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CAD asks Blumont, LionGold for more info as probe continues

The Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) on Tuesday asked Blumont Group, LionGold Corp and at least two other Singapore-listed firms to provide accounting records and other documents to help with ongoing investigations into offences under the Securities and Futures Act.

SINGAPORE: The Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) on Tuesday asked Blumont Group, LionGold Corp and at least two other Singapore-listed firms to provide accounting records and other documents to help with ongoing investigations into offences under the Securities and Futures Act.

Blumont, LionGold and a third Singapore-listed firm called Asiasons Ltd were at the centre of a penny stock crash in October last year that wiped out billions of dollars in market value.

CAD had said previously it was investigating possible trading irregularities in the shares of the three, and has sought information from Blumont, LionGold and several companies linked to them.

LionGold said the documents requested by CAD -- the Singapore police's white collar crime unit -- included all accounting records from 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2014, all minutes of meetings and resolutions for the same period, as well as all documents relating to the proposed acquisition of a firm called Minera IRL Ltd.

CAD also wanted corporate emails of the current members of the board as well as certain past and present key management personnel.

Separately, Blumont said CAD had asked for all accounting records, minutes of meetings and resolutions for the period from 1 January 2011 to 31 March 2014.

CAD also requested documents relating to past Blumont announcements about proposed investments in several companies.

Late on Tuesday, Magnus Energy, a shareholder of LionGold, and a fourth listed company called Annica Holdings, also disclosed the CAD had asked them for accounting records and other documents.

Blumont invests mainly in mining assets, while LionGold owns stakes in gold and mining companies.

In their statements to the stock exchange, Blumont, LionGold, Magnus and Annica said their business and operations were not affected by the ongoing investigations and will continue as normal. 

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