Counterfeiting & Forgery

Italy: Mario Grassetti Tonnarelli

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 into Mario Tonnarelli "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: Edward O’Neal Arrindell

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.

Spain: Irene Navarro de Lara et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Spain - for a criminal investigation involving Irene Navarro de Lara, Rafael Blasco Castany, Augusto Cesar Tauroni Masia, Julia Valdes, Maria Jesus Causape, Alfredo Rodriguez, and Blanca Luna for suspected embezzlement, perverting the course of justice by civil servants, documentary forgery, unlawful associations and fraud.

Lithuania: Manuel Dikran Sassounian

Complaint to extradite Manuel Dikran Sassounian from the USA to Lithuania to face allegations of investment fraud and forgery, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Czech Republic: David Hanus et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from the Czech Republic - for a criminal investigation into David Hanus and Yevhenii Chumash for suspected fraud and forgery.

South Korea: Jinhee Kim

Complaint for the extradition of Jinhee Kim, a.k.a. Jordan Kim, from the USA to South Korea to face allegations of embezzlement, counterfeiting, and fraud, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Top Matrix Holdings Ltd. v. Credit Suisse Holdings (USA) Inc. et al: Foreign Discovery Petition

Ex Parte Petition by Top Matrix Holdings Ltd., a British Virgin Islands-domiciled firm owned by Vitaly Malkin, a citizen of Russia, Israel, and Cyprus, to take discovery from Credit Suisse Holdings (USA) Inc., Credit Suisse (USA) Inc., Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Credit Suisse Asset Management, LLC, and Brady W. Dougan for use in contemplated proceedings in Switzerland concerning a fraud perpetrated by former Credit Suisse banker Patrice Lescaudron, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Poland: Dariusz Szereszewski

Complaint for the extradition of Dariusz Szereszewski from the USA to Poland to face allegations of fraud, misappropriation and forgery.

Poland: David Arany

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Poland - for a criminal investigation into Accepting Proceeds of a Criminal Act and Using a Forged Document.

Portugal: Regions Bank et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Portugal - to collect evidence from Regions Bank, JPMorgan Chase, and Bank of America for a criminal investigation into fraud by person(s) unknown.

Hiscox Services Ltd. et al v. Montres Journe NY, LLC: Foreign Discovery Petition

Notice of Petition for an Order Granting Leave to Issue Subpoenas to Montres Journe NY, LLC for use in legal proceedings in Bermuda between Hiscox Services Ltd., Hiscox Agency Ltd., and Hiscox Insurance Company (Bermuda) Limited, as plaintiffs, and Yuval Abraham, as defendant, filed at the U. S. District Court for the New York.

Poland: Daria Poda

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Poland - for a criminal investigation into Daria Poda for suspected fraud and trafficking in foreign counterfeit money.

Romania: Marius Andrei Porumb

Complaint for the extradition of Marius Andrei Porumb from the USA to Romania to face allegations of fraud and forgery, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.

Chile: Jose Miguel Lira Lopez (District of Columbia)

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Chile - for a criminal investigation into Jose Miguel Lira Lopez for suspected forgery and malicious use of a private instrument, fraud, and bank fraud.

Romania: Ciulin Bobi Constanti

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Romania - for a criminal investigation into Ciulin Bobi Constanti for suspected computer hacking, fraud, and forgery.

Lithuania: Oleg Blank

Complaint for the extradition of Oleg Blank from Lithuania to the USA to face allegations of misappropriation and forgery, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.