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'Victim' of alleged fraud involving UAE's SION Trading complains to FBI

July 09, 2021 - A would-be borrower that claims to have lost $5 million in an advance fee fraud involving companies and individuals in or from Barbados, Canada, Panama, Saint Lucia, UAE, and the USA, including SION Trading, says it has complained to law enforcement and regulators about the alleged scheme.

Blackbird Capital LLC v. SION Trading FZE et al: Plaintiff's Motion to File First Amended Complaint

July 06, 2021 - Plaintiff's Motion to File First Amended Complaint alleging a "widespread fraudulent scheme perpetrated by Defendants in which they conspired to induce would-be borrowers to transfer significant funds to them as deposits on purported large-scale commercial loans" in Blackbird Capital LLC, described as "a real estate development company based in Des Moines, Iowa" v. Worth Group Capital LLC, of Wyoming; Justin Ely, of Utah; Halls Law Office, of Idaho; Scotia International of Nevada, Inc., of Utah; SION Trading FZE, of Ral Al Khaimah, of the United Arab Emirates; Max Warren Barber, of Utah; NaPo Limited, described as "a company located and incorporated in Bridgetown, Barbados, and Saint Lucia"; Nikolas Korakianitis, described as a citizen of Canada; GT Foundation, described as "a private interest foundation founded in Panama City, Panama" that "may have an office in London, England and/or New York", and Kumar Singh, described as a resident of New York, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Utah.

Blackbird Capital LLC v. SION Trading FZE et al: Order Allowing Email Service

June 07, 2021 - Memorandum Decision and Order Granting Plaintiff's Motion for Leave to Serve SION Trading FZE by Email due to its owner, Max Warren Barber, "avoiding service" in Blackbird Capital LLC v. Worth Group Capital LLC, of Wyoming; Justin Ely, of Utah; Halls Law Office, of Idaho; Scotia International of Nevada, Inc., of Utah; Sion Trading FZE, of Ral Al Khaimah, of the United Arab Emirates; Max Warren Barber, of Utah; NaPo Limited, described as "a company located and incorporated in Bridgetown, Barbados, and Saint Lucia"; Nikolas Korakianitis, described as a citizen of Canada; GT Foundation, described as "a private interest foundation founded in Panama City, Panama" that "may have an office in London, England and/or New York", and Kumar Singh at the U. S. District Court for the District of Utah.

Benchmark Interest (Asia) Ltd. v. Philip Groves: Discovery Application

May 10, 2021 - Application by Benchmark Interest (Asia) Limited, described as a subsidiary of British Virgin Islands-domiciled Absolute Success Holdings Limited and "a significant investor in certain funds within the Pacific Harbor group", to take discovery from Philip G. Groves, described as the Founder, Chairman and CEO of the DAC Group, for use in "a court proceeding that will be commenced shortly in Barbados" involving "loss as a result of the wrongful conduct of DAC China SOS (Barbados) SRL", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Andes Petroleum Ecuador Ltd. v. Occidental Exploration and Production Company: Petition to Confirm Arbitration Award

May 03, 2021 - Petition to Confirm Arbitration Award of $391 million in Andes Petroleum Ecuador Ltd., a Barbados company based in Ecuador v. Occidental Exploration and Production Company, of California, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

VL Assurance (Bermuda) Ltd. et al: Chapter 15 Petition

April 12, 2021 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Bermuda by Michael Morrison and Mark Allitt, of KPMG Advisory, as the Foreign Representatives of VL Assurance (Bermuda) Ltd., Valor Group Ltd., and Valor Management Ltd., described as Bermuda companies that are part of a group that also includes companies in Barbados, Ireland, Liechtenstein, and the United States and which are "victims of activity perpetrated between 2013 and 2016 by Jason Sugarman - a former director of the VL Bermuda Debtor - and others, including Jason Galanis, that ultimately led to the insolvency of the VL Bermuda Debtors", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

UAE 'gold supplier' SION Trading sued for '$5M fraud'

January 21, 2021 - UAE-domiciled purported gold supplier SION Trading FZE, which has been implicated in several fraudulent schemes, including a cryptocurrency scam involving Bermuda-based Arbitrade, is being sued in Utah along with individuals and firms in or from Barbados, Canada, England, Panama, St. Lucia, and the USA for allegedly perpetrating a $5 million 'advance fee' fraud.

Blackbird Capital LLC v. SION Trading FZE et al: Complaint

January 20, 2021 - Complaint alleging fraud in Blackbird Capital LLC, of Iowa v. Worth Group Capital LLC, of Wyoming; Justin Ely, of Utah; Halls Law Office, of Idaho; Scotia International of Nevada, Inc., of Utah; Sion Trading FZE, of Ras Al Khaimah, in the United Arab Emirates; Max Warren Barber, of Utah; NaPo Limited, described as "a company located and incorporated in Bridgetown, Barbados, and Saint Lucia"; Nikolas Korakianitis, described as a citizen of Canada; GT Foundation, described as "a private interest foundation founded in Panama City, Panama" that "may have an office in London, England and/or New York", and Kumar Singh at the U. S. District Court for the District of Utah.

USA v. Peter Nygard: Indictment

November 23, 2020 - Criminal Indictment for alleged sex trafficking and racketeering in USA v. Peter Nygard, a Canadian fashion executive who "operated a constellation of corporate entities organized in various countries, including Canada, the United States, the Bahamas, Barbados, and Hong Kong", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

UrtheCast Corp. et al: Chapter 15 Petition

October 06, 2020 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of Foreign Main Proceedings in Canada by Sai Chu, of Ernst & Young, as the Foreign Representative of UrtheCast Corp., of Canada, "a technology company developing world-first technologies in data services, geo-analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence" whose shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange; Geosys-Int'l Inc., of Delaware; Geosys Australia Pty., of Australia; Geosys Europe SARL, of Switzerland; Geosys S.A.S., of France; Geosys do Brasil Sistemas de Informacao Agriocola Ltda, of Brazil, and Deimos Imaging S.L.U., of Spain, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota.

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