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USA v. Tetiana Lukianiuk: Forfeiture Complaint

February 22, 2021 - Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. "All Funds Previously Seized From Binance Holdings Limited", a cryptocurrency exchange domiciled in the Cayman Islands, in an account that "is registered to a 20-year-old Ukrainian national named Tetiana Lukianiuk" and is associated with an alleged extortion scheme against three unidentified U.S.-based companies involving ransomware known as NetWalker, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Ghada Oueiss v. Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz et al: Complaint

December 09, 2020 - Complaint alleging an "unlawful hack and leak operation against Ms. Oueiss ... spearheaded by the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and their co-conspirators in the U.S. and elsewhere" in Ghada Oueiss, described as "an international journalist who has a significant presence in the U.S. and abroad, both as a journalist for Al Jazeera Media Network and as a frequent contributor to U.S. news agencies, such as The Washington Post" v. Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz, Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, DarkMatter, Faisal al Bannai, Saudi 24 TV, a broadcast television station owned by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Al Arabiya, a broadcast television station owned by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Abdulaziz Foundation, d.b.a. MiSK Foundation; Saud Al Qahtani, Bader Al-Asaker, Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission, Tarek Abou Zeinab, Turki Al-Owerde, Faisal Al Menaia, Awwad Al Otaibi, Sharon Collins, Christanne Schey, Hussam Al-Jundi, and Annette Smith, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. Yuriy Andrienko et al: Indictment

October 15, 2020 - Indictment against six "officers" of a Russian "military intelligence agency" alleging a computer hacking and fraudulent scheme "to undermine, retaliate against, or otherwise destabilize: (1) Ukraine; (2) the country of Georgia; (3) France's elections; ( 4) efforts to hold Russia accountable for its use of a weapons-grade nerve agent on foreign soil; and (5) the 2018 Winter Olympics after a Russian government-sponsored doping effort led to Russian athletes being unable to participate under the Russian flag" in USA v. Yuriy Sergeyevich Andrienko, Sergey Vladimirovich Detistov, Pavel Valeryevichfrolov, Anatoliy Sergeyevich Kovalev, Artem Valeryevich Ochichenko, and Petr Nikolayevich Pliskinat the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

USA v. Danil Potekhin et al: Forfeiture Complaint

September 16, 2020 - Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. Cryptocurrency and Cash allegedly derived from "a large scale, sophisticated 'phishing' campaign" by Russian nationals Danil Potekhin and Dimitrii Karasavidi that targeted cryptocurrency exchanges, including Poloniex, based in San Francisco, domiciled in Delaware; Binance, based in Hong Kong, domiciled in the Cayman Islands, and Gemini Trust Company LLC, based in New York, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Turkey: Google LLC

August 28, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Google LLC regarding the email account for zamanakarsi07@gmail.com - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Turkey - for a criminal investigation into "an unknown suspect(s) for a computer intrustion offense".

USA v. 280 Virtual Currency Accounts: Forfeiture Complaint

August 27, 2020 - Forfeiture Complaint regarding the alleged laundering by Chinese cryptocurrency traders of proceeds from hacks of, and thefts from, virtual currency exchanges, mostly in South Korea, by "North Korea actors" in USA v. 280 Virtual Currency Accounts at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

USA v. Egor Kriuchkov: Criminal Complaint

August 23, 2020 - Criminal Complaint alleging conspiracy to introduce malware into a Nevada company's computer network in USA v. Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov, a citizen of Russia, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Nevada.

Africa Growth Corporation v. Republic of Angola: Complaint

July 24, 2020 - Complaint regarding "an egregious series of computer hacking activities committed by Angola over an eighteen-month period, resulting in the interception and conversion of AFGC’s attorney-client communications from AFGC's computer server located in the United States" in Africa Growth Corporation, of Nevada v. Republic of Angola at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

David Quesenbury et al v. Bitrade Bitcoin Trading Ltd.: Complaint

July 20, 2020 - Complaint alleging a cryptocurrency fraud in David Quesenbury and E3:20 Investment Club, both of Texas v. Bitrade Bitcoin Trading Ltd., of England, and John Doe at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Cayman law firm sued by clients who claim to have lost $524K in 'phishing scam'

July 09, 2020 - Cayman Islands law firm Giglioli & Company is being sued by clients David and Michelle Holden, who claim the company's computer server was hacked and emails intercepted, causing them to be swindled out of US$523,998.

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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.