Fraud

Isabella Hranov v. Deutsche Bank AG et al: Discovery Application

Application by Isabella Hranov, a citizen of Switzerland, to take discovery from Deutsche Bank AG and Deutsche Bank Trust Corporation for legal proceedings in Germany "against Deutsche Bank AG and Simon Biner" alleging securities fraud and breach of fiduciary duty involving "options of OC Oerlikon, a Swiss company whose shares were public but thinly traded", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Netherlands: Adam Attahir

Application by the USA to collect evidence from the "Paxful cryptocurrency exchange" - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from the Netherlands - for a criminal investigation into "Dutch citizen Adam Attahir for fraud and possession of a technical tool designed for committing a crime".

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.

USA v. May Salehi: Plea Allocation

Consent to Plea Allocation in USA v. May Salehi at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
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Barbados Gov’t ‘agent’ lost $6.7M in ‘COVID-19 vaccine fraud’

A Caribbean firm operated by Barbadian developer Mark Maloney that says it was hired by the Barbados Government to procure one million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine for the country's population claims to have been swindled out of $6.7 million. It's not clear from a complaint filed at federal court in the U.S. last week whether the amount originated from the Government or the company, Rational Investments Ltd.

Radical Investments Ltd. v. Good Vibrations Entertainment LLC et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging a $6.7 million fraud involving "non-existent doses" of a COVID-19 vaccine "for the purpose of vaccinating nearly 300,000 citizens of the island of Barbados" in Radical Investments Ltd., described as a St. Lucia company based in Barbados v. Good Vibrations Entertainment LLC, of Florida; Alex Lee Moore, a.k.a. Flex Moore; Prestige Pegasus LLC, of Colorado; Moniladae Coley, a.k.a. Moniladai Coley; Charles Stein, .k.a. Charlie Stein, a lawyer in California; Davidovich Stein Law Group LLC, a law firm California, and RDS Cargo Group DWC LLC, described as a Polish company based in the United Arab Emirates, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

SEC v. Simon Thurlow et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Simon Piers Thurlow, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in New York; Roger Leon Fidler, Richard Oravec, Bradley Fidler, Bryce Emory Boucher, Joseph D. Jordan, and Western Bankers Capital Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Stefan Qin: Criminal Judgment

Criminal Judgment imposing a prison-term of seven-and-a-half years for a cryptocurrency-based securities fraud involving two Cayman Islands-domiciled, New York-based investment funds, Virgil Sigma Fund and VQR Multistrategy Fund, in USA v. Stefan He Qin, a citizen of Australia residing in New York, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Terra Invest LLC v. Vladislav Doronin: Discovery Application

Application by Terra Invest LLC to take discovery from Vladislav Doronin "for use in foreign civil and criminal proceedings pending and under investigation in Russia" involving "a fraudulent scheme that forced Terra Invest out of a lucrative residential real estate project located in Moscow", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

CFTC v. Rudy Avila et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging a $5.35 million investment fraud in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Rudy Avila, a.k.a. Jose Rodolfo Avila Gutierrez, described as a resident of Texas; The L.I.F.T Group LLC, of Texas; CIG Internacional SA, a.k.a. Commodity Investment Group, a.k.a. CIG Internacional, a.k.a. CIG International, of Costa Rica; Trading Technologies Group SA, of Costa Rica; Trading Ventures Group LLC, described as a Texas company that claimed to have offices in Texas and London, England; Capital Ventures Group LLC, of Texas, and Ventures Group LLC, of Texas, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Ryan Cox v. Binance et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint in Ryan Cox v. CoinMarketCap OpCo LLC, described as Delaware company that operates "a coin ranking site"; Binance Capital Management Co. Ltd., d.b.a. Binance and Binance.com, described as the operator of "a cryptocurrency exchange"; BAM Trading Services Inc., d.b.a. Binance.us; Changpeng Zhao, apparently a citizen of Canada and China; Catherine Coley, Yi He, and Ted Lin at the U. S. District Court for the District of Arizona.

Poland: Capital One Bank

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Capital One Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Poland - for a criminal investigation into "an unknown subject using the name James Boguslawski" for suspected fraud.

Poland: JPMorgan Chase Bank

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from JPMorgan Chase Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Poland - for a criminal investigation into an "unknown subject(s) for fraud".

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.

Germany: EastWest Bank et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from EastWest Bank, US Bank, and SunTrust Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Germany - for a criminal investigation into "multiple subjects for fraud".

Austria: Bank of America

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from the Bank of America - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Austria - for a criminal investigation into attempted fraud.

GIC Private Ltd. v. Celgene Corporation et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud in GIC Private Limited, which is "wholly-owned by the Government of Singapore" v. Celgene Corporation, Scott A. Smith, Terrie Curran, and Philippe Martin at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Monica Niedbalski v. HSBC et al: Discovery Application

Application by Monika Niedbalski, a citizen of Canada, to take discovery from HSBC Bank USA N.A., JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A., Bank of America N.A., City National Bank, Barclays Bank Plc, Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas, Wells Fargo Bank N.A., UBS AG, Standard Chartered Bank, Commerzbank AG, New York Branch, and The Clearing House Payments Company LLC for use in "a filed Canadian Civil Proceeding against Walton International Group Inc. et al", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Income Collecting 1-3 Months T-Bills Mutual Fund: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the Cayman Islands by Russell Homer and Karen Scott, as the Joint Voluntary Liquidators of Income Collecting 1-3 Months T-Bills Mutual Fund, of the Cayman Islands, filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
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Three indicted in NY for ‘$155M Biscayne Capital fraud’

Three men have been indicted in New York for allegedly perpetrating a $155 million fraud and money laundering scheme involving entities in or from Argentina, Bahamas, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Ecuador, Germany, Switzerland, Uruguay, and the United States.

VUZ-Bank JSC v. Agropex International Inc. et al: Discovery Application

Application by VUZ-Bank JSC, of Russia, to take discovery from Agropex International Inc. and Hakan Holdings Limited for use in "reasonably contemplated criminal proceedings in Dubai, United Arab Emirates" regarding "a fraud perpetrated on VUZ Bank by a number of parties, including, but not limited to, Rus-AgroExport LLC, Hakan Holdings Limited, and Hakan Agro DMCC", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia.

VUZ-Bank JSC v. Ashley Bahceci: Discovery Application

Application by VUZ-Bank JSC, described as "a commercial bank in Russia and 100% subsidiary of Ural Bank for Reconstruction and Development CB PJSC, to take discovery from Ashley Anderson Bahceci for use in "reasonably contemplated criminal proceedings in Dubai, United Arab Emirates" regarding "a fraud perpetrated on VUZ Bank by a number of parties, including, but not limited to, Rus-AgroExport LLC, Hakan Holdings Limited, and Hakan Agro DMCC", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Banco Nacional SA: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Brazil by Reginaldo Brandt Silva, as the Foreign Representative of Banco Nacional SA, which has been accused of fraud, filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

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.

Varda Burstein v. AutoLotto Inc. et al: Complaint

Complaint for $3 million alleging "an outrageous and blatant fraud" in Varda Burstein, a resident of Israel v. AutoLotto Inc., described as an Austin, Texas-based "online lottery company that generated revenue through state-sanctioned lotteries and charitable raffles", and Tony DiMatteo, of Texas, at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.

China Medical Technologies Inc. et al v. KPMG: Discovery Application

Application by China Medical Technologies Inc. (in Liquidation), described as a Cayman Islands-domiciled "holding company of a group of companies incorporated in Hong Kong, Mainland China, the British Virgin Islands and Singapore", and CMED Technologies Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands, to take discovery from KPMG LLP for use in legal prceddings in Hong Kong, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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.

SEC v. Klaus Hofmann: Complaint

Complaint alleging "a multi-year expense management scheme by Kraft Heinz Company's procurement division to improperly reduce KHC's cost of goods sold and achieve costs savings targets that were externally touted to the market and internally tied to performance-based targets" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Klaus Hofmann, of Zug, Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
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SEC sues BitConnect for ‘$2B crypto fraud’

The U.S. SEC has sued individuals and companies based in California, India, and Hong Kong for allegedly perpetrating a $2 billion crypto fraud known as BitConnect.

USA v. Stefan Qin: USA’s Sentencing Submission

USA's Sentencing Submission regarding a cryptocurrency-based investment fraud involving Cayman Islands-domiciled, New York-based investment funds in USA v. Stefan He Qin, a citizen of Australia residing in New York, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Roberto Cortes et al: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging conspiracy to commit wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering involving entities in or from Argentina, Bahamas, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Ecuador, Germany, Switzerland, Uruguay, and the United States in USA v. Roberto Gustavo Cortes Ripalda, described as a citizen of Ecuador and the U.S.; Fernando Haberer Bergson, described as a citizen of Germany and Uruguay and a resident of Argentina, and Ernesto Heraclito Weisson Pazmino, described as a citizen of Ecuador and the U.S., at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

SEC v. BitConnect et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging a securities fraud "that ultimately succeeded in obtaining more than 325,000 Bitcoin, or approximately $2 billion, from investors worldwide" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. BitConnect, described as "an unincorporated organization"; Satish Kumbhani, described as a citizen and resident of India; Glenn Arcaro, described as a citizen of the United States residing in California, and Future Money Ltd., of Hong Kong, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Techview Investments Ltd. et al v. Amstar Poland Property Fund I LP et al: Judgment

Judgment on motions to dismiss allegations of fraud and negligence in Techview Investments Limited, which was incorporated in the Bahamas and later moved to the British Virgin Islands, and Prime Overseas Investments and Enterprises Limited, of Cyprus v. Amstar Poland Property Fund I LP, Amstar Poland Property Fund I GP LP, Amstar Poland Fund I GP LP, all of the Cayman Islands; Amstar Global Partners Limited, of Bermuda, and Amstar Group LLC, a Delaware-domiciled, Colorado-based company, at the Superior Court of the State of Delaware, County of New Castle County.

SEC v. Howard Kleyman: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud involving a "prime bank" scheme and entities in the Dominican Republic, Panama, United Kingdom, and USA in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Howard Kleyman, described as a lawyer in Minnesota at the timeof the alleged offense, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

SEC v. Howard Kleyman: Motion for Judgment

Motion for Entry of Final Judgment regarding an allegedly fraudulent scheme involving entities in the Dominican Republic, Panama, United Kingdom, and USA in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Howard Kleyman at the U. S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Oak Trust et al v. Jichen Wu: Discovery Application

Application by Oak Trust, Acorn Trust, Eagle Trust, Duffy Trust, Robert J. Parfet Living Trust, Geluk Global Fund Limited SAC, of the Bahamas; Migration Investments, LLC, of Colorado; Boustrophedon International Ltd., of Hong Kong; Michael R. Shea, Erin Shea, Angela Ling, Fuhua Ling, Philip Bullock, Lifang Liu, Justin Payne, Michael Dietzen, Kimberly J. Dietzen, Brian Sly, David K. Sly, Gregory Sly, Karen Sly, Nelson Sly, Helen S. Sly, Sly Family Trust, and Tamara A. Sly Separate Property Trust to take discovery from Jichen Wu, for use in "an anticipated proceeding" in England regarding "a multi-million dollar fraudulent Forex investment and trading scheme" involving Equiti Capital UK Limited, Mediatrix Capital Inc., Blue Isle Markets Inc., and Blue Isle Markets Ltd., filed at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Motociclo SA: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Uruguay by Asociacion Uruguaya de Peritos, a.k.a. AUPE, as the Foreign Representative of Motociclo SA, which "imports and manufactures bicycles, motorcycles, and spare parts" and was allegedly rendered insolvent by the "reckless administration" and "improper diversion of assets" by its shareholders, Leonardo Rozenblum and Fabian Rozenblum, filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Leonardo Rozenblum et al: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Uruguay by Daniel Germán and Gabriel Ferreira, as the Foreign Representatives of Leonardo Rozenblum Trosman and Fabian Elias Rozenblum Gorel, filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

SEC v. Carl Jensen et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "an ongoing offering fraud" involving "Chinese and Mexican and bearer bonds" that "has raised over $7 million from more than 75 investors" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Carl Jensen, described as a citizen of Canada residing in Australia, and Stephen W. Gold, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in California, as Defendants, and Kerry Margolis, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Germany, and Michael Hock, described as a citizen of the United States residing in California, as Relief Defendants, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

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. Shahrukh Razzak: Arrest

Arrest of Shahrukh Razzak regarding an indictment for fraud and money laundering alleging several defendants "exported nearly $100 million worth of Apple and Samsung products into the United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong grey markets" that were obtained "through acts of robbery, fraud, or theft" in USA v. Shahrukh Razzak at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

USA v. Ofer Abarbanel: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging a fraud of "at least $106 million" involving Cayman Islands-domiciled Income Collecting 1- 3 Months T- Bills Mutual Fund in USA v. Ofer Abarbanel at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Estonia: JPMorgan Chase Bank

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from JPMorgan Chase Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Estonia - for a criminal investigation into "an unknown subject for fraud".

George Bachiashvili v. Charlie Shrem et al: Amended Complaint

Amended Complaint alleging fraud and unregistered securities regarding the sale of cryptocurrency tokens involving Delaware and Cayman Islands-domiciled Crowd Machine in George Bachiashvili v. Charlie Shrem and Roger Tichenor at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

SEC v. Medsis International Inc. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud in which the individuals defendants "told prospective investors Medsis had entered into large lucrative contracts with Central and South American customers" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Medsis International Inc., described as a Delaware-domiciled, Florida-based subsidiary of Medsis Medical Systems SA, of Panama; Joshua Dax Cabrera, of Miami, Florida, and Paul Hess, of Braintree, Massachusetts, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Magna Group: Forced Liquidation

Press Release from the United Kingdom's Insolvency Service announcing that it "shut down" seven "mini-bond companies" that were part of Magna Group as a result of the "mis-selling of over £20m of loan notes".

SEC v. Douglas Drennan: Judgment Application

SEC's Application for an Order Compelling Respondent Douglas F. Drennan to Show Cause Why Judgment Should be Entered Against Him Pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act in a case alleging fraud involving, inter alia, Cayman Islands-domiciled J.S. Oliver Offshore Investments Ltd. in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Douglas F. Drennan at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of California.