But in South Florida, a recently filed lawsuit accuses the Sunny Isles Beach-based entrepreneur of reigning over an insolvent marijuana business and raiding corporate funds to buy himself two luxury condos in Miami Beach and Miami’s Brickell neighborhood. “We had no experience with them. “We had opened first. (Rebecca Forée, communications manager at CDFA’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing division, said the department could not comment on the supposedly 30,000-square-foot Salinas property. “Between September 2019 and February 2020, Romantsoff, Romantsova, and Romantsova’s husband Roman Severchukov, terminated more than 30 Cannafornia employees, including many of the employees who had a long history working with King or who they perceived as being loyal to King,” the complaint reads. Romantsoff and Temkin’s March 26 complaint against King, filed in Fla.’s 11th Judicial Circuit Court General Jurisdiction Division, outlines “a malicious campaign by the Defendant to disseminate false and inherently damaging statements about Plaintiffs in an effort to gain leverage in a business dispute between the parties.”, Among King’s wrongdoings as part of his alleged disinformation campaign, according to Romantsoff and Temkin’s March 26 complaint, was posting a YouTube video that “contains multiple false and defamatory statements, as follows: (a) the Plaintiffs defrauded US citizens via a real estate scheme in Miami, and (b) the Plaintiffs stole hundreds of millions of dollars in Russia.”. When Conway, Ark.-based Harvest Cannabis Dispensary submitted its medical cannabis business application in 2017, they had never heard of Arizona-based Harvest Health & Recreation, which is now a multistate cannabis operator. The complaint also notes that Romantsova, Severchukov, Akzhigitova and Daulbaev all forged King's signature on checks to themselves, totaling, respectively, about $79,000, $95,000, $27,000 and $14,000. Now, I'm just going to be paranoid about everything.”. King also claims Romantsoff, Temkin and their contacts forced people out of Cannafornia and replaced them with people they knew, in addition to diverting away from Cannafornia millions of dollars that they agreed to raise for the company. We conducted sales first and pursued Arkansas law, so that makes us the senior user, [and] we get the ability to exclude others from using that name in the state of Arkansas.”, Weaver also found that Harvest Cannabis Dispensary used the name in good faith, Rahman added. Learn more about our partnership with Last Prisoner Project. “Maine Cannabis Coalition and its members along with many other citizens fought hard for two years to make sure residency protections were included in the law,” the group said in a statement issued to the news outlet.
Much of the money from these transfers, according to GIA’s complaint, was transferred again to the companies 1401 Investments 500, LLC and 803 Investments, Inc.