Counterfeiting & Forgery

USA v. Daniel Elie Bouaziz: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging fraud and money laundering involving "fraudulent artwork" in USA v. Daniel Elie Bouaziz, a citizen of France and an "art dealer", at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Kian Sadaat Yazdi v. The Clearing House Payments Company LLC et al: Discovery Application (UAE Proceedings)

Application by Kian Sadaat Yazdi, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Dubai, described as "a shareholder and the Chief Executive Officer of Hassan’s Optician Co., one of the largest optical chains in Kuwait", to take discovery from The Clearing House Payments Company L.L.C., Bank of America, N.A., Barclays Bank PLC, Bank of Baroda, BNP Paribas, Citibank, N.A., Deutsche Bank AG, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, Habib American Bank, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Mashreqbank PSC, Standard Chartered Bank, The Bank of New York Mellon, and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. for legal proceedings in the United Arab Emirates involving suspected fraud and forgery, filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Daniel Elie Bouaziz: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint "for selling fake art to unsuspecting victims from his various businesses" in USA v. Daniel Elie Bouaziz, described as a citizen of France born in Algeria, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

The Renco Group Inc. et al v. Victor Careaga: Discovery Application

Application by The Renco Group Inc., described as "a family-owned, private holding company that makes long-term investments in companies", and The Doe Run Resources Corporation, described as "a privately held natural resources company and producer of lead, copper, and zinc concentrates and recycler of lead-bearing materials", to take discovery from Victor Careaga, described as an insurance agent in Miami, Florida, for use in "a pending, confidential criminal investigation in Peru concerning a conspiracy to defraud Renco", filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. Artwork: Restraining Order (James Stunt)

Enforcement of a Restraining Order by the United Kingdom Central Criminal Court to Restrain Property Owned or Controlled by James Stunt et al in USA v. 52 Pieces of Artwork at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

MetaQuotes Ltd. et al v. MetaQuotes Software Corp. et al: TRO Application

Plaintiffs' ex parte application for a temporary restraining order in MetaQuotes Ltd., of Cyprus, and MetaQuotes Software Corp., of the Bahamas v. MetaQuotes Software Corp., of California; Standard Fintech Consulting Inc., of California; FXCA Markets Limited, of California; Peijie Liu, and Jian He at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

MetaQuotes Ltd. et al v. MetaQuotes Software Corp. et al: Complaint

Complaint "to stop defendants ... from using Plaintiffs' trademark as part of a criminal enterprise to confuse the Real MetaQuotes customers into unintentionally paying money to the Counterfeit MetaQuotes and to immediately freeze the assets of Counterfeit MetaQuotes’, Counterfeit FXCA, Peijie Lu, and Jian Hein" in MetaQuotes Ltd., of Cyprus, and MetaQuotes Software Corp., of the Bahamas v. MetaQuotes Software Corp., of California; Standard Fintech Consulting Inc., of California; FXCA Markets Limited, of California; Peijie Liu, and Jian He at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Netherlands: Ali Çakici et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Apple Inc. - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from the Netherlands - for a criminal investigation into "Ali Çakici and others for false documents and fraud offenses".

Sint Maarten: O’Neal Arrindell et al (2022)

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from three witnesses - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Sint Maarten - for a criminal investigation into O'Neal Arrindell and Mark Mingo for suspected fraud involving the Port of Sint Maarten.

Romania: Rusalin Sorin Mărginean

Complaint to extradite Rusalin Sorin Mărginean, a.k.a. Nik Lion, from the USA to Romania "to serve a sentence of imprisonment for three years and six months upon his conviction of four counts of instigation to misrepresentation and one count of use of false deed under private signature".

Italy: Paxful Inc.

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Paxful Inc., described as a cruptocurrency exchange - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Italy - for a criminal investigation into unknown persons for "illegally offering the sale of vials of counterfeit Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine".

Netherlands: Sprint Corporation (E. Eekhof)

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Sprint Corporation - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from the Netherlands - for a criminal investigation into "E. Eekhof and others for unauthorized weapons and forgery offenses".

Netherlands: Oath Holdings Inc. (E. Eekhof)

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Oath Holdings Inc. - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from the Netherlands - for a criminal investigation into "E. Eekhof and others for unauthorized weapons and forgery offenses".

Netherlands: WhatsApp LLC (E. Eekhof)

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from WhatsApp LLC - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from the Netherlands - for a criminal investigation into "E. Eekhof and others for unauthorized weapons and forgery offenses".

Italy: Mario Grassetti Tonnarelli et al

Amended Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Clars Auction Gallery and Masterworks Fine Art Inc. regarding deliveries of "fake Picasso etchings" - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Italy - for "a criminal investigation of Mario Tonnarelli Grassetti aka Mario Tonnarelli, his wife Jinhua Jiang, and Yicai Xia for conspiracy, handling stolen goods, and smuggling".

Portugal: Bank of America (July 2021)

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Bank of America - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Portugal - for use in a criminal investigation into "unknown subjects for fraud, illegal access, and forgery".

Cayman captive Performance Insurance seeks to stay US fraud lawsuits

The liquidators of Cayman Islands captive insurer Performance Insurance Company SPC have applied for Chapter 15 bankruptcy recognition in the U.S. in an attempt to stay two lawsuits in which it has been accused of participating in a scheme involving "counterfeit insurance policies".

Performance Insurance Company SPC: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the Cayman Islands by Kenneth Krys and Neil Dempsey, of KRyS Global, as the Foreign Representatives of Performance Insurance Company SPC, described as a Special Portfolio Company that "operates in the captive insurance industry through 12 segregated portfolios" which were identified as Bottini Insurance LP, Gen 1 Insurance Company LP, Goldenstar Holdings Company SP, Greystone Insurance SP, Hudson York Insurance Company, Omega Insurance Company LP, Performance 5 SP, Prewett Insurance Company LP, Smart Insure LP, SSS Insurance LP, Sustainable Insurance Company SP, and Triangle RGK SP, and which has been accused of participating in a scheme involving "counterfeit insurance policies", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Nicholas Martin v. Circumference Holdings Ltd.: Winding Up Petition

Winding Up Petition in Nicholas James Martin, of Luxembourg v. Circumference Holdings Ltd., described as "a holding company and corporate parent for the Circumference Group, which is comprised of a number of holding and operating entities engaged in corporate, directorship, trust, fiduciary and accounting services primarily in the Cayman Islands, Luxembourg and The Netherlands", at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Montenegro: Dragomir Nilević

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from University First Federal Credit Union, Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust Co., SCE Federal Credit Union, Guardian Credit Union, JHA Payment Processing Solutions, Goldenwest Federal Credit Union, ESL Federal Credit Union, Avadian Credit UnionNavy Federal Credit Union, CORE Credit Union, BrightStar Credit Union, Grow Financial Federal Credit Union, Coastal Federal Credit Union, Fort Lee Federal Credit Union, Olean Area Federal Credit Union, JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A., EFCU Financial Federal Credit Union, Insight Credit Union, A+ Federal Credit Union, P & G Mehoopany Employees Federal Credit Union, Truliant Federal Credit Union, The Bank of Missouri, F & A Federal Credit Union, Southwest Airlines Federal Credit Union, Sunrise Banks, National Association, Schlumberger Employees Credit Union, Piedmont Advantage Credit Union, First Financial Bankshares, Inc., IBERIABANK, Travis Credit Union, Generations Community Federal Credit Union, United Heritage Credit Union, Merco Credit Union, El Dorado Savings Bank, F.S.B., Dexsta Federal Credit Union, Nusenda Federal Credit Union, First Florida Credit Union, Andrews Federal Credit Union, Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, Summit Credit Union, Dime Bank, Max Credit Union, Elements Financial Federal Credit Union, Las Colinas Federal Credit Union, Farmers Federal Credit Union, LESCO Federal Credit Union, Provident Credit Union, Firstlight Federal Credit Union, USF Federal Credit Union, Noble Federal Credit Union, CPM Federal Credit Union, Kinetic Credit Union, Five Star Credit Union, Golden Plains Credit Union, Bank of America, Arkansas Federal Credit Union, Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union, Allied Federal Credit Union, American Eagle Financial Credit Union, CoastHills Credit Union, Resource One Credit Union, Envision Credit Union, True Sky Credit Union, Inova Federal Credit Union, APCO Employees Credit Union, Srp Federal Credit Union, Family Security Credit Union, Clark County Credit Union, S&T Bank, Corning Federal Credit Union, Affinity Federal Credit Union, Dort Federal Credit Union, Farmers Bank and Trust Company, Columbia Credit Union, The University National Bank of Lawrence, J.S.C. Federal Credit Union, Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union, Valley First Credit Union, Firefighters First Credit Union, NUCOR Employee's Credit Union, Jefferson Bank, Allegacy Federal Credit Union, American Airlines Federal Credit Union, Servisfirst Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Anheuser-Busch Employees' Credit Union, Granite Federal Credit Union, 121 Financial Credit Union, Gulf Winds Credit Union, RTN Federal Credit Union, La Joya Area Federal Credit Union, Doco Credit Union, and Fairwinds Credit Union - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Montenegro - for use in a criminal investigation into Dragomir Nilević for suspected "counterfeiting and misuse of credit and debit cards".

Lithuania: Darius Vitkus

Complaint to extradite Darius Vitkus, described as "the sole owner and shareholder Gvidonas UAB", from the USA to Lithuania to face charges of fraud, forgery, misappropriation, tax evasion, and theft.

State National Insurance Company et al v. Ambassador Captive Solutions et al: Amended Intervening Complaint

Amended Intervening Complaint alleging "complex schemes to counterfeit insurance policies and defraud the public" in State National Insurance Company and National Specialty Insurance Company v. The Ambassador Group LLC, d.b.a. Ambassador Captive Solutions; Brandon White, Performance Insurance Company SPC, of the Cayman Islands; ePremium Insurance Agency, LLC, and Gagliardi Insurance Services, Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.

Poland: Witold Grzebicki et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Poland - for a criminal investigation into Witold Antoni Grzebicki and Marek Glogowski for suspected forgery and fraud.

Paul Deighton: Disqualification

Notice by the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority that Paul Deighton has received a 12-year Disqualification. Editor's Note: In December, 2019, Deighton was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison after being convicted of swindling his clients out of nearly £700,000 in a fraudulent investment scheme via his company, Haven Administration Limited, according to a news article by the Isle of Man Examiner.

Poland: New York State Department of Health

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from the New York State Department of Health - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Poland - for a criminal investigation into an "unknown subject(s) for forgery".

Novartis AG: $112M Penalties

Administrative Order imposing penalties against Novartis AG, described as a Switzerland-based "global provider of pharmaceutical and healthcare products", for "improper activities", including "improper payments", "forged contracts", and "false books and records", involving its subsidiaries and affiliates in Greece, Singapore, South Korea, and Vietnam, before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Sint Maarten: O’Neal Arrindell (2020)

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from First Federal Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Sint Maarten - for a criminal investigation into Edward O'Neal Arrindell and others for suspected bribery, forgery, money laundering, and tax fraud, including participation in "a criminal scheme to bribe a Member of the Sint Maarten Parliament".

Lexington Insurance Company v. Ambassador Captive Solutions et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "a scheme to counterfeit insurance policies and defraud the public" in Lexington Insurance Company v. The Ambassador Group LLC, d.b.a. Ambassador Captive Solutions; Gagliardi Insurance Services Inc., Goldenstar Specialty Insurance LLC, Performance Insurance Company, of the Cayman Islands, on behalf of Goldenstar Holdings Company SP ad Smart Insure SP, and Brandon White at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.

Poland: J.A. Gonsalves & Son Construction, Inc. et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Bank of Marin and J.A. Gonsalves & Son Construction, Inc. - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Poland - for a criminal investigation into suspected fraud and forgery.

Romania: Gigi-Vadik Zavera et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Bank of America, Citibank, and First Federal Savings Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Romania - for a criminal investigation into Gigi-Vadik Zavera, Cornel Pana, and Gabriel Soreav for suspected "setting up an organized crime group, computer intrusion, performance of fraudulent financial operations, illegal operations with information devices or software, counterfeiting bonds or payment instruments, circulation of counterfeited securities, and possession of tools used for the counterfeit of securities".

Chapter 4 Corp. v. Gibson Brands Inc.: Discovery Application

Application by Chapter 4 Corp., d.b.a. Supreme, to take discovery from Gibson Brands Inc. for use in "international trademark proceedings in France and the European Union Intellectual Property Office against a Swiss company that is engaged in counterfeiting and trademark infringement, Supreme Italfigo SAGL", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Poland: Robert Mega et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Poland - for a criminal investigation into Robert Gabriel Mega and Stefan Andrei Mega for suspected forgery and fraud.

Shervin Pishevar v. Marcus Baram: Discovery Application

Application by Shervin Pishevar, described as the "co-founder of Sherpa Capital, a leading venture capital firm", which is based in San Francisco, CA, to take discovery from Marcus Baram, described as "a Senior News Editor at Fast Company in New York", for use in "contemplated criminal and civil proceedings" in the United Kingdom against the unknown alleged "Forger" of a British police report, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Poland: Ewa Tuszynska

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Poland - for a criminal investigation into Ewa Tuszynska for suspected forgery and misappropriation.

Poland: Google LLC

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Google LLC - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Poland - for a criminal investigation into the unknown suspect(s) for attempted fraud and forgery in the amount of PLN 269 million.

Shervin Pishevar v. Fast Company et al: Discovery Application

Application by Shervin Pishevar, described as the "co-founder of Sherpa Capital, a leading venture capital firm", which is based in San Francisco, CA, to take discovery from Fast Company, a monthly business magazine based in New York, NY, and its publisher, Mansueto Ventures LLC, domiciled in Delaware, based in New York, NY, for use in "contemplated civil and criminal proceedings" in England against the unknown alleged "Forger" of a British police report, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Edward Gong: Application to Enforce Foreign Restraining Order

Application to Enforce and Register Foreign Restraining Order regarding a $200 million fraud scheme by individuals in Canada, China, and New Zealand in USA v. Xiao Hua Gong, a.k.a. Edward Gong, a citizen of Canada, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Laura Zuniga Caceres et al v. Hancock Whitney Bank: Discovery Application

Ex Parte Application by Laura Zuniga Caceres, Bertha Zuniga Caceres, and Salvador Zuniga Caceres to take discovery from Hancock Whitney Bank for use in criminal proceedings in Honduras against Roberto David Castillo Mejia for suspected murder, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.

Yarhi Foundation v. Laura Santana Chacon: Discovery Application

Application by Yarhi Foundation, of Panama, to take discovery from Laura R. Santana Chacon for use in legal proceedings in Spain alleging fraud and forgery in a real estate transaction against Laura Santana Chacon, a citizen of the United States; Francisco Antonio Giro Camacho, of Marbella, Spain; Ignacio Rama Villar, of Gerona, Spain; Salvador Farres Ripoll, of Barcelona, Spain; Tamara Church, a citizen of the United Kingdom, possibly residing in Costa Rica; Ragol Inversiones SL, of Spain; Noraland SL, of Spain, and Paragon Costa del Sol SL, of Spain, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Paris Michele: Prohibition Order

Enforcement Action by the Singapore Monetary Authority banning Paris Michele, of Switzerland, for "dishonest conduct" while employed by UBS.