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Dooga Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

February 14, 2020 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in England by Steven Parker and Trevor Binyon, of Opus Restructuring, as the Foreign Representatives of Dooga Ltd., a Maltese-owned British firm whose "Cubits" cryptocurrency exchange closed down in 2018 following an alleged €27 million fraud involving "payment processor" Pay Secure Online Limited, d.b.a. Paysec, and "three Chinese nationals called Lui Caifeng, Liu Lin, and Yajuan She", at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that, in the Malta Business Registry, the owner of Pay Secure Online Limited is identified as David Murphy, a British national with an address in Thailand, while directors have included Richard John Barry, a British national residing in Dubai, and Dimitar Stefanov Georgiev, a citizen and resident of Bulgaria, who both resigned on March 2nd, 2018, and the auditor is Antoine Borg, of Malta. On May 15th, 2019, the Malta Financial Services Authority issued a "warning" that Paysec "is NOT licenced NOR authorised by the MFSA to provide any investment or other financial services which are required to be licenced or otherwise authorised under Maltese law".

Bulgaria: Wells Fargo Bank

February 05, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Wells Fargo Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Bulgaria - for a criminal investigation into "unknown subjects" for suspected fraud.

Bulgaria: Apple Inc.

January 27, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Apple Inc. - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Bulgaria - for a criminal investigation into the theft of "36 portable computers" by an "unknown perpetrator".

Bulgaria: Theolin Jacobs

December 09, 2019 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from SunTrust Bank regarding an account in the name of Theolin Jacobs, of Lawrenceville, Georgia - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Bulgaria - for a criminal investigation into "unknown subjects" for suspected H1B visa fraud against a citizen of Bulgaria who was allegedly fraudulently induced into paying funds into an account at the Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Bulgaria: Bank of America

November 25, 2019 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from the Bank of America - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Bulgaria - for a criminal investigation into "an unidentified person" for suspected fraud.

Bulgaria: PW Arms, Inc. et al

November 25, 2019 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Puget Bank, now known as Heritage Bank; PW Arms, Inc., and Hazem Rayful - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Bulgaria - for a criminal investigation into "unknown target(s)" for suspected money laundering.

CFTC v. Yukom Communications Ltd. et al: Complaint

August 12, 2019 - Complaint for "an illegal and fraudulent 'binary options' trading scheme" involving companies in Anguilla, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Israel, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the United Kingdom in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Yukom Communications Ltd., of Israel; Linkopia Mauritius Ltd., of Mauritius; Wirestech Limited, d.b.a. BigOption, of the Marshall Islands; WSB Investments Ltd., d.b.a. BinaryBrook, of Anguilla, Gibraltar, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and the United Kingdom; Zolarex Ltd., d.b.a. BinaryOnline, of the Marshall Islands; Yakov Cohen, an Israeli residing in Israel and Mauritius; Yossi Herzog, of Israel; Lee Elbaz, of Israel, currently incarcerated in the USA, and Shalom Peretz, of Israel, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Christine Grablis et al v. OneCoin Ltd. et al: First Amended Class Action Complaint

August 02, 2019 - First Amended Class Action Complaint regarding an alleged cryptocurrency fraud in which much of the proceeds were allegedly laundered in the Cayman Islands and Ireland in Donald Berdeaux, of Montana, and Christine Grablis, of Tennessee v. OneCoin Ltd., of Bulgaria; Ruja Ignatova, of Bulgaria; Konstantin Igantov, of Bulgaria; Sebastian Greenwood, of Sweden; Mark Scott, of Coral Gables, Florida; Irina Andreeva Dilinska, David Pike, of Coral Gables, Florida, and Nicole J. Huesmann, of Coral Gables, Florida, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

LIC Telecommunications Sarl et al v. Michael Tennenbaum et al: Discovery Application

July 30, 2019 - Application by LIC Telecommunications Sarl, of Luxembourg, and Empreno Ventures Limited, of the British Virgin Islands, which are both owned by Dmitry Kosarev, of Russia, to take take discovery from Michael Tennenbaum, Tennenbaum Capital Partners LLC, and Tennenbaum Opportunities Partners V LP for use in legal proceedings in the United Kingdom against VTB Capital Plc, of the United Kingdom; Spas Rusev, of Bulgaria; Delta Capital International AD, of Luxembourg; Maze Sarl, of Luxembourg; Milen Veltchev, a former Minister of Finance of Bulgaria; Viva Telecom (Luxembourg) SA, of Luxembourg; V Telecom Investment SCA, of Luxembourg, and V2 Investment Sarl, of Luxembourg, "for allegedly orchestrating a sham "auction" as a means to obtain ownership and control of the "Vivacom Group"", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Bank of Valletta notifies Argentarius Group of 'fraud liability'

July 16, 2019 - The closure of the Malta operations of Argentarius Group, which now operates in the Cayman Islands as iMaps Capital, coincided with preliminary legal action against it by the Bank of Valletta regarding an alleged investment fraud that resulted in losses of at least €79 million, OffshoreAlert can reveal.

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David Marchant
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.