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Fraud charges filed over Cayman firm's $30M ICO

January 17, 2020 - Criminal and regulatory charges alleging fraud have been brought in New Jersey against Canadian Boaz Manor and Israeli attorney Edith Pardo regarding a $30 million Initial Coin Offering by BCT Inc. SEZC, of the Cayman Islands.

Petition to wind up British £40M fraud firm Privilege Wealth Plc

January 07, 2020 - Nearly two years after their appointment and having run out of cash, the Joint Administrators of Britain's Privilege Wealth Plc have applied to wind up the company, which collapsed after its £40 million-plus investment fraud was exposed by OffshoreAlert.

SEC-targeted fund sues law firm for advising that 'Crypto Assets are not securities'

January 02, 2020 - US law firm Faegre Baker Daniels is being sued for legal malpractice for allegedly advising a cryptocurrency fund that "Crypto Assets are not securities", only for the Fund - controlled by Timothy Enneking - to be later targeted by the SEC, eventually paying $200,000 to settle an Enforcement Action.

Arab nations claim 'hundreds of millions of dollars are missing' from Cayman Islands fund

December 30, 2019 - In an application to take discovery from 12 US banks, a financial institution owned by six Arab nations claims that "hundreds of millions of dollars are missing" from a Cayman Islands investment fund that was set up to invest in "port-related assets around the world".

Briton David Rae pleads guilty to money laundering in US

December 27, 2019 - U.K. national David Rae, who was exposed by OffshoreAlert in 2012 for his role in a £100 million investment fraud by Cayman Islands-domiciled Axiom Legal Financing Fund, has pleaded guilty to money laundering in New Jersey regarding unrelated health care fraud schemes.

Standard Chartered Bank sued for 'retaliating' against 'Iran money laundering whistleblowers'

December 24, 2019 - Two "whistleblowers" in India and England are suing the British, Dubai and New York operations of their former employer, Standard Chartered Bank, for allegedly retaliating against them for exposing "a highly sophisticated money laundering scheme on behalf of Iran".

Swiss regulator appoints investigator for Bitcoin dealer and 'investment boutique'

December 23, 2019 - Swiss regulator FINMA has announced that two unrelated firms - SASuisse Group GmbH and BrokerGroup AG - have been placed under regulatory supervision, effective December 17th.

Samuray Consulting AG suspected of 'unauthorized activity', warns Swiss regulator

December 20, 2019 - The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority has warned the public that Samuray Consulting AG - whose principal is Burhan Samuray, of Germany - is suspected of conducting unauthorized financial activity.

Swiss crypto exchange Lescovex targeted by financial regulator

December 18, 2019 - The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority has warned the public that cryptocurrency exchange Lescovex Exchange SA - whose principal is Spaniard Vicent Nos Ripolles - is suspected of conducting unauthorized financial activity.

HSBC agrees to pay $192M & admits tax fraud after being criminally charged by US

December 10, 2019 - Switzerland-based HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA has agreed to pay $192 million and cooperate with tax investigations under a deferred prosecution agreement with the USA after being criminally charged with conspiracy to commit tax fraud.

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Cayman Court Secrecy: A Huge Red Flag for Foreign Investors & Clients
David Marchant
As any fule kno, the biggest enemy of fraud, corruption, money laundering, and other forms of financial crime is transparency, while their best friend is secrecy. That's why the unprecedented mass sealing of cases that's taking place at the Financial Services Division of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands is repugnant to anyone with a genuine concern for financial crime.