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Kalem, Kukekov and some piece of shit medical device reverse merger in Eden Prairie – (NMTC)

A reverse-merger based in Eden Prairie, MN, hyping nonsense, recently came to our attention, NeuroOne Medical Technologies (NMTC). This filthy company shares many similarities to another reverse-merger turd, Biotricity (BTCY), we’ll examine that scam another time. For now, let’s look under the covers at NMTC.

There was recently a conversion of notes at $1.80/shr, along with 100% warrant coverage at $1.80. Our guess is that we are seeing a walk-up (aka a “rig”) in front of a real promotion as those shares are being sold.

The company originally came public in 2011, as Original Source Entertainment, a Jody Walker shell. Ms. Walker has been responsible for countless scams: RNBI, ALKM, VHUB, RIHT, RJDG, PVTA, KRED, NAMG, DMHI, and AIDC just to start.

The original nominee holders were:

NMTC-OriginalNominees

In 2014, the control block was sold to a young gentleman named, Amer Samad:

NMTC-SaletoAmer2014

Amer moved the company to an address near Buffalo, NY. By April, 2017 some stock had leaked out, and Amer still held 69% control.

NMTC_ownership_april2017

In July 2017, the shell merged with a medical device company in Minnesota, NeuroOne, Inc., creating NeuroOne Medical Technologies (NMTC). Curiously Amer returned 100% of his holdings for cancellation.

NMTC-AmerCancellation

This leaves 1.573mm existing shares, and 6.292mm shares issued in the merger for a total outstanding of 7.865mm shares. One unanswered question is where did those existing shares, which would be free-trading, end up? Typically in these sorts of scams, these shares are actually secretly in the hands of the promoters/insiders. Another question is who has been paying Amer? An unnamed related party.

NMTC-WhoPaidAmer

Just who is this related party? That remains unanswered (for now) as well, but at BuyersStrike! HQ we have some ideas.

The merger into the shell was arranged by an outfit called Highline Research Advisors (HRA), which is made up a few ex-John Thomas Financial (expelled by FINRA, raided by Feds), ex-Merriman (expelled by FINRA), ex-Agincourt rejects, Theodore Kalem & Nikolay Kukekov. Their HRA shop has moved from JTF to Merriman to Agincourt and now they hang their hats at another bucket shop, Corinthian Partners.

Here’s Theodore’s CRD:

NMTC-TedKalemCRD

And Nickolay’s:

NMTC-Nikolay-CRD

The working theory here at HQ is that finding this shell was no chance occurrence for Kalem and Kukekov. Mr. Samad‘s name appears in a previous Kalem/Kukekov deal, Citius (CTXR). See the CTXR S-1 filed September 11, 2015. Given that they probably knew Amer from this prior turkey, it is highly likely that one of them, or an entity they control, was the related party funding the shell.

After the NMTC merger the new shareholder list looked something like this, from the most recent NMTC proxy, filed April 27, 2018.

NMTC-Proxy-2018Holders

Would it surprise you, dear reader, to learn that there are shenanigans afoot? Chromium 24 LLC and Lifestyle Healthcare LLC are actually undisclosed related parties. Their total ownership is over 18%. Likely tripping up all sorts of disclosure violations, just for a start. 

How are they related?

When pulling the ownership statement for Chromium 24, LLC we find a familiar family name, Kalem:

NMTC-Chromium2413d

“That’s only a coincidence,” the touts and shills might say. Perhaps, perhaps not. Let’s dig deeper, from Bloomberg:

BTCY-Chromium24Owners

And how about Lifestyle Healthcare, LLC? Let’s read Nickolay’s biography carefully:

NMTC-Lifestyle-Nikolay

Kukekov is an owner of both entities, and clearly has a close relationship with Kalem. Case closed. And this is not the only piece of garbage bioturd/medical device scam stock with these two fine gentlemen lurking behind the scenes.

The content contained in this blog represents only the opinions of the author. The author may hold either long or short positions in securities of various companies discussed in the blog. This commentary in no way constitutes investment advice, and should never be relied on in making an investment decision, ever. This blog is not a solicitation of business: all inquiries will be ignored. The content herein is intended solely for the entertainment of the reader, and the author.

 

 

 

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The Map and the Territory: Who Controls Gopher Protocol? – GOPH

As part of our continuing series on filthy reverse merger Gopher Protocol (GOPH), we’ll start to explore exactly who controls the company.

Just looking at common stock is not enough, one must look at the various series of convertible bonds, warrants, and preferred stock. Some of which have conversion prices under 1c!

Here is a snapshot of GOPH ownership from before the stock promotion began in earnest. These numbers have certainly changed.

The short answer, is Galina Vaynter, through various entities and related parties. These include companies headed by her husband, Avady aka Vadim Vaynter, her daughter Regina Kats, and various straw men and women, including this guy, Kenneth Jeremy Smith, in Spokane, WA.

KJSmithEDIT

Together, these account for at least 85% control of GOPH (and possibly more) before the promotion started in earnest. See here:

WhoControlsGOPH-map

There’s lots more to come….

THE CONTENT CONTAINED IN THIS BLOG REPRESENTS ONLY THE OPINIONS OF THE AUTHOR. THE AUTHOR MAY HOLD EITHER LONG OR SHORT POSITIONS IN SECURITIES OF VARIOUS COMPANIES DISCUSSED IN THE BLOG. THIS COMMENTARY IN NO WAY CONSTITUTES INVESTMENT ADVICE, AND SHOULD NEVER BE RELIED ON IN MAKING AN INVESTMENT DECISION, EVER. THIS BLOG IS NOT A SOLICITATION OF BUSINESS: ALL INQUIRIES WILL BE IGNORED. THE CONTENT HEREIN IS INTENDED SOLELY FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT OF THE READER, AND THE AUTHOR.

 

It has “Gopher Guts” – GOPH, MOBQ

Before we begin, do you know about Sony guts?

If the rambling, raving, Israeli CTO, Dr. Danny Rittman, at Southern California reverse-merger company Gopher Protocol (GOPH), is to be believed, it seems that almost everything will one day have Gopher guts inside. Pet trackers, cell phones, even cryptocoins!

But one thing that is already stuffed to the gills with Gopher guts, is Long Island penny stock Mobiquity (MOBQ). Back in June of this year they issued a curious press release highlighting an even more curious transaction.

Glen Eagles Acquisitions LP Adds Mobiquity Technologies to its Portfolio of
Companies focusing on IoT, AI and Mobile Technologies

NEW YORK, June 25, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mobiquity Technologies, Inc.
(OTCQB:MOBQ), a leading mobile location data intelligence company, is pleased
to announce a strategic investment by Glen Eagles Acquisitions LP. GEA is a company focused on building and acquiring businesses within the
Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Mobile Technologies
Industries.

Quite a description of Glen Eagles. If it sounds familiar, that might be because the description of GOPH is almost exactly the same.

aboutGOPH\

Now, what is this “strategic investment” that the Eagles are making into MOBQ?

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Mannkind and the Warrants of Blood (MNKD)

Poor Mannkind (MNKD). The lamest endocrinology company in existence just did a deal so awful it rivals the infamous Repros 99.6% Discounted Warrant deal from 2011. Read about that stinker here.

Tonight, the 9th of May 2016, with the shares closing at $1.32, the morons at Mannkind announced a unit offering at $1.03 per unit. Says the company:

Each share of common stock is being sold together with a warrant to purchase 0.75 of a share of common stock (A Warrants) and a warrant to purchase 0.25 of a share of common stock (B Warrants) for a combined purchase price of $1.03. Each unit consists of one share of common stock. 3/4 of a Series A warrant, and 1/4 of a Series B warrant.

Both warrants are struck at $1.50

The Series A warrants expire in 2 years, and have typical American-style exercise rules. The Series B warrants expire in December 2018. The B warrants have a variation of a European-style exercise rule.

So what is this prize package worth to the buyers?

A share of stock is worth $1.32 at last close.

The Series A Warrants are worth, according to Bloomberg:

MNKD-SeriesA

$0.93 each, and 0.75 x 93c = 69.75c

The Series B Warrants are worth, according to Bloomberg:

MNKD-SeriesB

$1.03 each, and 0.25 x 1.03 = 25.75c

Thus the entire package, sold to investors this evening at $1.03 is actually worth:

1.32 (stock)

+.6975 (Series A Warrant)

+.2575 (Series B Warrant)

= $2.275

giving the lucky buyers an immediate paper profit of 120%, and giving existing MNKD bagholders incredible dilution.

The content contained in this blog represents only the opinions of the author. The author may hold either long or short positions in securities of various companies discussed in the blog. This commentary in no way constitutes investment advice, and should never be relied on in making an investment decision, ever. This blog is not a solicitation of business: all inquiries will be ignored. The content herein is intended solely for the entertainment of the reader, and the author.

Sandra Boenish, Vancouver’s Finest, CFO to the Stars – AVXL, NAKD, Lincoln Park

Today we quickly examine the sad state of retail favorite, but blindingly obvious bio-turd, lovingly referred to as Scamavex (AVXL). If one follows us on Twitter, (@buyersstrike) one would have seen warnings that Anavex Life Sciences (AVXL) is really just a plaything of Vancouver stock promoter Harvey Lalach. In fact, the common refrain is that “One can take the company out of Vancouver, but you can never take Vancouver out of the company.”

And in fact, the company did pick up and move, to shiny offices in New York City. And yet, the pull of Vancouver is strong. Just a few weeks ago Anavex announced the hiring of a new CFO. Sandra Boenisch. A quick read of the 8K filing announcing her arrival, and a look at her resume, leads to more questions than answers.

Take a look:

Ms. Boenisch, age 34, has no family relationship with any other officer or director of the Company. With respect to the Company, Ms. Boenisch has not had a direct or indirect material interest in any transaction described in Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K. In connection with Ms. Boenisch’s appointment as Principal Financial Officer, the Company and Ms. Boenisch entered into an employment agreement commencing on October 1, 2015 and ending on September 30, 2017, whereby: (a) the Company shall pay to Ms. Boenisch an annual base salary of Seventy-Eight Thousand and 00/100 Canadian Dollars ($78,000 CAD)

A CFO capable of handing the workload of a ~380mm USD market cap biotech (at time of writing) that supposedly has the cure for Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease (if the dumb donkey longs and touts are to be believed) can be hired for just $78,000 CAD per year salary (roughly $59,500 USD at time of writing)? Really?

Why is a supposedly American biotech company, based in NYC, paying its newly minted superstar CFO in Canadian dollars? Perhaps we need to take a look at her resume. Here is the resume portion of the 8k:

Ms. Boenisch has been an independent consultant, providing financial reporting services to a range of public companies in the United States and Canada since January 2012. From 2008 until 2012, Ms. Boenisch was employed at BDO Canada LLP (Vancouver, BC) where she was hired as a Senior Accountant and was later promoted to Manager, Audit Assurance. Ms. Boenisch specialized in managing assurance engagements for public companies in the United States and Canada. Prior to that, Ms. Boenisch worked for a public accounting firm beginning in 2001.

Well there is our Vancouver connection, but she has no experience as a CFO, and none in biotech. And what did she do between January 2012 and getting this amazing job at revolutionary, world-changing, Anavex? The 8K says she was an independent consultant. However her LinkedIn page says something very different.

Naked?

That’s not what the 8K filing says, now is it?

It turns out she does have some experience in the past with a public company, Naked Brand Group, Inc is actually publicly traded Naked Brands (NAKD). Insert your own jokes about Anavex’s head of Business Development and Investor Relations, Nell Rebowe, here.

Sure enough, just like Anavex, Naked Brands started life as a Nevada shell company, in this case a little piece of junk called “SearchByHeadlines.com” (SBHL) which obtained a listing in 2007. The Headlines shell then acquired a dismal little underwear company called Naked Boxer Brief Clothing, Inc. creating yet another wretched reverse merger polluting the lower reaches of Wall Street (& Howe Street) NAKD.

Sandra joined NAKD a year later, in May 2013 as VP of Finance.

But being a piece of junk Canadian company merged into a Nevada shell, and hiring Sandra Boenish, are not the only things AVXL and NAKD have in common. There’s more.

In September of 2013, NAKD announced with great fanfare an investment from an institutional investor. Retail longs seem incapable of understanding that difference between a legitimate long term institutional investor, and what could kindly be described as the newest incarnation of 90s death-spiral shops. Here is a chart of NAKD’s share price from the date of that investment, 16 September 2013 until today.

Share price from 16 Sept 2013 until present.

Share price from 16 Sept 2013 until present.

Pretty impressive performance. The investor? Why none other than AVXL’s recently announced institutional investor, the sharks at Lincoln Park Capital. Read more about Lincoln Park here.

And take a look at the most recent press release from Anavex, trumpting an abstract of what we will charitably call a “study”, that is no more than a small collection of completely uncontrolled, unblinded, anecdotes about their snake oil Anavex 2-73. The important bit is at the bottom:

Shareholder & Media Relations
Toll-free: 1-866-505-2895
Outside North America: +1 (416) 489-0092

A 416 (Ontario) area code for a NYC-based, Nevada corporation, with a CFO in Vancouver? Odd, right? A quick search of that number leads to a stock promotion outfit in Toronto, Primoris Group, a firm with 2 co-founders who are no strangers to the seedy world of micro-crap Canadian stock message boards.

Maybe we’ll tear apart Anavex‘s ridiculous “study” claims over the weekend. Until then, lets see how the dynamic CFO and IR due of Sandra and Nell do, especially with their Toronto stock pumping friends.

The content contained in this blog represents only the opinions of the author. The author may hold either long or short positions in securities of various companies discussed in the blog. This commentary in no way constitutes investment advice, and should never be relied on in making an investment decision, ever. This blog is not a solicitation of business: all inquiries will be ignored. The content herein is intended solely for the entertainment of the reader, and the author.

A Few Words on Scamceutix – CTIX

If you haven’t been following the saga of sister companies Nanoviricides (NNVC), Cellceutix (CTIX) and Nanoantibiotics (NNAB) you have missed a fun few weeks. (Some background on Nanoviricides is here, read Duff McDonald‘s great piece in the New York Observer here and a fun blurb on NNAB at Barrons here).

Last week Mako Research published a devastating expose of Cellceutix on Seeking Alpha, read it here. Then, on Friday of last week the company issued a bizarre attempt at a rebuttal, aping the language of retail bagholders referring to Mako as a “Shorter”. Here is the full text of CTIX’s bizarre rant. Then on Monday of this week, the company issued yet more insane ramblings, here.

One of the many valid criticisms of CTIX is that the company historically claimed founder and President Krishna Menon received his PhD at Harvard. There are even signed financial statements submitted to the SEC containing such claims. Of course, to those who bothered to do simple background checks it was obvious this claim was a lie.

Scamceutix however, in Monday’s missive tries to explain it away as a mere “administrative error”. Says the company:

There was an administrative error stating that Dr. Menon earned his PhD from Harvard, when the fact is that Dr. Menon worked as a research scientist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. This error was corrected years ago.

Then how does the company explain away the fact that sister scam, Nanoviricides, claims Menon, their Chief Regulatory Officer, also got his PhD from Harvard?

https://web.archive.org/web/20070703033710/http://www.nanoviricides.com/menon.html

“Administrative” Error Or Pattern Of Fraud?

And although CTIX claims the supposed error was “corrected” that is another lie. The company has not issued amended filings to correct the “administrative error”.

Extra credit assignment: Read this piece revealing the many lies of CTIX founder and President, and NNVC Chief Regulatory Officer Krishna Menon, here.

The content contained in this blog represents only the opinions of the author. The author may hold either long or short positions in securities of various companies discussed in the blog. This commentary in no way constitutes investment advice, and should never be relied on in making an investment decision, ever. This blog is not a solicitation of business: all inquiries will be ignored. The content herein is intended solely for the entertainment of the reader, and the author.

Another press release, and another set of lies from Galena Biopharma – GALE

After the close on the 6th of August scandal plagued Galena Biopharma (GALE) issued a press release detailing their earnings (or lack thereof) for the second quarter of 2015.

The full release is available here.

And in typical Galena fashion, even the very first bullet point is misleading. The company says:

Completed over-enrollment in the NeuVax Phase 3 PRESENT breast cancer immunotherapy clinical trial and presented encouraging data for GALE-301 and GALE-401 programs.

Of course, readers will remember that the GALE-401, aka Anagrelide CR, results were not encouraging at all. Not familiar with Galena’s spin on the terrible trial results? Catch up here.

Today we’ll focus on the second bullet point, where Galena makes an easily disproved claim. The company says:

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