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Dismatrix SPC et al v. Equiti Capital UK Ltd.: Complaint

October 29, 2020 - Complaint for $12.7 million alleging "Defendant is in receipt of funds as part of a fraudulent investment scheme at the expense of the Claimants" in Dismatrix SPC, Asyndeton, and Polysyndeton, all of the Cayman Islands v. Equiti Capital UK Limited, of England, at the High Court of Justice of England and Wales.

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.

Barclays Bank Plc et al v. Val Sklarov et al: Complaint

October 09, 2020 - Complaint alleging "false designation of origin, cybersquatting and trademark dilution" in Barclays Bank Plc, of England, and Barclays Capital Inc., of New York v. Vladimir 'Val' Sklarov, described as a "convicted felon" residing in Florida, and Osman Qureishi, described as a resident of Texas, each individually and d.b.a. 'Shearson Lehman Brothers', 'Shearson Lehman', 'Lehman Brothers', 'Shearson Lehman Brothers Investment Banking', and 'Shearson Lehman Investment Banking'; Black Rock Capital LLC, of the Bahamas; Newburgh Capital Ltd., Lincoln Capital Ltd., of Belize; Lincoln Capital Ltd., of Belize, and Jaitegh 'JT' Singh, described as an attorney based in New York, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC sues John McAfee for '$23M ICO fraud' in New York

October 05, 2020 - Famous computer programmer John McAfee was today sued by the SEC in New York for allegedly swindling his Twitter followers by recommending they buy Initial Coin Offerings by entities in Belize, Nigeria, Romania, U.K. and U.S. without disclosing that he received $23 million in hidden compensation.

SEC v. Ongkaruck Sripetch et al: TRO Motion

September 22, 2020 - SEC's Ex Parte Application for Temporary Restraining Order Freezing Assets and Granting Other Relief against Ongkaruck Sripetch, Brehnen Knight, Amanda Flores, and Ashmit Patel in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Ongkaruck Sripetch, of Las Vegas, NV; Amanda Flores, of Las Vegas, NV; Brehnen Knight, of Escondido, CA; Andrew McAlpine, a citizen of Canada residing in the Cayman Islands; Ashmit Patel, a citizen of Canada residing in Ontario; Michael Wexler, a citizen of Canada residing in Ottawa; Dominic Williams, of Bonita, CA; Adtron Inc., a.k.a. Stockpalooza.com, of Nevada; ATG Inc., of Nevada; DOIT Ltd., domicile not specified; Doji Capital, Inc., of California; King Mutual Solutions Inc., of Nevada; Optimus Prime Financial Inc., of California; Orca Bridge, of Nevada; Redline International, of Nevis and California, and UAIM Corporation, of Belize, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

Cayman penny stock broker Andy McAlpine arrested in US for alleged fraud

September 22, 2020 - Penny stock broker Andrew McAlpine, a Canadian living in the Cayman Islands, is in custody in the U.S. after being criminally indicted for securities fraud. He's also one of 16 individual and corporate defendants accused of a $6M fraud "involving at least 20 penny stock companies" in a related SEC civil complaint.

SEC v. Andrew McAlpine et al: Complaint

September 21, 2020 - Complaint alleging the defendants "worked in concert to engage in numerous fraudulent schemes and other violations of the federal securities laws, involving at least 20 penny stock companies" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Ongkaruck Sripetch, of Las Vegas, NV; Amanda Flores, of Las Vegas, NV; Brehnen Knight, of Escondido, CA; Andrew McAlpine, a citizen of Canada residing in the Cayman Islands; Ashmit Patel, a citizen of Canada residing in Ontario; Michael Wexler, a citizen of Canada residing in Ottawa; Dominic Williams, of Bonita, CA; Adtron Inc., a.k.a. Stockpalooza.com, of Nevada; ATG Inc., of Nevada; DOIT Ltd., domicile not specified; Doji Capital, Inc., of California; King Mutual Solutions Inc., of Nevada; Optimus Prime Financial Inc., of California; Orca Bridge, of Nevada; Redline International, of Nevis and California, and UAIM Corporation, of Belize, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

CFTC v. David Cartu et al: Complaint

September 02, 2020 - Complaint alleging "a massive fraudulent 'binary options' trading scheme" amounting to $165 million and involving individuals and companies in or from Belize, the British Virgin Islands, Canada, Israel, Seychelles, United Kingdom, and USA in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. David Cartu, Jonathan Cartu, and Joshua Cartu, described as brothers who are all citizens of Canada; Ryan Masten, of Austin, Texas; Leeav Peretz, a.k.a. Lee Cole, and Nati Peretz, both described as being "from Windsor, Ontario, Canada" and currently residing in Israel; All Out Marketing Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; BareIt Media LLC, d.b.a. SignalPush, of Texas; Blue Moon Investments Ltd., of the Seychelles, and Orlando Union Inc., of Belize, at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.

SEC v. Minish Hede et al: Complaint

August 21, 2020 - Complaint "for acting as unregistered brokers" regarding the "offering and selling securities in the form of promissory notes issued by Belize Infrastructure Fund I, LLC" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Minish 'Joe' Hede, of Rumson, New Jersey, and Kevin Graetz, of New Canaan, Connecticut, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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