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'We demand an apology', writes fraudster Jean-Philippe Grange

July 02, 2015 - Letter of complaint entitled 'FATCA Violation - Defamation & Attack on US Interest and Investors Interests - Complaint to OFAC' from Jean-Philippe Grange, who claims to be 'Treasury Minister Plenipotentiary & Ambassador USA, Te Taou Sovereignty and Kingdom of Maori' and is perpetrating a fraud involving the CWM Group.

Timothy von Kaay says he is 'retiring' from financial services after OffshoreAlert asks him about his criminal record

September 07, 2006 - The head of an offshore financial services group said he is selling his group and “retiring” from the business after being asked about his criminal record by OffshoreAlert.Timothy von Kaay, a 40 year old Canadian national and resident of Ontario,

Ambassadors of the Dominion of Melchizedek: July 10, 2005

July 10, 2005 - Ambassadors of the Dominion of Melchizedek, namely George Harlley, Fortunato P. Aguas, Nikolai Bougaenko, Nathan Obasi, Dewey Painter, Rodny Daniel, Renzo Pampalon, Carlos Alberto Rosa Machado, Peter Feher, Charles W. Price, Sr., Melchizedek Maquiso, Berno Mendiola Atalig, Joalbert S. Kapalong, Charles Balas, Ron Roger Adams, Hans von Grunwald, George Carter, Ross Masao Harano, Louis Lesser, Edward Allen Artis, M.E. Evans, Tain Bodkin, Skip Wills, Larry Madrigal, James Gentry Laws, Jason Gentry Laws, and Joseph Anton Walter.

Insider Talking: January 31, 2002

January 31, 2002 - Less than a month after they were taken down as a result of an OffshoreAlert investigation, references to Grenada-registered Euro Caribbean Bank have been reinstated on the web-site of the 'Stock Exchange' of the sham country known as the Dominion of Melchizedek; Caribbean Media Corporation, which operated the Caribbean News Agency, popularly known as CANA, has suspended operations; Another web-site that has shut down, albeit for different reasons, is that of Prosperitas Internationale Credit Union at www.prosperitasinternationale.com; Vanuatu-domiciled International Seminars Ltd., which organizes offshore seminars at which get-rich-quick schemes are promoted, is operating under a new name – Global Wealth Education Ltd.; John Bourbon resigned as Managing Director of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, effective January 16, 2002 – 18 months after taking up the position, citing "personal reasons"; An ex-SEC officer is critical of his former employer in a book he has written about how the stock markets and the Internet are used to commit fraud against the unsuspecting public; Clyde Hood, the 67-year-old retired electrician from Mattoon, Illinois who persuaded thousands of people from all around the world to collectively send him more than $12 million by offering a return of 5,000 per cent in 275 days, has been sentenced to serve 14 years in prison; A web-site has been set up to raise funds to defend Kenneth R. Weare, of Belize-based J&K Global Marketing, against an SEC lawsuit filed on April 10, 2001, even though the case has ended without the defendants or their legal representatives ever putting in an appearance; The Isle of Man government has granted an online gaming license to Action Online Entertainment (IOM) Limited, which is the fifth firm to receive such a license; Imperial Consolidated is blaming its lawyers for its loss of a libel lawsuit in New Zealand, in which the judge determined they had fabricated documents submitted as evidence and questioned the legitimacy of their investment products; and Justice Hugh Small, sitting at the Bahamas Supreme Court, issued an order on December 20, 2001 that the voluntary liquidation of Americas International Bank Corporation Ltd. be continued but under the supervision of the court.

Grenada-Montenegro banker plays down links to Melchizedek

December 31, 2001 - A principal of two offshore banks has told OffshoreAlert that he no longer has anything to do with the Dominion of Melchizedek, despite his name appearing on literature associated with the fake nation.Peter Drakoulakos, who heads Euro Credit Bank A.D., of Montenegro, and Euro Caribbean Bank Ltd., of Grenada, was once listed as the South American "Ambassador" for Melchizedek on its web-site.

SEC takes action against Robert Moore, founder of sham jurisdiction

October 31, 2000 - The SEC has taken legal action in Hawaii against yet another 'founder' of a fake country who solicited investments over the Internet. Robert F. Moore, who lives in Honolulu, held himself out to be the 'Head of State' of The Kingdom of Enenkio and attempted to raise money in its name, according to an SEC complaint filed on October 5.

Internet poll shows that Grenada is considered worst 'real' offshore center

September 30, 2000 - Grenada has finished a close second to the fake jurisdiction of Melchizedek in an Internet poll to determine the worst offshore jurisdiction. In answer to the question 'Which of these offshore centers would you least trust with your money?', Melchizedek came top with 30 per cent of votes cast, while Grenada followed with 21 per cent.

Barbados attorney Yolande Bannister appears to drop two suspect banks

June 30, 2000 - Barbados-based attorney Yolande Bannister claims that her law and company management firms no longer represent two fraudulently-run banks. Offshore Alert has previously reported that Bannister's Alpha & Omega Law Chambers/YBG Management in Bridgetown, Barbados, served as the administrative office for the crooked Digital Commerce Bank.

U. S. regulator issues warning against Digital Commerce Bank

April 30, 2000 - The Caribbean Bank of Commerce, which had its banking license revoked in Antigua last year, has been up to its old tricks again. On March 29, 2000, the US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency put out a warning about something calling itself Digital Commerce Bank Ltd., which is one of the names CBC now operates under.

Insider Talking: October 31, 1999

October 31, 1999 - BaTelCo throws spanner in the works of Bahamas International Stock Exchange private placement, Cayman Islands Stock Exchange tells New Utopia to take a hike, trial in Bermuda over European family's wealth costs $600,000 per week, First International Bank of Grenada has difficulty with its math, journalists arrested in Grenada, new sham investment game appears on the Internet, and the growth of the Bahamas is detailed in a prospectus for the new Bahamas International Securities Exchange.
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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.