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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.

US tycoon Bob Brockman indicted for '$2B offshore tax fraud scheme'

October 15, 2020 - US software tycoon Bob Brockman has been criminally indicted in California for an alleged $2 billion offshore tax evasion scheme involving accounts and entities in Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Nevis, and Switzerland. In a related case, billionaire private equity boss Robert Smith agreed to pay penalties of $139 million to avoid prosecution.

Trinidad and Tobago: Radesh Ramnath

October 05, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Amerijet International LLC and U.S. Customs and Border Protection - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Trinidad and Tobago - for a criminal investigation into Radesh Ramnath, who was "a Trinidad and Tobago Customs and Excise Officer", and unidentified co-conspirators for suspected money laundering, smuggling, and tax evasion.

USA v. Robert Brockman: Criminal Indictment

October 01, 2020 - Criminal Indictment alleging conspiracy to defraud the USA, tax evasion, wire fraud, FBAR violations, money laundering, evidence tampering, and destruction of evidence regarding an alleged scheme to conceal approximately $2 billion of capital gains income and involving entities and accounts in Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Nevis, and Switzerland, in USA v. Robert T. Brockman, of Houston, Texas, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

USA v. Nika Nazarovi et al: Indictment

September 29, 2020 - Criminal Indictment against "citizens of multiple countries, including Georgia, Latvia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Belgium" who were described as being "members of a transnational organized crime network known as 'QQAAZZ'" that "provided money laundering services to significant cybercriminal organizations that stole money from unwitting victims in the United States and abroad" involving accounts at financial institutions in Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, Turkey, and the United Kingdom in USA v. Nika Nazarovi, a.k.a. Nika Utiashvili, a.k.a. Mihail Atansov, a.k.a. Stefan Trifonov Zhelyazkov; Martins Ignatjevs, a.k.a. Yordan Angelov Stoyanov, a.k.a. Aleksander Tihomirov, a.k.a. Svetlin Iliyanov Asenov; Aleksandre Kobiashvili, a.k.a. Antonios Nastas, a.k.a. Ognyan Krasimirov Trifonov; Dmitrijs Kuzminovs, a.k.a. Parush Gospodinov Genchev; Valentins Sevecs, a.k.a. Marek Jaswilko, a.k.a. Rafal Szczytko; Dmitrijs Slapins, Armens Vecels, Artiom Capacli, Ion Cebanu, Tomass Trescinkas, Ruslans Sarapovs, Silvestrs Tamenieks, Andelhak Hamdaoui, and Petar Iliev at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Ecuador: Esteban Sachs Lizarzaburo et al

September 25, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from JPMorgan Chase Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Ecuador - for a criminal investigation into Esteban Sachs Lizarzaburo, Marina Vedani de la Torre, Juan Xavier Ribas Domenech, Jose Luis Romo Rosales Castillo, Veronica Priscila Haro Herrera, Felipe Moncaleano Botero, CONTROLASEG S.A., a.k.a. Seguros Sucre S.A., and Casa Mobeloft S.A. for suspected money laundering.

Tatiana Akhmedova v. Google LLC: Discovery Application

September 16, 2020 - Application by Tatiana Akhmedova to take discovery from Google LLC for use in legal proceedings in England involving, inter alia, her husband, Farkhad Akhmedov, a Russian businessman; their son, Temur Akhmedov, and "Liechtenstein trustee entities Counselor Trust Reg and Sobaldo Establishment" regarding judgment collection and alleged "fraudulent evasion", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

USA v. 'PetroSaudi v. PDVSA' Arbitration Funds: Forfeiture Complaint

September 16, 2020 - Forfeiture Complaint regarding "assets involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to, among other things, launder money misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad ("1MDB"), a strategic investment and development company wholly-owned by the government of Malaysia" in USA v. All Funds Held in Escrow by Clyde & Co. in the United Kingdom as Damages for Restitution in 'PetroSaudi Oil Services (Venezuela) Ltd. v. PDVSA Servicios S.A. et al' UNCITRAL Arbitration at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Cayman crypto exchange Binance sued for 'laundering $9M Japan theft proceeds'

September 14, 2020 - Cayman Islands-domiciled cryptocurrency exchange Binance Holdings Limited is being sued in California for allegedly laundering more than $9 million of cryptocurrency stolen from a Japanese exchange.

Fisco Cryptocurrency Exchange Inc. v. Binance Holdings Ltd.: Complaint

September 14, 2020 - Complaint alleging "the laundering of stolen cryptocurrency" in Fisco Cryptocurrency Exchange Inc., described as "a Japanese cryptocurrency exchange" v. Binance Holdings Limited, a Cayman Islands cryptocurrency exchange described as "a 'go-to' location for cybercriminals to convert purloined cryptocurrency to other cryptocurrency or cash", at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

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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.