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Argyle Funds & Ardent Harmony Fund go into liquidation, $89m at risk

May 19, 2016 - A Cayman fund group set up by Barbados-based Canadian attorney Jeffrey Lipton has collapsed, putting US$89m of investors' funds at risk. Argyle Funds SPC, ARC (Euro) Fund, ARC (USD) Fund, and Ardent Harmony Fund went into liquidation apparently due to problems with loans of approximately $40m to NY-based factoring firm RMP Capital Corp.

Fund adviser Rob Aspinall arrested in Cayman on suspicion of $500K liquidation fraud

May 10, 2016 - British national Robert Aspinall has been arrested in the Cayman Islands on suspicion of fraudulently obtaining more than $500,000 from two funds of which he was voluntary liquidator while working for Deloitte. Aspinall allegedly approved bogus liquidation claims from BVI entities that he secretly owned.

Boston Life seeks $180 m from Bancroft Life, KMPG & others, alleges fraud

April 26, 2016 - Accountants in the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands have been accused of conspiring with Miami-based law firm Greenberg Traurig and others to swindle one group of clients in favor of another in a scheme involving two offshore insurers - BVI-based Boston Life and Annuity and Bancroft Life & Casualty, of St. Lucia.

Cayman National pleads guilty to tax fraud conspiracy in New York

March 09, 2016 - Two Cayman Islands financial institutions - Cayman National Securities Ltd. and Cayman National Trust Co. Ltd. - today pleaded guilty at federal court in New York to conspiring with U.S. taxpayers to evade taxes on income earned from more than $130 million hidden in offshore accounts.

Bermuda firm applies to wind up Ryan Bateman's B & C Capital in Cayman

March 05, 2016 - In filing a winding up petition last week, Bermuda-domiciled Triathlon Limited became the second obscure offshore entity in eight months to sue Cayman Islands-domiciled investment firm B & C Capital Ltd., whose principals include 43-year-old Canadian Ryan Bateman.

Anguilla captive accused of impeding tax investigation into US founder

March 01, 2016 - Anguilla-domiciled captive insurer Insider Insurance Ltd. has been accused of failing to co-operate with an IRS investigation into a United States-based "affiliate", Carlyle Van Lines, Inc. A federal court in Arizona today ordered the captive to "show cause in writing why it should not be compelled to obey and comply with" an IRS summons that it has allegedly twice ignored.

Sentinel Trust has 'no standing' to block Caledonian Bank fraud settlement, say SEC & liquidators

February 23, 2016 - The U. S. SEC and the liquidators of Cayman Islands-domiciled Caledonian Bank have objected to an attempt by Sentinel Trust Services to block their proposed settlement of a securities fraud complaint and have questioned Sentinel's claim to be the bank's "owner".

Belvedere Management firm wound-up over '£36 m boiler room scam'

February 19, 2016 - A British affiliate of Belvedere Management Group that is ultimately-owned by Cayman Islands-domiciled Brighton SPC has been wound up "in the public interest" in London for involvement in a boiler room fraud that swindled investors out of £36 million. Another Belvedere affiliate is fighting a similar winding-up petition.

Caledonian Bank 'owner' seeks to block SEC settlement & force regulator to pay damages

February 12, 2016 - Cayman Islands-domiciled Sentinel Trust Services - claiming to be the owner of Caledonian Bank - is seeking to block the bank's proposed securities fraud settlement agreement with the SEC and force the regulator to pay damages for causing the bank's collapse.

Caledonian Bank officers 'complicit' in $38 m securities fraud, says SEC

February 08, 2016 - Records provided to the U. S. SEC by the liquidators of Cayman Islands-domiciled Caledonian Bank show that "high-level employees" of the bank were "complicit" in a pump-and-dump securities fraud by clients that netted a $38 million profit, says the regulator. Caledonian has agreed to pay $25 m in "disgorgement" but the SEC has agreed to "forgo payment" due to the bank's insolvency.
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'Reporters Without Borders' - You can't be serious!
David Marchant
The France based 'Reporters Without Borders' has just released its '2016 World Press Freedom Index', which purports to measure the "level of freedom of information in 180 countries", and, not for the fist time with this annual index, I question