Litigation Release No. 22408 / July 3, 2012
Accounting and Auditing Enforcement Release No. 3401 / July 3, 2012
Securities and Exchange Commission v. Gold Standard Mining Corp. (formerly known as Fluid Solutions Inc.), Panteleimon Zachos, Kenneth G. Eade, Edward Randall Gruber, CPA, and Gruber & Company, LLC, Civil Action No. CV-12-5662 PA (CWx) (C.D. Cal.)
SEC CHARGES GOLD STANDARD MINING CORP. AND OTHERS FOR FALSE AND MISLEADING STATEMENTS CONCERNING RUSSIAN GOLD MINING OPERATIONS.
On June 29, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil action in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against Gold Standard Mining Corp. (“Gold Standard”), its Chief Executive Officer/Chief Financial Officer Panteleimon Zachos, attorney Kenneth G. Eade, auditor E. Randall Gruber and his firm Gruber & Company LLC.
In its complaint, the Commission alleges that, between May 2009 and April 2011, Gold Standard filed numerous reports about its purported Russian gold mining operations that were materially false and misleading in various respects. According to the complaint, Gold Standard represented that it had acquired a Russian gold mining company known as Ross Zoloto Co., Ltd. (“Ross Zoloto”), but did not inform investors that it had agreed to allow the prior owner of Ross Zoloto to keep profits from existing operations or of issues surrounding Russian government registration or approval of the business combination. The complaint also alleges that Gold Standard filed false or misleading financial statements.
The complaint alleges that Gold Standard and Zachos were responsible for these misstatements, and that Eade, Gruber and Gruber & Co. substantially assisted Gold Standard in making these false and misleading statements. The complaint further alleges that Gruber & Co., through its sole member Edward Randall Gruber, misrepresented in an audit opinion that it had audited the company’s 2007, 2008 and 2009 consolidated financial statements in accordance with standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.
Without admitting or denying the allegations in the Commission’s complaint, Gold Standard and Zachos consented to final judgments pursuant to which Gold Standard will be enjoined from violating Sections 10(b), 13(a), 13(b)(2)(A), and 13(b)(2)(B) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) and Rules 10b-5, 12b-20, 13a-11 and 13a-13 thereunder, and Zachos will be enjoined from violating Sections 10(b) and 13(b)(5) of the Exchange Act and Rules 10b-5 and 13a-14 thereunder and from aiding and abetting violations of Sections 13(a), 13(b)(2)(A) and 13(b)(2)(B) of the Exchange Act and Rules 12b-20, 13a-11 and 13a-13 thereunder. Zachos will also be barred from serving as an officer or director of a public company. The judgments are subject to court approval.
The complaint alleges that Eade and Gruber aided and abetted Gold Standard’s violations of Sections 10(b) and 13(a) of the Exchange Act and Rules 10b-5(b), 12b-20, 13a-11, and 13a-13 thereunder; Gruber & Co. violated Sections 10(b) and 10A(a) of the Exchange Act and Rule 10b-5(b) thereunder, and aided and abetted the violations of Gold Standard of Sections 10(b) and 13(a) of the Exchange Act and Rules 10b-5(b), 12b-20, 13a-11, and 13a-13 thereunder; and Gruber violated Section 10A(a) of the Exchange Act and aided and abetted the violations of Gruber & Co. of Section 10(b) of the Exchange Act and Rule 10b-5(b) thereunder or, in the alternative, in liable as a control person of Gruber & Co. LLC with respect to those violations pursuant to Section 20(a) of the Exchange Act. The Commission seeks permanent injunctions, disgorgement, prejudgment interest and civil penalties against Eade, Gruber and Gruber & Co. and seeks to bar Eade from serving as an officer or director of a public company.