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Former deVere USA officers settle SEC fraud complaint

July 10, 2020 - British nationals Benjamin Alderson and Bradley Hamilton have agreed to pay penalties totaling $750,000 to settle a fraud complaint by the SEC regarding their employment with investment firm deVere USA.

Benjamin Alderson: Industry Ban

July 09, 2020 - Administrative Order imposing an industry ban on Benjamin Alderson, a resident of the United Kingdom and a former CEO of deVere USA Inc., before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

SEC v. Benjamin Alderson: Final Judgment

July 08, 2020 - Final Judgment regarding an allegation that the defendant "defrauded hundreds of clients and prospective clients resident in the United States by misleading them about the benefits of irreversibly transferring their United Kingdom pensions to an offshore pension plan while concealing serious conflicts of interest" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Benjamin Alderson, a citizen of the United Kingdom and a former employee of deVere USA, Inc., at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Bradley Hamilton: Final Judgment

July 08, 2020 - Final Judgment regarding an allegation that he "defrauded hundreds of clients and prospective clients resident in the United States by misleading them about the benefits of irreversibly transferring their United Kingdom pensions to an offshore pension plan while concealing serious conflicts of interest" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Bradley Hamilton, a citizen of the United Kingdom and a former employee of deVere USA, Inc., at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Petr Aven et al v. Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd.: Judgment

July 08, 2020 - Approved Judgment regarding "a claim for the correction of the record and other remedies" under the Data Protection Act 1998 "in relation to one component of the so-called 'Steele Dossier'" in Petr Aven, Mikhail Fridman, and German Khan, described as "three businessmen of Russian or Ukrainian origin" who are "among the ultimate beneficial owners of the Alfa Group Consortium" v. Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd. at the High Court of Justice, in England.

Evison Holdings Ltd. v. BrokerCreditService Cyprus Ltd. et al: Discovery Application

June 30, 2020 - Application by Evison Holdings Limited, of Cyprus, to take discovery from BrokerCreditService Cyprus Ltd., of Cyprus, and BrokerCreditService Americas Inc., of New York, for use in "an English arbitration... and in Criminal Proceedings in Russia" involving allegations of fraud, filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

iFinex Inc. v. Rhon Monroe: Discovery Application

June 25, 2020 - Application by iFinex Inc., of the British Virgin Islands, which "operates a leading global virtual currency platform operating under the brand and trade name of Bitfinex", to take discovery from Rondell 'Rhon' Clyde Monroe "for use in foreign proceedings both currently ongoing and contemplated in Poland, Portugal, and the United Kingdom" as part of an attempt "to recover approximately $880,000,000 of funds which it had entrusted to an entity named Global Trade Solutions AG, doing business as 'Crypto Capital'", filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Nevada.

iFinex Inc. v. Enterprise Bank & Trust: Discovery Application

June 25, 2020 - Application by iFinex Inc., of the British Virgin Islands, which operates a cryptocurrency exchange known as Bitfinex, to take discovery from Enterprise Bank & Trust "for use in proceedings in foreign tribunals in Poland, Portugal, and the United Kingdom" involving alleged fraud, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

Grand Harbour Trustees Ltd.: €15,000 Fine

June 19, 2020 - Announcement by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed a €15,000 fine on Grand Harbour Trustees Limited for several regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that the directors of Grand Harbour Trustees Limited are Rodney Lee Berger, a citizen of the United Kingdom with an address in Middlesex, England; Matthew Paris, a citizen of Malta residing in Malta, and Suzanne Wolfe Martin, a citizen of Switzerland with an address in Malta, and its shareholders are Pelican Management Limited, of Malta, and Rodney Berger. Pelican Management Limited's directors and shareholders are Rodney Berger and Corinne Hilary Berger, the latter of whom is also a citizen of the United Kingdom.

Pacer Construction Holdings Corp. v. Olga Pelletier et al: Writ of Summons

June 18, 2020 - Writ of Summons to void transfers in Pacer Construction Holdings Corporation v. Olga Pelletier, Paul Daniel Pelletier, both with addresses in Canada, Cayman Islands, England, Switzerland, and USA; PDP Corporation, of the Cayman Islands; PDP Holdings Inc., of the Cayman Islands; 1829773 Alberta Ltd., of Canada; Butterfield Bank (Cayman) Limited, of the Cayman Islands, as Original Trustee for the Pelletier Star Trust; Forbes Hare Trust Company Limited, of the Cayman Islands, as Successor Trustee for the Pelletier Star Trust; Richard Paul Joseph Pelletier and Olga Pelletier, as Original Trustees for the Pelletier Family Trust; Jeff Scarlett and Blair Pennock, as Successor Trustees for the Pelletier Family Trust; Eclipse Trustees Limited, as Successor Trustee for the Pelletier Family Trust; Ronald Girvitz and Olga Pelletier, as Original Trustees for the Olga Pelletier Family Trust; Jeff Scarlett and Blair Pennock, both of Canada, as Successor Trustees for the Olga Pelletier Family Trust; Eclipse Trustees Limited, of the Cook Islands, as Successor Trustee for the Olga Pelletier Family Trust; Anne Pelletier, Rachelle Pelletier, Dominique Pelletier, Denise Pelletier, and Paul Pelletier, all of Canada, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

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