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International Wealth Tax Advisors LLC: Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Petition

January 11, 2021 - Chapter 11 Petition in the matter of International Wealth Tax Advisors LLC, whose shareholders are Jack Brister and Alicea Castellanos, at the U. S. Bankruptcy 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.

Mossack Fonseca & Co. et al v. Netflix Inc.: Order Striking Complaint

December 23, 2020 - Order Granting Defendant's Special Motion to Strike Plaintiff's Second Amended Complaint alleging defamation and trademark infringement regarding the movie 'The Laundromat' about the 'Panama Papers' investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in Mossack Fonseca & Co. SA, Bufete MF & Co., Jürgen Mossack, and Ramón Fonseca, all of Panama v. Netflix Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

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".

SKAT v. Bell Rock Group Financial Services Ltd. et al: Judicial Assistance Order

December 14, 2020 - Order granting a request for international judicial assistance to obtain evidence in the Cayman Islands from Bell Rock Group Financial Services Limited, Campbell Corporate Services Limited, CO Services Cayman Limited, DMS Corporate Services Ltd., Forbes Hare Trust Company Limited, Genesis Trust & Corporate Services Ltd., Harneys Services (Cayman) Limited, now known as Harneys Fiduciary (Cayman) Limited; Intertrust Corporate Services (C.I.) Limited, now known as Intertrust Corporate Services (Cayman) Limited; Ocorian (Cayman) Limited, Sterling Trust (Cayman) Limited, Trident Trust Company (Cayman) Limited, Vistra (Cayman) Limited, and Walkers Corporate Limited for legal proceedings in Canada, Dubai, England, Malaysia, and the USA brought by Skatteforvaltningen, a.k.a. SKAT, which is Denmark's tax collection agency, issued at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Lithuania: Darius Vitkus

November 19, 2020 - Complaint to extradite Darius Vitkus, described as "the sole owner and shareholder Gvidonas UAB", from the USA to Lithuania to face charges of fraud, forgery, misappropriation, tax evasion, and theft.

Regina v. Dominic Chappell: Sentencing Remarks

November 05, 2020 - Sentencing Remarks regarding tax fraud involving "the acquisition, and subsequent management, of the British Home Stores chain of department stores" in Regina v. Dominic Chappell at Southwark Crown Court, in England.

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.

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.

USA v. Robert F. Smith: Deferred Prosecution Agreement

October 09, 2020 - Deferred Prosecution Agreement in which the defendant agreed to pay tax, penalties, and interest totaling $139.2 million regarding "an illegal scheme to conceal income and evade taxes he owed by using an offshore trust structure with related foreign corporations and offshore bank accounts, and by willfully filing a series of false documents with the Internal Revenue Service" involving entities and accounts in Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Nevis, and Switzerland in USA v. Robert F. Smith, of Austin, Texas, 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.