Forking Path could have been incorporated in *any* state
True. But that's fairly easy to run to ground. You check via the SoS for the state it's present in, plus
the states it could rationally be expected to be incorporated in, plus
Nevada and Delaware. 99.9% of the time you'll spot the registration if
one exists. You can also drop about $125 and get a basic D&B report on most businesses that will give you that along with other useful information about the company.
But the simple fact there's no Corp., Inc., or LLC being used tells me this isn't a registered corporation anywhere
. You can't put that "alphabet soup" after your legal business name if you aren't registered. And if you are, you must
use it when issuing any 'official' communication in the name of the firm.
Regarding amateur investigation - true - what they dig up likely won't ever get used in court. But enough of it may attract the interest of a state attorney enough that his/her office decides to look into it. Because, truth be told, it will usually take a lot more than $122K of potential
fraud (at least in most places) to attract their attention unless there's major public outrage or some favorable "big press" might come of it. (Elections coming up soon!)