Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Re: $2 million investment scheme, North Carolina Secretary of State's Securities Division issues temporary cease & desist order to Concord company selling Dechoker anti-choking device -- meanwhile the company's UK division claims the device has saved 14 lives(!)



Via the North Carolina Secretary of State's Securities Division:
On February 15, 2018, the Securities Division of the North Carolina Department of Secretary of State issued a Temporary Cease and Desist Order to Dechoker, LLC, Alan Carver, Russell Wadell, Mark Shores and Mark Honeycutt (the “Dechoker Respondents”). The Temporary Cease and Desist Order found that the Dechoker Respondents were not registered as dealers or salesmen of securities in North Carolina and offered and sold interests in Dechoker, LLC; these activities are in violation of the North Carolina Securities Act. The Temporary Cease and Desist Order ordered Dechoker Respondents to cease and desist offering unregistered securities and acting as securities dealers and/or salesmen in North Carolina while not registered to do so. The Temporary Cease and Desist Order gives the Dechoker Respondents thirty (30) business days in which to request a hearing. If no such request is made during that time, the Temporary Cease and Desist Order shall become final. Click here to view the Temporary Order.
According to the order (posted at the end of this item):

Dechoker, LLC, which "claims to sell a medical device that can remove an obstruction from a person’s airway," has a principal place of business in Trinity, Florida.

According to the Form K-1s produced by Respondents, more than 80 people have made combined investments of more than $2 million in Dechoker, LLC since 2010. According to those Form K-1s, more than 60 of these investors are residents of North Carolina.

Dechoker LLC maintains a business office and warehouse in Concord, North Carolina, however, the company has not applied for and has never been granted a certificate of authority to do business in North Carolina.

Alan Carver lives in Pasco County, Florida and/or Weld County, Colorado and is the incorporator, registered agent, and manager/member of Dechoker, LLC.
 
Russell Wadell, Mark Shores, and Mark Honeycutt are identified as executive officers of Dechoker, LLC. All live in Rowan County, NC.

Via the July 11, 2016 Wall Street Journal, published about six months before my dad died: 
Two new easy-to-use devices work like plungers to suck out obstructions in the airway, providing another option if standard treatment -- such as abdominal thrusts developed in 1974 by Henry Heimlich -- fail to clear the airway, say the companies who sell them.

...Both the Dechoker, $89.95, and the LifeVac, $69.95, have a plastic mask that provides a seal over the mouth and nose while suction is provided. The Dechoker looks like a large syringe, while the LifeVac’s plunger is shaped like a small accordion.
...Skeptics include Dr. Heimlich, now 96. Such a device may not be handy in the “unexpected instance that a person chokes,” Dr. Heimlich, a retired thoracic surgeon from Cincinnati, says in a statement...“Any action that delays use of the Heimlich maneuver or complicates the rescue can be deadly.”
Meanwhile in the UK, the Dechoker is making inroads -- and the London-based company director claims the device has saved quite a few lives.

Check out this unsigned item published in Care Home Professional dated February 15, 2018 -- coincidentally the date of the North Carolina order -- about a chain of  nursing homes based in Altrincham, near Manchester: New Care is first in UK to install life-saving Dechoker across all homes (emphasis added):
Fast-growing care home operator New Care has emphasised its commitment to safety by becoming the first care home group in the UK to install the revolutionary Dechoker anti-choking device in all its care centres.

...Chief operating officer at New Care, Cath Fairhurst, commented: “The comfort and safety of our residents is of the utmost importance to us, and when we heard about Dechoker we knew that it would be the right decision to provide it in all of our homes. It is now fully operational in all three care centres and will be provided as a company standard in every new one.”

Director for Dechoker UK, Matt Oakley, added: “Dechoker has already saved 14 lives and we are delighted that New Care took the decision to install our devices in all of their homes..."
Finally, Sidebar readers may remember this gramatically-inconsistent, unedited e-mail I received last summer when I reported about false claims that Mr. Carver's device was being used to protect the presidents of the United States and Turkey in the event of a choking emergency:
From: Alan Carver <acarver@dechoker.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2017 05:55:30 -0600
Subject: Re: Blogger investigation
To: "Peter M. Heimlich" <peter.heimlich@gmail.com>, Bayram Alkaya <alkaya.byrm@gmail.com>,
Sean Pittman <spittman@dechoker.com>

Peter,

They are not going to tell you anything with the way you handled this. I am very disappointed with you professionalism. There is a lot going on in Turkey, you put people at risk. Please just ask your questions and keep you slander to your self. I did not know you conducted your self like this. I have plans to deal with this, we are looking at our options. You are a fraud. Your daddy, no matter what you said about him, he saved thousands of life!! I bet you haven't saved one! You are not even in a position to give medical advice. You named your self right " Medfruad" I am sure you will edit this comment like you did 2 weeks ago. Don't contact me again until you grow up!


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