It's getting more and more obvious by the day that the business model of the United States and maybe even the world is outright fraud. 70% of the trading on the senior exchanges is High Frequency Trading. (HFT) It's front running, it's all fraud. It has nothing to do with investing, it's stealing from your own customers. And it's all legal.
The banks are gaming the Federal Reserve, handing the taxpayers all their bad loans in exchange for US Treasuries. Has no one figured out that when you toss a turd into a punch bowl, it doesn't matter how small the turd is or how big the punch bowl is, you contaminate the whole thing? The banks are not illiquid, they are insolvent.
Boston University professor Laurence Kotlikoff writes a piece claiming the real US National Debt is over $202 trillion on an economy of $14 trillion. We are bankrupt and everyone is looting the vestiges of the system as fast as they can.
It's about the same in the junior mining market. Gold is up for the 9th year. Anyone claiming to be in the gold business for the last nine years is now either mining gold or mining investors.
I wrote about Douglas Lake Minerals over two years ago. I called it Bre-X II. That was a good call. The company had about 50 million shares outstanding then worth $.45 apiece. Now it has over 62 million shares outstanding selling for $.13. Given the actions of CEO Harpreet Sangha it's astonishing that the stock is still trading. The company was essentially bankrupt two years ago and nothing has changed except he has blown through another $3 million dollars of shareholder money.
I think he has a secret plan for success. One that no one else would dream of. He's going to do a deal on his primary project with a third group. He's already sold it to Ruby Creek Resources in June. He resold it to a Chinese group a month later. That was the same deal that he announced on September 23 of 2009.
Harpreet Sangha doesn't bother filling out 8-K reports, the reporting laws don't apply to him but he signed the final agreement with the Chinese in July of this year. In August he brought over yet another group of Chinese to the property to sell it to them.
Why not? He did the same thing on the Magembe Diamond Property a year ago. He did a deal with a company named Midex Gold on the Magembe Diamond project. It's one of those minor technical issues that Andy Smith of Canaco, who used to be in a JV with Douglas Lake, believes he owns 50% of part of that project. Midex Gold just happens to operate out of the same office address as Douglas Lake in Vancouver and both websites use the same company for reporting. What a coincidence.
Juggling projects between conflicting
partners, each of whom think they own it is no particular
problem for Mr. Sangha. He also apparently now has a Tanzanian
wife. Things were heating up in Tanzania for Mr. Sangha over
some minor issue of unpaid bills so he stayed out of the country
for a year or so and took his Tanzanian wife to Vancouver.
Harpreet Sangha is perfectly familiar with charges of pumping and dumping shares. In the most blatant effort on his part to date, he bought 31 million shares of Artepharm Global Corp for $3,100 on February 26, 2010. That was an especially well-timed purchase because at the same time he was paying $.0001 for each share, they were being quoted at about $.25 in the market place. Sorta makes you wonder if maybe someone was jerking the price around.
In any case, Artepharm Global had an especially bright future. Or it did until the BCSC halted trading on August 25, 2010. Perhaps Harpreet is back in Tanzania because the summer is a little hot in Vancouver this year.
On April 20, 2010, Mr. Sangha announced a joint venture with a Chinese company called Artepharm China, not to be confused for any reason with Artepharm Global that just happens to have a similar name. Artepharm China owns the rights to an anti-malarial medicine named Artequick.
Interestingly enough, there was no 8-K report filed with the SEC announcing the JV with the Chinese company of the same name and in his latest filings for the quarter ended June 30, 2010, he says, "The company is currently in negotiations with a business called Artepharm Co. . . The company seeks to acquire the patent and worldwide marketing rights to market Artepharm Co.'s product called Artequick(R). Artequick(R) is a natural artemisinin-based anti-malaria drug."
So there you have it. He either has the rights to the drug that he claims in numerous press releases or he does not. If I was a betting man, I'd say Mr. Sangha was running a pump and dump. He unloaded a boatload of his own shares between February and now. When you buy 100 shares for a cent, you can make a lot of money pumping and dumping a stock that smells like a total scam.
I don't know what will happen in Tanzania with the 380 square km now claimed by at least two different groups and perhaps three. Ruby Creek has people on site but that company is a disaster waiting to happen. They don't have a single advisor or geologist who knows anything about placer gold. Their chief technical guy is an Electronics Engineer that I have been trying to warn about the fraud going on at DLKM for two years and he has totally ignored me.
Ruby Creek has committed to paying DLKM $9 million dollars over three years. RBYC is $400,000 in the hole to DLKM already. They are giving all the impression of motion with a bunch of press releases. but I don't see any real action.
I own 139 square km of ground to the immediate west of the DLKM/RBYC/Chinese Group #1/Chinese Group #2 ground. I have half a dozen specialists to call on, I have a real camp and I have real equipment. And it's not easy for us. I have an EIA. I have a mining license. I'm utterly baffled as to how a company with no mining expertise or people actually believes it can succeed when they know even their land tenure is at question.
Harpreet Sangha is a liar and a thief. I know because he has lied to me again and again and he stole $115,000 that I advanced to get him the project in the first place. I have always hoped he would succeed with someone so I could sue him and have a reasonable chance of recovering my money. Interestingly enough, Harpreet's brother Gus called me a year ago and wanted to talk to me about me helping DLKM. I told him that I would but only if Harpreet was fired and I was paid back the money I was owed.
His response was interesting. He admitted I had put up the money to get DLKM the project in the first place but since I gave the money directly to Harpreet the company didn't owe me, I should sue Harpreet to recover it. I'd say the standards of basic honesty in that family are shared equally.
I'm astonished Sangha hasn't been run out of Tanzania, tarred and feathered. Everything he has done has been a fraud. You can look over every press release he has ever issued and there would be an issue of fraud in every single release I ever read.
Perhaps the BCSC will get serious this time around. When they halted DLKM 18 months ago, they slapped his hand and made him remove the assays he inflated by 1000% and claims of 5.5 million ounces in reserves and all the other totally misleading information he was touting.
My company has a mining license. We got it because we jumped through all the hoops every company in Tanzania has to jump through. We filed our Environmental Impact Assessment because we paid for it. DLKM and RBYC have been claiming for a year they had a mining license in progress. I know it's not true because DLKM never paid the guy to do the EIA and never applied for a Mining License. And while RBYC was claiming to be in production months ago, they made it all up.
Three years ago, DLKM had a business plan that could have worked under professional management. Canaco has gone from a $.06 stock a year ago to a $2.89 stock with a $400 million dollar market cap. DLKM had the ground right next to CAN and abandoned it because Sangha didn't have a clue as to what he was doing.
There are dozens of pissed off land owners in Tanzania who gave their ground in Tanzania to DLKM in exchange for worthless share certificates that Sangha now illegally refuses to remove the legend from. At least 5 different directors have resigned in the last two years because of what he was doing. Ross McMasters who did the technical report on DLKM's ground got fired because DLKM never paid his company. DLKM has been a total disaster for its shareholders and Tanzania and it keeps getting worse.
Think Bernie Madoff. But Mini-Madoff.
Douglas Lake Minerals
Ruby Creek Resources