The Usual Suspects

Posted: February 11, 2013 in Legal
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Maybe?

Maybe?

In the movie “The Usual Suspects”, Kevin Spacey’s character, Verbal Knit, spins a tale describing the mysterious mob boss known as Keyser Söze.  During his story, Verbal utters “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist…  And like that, he’s gone.”  Is Mr K a fan?

After repeated attempts by the Ohio AG to serve Stephen Kovack, a praecipe has been filed with the Ohio Secretary of State’s office pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code 1701.07(H), which states:

If (1) the agent cannot be found, or (2) the agent no longer has that address, or (3) the corporation has failed to maintain an agent as required by this section, and if in any such case the party desiring that the process, notice, or demand be served, or the agent or representative of the party, shall have filed with the secretary of state an affidavit stating that one of the foregoing conditions exists and stating the most recent address of the corporation that the party after diligent search has been able to ascertain, then service of process, notice, or demand upon the secretary of state, as the agent of the corporation, may be initiated by delivering to the secretary of state or at the secretary of state’s office quadruplicate copies of such process, notice, or demand and by paying to the secretary of state a fee of five dollars. The secretary of state shall forthwith give notice of the delivery to the corporation at its principal office as shown upon the record in the secretary of state’s office and at any different address shown on its last franchise tax report filed in this state, or to the corporation at any different address set forth in the above mentioned affidavit, and shall forward to the corporation at said addresses, by certified mail, with request for return receipt, a copy of the process, notice, or demand; and thereupon service upon the corporation shall be deemed to have been made.

So, in not so many words, since Mr K and UPH could not be served through normal channels, the AG has brought in the power of the Secretary of State, which apparently fulfills the requirement of service.

So now we wonder.  Is Stephen Kovack just like Keyser Söze – a figment in our collective imagination?

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Comments
  1. john lower says:

    Perhaps the AG should be looking for SK’s purchasing agent. This individual had his hands on the purse strings of the company and I believe that he holds the key to all of the problems with MP. SK left him in charge while he lolligaged in Florida. You can’t run a business by delegating financial responsibility completely to a subordinate. The man who arranged all the contracts, purchased materials and eqipment, paid bills and paid employees should be just as accountable as the owner, although the supposed ignorance of the owner aboutt his agent’s activities is no excuse.

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