am more than happy to retain my sell stance and 20p target on Quindell after yesterday’s trading statement. On the basis of Quindell adjusted earnings and cashflow forecasts the shares rocketed yesterday but I have more questions than ever and I see the shares are falling steadily today as serious investors start to ask serious questions. My core concern remains cash as I explained yesterday HERE
The rules of AIM are pretty simple and are based on the underlying principle that you cannot tell a blatant lie to investors. To do so is arguably market abuse and it is certainly a breach of AIM rules. If the AIM Cesspit is to have any credibility those who break the rules must be punished and punished publicly. I have therefore written this morning to both the FCA and to AIM Regulation asking both to launch an urgent investigation into both Quindell PLC (QPP) and its Nomad Cenkos after today’s PT healthcare RNS farce/lie.
As you know I am thick as two short planks and so I am sure that there is a perfectly reasonable explanation for what appears to be another red flag in the ever growing red flag forest at Quindell (QPP). Perhaps a Bulletin Board moron out there can enlighten me regarding the missing 100 million shares?
When things begin to go pear shaped at a party in my Manor of E13, the savvy punters, who often got the whole thing going in the first place, generally sidle off the dance floor and head off home making their excuses and leaving others to the punch ups, the damage and more often than not the arrival of the law.
Earlier this year an undercover reporter from the Ukraine Post applied for a job with Cupid (CUP) and she claimed that she was told that she would be paid on a freelance basis to pretend to be a dolly bird interested in dating ugly Western men in order to get them to pony up for a Cupid paid for service. Cupid denied the charge but commissioned an independent review by KPMG to investigate and today it has published its findings.
Now if you really wanted to find out about the charges levelled by Svitlana Tuchynska who is the first person you would contact?