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Sunday, November 12, 2017

FROM A PHANTOM GOLD MINE TO A TARNISHED GOLDSTAR: While Defense Attorneys Contend Robert Buckhannon “Provided Service Education And Worked With Physicians And Staff” While Running Gold Star Laboratories, The Truth Is Stranger Than The Defense Team's Fiction!

Take the case of Youngstown, Ohio-based 561 Limited Liability Co. (d/b/a Source Products, Ltd.), a company that filed a complaint on September 19, 2016 against Goldstar Laboratories, LLC, a Delaware corporation formed by Zia Shlaimoun on July 20, 2015. 

Along with Goldstar Laboratories and Shalimoun, the complaint also named Battle Creek's infamous “crooked chiropractor”, Robert Buckhannon. 

The civil action, filed in Ohio's Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, alleges two counts: a $31,069.61 unpaid balance due for medical supplies delivered to Goldstar and an allegation of unjust enrichment. 

According to publicly available court records, Shlaimoun and Buckhannon applied for credit on December 11, 2015. Although the credit application (shown below) reveals a Newport Beach, California, address, the federal ID number actually links to the Goldstar's Delaware entity, not a California business.  

Goldstar Laboratories is not incorporated in California.

Shlaimoun listed two trade references: St. Louis, Missouri-based MyLab Diagnostics and PLS (Pathology Laboratory Services) of Santa Ana, California. Pretty ballsy, too, as we'll soon see.

On July 20, 2015, Shlaimoun's new venture, Goldstar Laboratories, was formed as a Delaware corporation. 

Between October 29, 2015-February 6, 2016, six more "Goldstar" entities were formed: Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Missouri, Dayton and Texas. 

Of the six, three already have National Provider Identifier (NPI) numbers. 

The NPI is a unique identification number for covered health care providers. And yes, the three entities with NPI numbers (Florida, Ohio and Missouri) are all officially linked to owner Zy Shlaimoun. 

The Goldstar venture directly links back to Robert Buckhannon's former boss, Kansas City, Missouri resident John Rittenour. 

According to an email I received in July 2016 from a Nevada Health Department official (who asked not to be identified), Rittenour "purchased both a collection site called Lab Express, which then purchased Synergy Laboratory". 

Running the labs under entity "MyLab Diagnostics LLC", Rittenour shared a mailing address (448 Sovereign Court, Ballwin, MO) with Shlaimoun's Goldstar Laboratories Missouri LLC. Shlaimoun was sued on February 21, 2017 by Heyde Management; Shlaimoun later paid $11,957. 

Regular readers of this blog may know PLS under another name: Advanced Biomedical, Inc. 

According to documents filed during Advanced Biomedical's bankruptcy case, Robert Buckhannon sought to take advantage of its CEO, Cyrus Karimi, by Buckhannon seeking to induce Karimi with promises of profitable customers to occupy part of Advanced Biomedical’s Santa Ana premises for at least a month without paying rent. 

Buckhannon, without authorization, presented Goldstar Laboratories as Advanced Biomedical's authorized agent to the public, stored Goldstar's Phadia machine at Advanced Biomedical's facility without compensation for a few months, submitted samples to test from money-losing customers and then asked Karimi to sign an unauthorized contract in February or March 2016 without any input from Advanced Biomedical’s attorney, Dixon Gardner. 

After Karimi refused to cave in to Buckhannon’s demands that he sign an illegal contract, Buckhannon withdrew all connection with Advanced Biomedical by vacating the back office, ceasing to allege Goldstar represented the lab, and removing the Phadia machine. 

As a bank reference, Shlaimoun and Buckhannon listed Wayne Hildenbrand from Wells Fargo. 

Hildenbrand does work for Wells Fargo, just not at its Pacific Coast Highway Malibu branch. 

A check with FINRA reveals Hildenbrand is a registered securities broker, who works for Wells Fargo's Clearing Services division. (Hey, maybe someone should check this out.)

While Shlaimoun and Buckhannon used the bogus Newport Beach address for billing (really just a temporary business version of a hot sheet hotel, run by Regus) their Customer Information form (shown below) reveals they had medical supplies shipped to “various facilities”, likely other Goldstar locations. 

But what it Shlaimoun and Buckhannon resold the equipment, or shipped it directly themselves to other lab scammers? 

Wait, I thought Buckhannon was just a warm and fuzzy family guy, right? 

Why would he buy over $30,000 of medical supplies? 

I get it: the Golden Boys didn't really pay for the supplies, they just unjustly enriched themselves! 

On March 28, 2017, plaintiff 561 Limited Liability Co./Source Products, Ltd. was awarded damages against Goldstar Laboratories: $31,069.91 plus interest and court costs. 

Of course, good luck getting anything out of either Shlaimoun or Buckhannon: Shlaimoun's mired in protracted bankruptcy proceedings, and Buckhannon's upcoming check-in at The Grey Bar Hotel will screw that pooch. 

Here are the invoices for the charges Shlaimoun and Buckhannon rang up from January-August 2016: 

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