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USA v. Ramon Abbas: Criminal Complaint

June 25, 2020 - Criminal Complaint alleging conspiracy to engage in money laundering in USA v. Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, a.k.a. Ray Hushpuppi, described as "a Nigerian national living in the United Arab Emirates" and a holder of a passport issued by Saint Kitts and Nevis and "one of the leaders of a transnational network that facilitates computer intrusions, fraudulent schemes (including BEC [business email compromise] schemes), and money laundering, targeting victims around the world in schemes designed to steal hundreds of millions of dollars", at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Poland: Gabriel Oluwashin Ajayi et al

June 18, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Wells Fargo Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Poland - for a criminal investigation into Gabriel Oluwashin Ajayi and Renata Jaroslawska for suspected money laundering.

Nigeria et al v. VR Advisory Services Ltd. et al: Discovery Application

May 12, 2020 - Application by the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, from VR Advisory Services Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; VR Advisory Services (USA) LLC, VR Capital Group Ltd., of the United Kingdom; VR Global Onshore Fund LP, VR Argentina Recovery Onshore Fund II LP, Richard Deitz, Jeffrey Johnson, and Ashok Raju for use in "criminal investigations and criminal judicial proceedings that are pending in the Federal Republic of Nigeria" regarding "a fraudulent natural gas processing agreement", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Nigeria, Jersey, & USA: $311M Repatriation Agreement

May 04, 2020 - News Release, and a copy of a "trilateral agreement among the governments of the United States, Nigeria and the Bailiwick of Jersey", by the U. S. Department of Justice announcing the repatriation to Nigeria of $311 million that were allegedly the proceeds of corruption involving General Sani Abacha, Ibrahim Sani Abacha, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, lsmaila Gwarzo, Alhaji Ahmadu Daura, Chief Anthony Ani, David Umaru, Doraville Properties Corporation, Eagle Alliance International Limited, Harbour Engineering and Construction Limited, Mecosta Securities Inc., Morgan Procurement Corporation, Rayville International SA, The Ridley Trust, Ridley Group Limited, and Standard Alliance Financial Services Limited.

Vale SA et al v. HFZ Capital Group LLC et al: Discovery Application

April 24, 2020 - Application by Vale SA, of Brazil; Vale Holdings BV, of the Netherlands, and Vale International SA, of Switzerland, to take discovery from HFZ Capital Group LLC, Ziel Feldman, Helene Feldman, Nir Meir, John Shannon, the Feldman Family 2007 Trust, Kenneth Henderson, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, Chatsworth Realty 340 LLC, HFZ 344 West 72nd Street Owner LLC, Chatsworth Realty Corp., 215 Chrystie LLC, HFZ 40 Broad Street LLC, HFZ Highline Property Owner LLC, HFZ Highline Retail Owner LLC, HFZ Highline LLC, HFZ 501 West LLC, 20 West 40 Bryant Park Owner LLC, HFZ Bryant Park Owner LLC, Tarpley Belnord Corp., Perfectus Real Estate Corp., HFZ 235 West 75th Street Owner LLC, HFZ 301 West 53rd Street Owner LLC, HFZ 88 Lexington Avenue Owner LLC, HFZ 90 Lexington Avenue Owner LLC, HFZ KIK 30th Street Owner LLC, HFZ West 30th Street Partners LLC, HFZ KIK 30th Street LLC, HFZ KIK 30th Street Mezzanine LLC, 76 Eleventh Avenue Property Owner LLC, Fine Arts NY LLC, RFR Holding LLC, Aby Rosen, R&S Chrysler LLC and RFR Realty LLC for use in legal proceedings in England against Benjamin (Beny) Steinmetz, Dag Lars Cramer, Marcus Struik, Asher Avidan, Joseph Tchelet, David Clark, the Balda Foundation, of Liechtenstein, and Nysco Management Corp., of the British Virgin Islands, alleging the fraudulent inducement of $1.2 billion for "a scheme to illegally gain valuable mining rights through bribery of government officials in the Republic of Guinea", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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.

Liechtenstein: Oath Holdings, Inc.

December 13, 2019 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Oath Holdings, Inc. - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Liechtenstein - for a criminal investigation into "unknown suspect(s)" for suspected fraud against "an 85-year-old widow living alone".

Liechtenstein: Google LLC

December 13, 2019 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Google LLC - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Liechtenstein - for a criminal investigation into "unknown suspect(s)" for suspected fraud against "an 85-year-old widow living alone".

Tiberius Group AG v. Citibank et al: Discovery Application

October 18, 2019 - Ex Parte Application by Tiberius Group AG, of Switzerland, to take discovery from Citibank NA, Deutsche Bank Trust Company, HSBC Bank USA NA, JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, Bank of NY Mellon, UBS AG, and Bank of America for use in legal proceedings in Nigeria, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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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.