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Nigeria v. Citibank et al: Discovery Application

March 25, 2020 - Application by the Republic of Nigeria to take discovery from Citibank, N.A., Allied Irish Banks, HSBC Bank USA, Standard New York, Inc., Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, J.P. Morgan Chase, United Bank for Africa, Bank of Cyprus, Fortis Private Banking Singapore Limited., and Standard Chartered International (USA) Ltd. for use in "criminal investigations" in Nigeria regarding "a fraudulent scheme to defraud FRN of almost $10 billion ... carried out by Process & Industrial Developments Limited, a British Virgin Islands shell entity with no technical capabilities, virtually no employees, and no demonstrable financial resources", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Portugal: 1&1 Ionos Inc. (€17,298 Fraud)

March 24, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from 1&1 Ionos Inc. - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Portugal - for use in a criminal investigation into "unknown suspect(s) for fraud".

Newbrook Shipping Corporation et al v. Global Marketing Systems Inc. et al: Discovery Application

March 24, 2020 - Application by Newbrook Shipping Corporation, of the Netherlands, and Falcon Confidence Shipping Ltd., of Liberia, to take discovery from Global Marketing Systems Inc. and Anil F. Sharma, both of Maryland, for use in legal proceedings in Nevis and South Africa, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Maryland.

Ecuador: Marcelo Espin Cunha et al

March 24, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Wells Fargo Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Ecuador - for a criminal investigation into Marcelo Antonio Espin Cunha, Maria Sol Larrea Sanchez, and Carlos Ricardo Espin Cunha for suspected money laundering.

Kosovo: Marijan Komani et al

March 20, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Security Pacific National Bank and American Express - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Kosovo - for a criminal investigation into "Marijan Komani, Velizar Marusic, Atnan Qovanaj, and others, for participation in an organized criminal group, issuing false checks, computer intrusion, and money laundering".

Belarus: First Interstate Bank in Montana

March 19, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from First Interstate Bank in Montana - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Belarus - for a criminal investigation into "unknown subjects" for suspected theft.

Poland: Google LLC (Copyright Infringement re. 'Wlatey Moch')

March 19, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Google LLC - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Poland - for a criminal investigation into an "unknown suspect(s) for copyright infringement offenses" regarding an "animated comedy series" called 'Wlatey Moch'.

Kazakhstan v. King & Spalding LLP: Discovery Application

March 19, 2020 - Application by the Republic of Kazakhstan to take discovery from King & Spalding LLP for use in criminal proceedings in Kazakhstan regarding suspected fraud, tax evasion, and money laundering involving Anatolie Stati and Gabriel Stati and "their group of affiliated companies which they have owned or controlled", including Ascom Group SA, of Moldova; Terra Raf Trans Traiding Ltd., of Gibraltar, and Hayden Intervest Limited, of the British Virgin Islands, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Switzerland: Stefano Billeter

March 17, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from SunTrust Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Switzerland - for a criminal investigation into Stefano Billeter who allegedly "embezzled money from clients' accounts while he was an employee of Banca Raiffeisen in Lugano, Switzerland".

Marcelo Bombau v. Bank of New York Mellon Corp.: Discovery Application

March 16, 2020 - Application by Marcelo Bombau to take discovery from The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation for use in divorce proceedings in Argentina brought against him by "his former wife, María José Tomatis Cernusco", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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