I quote from a page on the Overstock.com web site entitled “Lawsuit (CEO’s Crusade)” about the Securities and Exchange Commission investigation:
Patrick and Business Journalists
Q: Was Overstock behind the SEC subpoenaing business journalists?
Q: Has Overstock been subpoenaed?
A: Yes. We received a subpoena from the SEC on May 9, 2006. Prior to receiving the subpoena, we were already cooperating fully with various agencies, including the SEC.
Q: Is Overstock being investigated by the SEC or other agencies?
A: The SEC is conducting an investigation on Overstock.com (see previous question). We are not aware of other investigations by any other agencies. [Emphasis added.]
I note that the subpoena Patrick Byrne received on May 17, 2006 is not disclosed on Overstock.com’s web site. The web site only refers to the subpoena Overstock.com received on May 9, 2006.
In addition, Overstock.com’s web site clearly plays down the Securities and Exchange Commission investigation of the company. The company infers that the focus of the Securities and Exchange Commission investigation is not Overstock.com by stating that the “The SEC is conducting an investigation on Overstock.com” rather than stating that “The SEC is conducting an investigation of Overstock.com."
Responding to questions by certain business journalists on Overstock.com's web site, Patrick Byrne has purported that:
Here is the punch-line: as a matter of law I must tread carefully here, but I can say that the heart of the investigation is not, I would suggest, Overstock-centric, but rather, concerns itself with a strange set of relationships among ….. Well, let me just say that the irony here is just delicious. [Emphasis added.]
Later, in a post (message #7271) on InvestorVillage.com, under his alias Hannibal, Patrick Byrne wrote:
...the shills are now trying to make a case that I should have sent out a second press release when I received another addressed to me as a person, though it was a small fraction as long as the first, covered sub-issues of the first, as well as issues related to a broader investigation that is not about me or Overstock at all. [Emphasis added.]
Patrick Byrne is apparently attempting to divert attention from the Securities and Exchange Commission investigation of Overstock.com, by claiming it is "not...Overstock-centric" and the "broader investigation that is not about me [meaning him]or Overstock at all."
Sam E. Antar (former Crazy Eddie CFO & convicted felon)
According to an SEC Form 4 report, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, on May 10, 2007 (right after Overstock.com's recent 10 -Q was filed), Board of Directors member Allison H. Abraham had disposed of 15,000 shares of stock in the company.
Tracy Coenen has new questions for Patrick Byrne based on an alleged insider's anonymous post on InvestorVillage.com.