If LOTE Can Do It, So Can You! (Until the Regulators Come Knockin’)

In case you were wondering, here are the facts concerning Lot78 Inc:

  • ~$1 billion market value as of 5/21/2013 close.
  • $0.5 million in ANNUAL revenue (that’s right, something like 2000x revenue), DOWN from prior year.
  • LOTE borrowed $40,000 (yes, that’s not a typo) from its founder just to stay in business.
  • LOTE’s auditor expressed doubt on its chances of survival.

And there’s plenty more.


Now some of you might wonder, how is the stock up? Here’s a theory:

“box job” - promoters obtain hidden control of the entire supply of a public company’s securities creating a a secret monopoly. Control of the shell corporation and its stock is concealed by the use of nominee officers, directors and shareholders, who hold their stock in their own names, but are secretly controlled by the promoter. Hidden control of a public “boxed” shell company is a very valuable commodity, one that can be sold to unscrupulous individuals who use this hidden control to manipulate the company’s stock price. (loosely quoted from a random DOJ brief)

Source: seekingalpha.com/article/1394981

We’ll leave you to think through the moral and legal consequences, if true…


2 Responses to If LOTE Can Do It, So Can You! (Until the Regulators Come Knockin’)

  1. Found this DOJ page: http://www.justice.gov/tax/usaopress/2003/txdv03chapman80803.htm

    Btw, how do the promoter create trade volume? Do they trade large volume between their shell companies?

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