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To: jjs64 who wrote (2)4/29/1999 7:27:00 PM
From: StockDung
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington D.C.
LITIGATION RELEASE NO. 15476 / September 4, 1997
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION V. HUGH THRASHER, JOHN H. ANDERSON, EZRA
CHAMMAH, STANLEY ELBAUM, SCOTT FORBES, GUILLERMO GOMEZ a/k/a WILLIAM GOMEZ,
STEPHEN V.R. GOODHUE, JR., IRA GORMAN, GORMAN COMMODITIES & SECURITIES,
INC., ******JONATHAN S. HIRSH******, RONALD KUZNETSKY, DARRELL SANDY MARSH, JACK P.
MARSH, MICHAEL R. NEWMAN, ROGER K. ODWAK, ANGELO PETROTTO, LEE ROSENBLATT,
ROBERT SACKS, JEFFREY A. SANKER, DAVID SCHAEN, LEONARD SCHAEN, JULIAN
SCHOR, GREGG R. SHAWZIN, AND MARK R. SHAWZIN, 92 Civ. 6987 (JFK)
(S.D.N.Y.)
The Securities and Exchange Commission ("Commission") announced that
the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
recently entered a judgment against defendant William Gomez ("Gomez").
According to the Commission's amended complaint filed on March 4, 1993, the
defendant engaged in insider trading by purchasing the securities of Motel
6, L.P. ("Motel 6") while in possession of material, nonpublic information
concerning a planned tender offer for the company.
On August 5, 1997, the Court entered Final Consent Judgments of
Permanent Injunction and Other Relief As To Guillermo Gomez a/k/a William
Gomez. Without admitting or denying the allegations of the amended
complaint, Gomez consented to a permanent injunction from violating
Sections 10(b) and 14(e) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and Rules
10b-5 and 14e-3 thereunder. Gomez agreed to pay $131,104 in disgorgement
of profits and prejudgment interest thereon, but in light of a demonstrated
inability to pay based upon his sworn representations in a statement of
financial condition, the Commission agreed that all of the payment would be
waived and Gomez would not pay a civil penalty pursuant to the Insider
Trading and Securities Fraud Enforcement Act of 1988.
The Commission's amended complaint alleges that between late May 1990
and until and including July 12, 1990, Hugh Thrasher, an insider at Motel
6, for his personal benefit and in breach of his duty to Motel 6 and its
shareholders, communicated material, nonpublic information concerning
negotiations for the acquisition of Motel 6 to his close personal friend,
Carl Harris ("Harris"). The Commission alleges that Harris thereafter
tipped numerous people, including Gomez.

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To: StockDung who wrote (3)4/29/1999 8:50:00 PM
From: Sammy Adams
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Where's the beef (S.E.C. filings)?

From a recent press release :

"The audited results revealed a tangible net worth for the company of $4,114,547 on total assets of $4,764,560. ''This
is important for us as we are presently in the process of preparing a registration statement on Form 10-SB, with our
intent to apply immediately for granting of its listing and trading on the NASDAQ Small Cap Market,'' Tobin stated. "

How long have they been preparing this document?

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To: Sammy Adams who wrote (4)4/30/1999 9:07:00 AM
From: StockDung
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When I spoke to the nice Lady at the SEC she had already known about Cragun. She had also told me she also had known about TMOT. There were many things we had gone over. We as good citizens should always help the SEC whenever we know about a companies fraudulent stock activities.

Let start a ZSUN trading halt pool. I say 12:00 today.

Truthseeker

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To: StockDung who wrote (5)4/30/1999 9:10:00 AM
From: Sammy Adams
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<a ZSUN must read> financialweb.com

Sunburn

ZiaSun says it will be Asia's gateway to the online world, but
could it simply be headed into the sunset?

By Lynn N. Duke, staff writer

ZiaSun Technologies Inc. (OTC BB: ZSUN) seemingly came out of nowhere in the
past month,
trading more than 2.3 million shares in four days while its share price more than
tripled.

What's behind this upstart? Not much, so far as we can tell besides a slew of press
releases and
some pretty outrageous hype.

ZiaSun claims it will be Asia's portal to the Internet, and promises to offer everything
from online
auctions to free email. But the recent meteoric rise of its stock price and volume hit
several notes
on the Stinky Stock scale.

We got a little nervous right off the bat when it turned out the company's "world
headquarters"
shared a phone number with a Vancouver, B.C.-based stock promoter, Veritas
Group. Several
people at Veritas, which is handling the company's investor relations, were unable to
answer some
pretty basic questions about the company's stock structure or its business plan.

But here are the bare bones: ZiaSun was acquired by a shell corporation more than a
year ago in
what is commonly known as a reverse merger. There are 10.5 million shares
outstanding, 2.5
million of which are in the float. For a rundown on the status of the closely-held shares -
are they
restricted, under what terms, etc. - we were referred to ZiaSun CEO Tony Tobin, who
lives in Hong
Kong.

Tobin did not respond to our questions, either through Veritas or a direct email. So
much for
informing investors.

Trading Frenzy

More than 5.3 million ZiaSun shares have changed hands since March 29, with more
than
two-thirds of that volume trading in just eight days. The heavy trading was preceded by
a number of
press releases announcing mostly non-events, and some included ambiguous
information that
could lead investors to believe the ZiaSun had some very important business
partners.

For example, this excerpt from a March 29 press release about ZiaSun's customer
service center
and how it can save companies money:

"America On-line discovered this fact when they developed a pilot e-mail response
center in
ZiaSun's Clark facility in 1997. AOL has expanded their own center to over 300
people, which
according to AOL management will save them US$15 Million per year.

"AOL proved to us that we were onto a worthwhile idea, and we believe other high
traffic web site
owners would be glad to offer ZiaSun a profit margin in return for saving them large
amounts of
dollars.

"High traffic websites like AOL, Yahoo!, E-bay, E-Trade, etc, could save millions of
dollars a year
by using a service like ours. The Internet is global, and companies which take
advantage of the
benefits of this globalization will have the edge in the future."

Thinking that maybe ZiaSun is handling some of AOL's customer service offsite in the
Philippines?
Guess again. AOL established its own customer service program in the same facility
ZiaSun uses,
but there is no customer service-based business relationship between the two
companies,
according to Jason Birmingham, one of ZiaSun's account reps at Veritas.

Earlier this year, ZiaSun told investors it would file its form 10SB with the U.S.
Securities and
Exchange Commission by the end of March. In March, the company said the numbers
would be
out in 60 days.

In the meantime, ZiaSun has released financial information on two of its recently
acquired
subsidiaries - Momentum Asia and Momentum Internet. But the information is
incomplete and
unaudited, so it is of little value to investors trying to get a handle on ZiaSun's true
financial
condition.

And, again, investors are fed ambiguous information, like this Nov. 17 press release
touting
six-month financial results from Momentum Asia, Inc:

"Assets grew 262% to $2,100,000 from the FY1997 posting of $800,000. The
increase in assets
was due to retained earnings, paid-in capital by owners, and increases in the value of
investments
held by the company."

This statement isn't entirely clear. Do they mean that these items - retained earnings,
paid-in
capital and increases in investments - are assets? Probably not, since they belong
under
shareholder's equity. Or are they simply referring to them as reasons for an increase
in assets?

One other sticking point is the inclusion of "increases in the value of investments."
Generally
Accepted Accounting Principles do not allow for writing up the value of equity
investments, unless
your firm's primary business is investing in the securities of other companies.
However you can
write off the loss if share value goes down. But, without knowing exactly what the
"investments"
are it's impossible to tell whether the write up was appropriate.

An even more recent announcement holds few clues. An April 19 press release
heralds earnings of
$0.11 per share (earnings of $1.15 million on revenues of $3.53 million) through the
end of 1998,
and a 2-for-1 stock split. But that's it. The auditor isn't named, there are no actual
financial
statements or anything else to give investors a sense that the figures are grounded in
reality.

Again, Tobin is the man with the answers, but he's been silent.

Growing at the Speed of Hype

ZiaSun boasts that two of its subsidiaries are actually making money. But there's no
indication
about how ZiaSun plans to finance its ambitious expansion plans. Some of its
better-heeled
competitors are already sinking billions into similar deals. In fact, one of ZiaSun's
press releases
cites a $13 billion public-private cyberport project being developed by the Hong Kong
government
and private business partners, including Microsoft.

Momentum Asia handles the nitty-gritty side of ZiaSun's Internet business - customer
service,
database management and direct mail - while Momentum Internet is involved in the
more
high-profile online areas - email service, a banner advertising network, a search
engine and a portal
for brokers.

ZiaSun also says it will offer online auction services and a business-to-business barter
center, and
it recently added Online Investor Advantage to its stable. Online Investor Advantage,
not be
confused with the magazine Online Investor, appears to be a Wade Cook seminar
copycat, offering
people the formula for wildly successful trading - for a price. The actual price isn't
clear, since it's
not posted on the company's website and a query to Online Investor Advantage for
information
went unanswered.

Although ZiaSun is traded in the U.S. and says its headquarters are in San Diego, the
company's
focus is on Asia, a region many have pegged as the next area for explosive Internet
growth. But
that distance creates its own set of problems, making it difficult for investors to get
hold of
company officials (there's a 13-hour time difference), and almost impossible for U.S.
investors to
spec out ZiaSun's operations.

But there's no shortage of information on the company, nor lack of effort to promote it.
ZiaSun pays
at least two promoters - Veritas and Interactive Business Channel - to hype the
company. Veritas
receives $5,000 and 5,000 shares of stock each month for its services. IBC was paid
50,000
free-trading ZiaSun shares. And then there's all of the coverage ZiaSun's gotten on
Stockhouse's
Inner Circle site, apparently a branch of Veritas - but you'd never know that without a
lot of digging
and a little luck (the obscure disclaimer link doesn't always work).

And yet there's really not much to promote.

Shareholder Hide-and-Seek

Other areas of concern include ZiaSun's trading site, Swiftrade, and its affiliation with
Amber
Securities Corporation.

ZiaSun's claims about Swiftrade have been shifting almost since it was launched. At
first it was
pitched as the only place to trade on the Hong Kong and New York exchanges from
one website.
Now it's being touted as the only site that focuses on overseas investors. Perhaps, but
overseas
investors have access to the U.S. exchanges through any number of brokerage firms,
not to
mention Internet-only traders like E*Trade. And U.S. investors also have avenues to
trade overseas
through their computers.

Swiftrade operates through Amber Securities, which along with its sister company,
Amber Capital
Assets Ltd. in Hong Kong, has raised the ire of several investors.

One reader in New Zealand said he was lured into buying ZiaSun stock by an ACA
lackey, but
when he wanted to sell those shares a short time later he got the run around. First he
was told he
couldn't sell until he physically had control of the stock certificates (which the salesman
said could
take three months), even though our reader was assured that the shares were being
held in his
name at Amber's offices. The hold up, according to Amber, was the transfer agent,
whose name
he would not reveal. Even then, our reader was told that he'd have to sign the
certificates over to
Amber's California headquarters before he could sell them on the open market.
Fortunately our
friend smelled a scam, threatened action with the SEC and voila! his shares
immediately became
accessible.

ZiaSun is an unproven entity that talks big but comes up short on facts and figures.

As always, tread lightly……………………….

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To: StockDung who wrote (5)4/30/1999 10:12:00 AM
From: Sammy Adams
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<ZSUN> "ZiaSun is an unproven entity that talks big but comes up short on facts and figures." (Dyke)

A trading halt pool? How's the water feeling.

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To: Sammy Adams who wrote (7)5/4/1999 3:05:00 PM
From: jjs64
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A little historical ZSUN data from Bloomberg..

Current Price USD 16 15/16
52Wk High 3/31/1999 USD 35
52Wk Low 6/22/1998 USD 1 1/8

I wonder if it will roundtrip back to 1 1/8 by 6/22/99?

Best regards!

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To: jjs64 who wrote (8)5/4/1999 4:20:00 PM
From: Sammy Adams
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ZSUN(K)'s chart is stinking up the place... finance.yahoo.com

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