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    British Virgin Islands AG v. Signature Bank: Discovery Application

    Application by the British Virgin Islands Attorney General to take evidence from Signature Bank for use in legal proceedings in the British Virgin Islands "against Lester S. Hyman", described as "a now-suspended member of the District of Columbia and Massachusetts Bars" for "for fraud and deceit and breaches of trust and loyalty and of his contractual obligations owed to the BVIG", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
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    BVI to add 3 more US defendants to ‘Miami Airline’ fraud lawsuit

    The British Virgin Islands Government intends to add three more US citizens - Scott Weisman, Jerry Willoughby, and Bruce Bradley - as defendants to a lawsuit it filed against "now-suspended" US lawyer Lester Hyman alleging fraud and corruption involving plans to operate an air service between the BVI and Miami.

    USA v. Alvaro Pulido Vargas et al: Criminal Indictment

    Criminal Indictment alleging money laundering involving bribery in Venezuela in USA v. Alvaro Pulido Vargas, a.k.a. German Enrique Rubio Salas, a citizen of Colombia; Jose Gregorio Vielma Mora, a citizen of Venezuela and a former Governor of the Venezuelan State of Tachira; Emmanuel Enrique Rubio Gonzalez, a citizen of Colombia; Carlos Rolando Lizcano Manrique, a citizen of Colombia, and Ana Guillermo Luis, a citizen of Spain and Venezuela, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

    British Virgin Islands AG v. Pauline Jones: Discovery Application

    Application by the Attorney General of the British Virgin Islands to take discovery from Pauline E. Jones for use in legal proceedings in the British Virgin Islands against Lester S. Hyman, described as "a now-suspended member of the District of Columbia and Massachusetts bars", for "fraud and deceit and breaches of trust and loyalty and of his contractual obligations owed to the BVIG", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

    Bosnia and and Herzegovina: Denis Prcic

    Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Bosnia and Herzegovina - for a criminal investigation into Denis Prcic, described as President of the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina, "for misuse of authority and illegal collection of payment".

    WPP Plc: $22M Penalties

    Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing penalties totaling $22.5 million on WPP Plc, described as "the world's largest advertising group" that is domiciled in Jersey, in the Channel Islands; headquartered in London and New York City, and whose shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange for alleged violations of "the anti-bribery, books and records, and international accounting controls provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act" involving its subsidiaries in Brazil, China, India, and Peru.

    USA v. May Salehi: Criminal Information

    Criminal Information alleging fraud regarding "a multi-million dollar construction project known as a compound security upgrade to be performed at the United States Consulate in Hamilton, Bermuda" in USA v. May Salehi at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    Ewart Brown v. Director of Public Prosecutions et al: Recusal Ruling

    Ruling on Ewart Brown's application for the recusal of the judge in Ewart Frederick Winslow Brown, a former Premier of Bermuda who was criminally indicted for alleged corruption in March 2021 v. The Director of Public Prosecutions, Attorney General, and Deputy Governor at Bermuda Supreme Court.

    Fundo de Liquidação Financeira v. Marriott Ownership Resorts Inc.: Discovery Application

    Application by Fundo de Liquidação Financeira - Fundo de Investimento em Direitos Creditórios Não Padronizado, described as an investment fund managed by Jive Asset Gestão de Recursos Ltda., to take discovery from Marriott Ownership Resorts, Inc. for use in a "summary collection proceeding" in São Paulo, Brazil against K.G. Serviços e Participações Eireli, Alvaro Maluf, and Paulo Maluf, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

    USA v. Luis Berkman: Criminal Information

    Criminal Information alleging conspiracy to commit money laundering regarding a bribery scheme involving Bolivia in USA v. Luis Berkman at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

    Fundo de Liquidação Financeira v. Safra National Bank of New York et al: Discovery Application

    Application by Fundo de Liquidação Financeira - Fundo de Investimento em Direitos Creditórios Não Padronizado, described as "an investment fund managed by Jive Asset Gestão de Recursos Ltda.", to take discovery from Safra National Bank of New York, Santander Bank S.A., Bank of America S.A., Deutsche Bank A.G., and BNP Paribas USA for use in a "summary collection proceeding" in Brazil "against K.G. Serviços e Participações Eireli, Alvaro Maluf a.k.a. Maluf Jabur Alvaro, and Paulo Maluf a.k.a. Maluf Jabur Paulo", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    Alpene Ltd. v. Elizabeth McCaul: Discovery Application

    Application by Alpene Ltd., of Hong Kong, described as "the 100% indirect owner of a bank in the Republic of Malta", to take discovery from Elizabeth McCaul, described as a resident of New York, for use in legal proceedings in Malta in which Alpene claimed that "Malta engaged in a series of allegedly retaliatory acts against Alpene's investment, Pilatus Bank", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

    USA v. Jorge Nobrega: Criminal Indictment

    Criminal Indictment alleging conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and money laundering involving entities in Australia, Thailand, and Venezuela in USA v. Jorge Luis Nobrega Rodriguez at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

    Türkmengas v. BNP Paribas: Discovery Application

    Application by Türkmengas, described as "the national gas company of the Republic of Turkmenistan and operates in the exploration, production, and export of natural gas", to take discovery from BNP Paribas for use in legal proceedings in the Republic of Turkmenistan regarding allegations of fraud and bribery involving "a 2011 oil services and equipment contract awarded by Turkmenistan's Ministry of Oil and Gas Industry and Mineral Resources to Chemix BV (International) Ltd., a Gibraltar company, for the processing and disposal of oil-contaminating waste in Turkmenistan", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    USA v. Jorge Nobrega: Criminal Complaint

    Criminal Complaint alleging conspiracy to violate International Emergency Economic Powers Act, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and money laundering involving Petróleos de Venezuela SA, a.k.a. PDVSA, and "millions of dollars of transfers on behalf of the Venezuelan Government" in USA v. Jorge Nobrega at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

    Samson Siasia v. FIFA: Complaint

    Complaint challenging "FIFA's conviction and imposition of a life-ban" for bribery in Samson Siasia v. Fédération Internationale de Football Association, of Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    USA v. Naman Wakil: Criminal Indictment (‘PDVSA Bribery & Money Laundering’)

    Criminal Indictment alleging conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and conspiracy to commit money laundering "by bribing Venezuelan officials to obtain and retain contracts and other business advantages, including obtaining payment on multi-million dollar contracts with entities and instrumentalities controlled by the Venezuelan government" in USA v. Naman Wakil, described as a citizen of Syria and permanent resident of the United States who used accounts "in the Cayman Islands, Switzerland, Panama, and elsewhere to promote the illegal bribery scheme and to conceal the nature and purpose of the proceeds", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

    Mongolia: Corruption MLAT

    Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Mongolia - for a criminal investigation into an unidentified "Mongolian citizen that worked as a senior official at a state-owned company from approximately 2013 to 2016" for suspected "money laundering and illicit enrichment".

    USA v. Anthony Stimler: Criminal Information

    Criminal Information alleging conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and money laundering regarding an alleged bribery scheme involving individuals and entities in or from the British Virgin Islands, Cyprus, Israel, Mexico, Nigeria, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and USA in USA v. Anthony Stimler, a citizen of the United Kingdom who worked as a trader, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    Amec Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd.: SFO Announcement of £103M DPA

    News Release by the United Kingdom's Serious Fraud Office entitled "SFO enters into £103M DPA with Amec Foster Wheeler Energy Limited" regarding "the use of corrupt agents in the oil and gas sector" involving an alleged scheme involving Brazil, India, Malaysia, Nigeria, and Saudi Arabia.

    Amec Foster Wheeler Ltd.: $22.7M Penalties

    Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing penalties totaling $22.7 million on Amec Foster Wheeler Limited, described as a Switzerland-domiciled parent of a group "with a significant presence in the United Kingdom", regarding "a bribery scheme to obtain an oil and gas engineering and design contract in Brazil" involving Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. - Petrobras.

    USA v. Amec Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd.: Criminal Information

    Criminal Information alleging a bribery scheme involving, inter alia, Brazilian petroleum firm Petróleo Brasileiro - Petrobras, unidentified "intermediary" companies in Brazil and Monaco, and unidentified citizens of Brazil, Italy, United Kingdom and United States in USA v. Amec Foster Wheeler Energy Limited, of Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

    USA v. Bank Julius Baer: Criminal Information

    Criminal Information alleging Bank Julius Baer conspired to launder bribes to soccer officials for the rights to the World Cup, Copa Libertadores, and Copa América soccer tournaments in a scheme allegedly involving individuals in or from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay in USA v. Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd., of Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

    USA v. Bank Julius Baer: Deferred Prosecution Agreement

    Deferred Prosecution Agreement regarding an alleged scheme to launder the proceeds of bribery involving soccer organizations FIFA, CONMEBOL, and others in USA v. Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd., of Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

    USA v. Arturo Carlos Murillo Prijic: Criminal Complaint

    Criminal Complaint for allegedly conspiring to launder the proceeds of corruption in Bolivia in USA v. Arturo Carlos Murillo Prijic, described as "a citizen of bolivia and the Minister of Government of Bolivia", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

    USA v. Luis Berkman et al: Criminal Complaint

    Criminal Complaint alleging conspiracy to commit money laundering involving "bribery of a public official and public servant" in USA v. Luis Berkman, a citizen of the United States; Bryan Samuel Berkman, a citizen of the United States; Philip Lichtenfeld, a United Sates citizen of the United States residing in Argentina, and Sergio Rodrigo Mendez Mendizabal, described as "a citizen of Bolivia who served as an official in the Bolivian Ministry of Government from at least in or around 2019 through at least in or around 2020", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

    Colombia: Alejandro Jose Lyons Muskus

    Complaint to extradite Alejandro Jose Lyons Muskus, a former Governor of Cordoba, Colombia, from the USA to Colombia to serve a prison sentence for corruption, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

    USA v. Juan Carlos Balaguerra Villamizar: Criminal Information

    Criminal Information alleging money laundering conspiracy involving "purported proceeds of bribes paid to Brazilian public officials" in USA v. Juan Carlos Balaguerra Villamizar at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    Malta v. Keith Schembri et al: Criminal Complaint

    Criminal Complaint alleging corruption, fraud, and money laundering in Republic of Malta v. Alfio Schembri, Malcolm Scerri, Keith Schembri, who is a former chief of staff of former Malta Prime Minister Joseph Muscat; Robert Zammit, Kasco Holdings Limited, of Malta; Kasco Limited, of Malta; Kasco Engineering Company Limited, of Malta; GSV Co Limited, of Malta; Holdforth Limited, of Cyprus; Malmos Limited, of Gibraltar; It's Good Limited, of Malta; Colson Services Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; Selson Holding Corporation, of the British Virgin Islands; Tekhne Industrial Limited, of Malta; Berner Malta Limited, of Malta, and Thoughtzone Limited, of Malta, at Malta Magistrates Court.

    USA v. Greg Lindberg et al: Criminal Indictment (2021)

    Criminal Indictment alleging fraud and bribery in USA v. Greg E. Lindberg, John D. Gray, John V. Palermo, and Robert Cannon Hayes at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.

    Sukhbaatar Batbold v. K2 Intelligence: Discovery Application

    Application by Sukhbaatar Batbold, described as "a former Prime Minister of Mongolia (from 2009-2012) and a current member of the Mongolian Great Khural (Parliament", to take discovery from K2 Intelligence, a.k.a. K2 Integrity, described as a "New York-based investigative firm", for use in "proceedings in Mongolia, the United Kingdom, the Bailiwick of Jersey, the Republic of Singapore, and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China" involving "allegations that Mr. Batbold engaged in official corruption and expropriated Mongolian government property through a network of his proxies", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    Jersey AG v. LGL Trustees Ltd.: Judgment

    Judgment for failing to comply with money laundering laws involving the proceeds of corruption in Angola in The Attorney General of Jersey, in the Channel Islands v. LGL Trustees Limited at the Royal Court of Jersey. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Jersey Financial Services Commission's Companies Registry showed that, when the accounts for Angola were set up in 2010/2011, the shareholders of LGL Trustees Limited were Owen Francis Lynch, Leslie Norman, Malcolm John Le Boutillier, Anthony Paul del Amo, and Adam Justin Clarke, all of Jersey. The company is currently owned by another Jersey firm, LGL Holdings Limited, whose shareholders in its 2020 annual return were identified as Owen Lynch, Leslie Norman, John Edward Pirouet, Anthony Arthur Pitcher, Alan Padraig Dunphy, Paul Steven Charles Tomlinson, Francis Dickson Christie, Spencer John Daley, Ian Colin James, and Liberation EBT Limited, as Trustee of the LGL Group Employee Benefits Trust, all of Jersey.

    USA v. Leroy King: Sentencing Minutes

    Sentencing Minutes regarding a 10-year prison term for involvement in a $7 billion investment fraud masterminded by Allen Stanford in USA v. Leroy King, a former CEO of the Financial Services Regulatory Commission, of Antigua and Barbuda, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

    USA v. Jorge Cherrez Miño: Criminal Complaint

    Criminal Complaint alleging conspiracy to launder the proceeds of bribery of a public official in Ecuador in USA v. Jorge Cherrez Miño, described as a citizen of Ecuador residing in Mexico, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

    Jersey AG v. LGL Trustees Ltd.: Sentencing

    Sentencing for failing to comply with money laundering laws involving the proceeds of corruption in Angola in The Attorney General of Jersey, in the Channel Islands v. LGL Trustees Limited at the Royal Court of Jersey. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Jersey Financial Services Commission's Companies Registry showed that, when the accounts for Angola were set up in 2010/2011, the shareholders of LGL Trustees Limited were Owen Francis Lynch, Leslie Norman, Malcolm John Le Boutillier, Anthony Paul del Amo, and Adam Justin Clarke, all of Jersey. The company is currently owned by another Jersey firm, LGL Holdings Limited, whose shareholders in its 2020 annual return were identified as Owen Lynch, Leslie Norman, John Edward Pirouet, Anthony Arthur Pitcher, Alan Padraig Dunphy, Paul Steven Charles Tomlinson, Francis Dickson Christie, Spencer John Daley, Ian Colin James, and Liberation EBT Limited, as Trustee of the LGL Group Employee Benefits Trust, all of Jersey.

    USA v. John Luzuriaga Aguinaga: Criminal Complaint

    Criminal Complaint alleging conspiracy to launder the proceeds of bribery of a public official in Ecuador in USA v. John Robert Luzuriaga Aguinaga, described as a citizen of Ecuador residing in Florida who was "Risk Director" of the Instituto de Seguridad Social de la Policia Nacional from 2014 to 2019, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

    USA v. Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares et al: Criminal Indictment

    Criminal Indictment alleging money laundering regarding a bribery scheme and in USA v. Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares, a citizen of Panama and Italy, and Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Linares at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

    British Virgin Islands AG v. Lester Hyman: Claim Form

    Claim Form alleging fraud and corruption involving "a project to establish a new direct air service between the BVI and Miami in the United States" in The Attorney General of the British Virgin Islands v. Lester Hyman, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Washington, DC, at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

    USA v. Deutsche Bank AG: Deferred Prosecution Agreement

    Deferred Prosecution Agreement regarding allegations of bribery and fraud activity involving, inter alia, entities in Abu Dhabi, British Virgin Islands, Italy, and Saudi Arabia in USA v. Deutsche Bank AG at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

    USA v. Deutsche Bank AG: Criminal Information

    Criminal Information for Conspiracy to Violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and fraud involving entities in Abu Dhabi, British Virgin Islands, Italy, and Saudi Arabia in USA v. Deutsche Bank AG at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

    USA v. Natalino D’Amato: Criminal Indictment

    Criminal Indictment alleging money laundering regarding Petróleos de Venezuela SA, a.k.a. PDVSA, "the state-owned and state-controlled oil company of Venezuela" in USA v. Natalino D'Amato, described by the U.S. Department of Justice as a dual citizen of Venezuela and Italy who, inter alia, "owned and controlled a Nevis-based corporation called Kronos Enterprises Corp.", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

    Odebrecht Engenharia e Construção S.A. et al: Chapter 15 Petition (Brazil)

    Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Brazil by Adriana Henry Meirelles, as the Foreign Representative of Odebrecht Engenharia e Construção S.A., CNO S.A., and OECI S.A., all of São Paulo, Brazil, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.