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BCSC Alleges Illegal Distribution Against Five B.C. Residents in Notice of Hearing and Temporary Order

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 02/06/14 -- The Executive Director of the British Columbia Securities Commission has issued a temporary order and notice of hearing alleging that five B.C. residents and four companies illegally distributed the securities of two health drink producers.

The Executive Director issues temporary orders in situations where the length of time required to hold a hearing could be prejudicial to the public interest. The temporary order prohibits SPYru Inc., Paradox Distributors (1992) Ltd., Echo Partners Ltd., U-GO Brands Nutritional Products Inc., Peter David Harris, Lorne Neil Cire, Christopher Andrew Burke, Millard Michael Kwasnek, and Joseph Yvan JeanClaude Thibert (a.k.a. John Thibert) from participating in B.C.'s capital markets until a hearing is held.

The notice alleges that SPYru was a company incorporated in the Turks and Caicos in October 2010. SPYru purported to raise money to develop a health drink based on Spirulina. Harris, Cire, Klaus Guenther Glusing and his son, Mark Klaus Glusing, were directors of SPYru at various times. The Glusings are both deceased.

BSCS staff maintains that between January 2010 and April 2013, Harris, Cire, Burke, Kwasnek and Thibert (collectively, the Sales Group) raised $1,790,850 from 343 investors for SPYru through Paradox. Paradox is a B.C. company for which Cire is the sole director and officer. Cire received approximately $246,127.64 and Harris received approximately $190,665.04 in commissions, while Kwasnek, Burke, and Thibert received shares of SPYru as compensation.

Commission staff determined that most of SPYru's investors did not qualify for the registration and prospectus exemptions claimed by the Sales Group after the commission investigation had begun. None of the respondents have ever been registered to sell securities in B.C. or filed a prospectus with the BCSC.

The notice alleges that Harris and Cire, acting on instructions from the Glusings:


--  sent approximately $817,515.12 of investor money to various parties,
    most of it to the Glusings in the Turks and Caicos;
--  did not know how the money would be used;
--  continued sending funds despite Klaus Glusing's refusal to provide
    explanations for the transfers and even after they suspected Klaus
    Glusing was not using the money to develop the health drink;
--  avoided using the banking system to stop questions from the banks
    concerning money laundering.

Most of the $817,515.12 is unaccounted for, and Harris and Cire can only produce records of transfers totaling $419,724.16.

The notice states that in early 2013, Harris and Cire terminated their working arrangement with SPYru and Klaus Glusing. The Sales Group formed Echo and U-Go and began raising money for another health drink called Superdrop.

Since February 18, 2013, the Sales Group, through U-Go, has raised $898,340.10 from 111 investments. Several of the investors for whom U-Go filed exempt distribution reports did not qualify for any exemptions. Members of the Sales Group received commissions for their fundraising activities.

BCSC staff contends that by selling SPYru and U-Go securities without being registered or having filed a prospectus, and by providing false information in exempt distribution reports filed with the BCSC, the respondents breached securities laws.

Since January 29, 2014, the respondents have refused to cooperate with commission staff and indicated that they may raise further funds from investors. In the notice, BCSC staff alleges that the respondents present an ongoing risk to the securities markets due to their reckless handling of investor money.

These allegations have not been proven. Counsel for the Executive Director will apply to set dates for a hearing into the allegations before a panel of commissioners on February 19, 2014 at 10:00am.

You may view the temporary order and notice of hearing on our website www.bcsc.bc.ca by typing SPYru Inc., Paradox Distributors (1992) Ltd., Echo Partners Ltd., U-GO Brands Nutritional Products Inc., Peter David Harris, Lorne Neil Cire, Christopher Andrew Burke, Millard Michael Kwasnek, Joseph Yvan JeanClaude Thibert, or 2014 BCSECCOM 53 in the search box. Information regarding disciplinary proceedings can be found in the Enforcement section of the BCSC website.

Please visit the Canadian Securities Administrators' Disciplined Persons List for information relating to persons disciplined by provincial securities regulators, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and the Mutual Fund Dealers Association (MFDA).

About the British Columbia Securities Commission (www.bcsc.bc.ca)

The British Columbia Securities Commission is the independent provincial government agency responsible for regulating capital markets in British Columbia through the administration of the Securities Act. Our mission is to protect and promote the public interest by fostering:


--  A securities market that is fair and warrants public confidence
--  A dynamic and competitive securities industry that provides investment
    opportunities and access to capital

Learn how to protect yourself and become a more informed investor at www.investright.org.

Contacts:
British Columbia Securities Commission - Media Contact
Richard Gilhooley
Media Relations
604-899-6713

British Columbia Securities Commission
Public Inquiries
604-899-6854 or 1-800-373-6393 (toll free)
www.bcsc.bc.ca

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