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USA v. Jean-Michel Basquiat's 'Self-Portrait' Drawing: Forfeiture Complaint

July 01, 2020 - Forfeiture Complaint regarding "assets involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to, among other things, launder money misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a strategic investment and development company wholly-owned by the government of Malaysia" in USA v. One Drawing Entitled 'Self-Portrait' by Jean-Michel Basquiat, "previously owned by Christopher Joey McFarland", a co-producer of 'The Wolf of Wall Street' movie, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Andy Warhol's 'Campbell's Soup' Painting et al: Forfeiture Complaint

July 01, 2020 - Forfeiture Complaint regarding "assets involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to, among other things, launder money misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a strategic investment and development company wholly-owned by the government of Malaysia" in USA v. One Painting Entitled 'Colored Campbell's Soup Can (Emerald Green), 1965' by Andy Warhol and One Painting entitled 'Vétheuil au Soleil' by Claude Monet, both "currently located n Switzerland", at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Andy Warhol's 'Round Jackie' Portrait: Forfeiture Complaint

July 01, 2020 - Forfeiture Complaint regarding "assets involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to, among other things, launder money misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a strategic investment and development company wholly-owned by the government of Malaysia" in USA v. One Portrait Entitled 'Round Jackie' By Andy Warhol, "previously owned" by Kasseem Dean, a.k.a. Swiss Beatz, a hip hop musician residing in New Jersey, that is "currently in the custody of the United States Marshals Service" at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. River Dee International SA: Forfeiture Complaint

July 01, 2020 - Forfeiture Complaint regarding "assets involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to, among other things, launder money misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a strategic investment and development company wholly-owned by the government of Malaysia" in USA v. Funds associated with Jasmine Loo Ai Swan, a citizen of Malaysia, in the name of River Dee International SA, of the British Virgin Islands, at Falcon Private Bank Ltd., in Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Vasco Investments SA et al: Forfeiture Complaint

July 01, 2020 - Forfeiture Complaint regarding "assets involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to, among other things, launder money misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a strategic investment and development company wholly-owned by the government of Malaysia"  in USA v. Funds allegedly associated with Khadem Abdulla Al Qubais, a citizen of the United Arab Emirates, held in the names of Vasco Investments Services SA, of the British Virgin Islands, and Eagle Strategic Investment Fund at Bank Privée Edmond de Rothschild, in Luxembourg, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Luis Martinelli et al: Criminal Complaint

June 27, 2020 - Criminal Complaint against the sons of former Panama President Ricardo Martinelli alleging participation in a bribery and money laundering scheme involving Brazil's Odebrecht SA and other companies, including those in the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, and Switzerland, in USA v. Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares and Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Linares, described as citizens of Italy and Panama, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Sint Maarten: Edward O’Neal Arrindell

June 25, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from First Federal Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Sint Maarten - for a criminal investigation into Edward O’Neal Arrindell and others for suspected bribery, forgery, money laundering, and tax fraud, including participation in "a criminal scheme to bribe a Member of the Sint Maarten Parliament".

Novartis AG: $112M Penalties

June 25, 2020 - Administrative Order imposing penalties against Novartis AG, described as a Switzerland-based "global provider of pharmaceutical and healthcare products", for "improper activities", including "improper payments", "forged contracts", and "false books and records", involving its subsidiaries and affiliates in Greece, Singapore, South Korea, and Vietnam, before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

CITGO Petroleum Corp. v. Petroleum Logistics Service Corp. et al: Complaint

May 26, 2020 - Complaint alleging "a conspiracy of illegal bribery and other criminal acts" regarding Petróleos de Venezuela SA in CITGO Petroleum Corporation, of Delaware v. Petroleum Logistics Service Corp., of Panama, and Jose Manuel Gonzalez Testino, described as "a dual United States and Venezuelan citizen", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Benjamin Steinmetz v. Vale SA et al: Discovery Application

May 21, 2020 - Application by Benjamin Steinmetz, of Israel, described as an "adviser" to BSG Resources Limited, "a Guernsey-based international mining and natural resources company", to take discovery from Vale SA, described as a Brazil company that is "one of the largest mining companies in the world"; Vale Americas Inc., Rio Tinto Plc, and Rio Tinto Limited for use in legal proceedings in the United Kingdom involving Vale S.A., of Brazil; Vale Holdings B.V., of the Netherlands, and Vale International S.A., of Switzerland, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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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.