A securities class action has been filed in the USDC – C.D.CA. against Enochian Biosciences, Inc. (ENOB) on behalf of a class consisting of all persons and entities other than Defendants that purchased or otherwise acquired Enochian securities between September 24, 2020 through May 31, 2022.
On May 25, 2022, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Serhat Gumrukcu, the co-founder and largest shareholder of Enochian, had been arrested and charged in a murder-for-hire conspiracy. On this news, Enochian’s stock price fell $2.17 per share, or 36.97%, to close at $3.70 per share on May 25, 2022.
Then, on June 1, 2022, Hindenburg Research published a report on Enochian entitled “Miracle Cures and Murder For Hire: How A Spoon-Bending Turkish Magician Built A $600 Million Nasdaq-Listed Scam Based On A Lifetime Of Lies” (the “Hindenburg Report”). The Hindenburg Report noted that the individual in whose murder Gumrukcu was implicated, Gregory Davis, “was murdered . . . just 19 days before Gumrukcu was scheduled to appear in court to defend himself against felony fraud allegations related to a 2016 deal with Davis” and that “[f]ederal prosecutors argued that the prospective merger deal that eventually resulted in Enochian going public served as a key motive for the murder.” The Hindenburg Report also stated that “[u]nbeknownst to investors (but known to Enochian’s senior leadership) Gumrukcu’s latest arrest for a murder conspiracy is simply the most recent in a string of alleged crimes by Gumrukcu,” who “was arrested based on accusations of falsely posing as a doctor” in his native Turkey in 2012 and “[i]n February 2017, Gumrukcu was arrested by authorities after the State of California accused him of a slew of white-collar crimes, including fraud, identity theft, and check kiting – a total of 14 felonies.” The Hindenburg Report further states that “[w]e have been unable to find any jurisdiction in which Gumrukcu is licensed as a medical doctor” and that “Gumrukcu looks to have purchased a fake Russian medical degree on the black market[.]”
On this news, Enochian’s stock price fell $1.49 per share, or 28.42%, to close at $3.76 per share on June 1, 2022.