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Nigeria seeks US bank records for investigation into '$10B fraud by BVI shell entity'

March 26, 2020 - Nigeria is seeking records from ten banks in the United States for a criminal investigation into an alleged $10 billion bribery and fraud scheme committed by a "shell entity" in the British Virgin Islands that was set up and operated by citizens of Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Nigeria v. Citibank et al: Discovery Application

March 25, 2020 - Application by the Republic of Nigeria to take discovery from Citibank, N.A., Allied Irish Banks, HSBC Bank USA, Standard New York, Inc., Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, J.P. Morgan Chase, United Bank for Africa, Bank of Cyprus, Fortis Private Banking Singapore Limited., and Standard Chartered International (USA) Ltd. for use in "criminal investigations" in Nigeria regarding "a fraudulent scheme to defraud FRN of almost $10 billion ... carried out by Process & Industrial Developments Limited, a British Virgin Islands shell entity with no technical capabilities, virtually no employees, and no demonstrable financial resources", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Ecuador: Marcelo Espin Cunha et al

March 24, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Wells Fargo Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Ecuador - for a criminal investigation into Marcelo Antonio Espin Cunha, Maria Sol Larrea Sanchez, and Carlos Ricardo Espin Cunha for suspected money laundering.

Kosovo: Marijan Komani et al

March 20, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Security Pacific National Bank and American Express - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Kosovo - for a criminal investigation into "Marijan Komani, Velizar Marusic, Atnan Qovanaj, and others, for participation in an organized criminal group, issuing false checks, computer intrusion, and money laundering".

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.

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.

Marcelo Bombau v. Bank of New York Mellon Corp.: Discovery Application

March 16, 2020 - Application by Marcelo Bombau to take discovery from The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation for use in divorce proceedings in Argentina brought against him by "his former wife, María José Tomatis Cernusco", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Wang Kai Jie Trade Ltd. et al: Forfeiture Complaint

March 12, 2020 - Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. All Funds up to $499,000 of alleged fraud proceeds in accounts in the names of Wang Kai Jie Trade Ltd. and Easily Trading (HONGKONG) Company Limited at Standard Chartered Bank and China Citic Bank International, both in Hong Kong, filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Vermont.

Loyal Bank Ltd. et al v. Mastercard International Inc.: Complaint

March 11, 2020 - Complaint alleging breach of contract in Loyal Bank Limited, of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and its Joint Liquidators, Ikins Clarke, of Barbados, and Rikhi Rampersad, of Trinidad & Tobago v. Mastercard International Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Portugal: Wells Fargo Bank

March 10, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Wells Fargo Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Portugal - for a criminal investigation into "an unknown person" using the name 'Larry Ryan' for suspected fraud involving bank accounts in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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