Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Warns Businesses of Additional Business Scam
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes,
Kentucky’s chief business officer, is warning businesses about an
official-looking “2015 Annual Minutes Form” they may receive from an entity
called Division of Corporate Services. Division of Corporate Services is not
registered, affiliated or associated with the Secretary of State’s office.
Several Kentucky businesses have reported receiving the form, which instructs
recipients to provide information regarding shareholders, corporate directors
and officers and pay a $150.00 fee. Similar solicitations have been sent in
previous years to businesses in Kentucky and other states.
“Businesses should exercise caution before providing
information or payment to any entity that makes misleading claims or requests, like
Division of Corporate Service has done here,” said Grimes. “I encourage anyone
with questions about their official business filing obligations to contact my
All entities authorized to transact business in
Kentucky must file an annual report with the Secretary of State’s office and
pay a $15 filing fee no later than June 30.
Grimes recently issued a warning about a similar business scam entitled “Notice of
Potential Compliance Violation” that many Kentucky entities received from Business
Compliance Division. That Notice prompted businesses to pay $70 to apply for a
Certificate of Existence. However, an official certificate of existence is
available from the Secretary of State’s office for a fee of only $10.
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