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Germany: Hamdi Kocoktepe et al

January 26, 2021 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from First Citizens Bank and Trust Co. - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Germany - for a criminal investigation into Hamdi Kocoktepe, described as a "German attorney"; Afnan Qovanaj, and Wincash AG for suspected money laundering.

Winfred Wamai et al v. Industrial Bank of Korea: Complaint

January 14, 2021 - Complaint regarding "Iran's fraudulent conveyances" in Winfred Wairimu Wamai and 322 other "direct victims and surviving family members of the Embassy Bombings" in Tanzania and Kenya that "were carried out with the critical material support of the Iranian government" v. Industrial Bank of Korea, of South Korea, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Conciliation USA Inc. et al: Forfeiture Complaint

January 08, 2021 - Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. Funds formerly on deposit at Capital One Bank and Kearny Bank in the names of Conciliation USA Inc. and TRM Multiservice LLC, each described as "a money transmitting business" that was involved in "a shadow financial system" known as "the Black Market Peso Exchange", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. 'Tax Refund Fraud Proceeds': Forfeiture Complaint

January 05, 2021 - Forfeiture Complaint regarding funds that are suspected of being the proceeds of an alleged $4.7 million tax refund fraud and money laundering scheme that utilized "Green Dot" prepaid debit cards, Fiserv "bill pay service", and Mailbox Forwarding in USA v. Funds Formerly on Deposit at Bank of America at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. Ihor Kolomoisky et al: Forfeiture Complaint

December 30, 2020 - Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. Real Property Located at 55 Public Square, Cleveland, Ohio which is "traceable to an international conspiracy to launder money embezzled and fraudulently obtained from PrivatBank", described as "a Ukrainian financial institution", whose beneficial owners were identified as Ihor Kolomoisky and Gennadiy Boholiubov, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Switzerland freezes $78M linked to US billionaires' 'offshore fraud scheme'

December 15, 2020 - A Swiss court has frozen nearly $78 million held by a Nevis firm at Mirabaud Bank that originated from Bermuda Commercial Bank and which the U.S. alleges are the proceeds of a bank fraud, tax evasion, and money laundering scheme involving "two U.S. billionaires, Robert Smith and Robert Brockman".

USA v. Natalino D'Amato: Indictment

November 25, 2020 - Criminal Indictment alleging money laundering regarding Petróleos de Venezuela SA, a.k.a. PDVSA, "the state-owned and state-controlled oil company of Venezuela" in USA v. Natalino D'Amato, described by the U.S. Department of Justice as a dual citizen of Venezuela and Italy who, inter alia, "owned and controlled a Nevis-based corporation called Kronos Enterprises Corp.", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Odebrecht Engenharia e Construção S.A. et al: Chapter 15 Petition

November 24, 2020 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Brazil by Adriana Henry Meirelles, as the Foreign Representative of Odebrecht Engenharia e Construção S.A., CNO S.A., and OECI S.A., all of São Paulo, Brazil, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. FCI Holdings Inc.: Forfeiture Complaint

October 23, 2020 - Forfeiture Complaint regarding proceeds derived from "a fraudulent telemarketing 'boiler room' in Costa Rica" operated by "Jeffrey Pearson and others" in USA v. An Account at Butterfield Bank (Bahamas) Limited in the name of FCI Holdings Limited at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. Edge Capital Investments Ltd.: Forfeiture Application

October 22, 2020 - Application for a warrant to seize $77.8 million held at Mirabaud Bank, in Switzerland, that originated from Bermuda Commercial Bank and is the suspected proceeds of an alleged fraud and money laundering scheme involving "two U.S. billionaires, Robert Smith and Robert Brockman" in USA v. Edge Capital Investments Ltd., of Nevis, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

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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.