ABC News asked the Maine Office of Securities how common it is for the Office to query investors about investments. Office spokesman Doug Dunbar said the number of requests per year is small—perhaps five on average. “I believe this one is our second this year,” he said, regarding Sea Hunter.
ABC News asked Brooks and his attorney for comment on the Office's inquiry. Mini responded via email provided the following statement:
“This office was retained to represent Mr. Brooks and his companies in connection with a request to voluntarily provide information to the Maine Office of Securities. Mr. Brooks has cooperated fully with that request. Now that the agency has chosen to issue a public solicitation for information concerning Mr. Brooks and his companies, it is important to remember that there are lawsuits pending and competing financial interests at play concerning the wreckage of the S.S. Port Nicholson and the efforts to salvage her.”
Last year Mission Recovery, a group of investors who had helped finance Sea Hunters’ recovery efforts, filed a complaint in U.S. District Court, seeking control over the salvage of the Nicholson. Their lawsuit is spending. A request from ABC News for comment from the lead plaintiff, Daniel Stochel, a New York investment fund manager, got no response.