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Jonathan Christenbury v. Keithley Lake et al: Judgment

June 01, 2021 - Judgment in Jonathan David Christenbury v. Keithley F.T. Lake and First Fidelity Trust Limited at the High Court of Justice of Saint Christopher and Nevis.

USA v. MoneyGram: 'John Doe' Summons Petition

May 04, 2021 - Ex Parte Petition for Leave to Serve 'John Doe' Summons as part of an IRS investigation into U.S. taxpayers who are suspected of tax evasion using the services of Panama Offshore Legal Services, described as "a Panamanian firm that assists clients in concealing their beneficial ownership of assets", in USA v. MoneyGram Payment Systems Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

USA v. Western Union: 'John Doe' Summons Petition

May 04, 2021 - Ex Parte Petition for Leave to Serve 'John Doe' Summons as part of an IRS investigation into U.S. taxpayers who are suspected of tax evasion using the services of Panama Offshore Legal Services, described as "a Panamanian firm that assists clients in concealing their beneficial ownership of assets", in USA v. Western Union Financial Services Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

USA v. Federal Express et al: 'John Doe' Summonses Petition

May 04, 2021 - Ex Parte Petition for Leave to Serve 'John Doe' Summonses as part of an IRS investigation into U.S. taxpayers who are suspected of tax evasion using the services of Panama Offshore Legal Services, described as "a Panamanian law firm that has been providing offshore services since 2000", allegedly offering legal structures formed in several jurisdictions, including Belize, the British Virgin Islands, Delaware, Nevis, Nevada, Panama, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Switzerland, in USA v. Federal Express Corporation, a.k.a. FedEx Express; Fed Ex Ground Package System, Inc., a.k.a. FedEx Ground; DHL Express (USA), Inc., United Parcel Service, Inc., the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, The Clearing House Payments Company LLC, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., Citibank, N.A., Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., and Bank of America, N.A. at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Carlos Kepke: Criminal Indictment

April 15, 2021 - Criminal Indictment alleging tax fraud conspiracy involving accounts or companies in Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Nevis, and Switzerland in USA v. Carlos E. Kepke, who was described as "an attorney specializing in creating and maintaining foreign trusts and companies for his clients", at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

USA v. Colorado Property et al: Forfeiture Complaint

March 18, 2021 - Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. Property in Colorado and $77 million held in the name of Edge Capital Investments Ltd., of Nevis, at Mirabaud Bank, in Switzerland, that are "directly traceable" to a "debt buyback fraud scheme" involving, inter alia, Robert Brockman, Robert Smith, Evatt Tamine, and companies and accounts in Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Nevis, and Switzerland at the U. S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

Prestige Trust Company Ltd.: 'Unlicensed'

March 02, 2021 - Public Notice by the Nevis Financial Services Regulatory Commission that Prestige Trust Company Limited "is no longer licensed to conduct registered agent business". Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that, on its website at www.prestigetrustco.com, Prestige Trust Company's representatives are identified as: "Resident Personnel" - Stevyn L. Bartlette, Managing Director; Vernel Powell, Director, and Herman Liburd, Legal Consultant; "International Affiliates" - "Trininty [sic] International Holdings Ltd., Mr. Nigel Nonkovic - UK", which appears to be a reference to British firm Trinity Holdings International Limited, and "Offshore Affiliate of New York, Mrs. Shana Midgette - New York".

Northern and Western Insurance Company Ltd. v. BSG Valentine: Amended Defense

January 11, 2021 - Amended Defense involving allegations of fraud in Northern and Western Insurance Company Limited (in Liquidation), of Nevis, represented by its Joint Liquidators, Keiran Hutchison, of the Cayman Islands, and Roy Bailey, of the British Virgin Islands v. BSG Valentine, an accounting firm in London, England, at the High Court of Justice for England and Wales.

Switzerland freezes $78M linked to US billionaires' 'offshore fraud scheme'

December 15, 2020 - A Swiss court has frozen nearly $78 million held by a Nevis firm at Mirabaud Bank that originated from Bermuda Commercial Bank and which the U.S. alleges are the proceeds of a bank fraud, tax evasion, and money laundering scheme involving "two U.S. billionaires, Robert Smith and Robert Brockman".

St. John's Trust Company (PVT) Ltd. v. James Watlington et al: Ruling

December 14, 2020 - Ruling regarding the A. Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust in St. John's Trust Company (PVT) Limited v. James Watlington, Glenn Ferguson, Cabarita (PTC) Limited, of Nevis, as Trustee of The Waterford Charitable Trust; The Attorney General, and James Geoffrey Stephen Gilbert, as Defendants, and Medlands (PTC) Limited and Conyers Dill & Pearman Limited, as Non-Parties, at Bermuda Supreme Court.

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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.