07 Jun Senior LionGold exec sued over loan to buy stock
The executive deputy chairman of LionGold Corp, one of three companies being probed in Singapore after their shares plunged in October 2013, was sued to repay money borrowed to buy stock.
Datuk Mohammed Wira Dani Abdul Daim owed Maybank Kim Eng Securities $2.6 million for LionGold shares bought in a leveraged account, according to a lawsuit filed in April in the Singapore High Court. The brokerage received court approval last month to serve the lawsuit on the son of former Malaysian finance minister Daim Zainuddin.
Shares of LionGold, Blumont Group and Asiasons Capital plummeted in October 2013, wiping US$6.9 billion (S$9.2 billion) off their market value over three days.
The rout prompted the Singapore authorities to investigate suspected stock-trading irregularities and lawsuits by banks and brokers seeking to recover at least US$230 million. The three companies have said they are not aware of what caused the decline.
Maybank Kim Eng declined to comment in an e-mailed statement, citing client confidentiality. Mr Wira Dani did not reply to three e-mail messages or return seven phone calls seeking comment.
He said in a January e-mail to the brokerage unit of Malayan Banking, Malaysia’s biggest lender, that he was “determined to resolve the situation amicably”. It did not accept his proposal, according to court papers.
He had earlier agreed to pay the bank in instalments, but paid only $100,000 in August last year.
“Cash has been tight with many investments made and unfortunately not the best of times to cash out and exit,” he said in his e-mail.
LionGold was unchanged at 2.2 cents on turnover of 8.4 million shares, giving it a market value of $26.9 million.
It was valued at $1.59 billion at its peak in August 2013.
Singapore police said they are working with the central bank to “expeditiously” complete the probe.
Credits: AsiaOne Business