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US founders used insolvent Cayman insurer as 'piggy bank', claims regulator

September 23, 2020 - Florida residents Jorge Falcon and Leonardo Cornide used insolvent Cayman Islands-domiciled Premier Assurance Group SPC as their own "piggy bank", Cayman's financial regulator has claimed.

Premier Assurance Group SPC Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

September 22, 2020 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the Cayman Islands by Jeffrey Stower and Jason Robinson, as the Foreign Representatives of Premier Assurance Group SPC Ltd. (in Controllership), at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida. Editor's Note: The "Foreign Main Proceeding" in this matter, which includes allegations of fraud, was filed under seal at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands on September 17th, 2020 and remains sealed as of today, with the entry in the Court's public register reading "Confidential Matter". It is often only when Cayman insolvency practitioners seek recognition in the United States that the mere existence of cases becomes publicly-known.

USA v. 'PetroSaudi v. PDVSA' Arbitration Funds: Forfeiture Complaint

September 16, 2020 - Forfeiture Complaint regarding "assets involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to, among other things, launder money misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad ("1MDB"), a strategic investment and development company wholly-owned by the government of Malaysia" in USA v. All Funds Held in Escrow by Clyde & Co. in the United Kingdom as Damages for Restitution in 'PetroSaudi Oil Services (Venezuela) Ltd. v. PDVSA Servicios S.A. et al' UNCITRAL Arbitration at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Nickie Mali Lum Davis: Plea Agreement

August 31, 2020 - Plea Agreement regarding the defendant's "work on behalf of a foreign national and a foreign minister for the purpose of lobbying the Administration of the President of the United States and the United States Department of Justice to drop an investigation into the foreign national and arrange for the removal and return of a separate foreign national to a foreign nation" in USA v. Nickie Mali Lum Davis at the U. S. District Court for the District of Hawaii.

USA v. Nickie Mali Lum Davis: Criminal Information

August 17, 2020 - Criminal Information regarding the "lobbying of the President of the United States, his Administration and the United States Department of Justice to drop the investigation of Foreign National A for his role in the embezzlement of billions of dollars from 1Malaysia Development Berhad" in USA v. Nickie Mali Lum Davis at the U. S. District Court for the District of Hawaii.

USA v. Property in France: Forfeiture Complaint

July 01, 2020 - Forfeiture Complaint regarding "assets involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to, among other things, launder money misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a strategic investment and development company wholly-owned by the government of Malaysia" in USA v. Real Property Located in Paris, France Titled In The Name Of Ave Raphael (Paris) SCI at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Jean-Michel Basquiat's 'Self-Portrait' Drawing: Forfeiture Complaint

July 01, 2020 - Forfeiture Complaint regarding "assets involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to, among other things, launder money misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a strategic investment and development company wholly-owned by the government of Malaysia" in USA v. One Drawing Entitled 'Self-Portrait' by Jean-Michel Basquiat, "previously owned by Christopher Joey McFarland", a co-producer of 'The Wolf of Wall Street' movie, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Andy Warhol's 'Campbell's Soup' Painting et al: Forfeiture Complaint

July 01, 2020 - Forfeiture Complaint regarding "assets involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to, among other things, launder money misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a strategic investment and development company wholly-owned by the government of Malaysia" in USA v. One Painting Entitled 'Colored Campbell's Soup Can (Emerald Green), 1965' by Andy Warhol and One Painting entitled 'Vétheuil au Soleil' by Claude Monet, both "currently located n Switzerland", at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Andy Warhol's 'Round Jackie' Portrait: Forfeiture Complaint

July 01, 2020 - Forfeiture Complaint regarding "assets involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to, among other things, launder money misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a strategic investment and development company wholly-owned by the government of Malaysia" in USA v. One Portrait Entitled 'Round Jackie' By Andy Warhol, "previously owned" by Kasseem Dean, a.k.a. Swiss Beatz, a hip hop musician residing in New Jersey, that is "currently in the custody of the United States Marshals Service" at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. River Dee International SA: Forfeiture Complaint

July 01, 2020 - Forfeiture Complaint regarding "assets involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to, among other things, launder money misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a strategic investment and development company wholly-owned by the government of Malaysia" in USA v. Funds associated with Jasmine Loo Ai Swan, a citizen of Malaysia, in the name of River Dee International SA, of the British Virgin Islands, at Falcon Private Bank Ltd., in Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

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Cayman Court Secrecy: A Huge Red Flag for Foreign Investors & Clients
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.