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SEC v. Benjamin Alderson et al: Status Report - September 3, 2019

September 03, 2019 - Discovery Status Report regarding securities fraud allegations against former employees of deVere USA in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Benjamin Alderson, described in the complaint in 2018 as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in the Bahamas, and Bradley Hamilton, described in the complaint as a citizen and resident of the United Kingdom, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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.

Swiss regulator warns about 'financial intermediary' based in Geneva and Dubai

August 05, 2019 - The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority has issued a "Public Warning" against Swiss Global Investments Sàrl, a self-described "financial intermediary and advisory" that was or is controlled by Irishman Paul Kavanagh and Briton Stuart Hamon, whose sprawling offshore group includes firms in the British Virgin Islands, Dubai, England, Malta, Nevis, and Switzerland.

SEC v. Benjamin Alderson et al: Status Report - August, 2019

August 01, 2019 - Status Report regarding securities fraud allegations against former employees of deVere USA in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Benjamin Alderson, described in the complaint in 2018 as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in the Bahamas, and Bradley Hamilton, described in the complaint as a citizen and resident of the United Kingdom, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Bradley Birkenfeld v. Kevin Costner: Costner's Motion to Dismiss

July 29, 2019 - Kevin Costner's Motion to Dismiss in Bradley C. Birkenfeld, a UBS whistleblower residing in Malta v. Kevin M. Costner, a California-based actor, director, and producer, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Briton Jeremy Leach sued for fraud by Cayman liquidators of Traded Life Policies Fund

July 29, 2019 - British asset manager Jeremy Leach, whom OffshoreAlert has previously exposed for operating what appear to be Ponzi schemes, is being sued for fraud in the Cayman Islands by the liquidators of Traded Life Policies Fund, which is allegedly insolvent by at least $21 million.

SEC v. Garrett O'Rourke et al: TRO Motion

July 17, 2019 - SEC's Application for an Order to Show Cause, Temporary Restraining Order, and Order Freezing Assets regarding an alleged securities fraud scheme involving Canada, Malta, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, and the USA in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Garrett M. O'Rourke and Michael J. Black at the U. S District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

SEC v. Garrett O'Rourke et al: Complaint

July 17, 2019 - Complaint alleging securities fraud involving "offshore nominee entities", including at least one in Malta, in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Garrett M. O'Rourke, of Miami Beach, Florida, and Michael J. Black, of Maryland, at the U. S District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

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.

Scandal-plagued Argentarius Group closes in Malta, moves to Cayman

July 12, 2019 - Amid legal and regulatory issues, Argentarius Group - which provides low-cost, regulation-free investment funds to asset managers, particularly fraudsters - has closed down in Malta, having moved its headquarters to the Cayman Islands, where it operates as iMaps Capital.

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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.