The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting a fraud that uses the cover of corporate compliance: ‘Corporate Compliance’ form not from any government agency. According to columnist Sheryl Harris, businesses are receiving official-looking mailings with a form requesting a $150 fee to comply with the annual meetings under state law.
As the story points out, not all companies need to have an annual meeting and even if they did, filling out a form is not a sufficient replacement for an annual meeting.
The Ohio Secretary of State has posted an alert on her website: Alert: Annual Minutes Disclosure Solicitation. She has also published an example of the fraudulent mailing (.pdf).
As with the fraudulent SEC Examiners stories we are hearing about, it is sad to see fraudsters using compliance to dupe their marks.
Thanks to Corporate Compliance Insights for pointing out this story:Attention: Beware of Corporate Compliance Form Hoax Circulating in Ohio.