Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Another Marin Katusa/Casey Research scam

De Tin Marín de do Pingüé...
Tell you what, once you start scratching the surface of how Marin Katusa of Casey Research runs his self-serving enterprises you can't help but notice a trend....kinda lapse of IKN not to have sniffed around this scumball's modus operandi previously, really.

Take for example CBM Asia (TCF.v), a company he pumped non stop in 2009 and early 2010 before suddenly deciding that it "wasn't impressive" any longer. All you need to do is plug in a couple of keywords into Google and things like this pop out (IKN highlights in red):

BULLETIN TYPE: Private Placement-Non-Brokered
BULLETIN DATE: October 21, 2009
TSX Venture Tier 2 Company
TSX Venture Exchange has accepted for filing documentation with respect to
a Non-Brokered Private Placement announced September 16 and 28, 2009:
Number of Shares: 11,000,000 shares
Purchase Price: $0.30 per share
Warrants: 11,000,000 share purchase warrants to purchase
Warrant Exercise Price: $0.40 for a three year period
Number of Placees: 100 placees
Insider/Pro Group Participation:
Insider equals Y/
Name ProGroup equals P/ No. of Shares
Charles Bloomquist Y 75,000
Ladner Rose Investments
Ltd. (David Elliott
& David Shepherd) P 100,000
Batell Investments Ltd.
(Ken Bates & David
Elliott) P 25,000
David Elliott P 200,000
David Shepherd P 100,000
Lisa Stefani P 80,000
Andrew Williams P 70,000
Ray Rich P 80,000
Sandeep Atwal P 13,333
Gerald Stefaniuk P 25,000
Finders' Fees: $72,000 cash payable to Raymond James Ltd.
$22,199.94 cash payable to Global Securities
$100,000 cash payable to Vancouver Venture
Report (Marin Katusa)

$3,600 cash payable to Tom Byrne
Pursuant to Corporate Finance Policy 4.1, Section 1.11(d), the Company
must issue a news release announcing the closing of the private placement and
setting out the expiry dates of the hold period(s). The Company must also
issue a news release if the private placement does not close promptly. Note
that in certain circumstances the Exchange may later extend the expiry date of
the warrants, if they are less than the maximum permitted term.

Yep, in the middle of his pumping TCF.v ran a $3m private placement at 30c, which got upped to $3.3m (11m units, with a now totally worthless warrant attached at 40c) for which Marin Katusa managed to pocket a cool $100,000 in finder's fees commissions. And yeah, this is the very same TCF.v that hired his Casey Research buddy and PP running pal Marc Bustin (as in "bustin your bank a/c", probably) as consultant...i wonder what group of people ended up paying those consultancy fees?

But anyway, let's see how TCF.v has done since that PP was filed as closed:

Hmm, not so hot. But don't worry Caseysheep, at least you can gain solace from the fact that not everybody lost as much money as you did on that deal, cos the guy that got you into this dog walked away with 100k in his pocket. Better born lucky than rich, eh Marin?