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BVI operator of Bitfinex crypto exchange seeks discovery in 'hunt for missing $880M of client funds'

October 20, 2019 - The BVI operator of Bitfinex cryptocurrency exchange, which was sued 12 days earlier for allegedly perpetrating a multi-billion dollar fraud, has applied to take discovery in California for a purported attempt to recover $880 million of client funds that its Swiss payments processor has allegedly failed to remit.

SEC accuses offshore firms of $125M investment fraud

September 19, 2019 - The U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission has accused companies in the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the United States of participating in a $125 million investment fraud involving a group known as Mediatrix Capital.

Crypto firm Global Trade Solutions taken over by Swiss regulator

September 15, 2019 - Cryptocurrency firm Global Trade Solutions AG, which appears to be caught up in the suspected theft of $850 million from BVI-owned crypto exchange Bitfinex, has been placed under regulatory supervision in Switzerland.

SEC v. Mediatrix Capital Inc. et al: Freezing Motion

September 12, 2019 - Emergency Motion for an Ex Parte Asset Freeze and Temporary Restraining Order in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Mediatrix Capital Inc., initially of Belize and then the Bahamas; Blue Isle Markets Inc., domiciled in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, based in the Bahamas; Blue Isle Markets Ltd., of New Zealand; Michael Stephen Young, of Denver, Colorado; Michael Shawn Stewart, of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Bryant Edwin Sewall, of Dallas, Texas, and the Bahamas, as Defendants, and Mediatrix Capital Fund Ltd., of the Bahamas; Island Technologies LLC, of Puerto Rico; Victoria M. Stewart, Maria C. Young, Hanna Ohonkova Sewall, of Kiev, Ukraine; Michael C. Baker, of Denver, Colorado; Walter C. Young III, of Seattle, Washington; Arual LP, of Utah; West Beach LLC, of Puerto Rico; Salve Regina Trust, of the Cook Islands; TF Alliance LLC, of Colorado; Casa Conejo LLC, of Puerto Rico; Hase Haus LLC, of Colorado; DCC Islands Foundation, of the Bahamas; Keystone Business Trust, of Massachusetts; Weinzel LLC, of Nevada; The 1989 Foundation, of the Bahamas; Mediatrix Capital PR LLC, of Puerto Rico; Mediatrix Capital LLC, of Colorado, and Blue Isle Markets Inc., of the Cayman Islands, as Relief Defendants, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

SEC v. Mediatrix Capital Inc. et al: Complaint

September 12, 2019 - Complaint alleging fraud in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Mediatrix Capital Inc., initially of Belize and then the Bahamas; Blue Isle Markets Inc., domiciled in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, based in the Bahamas; Blue Isle Markets Ltd., of New Zealand; Michael Stephen Young, of Denver, Colorado; Michael Shawn Stewart, of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Bryant Edwin Sewall, of Dallas, Texas, and the Bahamas, as Defendants, and Mediatrix Capital Fund Ltd., of the Bahamas; Island Technologies LLC, of Puerto Rico; Victoria M. Stewart, Maria C. Young, Hanna Ohonkova Sewall, of Kiev, Ukraine; Michael C. Baker, of Denver, Colorado; Walter C. Young III, of Seattle, Washington; Arual LP, of Utah; West Beach LLC, of Puerto Rico; Salve Regina Trust, of the Cook Islands; TF Alliance LLC, of Colorado; Casa Conejo LLC, of Puerto Rico; Hase Haus LLC, of Colorado; DCC Islands Foundation, of the Bahamas; Keystone Business Trust, of Massachusetts; Weinzel LLC, of Nevada; The 1989 Foundation, of the Bahamas; Mediatrix Capital PR LLC, of Puerto Rico; Mediatrix Capital LLC, of Colorado, and Blue Isle Markets Inc., of the Cayman Islands, as Relief Defendants, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

Donald Trump & Ukraine: Whistleblower Complaint

August 12, 2019 - Whistleblower Complaint to the Intelligence Committees of the U. S. Senate and House of Representatives regarding allegations of abuse of office involving U. S. President Donald Trump and the Government of Ukraine.

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.

Christine Grablis et al v. OneCoin Ltd. et al: First Amended Class Action Complaint

August 02, 2019 - First Amended Class Action Complaint regarding an alleged cryptocurrency fraud in which much of the proceeds were allegedly laundered in the Cayman Islands and Ireland in Donald Berdeaux, of Montana, and Christine Grablis, of Tennessee v. OneCoin Ltd., of Bulgaria; Ruja Ignatova, of Bulgaria; Konstantin Igantov, of Bulgaria; Sebastian Greenwood, of Sweden; Mark Scott, of Coral Gables, Florida; Irina Andreeva Dilinska, David Pike, of Coral Gables, Florida, and Nicole J. Huesmann, of Coral Gables, Florida, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

eCharge.io AG: Public Warning

July 25, 2019 - Public Warning by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority about "unauthorized activities" by cryptocurrency firm eCharge.io AG, whose 'Founders' on its website are identified as Markus Dold, of Germany; Dariia Manovytska, of Ukraine, and Holger Czesnat, of Germany.

US VC Partners GP LLC et al v. U.S. Department of the Treasury et al: Complaint

July 01, 2019 - Complaint alleging "warrantless seizure and ongoing interference with property interests of United States citizens by the Government through the operation of economic sanctions programs directed at foreign nationals" regarding Ukraine-born Russian businessman Viktor Vekselberg in Israeli VC Partners Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; Israeli VC Partners Management, LLC, US VC Partners GP LLC, US VC Partners Management, LLC, CN Odyssey GP LLC, CN MapAnything GP LLC, Sparrow Capital Holdings LLC, Audubon Loan Funding GP LLC, and CN Partners LLC, all of Delaware, and Andrew Intrater, of New York, v. United States Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control, Steven Mnuchin, in his official capacity as the Secretary of the United States Department of the Treasury, and Andrea Gacki, in her official capacity as the Director of the United States Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control, 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.