KnujOn has retrieved a document indicating that the ICANN-Accredited Registrar Abacus America is in Corporate Delinquency in the state of Kansas. Kansas defines a company as Delinquent if "The business entity has not filed its annual report and fee by the due date." As a corporation, Abacus America must disclose its finances publicly and "The business entity will remain in Delinquent status until it files its annual report, or until the business entity forfeits for failure to timely file the annual report and fee." Abacus America has until the end of July 15 to correct this, after which they will be in Forfeiture and lose their corporate status.
This situation may put the Registrar in material breach of sections 5.3.2 and 5.3.7. Registrars may lose their accreditation if they become "bankrupt or insolvent" which could be a likely reason why a company would not post its statements.
This incident is significant because Abacus America was cited by LegitScript and KnujOn for sponsoring an unlicensed pharmacy selling Schedule 3 substances (http://www.justice.gov/dea/pubs/scheduling.html) without prescriptions and shipping them into the U.S. from Turkey and Thailand. The Abacus America sponsored illicit pharmacy was discussed in a major underground steroids report in 2008. Abacus America never responded to the report and the site (MULTIHGROUP.COM) is still active and registered through Abacus America. The site sells substances like Durabolin, Primobolan, and Anapolon, all illicit steroids. The site describes itself as,
a mail-order company which has more than 10 years of experience on supplying, packaging (very discreetly) and sending anabolics and other pharmaceuticals overseas.
This supports our contention that poor oversight and a lack of due diligence within the Internet architecture creates an atmosphere of permissiveness that allows illicit activity, like online drug-dealing, to continue with impunity. All of these issues have been reported to ICANN.
This report is just the beginning an ongoing series of disclosures that link compliance failures to illicit online traffic. The full report will be published in late June.
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