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Colombia: Reficar SA et al

April 03, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Standard Chartered Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Bank of Oklahoma, HSBC, Bank of America, Commerzebank, Credit Agricole, Fifth Third Bank, and BNP Paribas regarding transfers from an account at Bank Mendes Gans NV in the name of CBI Colombiana SA - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Colombia - for a criminal investigation into "Reficar S.A. and Colombian public officials for embezzlement by appropriation, improper interest in signing contracts, and illicit enrichment of private individuals".

Swiss banker investigated for allegedly embezzling $8.7M from Banca Raiffeisen clients

March 20, 2020 - Police in Switzerland are investigating Stefano Billeter for allegedly embezzling $8.73 million from four clients while he worked for Banca Raiffeisen, in Lugano.

Turkey: Bank of America

March 19, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Bank of America - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Turkey - for a criminal investigation into "unknown subject(s) for Quantified Theft by Deception".

Belarus: First Interstate Bank in Montana

March 19, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from First Interstate Bank in Montana - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Belarus - for a criminal investigation into "unknown subjects" for suspected theft.

Poland: Google LLC (Copyright Infringement re. 'Wlatey Moch')

March 19, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Google LLC - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Poland - for a criminal investigation into an "unknown suspect(s) for copyright infringement offenses" regarding an "animated comedy series" called 'Wlatey Moch'.

Switzerland: Stefano Billeter

March 17, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from SunTrust Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Switzerland - for a criminal investigation into Stefano Billeter who allegedly "embezzled money from clients' accounts while he was an employee of Banca Raiffeisen in Lugano, Switzerland".

Sky Stream Corp. v. Arkadiy Kats et al: Complaint

March 06, 2020 - Complaint alleging fraud, theft, conversion, and breach of fiduciary duty, in Sky Stream Corp., of the British Virgin Islands v. Arkadiy Kats, residing in Miami-Dade County, Florida;Alexander Pleshakov, described as "residing in Russia, somewhere in Europe or Azerbaijan"; Sergey Tkachenko, described as "residing in Russia and Switzerland"; The Behar Law Firm PA, Samuel M. Sheldon, and Howard R. Behar, all of Florida, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

'Remove content about Sandra Esnouf,' writes 'Lisa M. Farrington'

February 28, 2020 - Letter to OffshoreAlert from 'Lisa M. Farrington' requesting the removal of content regarding her "client", Sandra Esnouf, who pleaded guilty to multiple counts of larceny and money laundering in Jersey, in the Channel Islands, in 2016.

USA v. Jose Irizarry et al: Criminal Indictment

February 19, 2020 - Criminal Indictment alleging money laundering, fraud, and identity theft in USA v. Jose Ismael Irizarry, a former Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and his wife, Nathalia Gomez Irizarry, formerly known as Nathalia Gomez Ramirez, at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Bulgaria: Apple Inc.

January 27, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Apple Inc. - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Bulgaria - for a criminal investigation into the theft of "36 portable computers" by an "unknown perpetrator".

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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.