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SEC v. Ongkaruck Sripetch et al: TRO Motion

September 22, 2020 - SEC's Ex Parte Application for Temporary Restraining Order Freezing Assets and Granting Other Relief against Ongkaruck Sripetch, Brehnen Knight, Amanda Flores, and Ashmit Patel in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Ongkaruck Sripetch, of Las Vegas, NV; Amanda Flores, of Las Vegas, NV; Brehnen Knight, of Escondido, CA; Andrew McAlpine, a citizen of Canada residing in the Cayman Islands; Ashmit Patel, a citizen of Canada residing in Ontario; Michael Wexler, a citizen of Canada residing in Ottawa; Dominic Williams, of Bonita, CA; Adtron Inc., a.k.a. Stockpalooza.com, of Nevada; ATG Inc., of Nevada; DOIT Ltd., domicile not specified; Doji Capital, Inc., of California; King Mutual Solutions Inc., of Nevada; Optimus Prime Financial Inc., of California; Orca Bridge, of Nevada; Redline International, of Nevis and California, and UAIM Corporation, of Belize, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

Cayman penny stock broker Andy McAlpine arrested in US for alleged fraud

September 22, 2020 - Penny stock broker Andrew McAlpine, a Canadian living in the Cayman Islands, is in custody in the U.S. after being criminally indicted for securities fraud. He's also one of 16 individual and corporate defendants accused of a $6M fraud "involving at least 20 penny stock companies" in a related SEC civil complaint.

SEC v. Andrew McAlpine et al: Complaint

September 21, 2020 - Complaint alleging the defendants "worked in concert to engage in numerous fraudulent schemes and other violations of the federal securities laws, involving at least 20 penny stock companies" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Ongkaruck Sripetch, of Las Vegas, NV; Amanda Flores, of Las Vegas, NV; Brehnen Knight, of Escondido, CA; Andrew McAlpine, a citizen of Canada residing in the Cayman Islands; Ashmit Patel, a citizen of Canada residing in Ontario; Michael Wexler, a citizen of Canada residing in Ottawa; Dominic Williams, of Bonita, CA; Adtron Inc., a.k.a. Stockpalooza.com, of Nevada; ATG Inc., of Nevada; DOIT Ltd., domicile not specified; Doji Capital, Inc., of California; King Mutual Solutions Inc., of Nevada; Optimus Prime Financial Inc., of California; Orca Bridge, of Nevada; Redline International, of Nevis and California, and UAIM Corporation, of Belize, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

Integris Trust Company Ltd.: Warning

July 16, 2020 - Public Warning by the Nevis Financial Services Regulatory Commission that "Integris Trust Company Ltd. is no longer licensed to conduct registered agent business in or from within the island of Nevis".

CaribePay (Nevis) Ltd.: Public Warning

July 01, 2020 - Public Warning by the Nevis Financial Services Regulatory Commission that CaribePay (Nevis) Limited "is currently not licensed by the FSRC to carry on business". Editor's Note: On a website at caribepay.com, it is stated that CaribePay (Nevis) Limited, of Nevis, and CaribePay Solutions (SK) Limited, of St. Kitts, comprise 'CaribePay Solutions', which claims to be "a fast, simple, and secure cashless e-payments system being introduced to St. Kitts and Nevis". There is no information on the website about who owns and operates the company and ownership of the domain name 'caribepay.com' is concealed using a privacy service. Deon Herbert was identified as the "Owner of CaribePay" in a press release by the Nevis Island Administration on April 23rd, 2018.

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.

La Dolce Vita Fine Dining Company Ltd. et al v. Zhang Lan et al : Notice of Motion to Confirm Order of Attachment

May 19, 2020 - Notice of Motion to Confirm Order of Attachment following an arbitration award of $142 million regarding allegations of fraud in La Dolce Vita Fine Dining Company Limited, and La Dolce Vita Fine Dining Group Holdings Limited, both of the Cayman Islands v. Zhang Lan, described in the motion as "a citizen and resident of China" and, in an exhibit, as "a citizen and resident of St. Kitts and Nevis"; Grand Lan Holdings Group (BVI) Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; Qiao Jiang Lan Development Limited, f.k.a. South Beauty Development Limited, of the British Virgin Islands, and Metro Joy International LLC, of New York, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Bermuda target of $2B US tax fraud investigation accuses Australian lawyer of stealing $20M

April 07, 2020 - Australian barrister Evatt Tamine has been accused of stealing "more than $20 million" from a Bermuda charitable trust set up by American billionaire Eugene Brockman, while the Trust itself is apparently the target of a $2 billion "tax and money laundering" investigation in the U.S., according to two court judgments.

YS GM Marfin II LLC et al v. The Clearing House Payments Company LLC et al: Discovery Application

April 03, 2020 - Application by YS GM Marfin II LLC, YS GM MF VII LLC, YS GM MF VIII LLC, YS GM MF IX LLC, and YS GM MF X LLC to take discovery from The Clearing House Payments Company LLC, Bank of America, Bank of China, The Bank of New York Mellon, BNP Paribas USA, Citibank, Commerzbank AG, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, HSBC Bank USA, JPMorgan Chase Bank, Societe Generale, Standard Chartered Bank, UBS AG, and Wells Fargo Bank for use in "pending and contemplated proceedings" in England, Malaysia and other countries regarding "a brazen $89.2 million multinational maritime fraud" allegedly by Muhammad Tahir Lakhani, and his two sons, Muhammad Ali Lakhani and Muhammad Hasan Lakhani, who are described as "British and Pakistani dual nationals ordinarily resident in England, Pakistan and//or the United Arab Emirates", and involving several jurisdictions, including Nevis, Marshall Islands, Palau, and Panama, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

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

March 26, 2020 - Judgment in St. John's Trust Company (PVT) Limited, whose "sole shareholder is another private trust company, domiciled in Nevis, called Cabarita" v. James Watlington, Glenn Ferguson, Cabarita (PTC) Limited, in its personal capacity and as Trustee of The Waterford Charitable Trust, and The Attorney General at Bermuda Supreme Court. Editor's Note: In the judgment, it is stated that Evatt Tamine, an Australian barrister, was being sued for allegedly "stealing trust assets of the value of more than $20 million" and that he was a "co-operating witness" in a "tax and money laundering investigation" by the U. S. Department of Justice and IRS into "more than USD 2 billion of unreported gains" involving the Bermuda-domiciled A.  Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust.

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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.