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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.

Newbrook Shipping Corporation et al v. Global Marketing Systems Inc. et al: Discovery Application

March 24, 2020 - Application by Newbrook Shipping Corporation, of the Netherlands, and Falcon Confidence Shipping Ltd., of Liberia, to take discovery from Global Marketing Systems Inc. and Anil F. Sharma, both of Maryland, for use in legal proceedings in Nevis and South Africa, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Maryland.

Hedrick House Ltd. v. eMblaze ONE Inc. et al: Opposition to Discovery Application

March 16, 2020 - Opposition by eMblaze ONE Inc. and Jaspreet Mathur to Application to Conduct Discovery in Hedrick House Limited, of the British Virgin Islands v. eMblaze ONE Inc. and Jaspreet Mathur, a.k.a. Jas Mathur, for use in legal proceedings in England, filed at the U. S District Court for the Central District of California.

Phoenix Bulk Carriers (BVI) Ltd. v. Triorient LLC: Complaint

March 13, 2020 - Complaint in Phoenix Bulk Carriers (BVI) Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands v. Triorient LLC at the U. S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Q3 Investments Recovery Vehicle LLC v. James Seijas et al: Complaint

March 13, 2020 - Complaint alleging investment fraud based around cryptocurrency that was "sent to an offshore digital currency trading platform incorporated in the British Virgin Islands" in Q3 Investments Recovery Vehicle LLC v. James Seijas, of New Jersey; Quan Tran, of Florida; Michael Ackerman, of Ohio; Donna Seijas, of New Jersey; Steve Saunders, of Florida; Q3 Holdings LLC, of Delaware; Q3 I LP, of Delaware; Q3 Crypto LLC, of Florida; Skyway Capital Markets LLC, of Florida; Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC, and Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network LLC, d.b.a. Wells Fargo Advisors, of Delaware, at the Circuit Court of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, in and for Hillsborough County, Florida.

Innes Worldwide Holdings Ltd. v. Sixa Inc. et al: Complaint

March 13, 2020 - Complaint alleging fraud "as a result of a start-up investment" in Innes Worldwide Holdings Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands v. Sixa Inc., of Delaware, and Mykola Minchenko at the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco.

Olinda Star Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

March 06, 2020 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the British Virgin Islands by Eleanor Fisher, as the Foreign Representative of Olinda Star Ltd. (in Provisional Liquidation), whose "operational management team is based in Brazil, its treasury function is located in Panama, and its sole director resides in the Cayman Islands", at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Sky Stream Corp. v. Arkadiy Kats et al: Complaint

March 06, 2020 - Complaint alleging fraud, theft, conversion, and breach of fiduciary duty, in Sky Stream Corp., of the British Virgin Islands v. Arkadiy Kats, residing in Miami-Dade County, Florida;Alexander Pleshakov, described as "residing in Russia, somewhere in Europe or Azerbaijan"; Sergey Tkachenko, described as "residing in Russia and Switzerland"; The Behar Law Firm PA, Samuel M. Sheldon, and Howard R. Behar, all of Florida, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Founder of LSE-listed, Russian online bank arrested for suspected US tax fraud

March 06, 2020 - Russian businessman Oleg Tinkov has been arrested in London after being indicted for tax fraud in California for allegedly failing to disclose his $1 billion beneficial ownership of, and $199 million income from, a London Stock Exchange-listed online bank via three BVI companies when renouncing his U.S. citizenship in 2013.

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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.