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Nicholas Petruzzi v. Qiwi Plc et al: Class Action Complaint

January 04, 2021 - Class Action Complaint alleging fraud in Nicholas Petruzzi v. Qiwi Plc, described as a Cyprus company that "purports to operate electronic online payment systems primarily in Russia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Belarus, Romania, the United Arab Emirates, and internationally" in Boris Kim, Sergey Solonin, Alexander Karavaev, and Varvara Kiseleva at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

USA v. Ihor Kolomoisky et al: Forfeiture Complaint

December 30, 2020 - Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. Real Property Located at 55 Public Square, Cleveland, Ohio which is "traceable to an international conspiracy to launder money embezzled and fraudulently obtained from PrivatBank", described as "a Ukrainian financial institution", whose beneficial owners were identified as Ihor Kolomoisky and Gennadiy Boholiubov, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Real Exchange (REX) Ltd.: 'No New Clients' Order

December 18, 2020 - Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it was directed Real Exchange (REX) Limited "to cease the on-boarding of new clients with immediate effect". Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that Real Exchange (REX) Limited was incorporated in Malta on September 3rd, 2018, its directors are Adriano Cefai, of Malta; Viktor Kochetov, and Alexander Yelsky, both citizens of Ukraine, and its sole shareholder is K-Worldwide Group 18 Ltd., which was incorporated in Malta on September 25th, 2019, whose directors are Adriano Cefai, Viktor Kochetov, and Alexander Yelsky, and whose shareholders are Kyrrex Holding Limited, of Cyprus; Peter's Lab Spolka z Ograniczona Odpowiedzialnoscia, of Poland; RV70 Holding Limited, of England; Adriano Cefai, Darko Perovic, of Marbella, Spain; Yermek Tursunov, of Kazakhstan, and Clarissa Zammit Maempel, of Malta. According to records maintained by the Cyprus Registrar of Companies, Kyrrex Holding Limited was incorporated on October 2nd, 2018 and its directors are Viktor Kochetov and Lazarus Ioannou. According to Companies House for England and Wales, RV70 Holding Limited was incorporated on November 20th, 2014 and its sole director and controlling person is Ruggero Venturini, described as a citizen of Italy residing in Malta. On the website of Real Exchange (REX) Limited at kyrrex.com, it is stated: "Founded in June 2016, Kyrrex is a digital wallet and professional platform where traders and consumers can trade in new digital assets - cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, NEO, Monero and many others."

Jane Does v. Pornhub et al: Complaint

December 15, 2020 - Complaint alleging sex trafficking in Jane Does v. MG Freesites Ltd., d.b.a. Pornhub, of Cyprus; MindGeek Sarl, of Montreal, Canada, and MindGeek USA Inc., of Delaware, all of which are part of a group "dedicated to producing, distributing, and monetizing pornography on the Internet", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

Inter-M Traders Ltd. v. Sean Kelleher: Complaint

December 15, 2020 - Complaint in Inter-M Traders Ltd., of Cyprus v. Sean Kelleher, described as a resident of Dubai, at the Superior Court for the State of California, for the County of Los Angeles.

Dale Ochakoff v. Qiwi Plc et al: Class Action Complaint

December 11, 2020 - Class Action Complaint alleging fraud in Dale H. Ochakoff v. Qiwi Plc, described as a Cyprus company that "purports to operate electronic online payment systems primarily in the Russia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Belarus, Romania, the United Arab Emirates, and internationally"; Boris Kim, Sergey Solonin, Alexander Karavaev, and Varvara Kiseleva at the . S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Hoch Capital Ltd.: €260K Settlement

December 11, 2020 - Public Notice by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission that Hoch Capital Ltd. has paid €260,000 to settle a regulatory investigation. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert at the Cyprus Registrar of Companies showed that Hoch Capital Ltd. was incorporated in Cyprus on September 7th, 2012 and its sole director is Hamza Javaid. On Hoch Capital's website at hochcapital.com, it is currently stated that: "This is to inform you that Hoch Capital Ltd decided to terminate its activities by voluntarily requesting the renouncement of its license as a Cyprus Investment Firm."

ITS Interactive Trust Services Cyprus Ltd: €5K Fine

December 04, 2020 - Public Notice by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission that it has imposed a fine of €5,000 on ITS Interactive Trust Services Cyprus Ltd. for regulatory breaches.

Insignia Cards Ltd.: €373K Fine

December 03, 2020 - Public Notice by the Malta Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit that it has imposed a fine of €373.670 on Insignia Cards Limited for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that Insignia Cards Limited was incorporated on November 17th, 2011, its sole director is George Kesidy, a citizen of the United Kingdom, with an address in London, England; previous directors include Joseph Zammit Tabona and Charles Rapa, citizens of Malta who both resigned effective July 31st, 2020, and its shareholders are George Kesidy and Insignia Malta Holding Limited, which was incorporated in Malta on November 17th, 2011, whose directors are George Kesidy and Nada Tucakov, a citizen of Serbia with an address in London, England, and whose shareholders are George Kesidy and Insignia International Limited, which, according to the Cyprus Registrar of Companies, was incorporated in Cyprus on November 11th, 2011 and whose sole director is Irodotos Kasapis. The Malta Business Registry shows that PricewaterhouseCoopers resigned as auditor of Insignia Cards Limited effective October 28th, 2020.

Maxiflex Ltd.: €370K Settlement

December 03, 2020 - Public Announcement by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission that Maxiflex Ltd. has paid €370,000 to settle a regulatory investigation. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert at the Cyprus Registrar of Companies showed that Maxiflex Ltd., which trades as EuropeFX, was incorporated in Cyprus on December 6th, 2013 and its directors are Kith Tzon Ioakeim, Marios Oikonomidis, Roy Almagor, Giorgos Ioulianos, and Ioannis Papapetrou.

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