MINISTER OF KINGDOM OF ENENKIO (WAKE ISLAND) WEB SITE CHARGED BY FEDS IN

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By Karen Blakeman Advertiser Staff Writer

HONOLULU, Hawaii (October 7, 2000 – Honolulu Advertiser)---The Kingdom of EnenKio is in trouble, its assets frozen by a federal judge in Hawai‘i, its minister plenipotentiary ordered to defend his actions.

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged that the minister, Honolulu resident Robert F. Moore, is violating commission provisions by fraudulently trying to sell securities -- namely government bonds -- through his Kingdom of EnenKio Web site and by e-mail and Internet bulletin board postings.

Moore could not be reached for comment yesterday. A woman who answered Moore’s home telephone number yesterday said Moore was in Las Vegas.

"This country does not even exist," Randall J. Fons, regional director of the commission in Denver, said of EnenKio. "There is nothing investors could look to to make them reasonably confident they would get their money back."

According to the Securities and Exchange Commission complaint, Moore has attempted to sell $1 billion in "Gold War Bonds," treasury bonds and development bonds, indicating to potential investors that the bonds are backed by "gold reserves, guarantees, real property or other assets."

But the commission said those assets do not exist.

U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway on Thursday issued a temporary restraining order against Moore, ordering him to discontinue selling the bonds and to provide an accounting of the kingdom’s assets. She also temporarily froze those assets.

The order expires at 11 a.m. Friday. Mollway wrote in her order that further hearings on the matter will be scheduled later. She gave Moore three business days from the time he received notice of the order to file an accounting of his assets and the kingdom’s assets.

The Kingdom of EnenKio, according to information on Moore’s Web site, consists of what is more commonly recognized as U.S.-administered Wake Island and some smaller surrounding islands in the Marshall Island chain.

According to information contained on the Web site, the kingdom is a sovereign state ruled by His Majesty King Remios Hermios, Iroijlaplap of the Northern Ratak Atolls, and illegally annexed by the United States in 1899.

Moore was appointed minister plenipotentiary by "former Iroijlaplap Murjel Hermios, now deceased," according to the Web site.

The U.S. Department of State characterizes the Kingdom of EnenKio as "entirely fraudulent in intent and practice," and the Republic of the Marshall Islands also does not recognize it, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission court filings.

The commission contends that the kingdom was created when Moore entered into a broad power-of-attorney agreement with a person purporting to be the tribal chief of certain Marshall Islands native people.

The Kingdom of EnenKio, according to the commission complaint, exists only in cyberspace.

Fons, the Securities and Exchange Commission director in Denver, said the commission hopes to discover, through the documents Moore is ordered to produce, whether Moore has actually sold any of the bonds.

"Frankly, I hope he hasn’t," Fons said.

Commission attorney Susie Youn said yesterday that she and her partner had served Moore by fax, fulfilling legal requirements for service, and that later yesterday a woman in Moore’s Ala Wai apartment was also served with notice of the commission’s complaint and the judge’s order.

"We had good service by fax," Youn said, "but we decided to take some additional steps as well. We take these Internet cases very seriously."

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