Fraud

Orbis Global Equity LE Fund et al v. Vale SA et al: Complaint

Complaint "to recover significant investment losses suffered as a result of securities fraud perpetrated by Defendants" in Orbis Global Equity LE Fund, of Australia; Orbis Global Equity Fund, of Australia; Orbis Global Balanced Fund, of Australia; Orbis SICAV, of Luxembourg; Orbis Institutional Funds Limited, of Bermuda; Orbis Global Equity Fund Limited, of Bermuda; Orbis Institutional Global Equity LP, of Delaware, and Orbis OEIC, of England and Wales v. Vale SA, described as "an international mining company based in Brazil"; Murilo Ferreira, Fabio Schvartsman, Luciano Siani Pires, Gerd Peter Poppinga, and Luiz Eduardo Froes do Amaral Osorio at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Direct Lending Investments LLC et al v. Shinhan Bank Co. Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint to avoid a "fraudulent transfer" of $166 million regarding an allegedly fraudulent investment schemes involving, inter alia, funds in the Cayman Islands, Delaware, and Nevada in Bradley D. Sharp, as the Permanent Receiver for the Estate of Direct Lending Investments LLC, Direct Lending Income Fund LP, Direct Lending Income Feeder Fund Ltd., DLI Capital Inc., DLI Lending Agent LLC, and DLI Assets Bravo LLC and their successors, subsidiaries and affiliated entities v. Shinhan Bank Co. Ltd., Kookmin Bank Co. Ltd., Korea Securities Finance Corporation, Goldenbridge Asset Management Co. Ltd., JB Asset Management Co., Ltd., Korea Alternative Investment Asset Management Corporation, all of South Korea, and 33 Fund Defendants at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Direct Lending Investments LLC et al v. Daishin Securities Co. Ltd.: Complaint

Complaint to avoid a "fraudulent transfer" of $49.7 million regarding an allegedly fraudulent investment schemes involving, inter alia, funds in the Cayman Islands, Delaware, and Nevada in Bradley D. Sharp, as the Permanent Receiver for the Estate of Direct Lending Investments LLC, Direct Lending Income Fund LP, Direct Lending Income Feeder Fund Ltd., DLI Capital Inc., DLI Lending Agent LLC, and DLI Assets Bravo LLC and their successors, subsidiaries and affiliated entities v. Daishin Securities Co. Ltd., of South Korea, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Orbis Global Equity Fund Ltd. et al v. NortonLifelock Inc. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "a straightforward fraud in which Defendants misled investors about Symantec's financial performance and accounting practices" in Orbis Global Equity Fund Limited, of Bermuda; Orbis Global Equity Fund, of Australia; Orbis Institutional Funds Limited, of Bermuda; Orbis Global Equity LE Fund, of Australia; Orbis Institutional Global Equity LP, of Bermuda; Orbis SICAV, of Luxembourg; Orbis Optimal SA Fund Limited, of Bermuda; Orbis Institutional US Equity LP, of Bermuda; Orbis OEIC, of England; Orbis Optimal Global Equity LP, of Bermuda; Allan Gray Australia Balanced Fund, of Australia, and Orbis Global Balanced Fund, of Australia, all managed by Orbis Investment Management Limited, of Bermuda v. NortonLifelock Inc., f.k.a. Symantec Corporation; Gregory S. Clark; Nicholas R. Noviello, and Mark S. Garfield at the U. S. District Court for the District of Arizona.

Troy Hogg et al v. Stephen Braverman et al: Summons With Notice

Summons With Notice for damages of $395 million alleging fraud and misappropriation regarding a cryptocurrency scheme in Troy James Hogg, a citizen of Canada, individually, and Leila Holdings Ltd., of Bermuda, derivatively on behalf of Arbitrade Ltd., also of Bermuda v. Stephen Lance Braverman, Kent Mason Swig, Dignity Mining Group LLC, Charles Hamlin Woodworth, Daniel Francis Sweet, Coinmint LLC, of Puerto Rico; Prieur Leary, Hayden Gill, Max Warren Barber, William Richard Saunders, Shaun L. Heseltine, ABCOR International Ltd., of Belize; Scotia International of Nevada Inc., of Utah; SION Trading FZE, of the United Arab Emirates; Jeffrey Muller, Victor George Webb, G4S Cash Services LLC, of the United Arab Emirates; Peter Walters, Kaled Swlaiman Salem Bokhem, Silver Estate Management Ltd., of Wyoming; E. Warren Goss, and Impact Partners, of New York, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

Ronald Ray v. StoneCo Ltd. et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging fraud in Ronald F. Ray v. StoneCo Ltd., described as a Cayman Islands-domiciled "provider of financial technology solutions" whose primary market is Brazil and whose shares are listed on NASDAQ; Thiago dos Santos Piau, Lia Machado de Matos, Rafael Martins Pereira, and Marcelo Bastianello Baldin at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Romania: Bank of America

Application by the USA to collect evidence from the Bank of America - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Romania - for a criminal investigation into "unknown subjects for fraud".

Jersey: James Patrick Gorton Baker

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Bank of America - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Jersey, in the Channel Islands - for a criminal investigation into James Patrick Gorton Baker for suspected money laundering involving the proceeds of an "investment scam".

Dr. Jonathan Levy v. OneCoin: News Release & Petition

News Release and Petition by Dr. Jonathan Levy, a lawyer based in England, "acting on behalf of investors and creditors of OneCoin", described as "one of the largest and most successful financial pyramids in history", seeking "an investigation of misfeasance by the Bulgarian government" for taking "no steps to seize assets from OneCoin including real estate, bank accounts, and 230,000 Bitcoins worth over €12 billion".

JSC BTA Bank v. Bank of America et al: Discovery Application (‘$7.5B Fraud’)

Application by JSC BTA Bank, of Kazakhstan, to take discovery from The Clearing House Payments Company LLC and "thirteen intermediary banks", namely Bank of America NA, Bank of China, The Bank of New York, BNP Paribas USA, Citibank NA, Commerzbank AG, Deutsche Bank Trust Company, HSBC Bank USA NA, JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, Société Générale AG, Standard Chartered Bank, UBS AG, and Wells Fargo Bank NA regarding Saint Vincent and the Grenadines-domiciled Panolos Limited for use in legal proceedings in England "against BTA Bank's former chairman, and primary shareholder, Mukhtar Ablyazov, upon BTA Bank's discovery that Ablyazov had illegally misappropriated as much as $7.5 Billion of BTA Bank’s assets and subsequently laundered the proceeds through multiple financial institutions all over the world", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Frederick Sharp: Notice of Default

Notice of Default in a complaint alleging investment fraud in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Frederick L. Sharp, a citizen of the United States residing in Vancouver, Canada, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

SEC v. Ramiro Sugranes et al: Amended Complaint

Amended Complaint alleging fraud in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Ramiro Jose Sugranes, described as a citizen of Nicaragua residing in Miami, Florida; Lina Maria Garcia, a resident of Miami; UCB Financial Advisers Inc., of Florida, and UCB Financial Services Limited, of Chile, as Defendants, and Ramiro Sugranes Hernandez and Thelma Lanzas de Sugranes, residents of Nicaragua, as Relief Defendants, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Taiwan v. Tammie Yang: Freeze Application

Application by the USA, on behalf of Taiwan, to freeze assets in the name of Yu-Chen Yang, a.k.a. Tammie Yang, at JPMorgan Chase & Co. that are believed to be the proceeds of bank fraud, filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

USA v. Maydaisy Corporation: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. $1 million in the name of Cayman Islands-domiciled Maydaisy Corporation at Forex Capital Markets Ltd. at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Portugal: Maria Andrade Almeida et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Wells Fargo, Chase Bank, Bay First Bank, Capital One, and USAA Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Portugal - for use in a criminal investigation into "Maria Filipa Andrade Almeida, Helder Antonio Alves Lourenco, and unknown subjects for fraud".

Switzerland: Frost Bank et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from BB&T Bank, SunTrust Bank, Western Alliance Bank, and Comerica Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Switzerland - for use in a criminal investigation into "unknown subject(s) for fraud and money laundering" involving "pre-IPO shares" in "the online lodging marketplace company Airbnb".

SEC v. Joseph Cammarata et al: Freezing Order

Complaint in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Joseph Cammarata, Erik Cohen, David Punturieri, AlphaPlus Portfolio Recovery Corp., and Alpha Plus Recovery LLC at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Portugal: Joseph Carlos Xavier

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from PNC Bank NA and Citibank NA - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Portugal - for use in a criminal investigation into "Joseph Carlos Xavier and unknown subjects for fraud".

SEC v. Joseph Cammarata et al: Asset Freeze Motion

Motion for Temporary Restraining Order involving an alleged fraud involving entities or account in the Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Gibraltar, and United States in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Joseph Cammarata, Erik Cohen, David Punturieri, AlphaPlus Portfolio Recovery Corp., and Alpha Plus Recovery LLC at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
'Bahamas private island owner' Joseph Cammarata & two others indicted for '$40M fraud'

‘Bahamas private island owner’ Joseph Cammarata & two others indicted for ‘$40M fraud’

New Jersey-based businessman Joseph Cammarata, who allegedly owns 'Sandy Cay' private island in the Bahamas, and two associates have been criminally indicted for allegedly swindling $40 million that was intended for securities fraud victims in a scheme that involved entities or accounts in several jurisdictions, including the Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Gibraltar, and USA.

SEC v. Joseph Cammarata et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging the defendants "stole at least $40 million from approximately 400 distribution funds that formed as a result of resolutions of securities class actions and Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement actions, to distribute money obtained through settlements or judgments to injured investors" involving entities in the Bahamas, Colombia, Gibraltar, and the USA in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Joseph A. Cammarata, described as a resident of New Jersey who "own an island in the Caribbean"; Erik Cohen, of New Jersey; David H. Punturieri, of New York; AlphaPlus Portfolio Recovery Corp., of New Jersey, and Alpha Plus Recovery LLC, of New Jersey, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

USA v. James C. Jones Jr.: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging tax evasion involving, inter alia, entities in Anguilla and Sint Maarten in USA v. James C. Jones, Jr. at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Editor's Note: The indictment was filed under seal at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia on August 20th, 2020 and removed to federal court in Fort Lauderdale and unsealed on October 29th, 2021.

State Corporation Deposit Insurance Agency v. Standard Chartered Bank: Discovery Application

Application by the State Corporation Deposit Insurance Agency, of Russia, on behalf of International Bank of St. Petersburg, to take discovery from Standard Chartered Bank for use in "anticipated proceedings in Russia ... against Sergei Bazhanov (the former Chairman of the Management Board and majority shareholder of IBSP), Alexander Zuev (a former member of IBSP’s Board of Directors and Bazhanov's brother-in-law), and Hervet Investments Limited, a minority shareholder of IBSP" regarding "a series of fraudulent transactions", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Bruce Carper v. TMC the metals company Inc. et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging fraud in Bruce Carper v. TMC the metals company Inc., formerly Sustainable Opportunities Acquisition Corp., described as a Cayman Islands-domiciled, Canada-based "deep-sea minerals exploration company" whose shares are listed on NASDAQ; Gerard Barron, and Scott Leonard at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Guillermo Sanchez v. Höegh LNG Partners LP et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging fraud by Guillermo Sanchez v. Höegh LNG Partners LP, described as a Marshall Islands entity based in Bermuda; Sveinung J. S. Støhle, Håvard Furu, and Steffen Føreid, all of Norway, at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

SEC v. Akazoo SA: Final Judgment

Agreed Final Judgment for $38.8 million in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Akazoo S.A., of Luxembourg, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Green Sands Investment Club B LLC v. Crypto Lotus Fund A LP et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud in Green Sands Investment Club B LLC v. Crypto Lotus Fund A LP, described as a Delaware-domiciled "cryptocurrency hedge fund" with an affiliate in the Cayman Islands, and Jonas Lauren Norr, described as a resident of California, at the Superior Court of the State of California, in and for the County of Alameda.

Michael Merson v. Goldman Sachs et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging "the unlawful use of material non-public information by Defendants Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, who collectively avoided billions in losses by selling shares of Tencent Music Entertainment Group, a leading online music and audio entertainment platform in China", in Michael Merson v. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Louisiana Sheriffs Pension & Relief Fund et al v. Luckin Coffee Inc.: Motion to Approve $175M Settlement

Motion to Approve Class Action Settlement in Louisiana Sheriffs Pension & Relief Fund et al v. Luckin Coffee Inc., a Cayman Islands company based in China; Charles Zhengyao Lu, Jenny Zhiya Qian, Jian Liu, Reinout Hendrik Schakel, Hui Li, Erhai Liu, Jinyi Guo, Sean Shao, Thomas P. Meier, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, China International Capital Corporation Hong Kong Securities Limited, Haitong International Securities Company Limited, KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc., and Needham & Company, LLP

Eric Muller v. ReconAfrica et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging fraud in Eric Muller v. Reconnaissance Energy Africa Ltd., formerly known as Lund Enterprises Corp., described as a Canadian company that "purports to engage in the identification, exploration, and development of oil and/or gas assets in Namibia and Botswana"; James Jay Park, Scot Evans, Ian D. Brown, Carlos Escribano, Shiraz Dhanani, Mark Gerlitz, James Granath, Claire Preece, Ndapewoshali Shapwanale, Chris Gilmour, and Sindila Mwiya at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

SEC v. Gerald Fauth: Show Cause Order

Order to Show Cause in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Gerald Fauth at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Editor's Note: Although the application in this case was filed under seal, it appears to be related to an investigation into whether U.S. Senator Richard Burr and members of his family, including Fauth, who is his brother-in-law, traded on non-public information gathered through his work in the Senate, as revealed last year by non-profit investigative news organization ProPublica.

Golden Horn Asset and Management Ltd. v. Hepsiburada et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging fraud in Golden Horn Asset and Management Ltd., of Turkey v. D-MARKET Elektronik Hizmetler ve Ticaret Anonim Şirketi, a.k.a. D-MARKET Electronic Services & Trading, d.b.a. Hepsiburada, described as being "known as the 'Amazon of Turkey'"; Mehmet Murat Emirdağ, Halil Korhan Öz, Hanzade Vasfiye Doğan Boyner, Erman Kalkandelen, Mehmet Erol Çamur, Cemal Ahmet Bozer, Vuslat Doğan Sabanci, Mustafa Aydemir, Tolga Babali, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, JPMorgan Securities LLC, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, BofA Securities Inc., and UBS Securities LLC at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Rolloco Holdings Inc. et al v. Baker & Hostetler LLP: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud regarding an investment "of $2.81M in a purported condominium development project to be built in Desert Hot Springs, California" in Rolloco Holdings Inc., of Canada; Cathy Rollo, and Tony Rollo at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Ltd.: Plea Agreement

Plea Agreement regarding a fraud involving Mozambique in USA v. Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited, described as "a wholly-owned subsidiary of Credit Suisse headquartered in London, United Kingdom", at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

USA v. Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Ltd.: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging conspiracy to commit wire fraud involving Mozambique in USA v. Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited, described as "a wholly-owned subsidiary of Credit Suisse Group AG headquartered in London, United Kingdom", at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

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".

VTB Capital Plc: $6.4M Penalties

Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing penalties totaling $6.4 million on VTB Capital Plc regarding "material omissions and misleading statements in a 2016 bond offering for which VTB Capital Plc, a London-based investment bank, acted with Credit Suisse Group AG as joint-lead manager".

Credit Suisse Group AG: $99M Penalties

Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing penalties totaling $99 million on Credit Suisse Group AG, of Switzerland, regarding "an offering fraud and violations of the internal accounting controls and books and records provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ... in connection with three interconnected transactions involving, among others, United Kingdom-based Credit Suisse entities and Mozambican state-owned entities".