By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM | Friday 25 December 2020
Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from ShareProphets). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.
At 8 AM on Christmas Eve, shares in Octagonal (OCT) were suspended on the AIM Casino. At 1.04 PM, with the market closed and everybody switching off their screens, came the bombshell. Assisted by the FCA, the SEC has charged Octagonal’s main subsidiary, Global Investment Strategy UK Ltd. (GIS), for clearing and settling billions of dollars of U.S. securities transactions without registering as a broker-dealer in violation of the federal securities laws. The SEC also charged John William Gunn, its founder and principal, with aiding and abetting those violations. Kerboom. You cannot say that I have not warned you for years that Gunn – who also runs uber dog Inspirit (INSP) – was a prize rotter.