Internal Control Considerations
|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2021
|Internal Control Considerations|
|Internal Control Considerations||
Note 13 – Internal Control Considerations
Management has determined that inadequate and/or ineffective internal controls over financial reporting resulted in unauthorized transactions involving the Company’s assets and common stock. Following the termination of Anthony Cataldo, the Company’s former Chief Executive Officer, and Michael Handelman, the Company’s former Chief Financial Officer, management determined that in July 2021, Mr. Cataldo obtained a short-term advance from the Company in the amount of approximately $2.6 million. Mr. Cataldo’s advance was not memorialized pursuant to customary documentation and was not approved by the Company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Cataldo repaid the full amount of the advance through installment payments in October, November and December 2021. Management has also determined that the Company may have issued up to shares of its common stock to various parties without documentation supporting the consideration received by the Company in exchange for the issuance of such shares, or the approval of the Company’s Board of Directors.
The Company is considering its course of action and potential recourse it may have against these former officers. The Company has taken measures to mitigate the issues identified and implement a functional system of internal controls over financial reporting. Specifically, the Company has engaged a forensic accountant to review the Company’s bank records, transactions with affiliates and/or related parties, expense reimbursement practices and vendor payment practices. That review is ongoing. In addition, the Company’s Board of Directors previously designated a Special Committee in August 2021 charged with, among other duties, evaluating the current compliance, compensation, operations and personnel of the Company, and determining actions appropriate to address any deficiencies or inefficiencies identified through such evaluation.