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    SEC v. SION Trading FZE: Notice of Joint Liability (‘$37M Crypto Fraud’)

    SEC's Notice of Joint Liability Against Relief Defendant SION Trading FZE, of the United Arab Emirates, regarding an alleged crypto-based investment fraud scheme in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Arbitrade Ltd., of Bermuda; Cryptobontix Inc., of Canada; Troy R.J. Hogg, of Canada; James L. Goldberg, Stephen L. Braverman, and Max W. Barber, as Defendants, and SION Trading FZE, as Relief Defendant, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

    Tony Bobulinski v. Hugh Dickson et al: Complaint (‘Fraudulent Conspiracy’)

    Complaint alleging "a coordinated series of material misrepresentations, culminating in a secret, fraudulent transaction that allowed Defendants to avoid making Tony Bobulinski whole on a debt that they all knew he was owed" in Tony Bobulinski, described as "an expert in investing in distressed businesses" who "provided critical bridge funding to a now-defunct Cayman Islands company called China Branding Group" v. Hugh Dickson, of the Cayman Islands; Hickory Grove, LLC, Jake Fisch, described as a resident of Shanghai, China; Don Williams, Grant Thornton Specialist Services Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; Robert Roche, Theresa Roche, Phillip Tyrrell, described as a resident of the Cayman Islands; Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, Walkers LLP, of the Cayman Islands; MGG Investment Group, LP, and Does 1 through 50 at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    Tactical Infrastructure S.A. v. Apex Energy Alternative Resources Inc. et al: Complaint (‘$500K Fraud’)

    Complaint alleging "Apex’s breach of a note through which Tactical invested $500,000 in connection with a purported commodities transaction and the fraud perpetrated by Willoughby, the President of Apex" in Tactical Infrastructure S.A., of Panama, described as "an investment company that engages in various international investments, mainly in the areas of real estate and corporate finance" v. Apex Energy Alternative Resources Inc. and Robert S. Willoughby at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    Bravia Capital Hong Kong Ltd. v. SL Green Realty Corporation et al: Complaint (‘Fraudulent Transfer’)

    Complaint alleging "SL Green Realty Corporation committed theft in broad daylight" in Bravia Capital Hong Kong Limited, of Hong Kong v. SL Green Realty Corporation, 245 Park Member LLC, Palisades Member 1 LLC, Palisades Member 2 LLC, Palisades Training Center NY LLC, Palisades Fee Owner LLC, Andrew S. Levine, and Harrison Sitomer at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    Huzhou Chuangtai Rongyuan Investment Management Partnership et al v. Hui Qin et al: Complaint (‘$500M Judgment Enforcement’)

    Complaint in Huzhou Chuangtai Rongyuan Investment Management Partnership, Huzhou Huihengying Equity Investment Partnership, and Huzhou Huirongsheng Equity Investment Partnership v. Applegreen Family Trust, Applegreen LLC, Bryn Mawr, Duo Liu, Golden Kirin LLC, Golden Land Funds LLC, Golden Little Dragon, Golden Little Elephant Inc., Golden Mermaid LLC, Golden Pegasus LLC, HS-QYNM Family, Inc., Hangyuan Zhang, Harushio LLC, Hatakaze LLC, Hfre, LLC, Hudson Group LLC, Hui Qin, I Love GLE Trust, John and Jane Does 1-20, King Fame Trading (BVI), Luban Construction Inc., Luxury Team, Inc., Masterpiece Holding Group LTD., Maxim Credit Group LLC, New Land Capital LLC, PH2003 Unit LLC, Qin Family Trust, Qynm Family Holding LLC, Ruolei Liu, St. Fortune Group LLC, St. Grand Ceremony LLC, St. Tome LLC, Trident Trust Company, Trust Company of Delaware, Xuemin Liu, Xueyuan Han, and YouYork Management LLC at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    BGA Holdings Ltd. v. Cosmic Glory Ltd.: ‘Court Supervision’ Petition

    Restoration and 'Court Supervision' Winding Up Petition in John Greenwood, Roy Bailey, both of the British Virgin Islands, and Tsui Chi Chiu, of Hong Kong, as Joint Liquidators of BGA Holdings Limited v. Cosmic Glory Limited, formerly known as Ausca Group Limited, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

    Greece: BB&T Bank (‘Fraud’)

    Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from BB&T Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Greece - for a criminal investigation into "unknown subjects for fraud"
    OffshoreAlert Miami Intelligence Investigations Asset Recovery Conference

    ‘Pig Butchering’ crime-wave to be analyzed at OffshoreAlert Miami

    A global crime-wave known as 'Pig Butchering' and the role of crypto in laundering its tens of billions of dollars annual proceeds will be scrutinized at next month's OffshoreAlert Miami conference. A session entitled 'The New Financial Plague: 'Pig Butchering' will be presented by Erin West , Deputy District Attorney for Santa Clara County, California; Professor John Griffin, a Finance Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and Benedict Hamilton, Managing Director, Forensic Investigations and Intelligence, at Kroll. It is one of 16 sessions on intelligence, investigations, and recovery in high-value international finance that comprise The 20th Annual OffshoreAlert Miami Conference on April 14-16.
    The Definitive Guide to Investigating and Recovering Crypto OffshoreAlert Miami

    ‘How to Investigate and Recover Crypto’ at OffshoreAlert Miami

    A session on investigating and recovering crypto legally, professionally, and successfully will be held at OffshoreAlert's Miami conference next month. 'The Definitive Guide to Investigating and Recovering Crypto' will be presented by Lilita (Lili) Infante, of CAT Labs; Noy Moshe, of Chainalysis; Syed Rahman, of Rahman Ravelli, and Haydn Jones, of Kroll. It is one of 16 sessions on intelligence, investigations, and recovery in high-value international finance that comprise The 20th Annual OffshoreAlert Miami Conference on April 14-16.

    Michael Thornton v. John Does: Complaint (‘$1M Bitcoin Theft’)

    Complaint alleging the defendants "stole 16.48867144 Bitcoin (BTC) from Plaintiff pursuant to a sophisticated global internet cryptocurrency fraud and conversion scheme" in Michael J. Thornton v. John Does 1-20 at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida.

    Amrit Singh et al v. Kristina Charles-Jones et al: Complaint (‘$2M Investment Fraud’)

    Complaint in Amrit Singh and 1SatnamWaheguru, LLC v. Kristina Jones, a.k.a. Kristina Anne Charles-Jones, a.k.a. Krissy Jones, who is a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in California, USA; Options Trading LLC, of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Bellablanc LLC, and Peak Foreclosure Services, Inc. at the Superior Court of the State of California, for the County of Los Angeles, California, USA.

    Hybrid International LLC v. Scotia International of Nevada Inc. et al: Complaint (‘Fraudulent Transfers’)

    Complaint to void "fraudulent and/or voidable transfers" involving, inter alia, Max Warren Barber and his father, Warren Dunn Barber, in Hybrid International LLC v. ENT International Limited Liability Company, a.k.a. ENT International LLC; GSE Global LLC, Aura X LLC, MSB International LLC, Scotia International of Nevada Inc., Sarah Grace Navarra, a.k.a. Grace Barber, and John Does 1-10 at the Third Judicial District Court, Salt Lake City, State of Utah, USA.

    Qatar National Bank et al v. Perles Law Firm, P.C.: Discovery Application (France)

    Application by Qatar National Bank and Qatar Charity, both of Qatar, described as "the victims of a fraudulent scheme, pursuant to which a certain individual (or individuals) took advantage of a grieving family and, we are advised, their counsel at the Perles Firm by providing them with a forged bank record, which falsely linked QNB and QC to an alleged wire transfer that supposedly facilitated the heinous murder by terrorists of an American journalist, Steven Sotloff", to take discovery from Perles Law Firm, P.C. for use in legal proceedings in France, filed at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

    SEC v. Michael Caridi: Letters Rogatory (Fabio Gesufatto et al, Canada)

    SEC's unopposed motion for the issuance of letters rogatory to Fabio Gesufatto, Blu Stella Consulting Group Inc., Ommid Faghani, Kevin Rod, Scott Reeves, Elie Boustani, and Francois Latreille, who were described as citizens of Canada residing in Quebec, Canada, for a complaint alleging securities fraud in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Michael Caridi at the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

    Dechi C.A. v. Inversiones Agropecuarias 2209 C.A. et al: Complaint (‘Fraud’)

    Complaint alleging "a scheme to unlawfully misappropriate the funds of Proporca, the third largest producer of pork in Venezuela" in Dechi C.A., described as "a Venezuelan entity owned and controlled by members of the De Pinto Chimienti family, a prominent Italian and Venezuelan family with business interests in Europe, the United States and South America", derivatively on behalf of Productora Occidental Porcina, C.A., a.k.a. Proporca v. Inversiones Agropecuarias 2209 C.A., of Venezuela; Jesus Armando Hernandez Padron, of Venezuela; and Account Numbers ending in 8906 and 9306 at Amerant, in Miami, Florida, and 8381, 8529, 9345, and 9614 at Banesco, in Miami, Florida, at the Circuit Court of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida.

    USA v. Dan Rotta: Criminal Complaint (‘Offshore Tax Fraud’)

    Criminal Complaint alleging the defendant "concealed millions of dollars in assets and income from the IRS in Swiss bank accounts for several decades that he failed to report" involving, inter alia, individuals and entities in Brazil, British Virgin Islands, France, Hong Kong, Romania and Switzerland in USA v. Dan Rotta at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

    Obra Capital Management LLC et al v. 777 Partners LLC et al: Complaint (‘Fraudulent Transfer’)

    Complaint "777 transferred two cash-rich subsidiaries – Sutton Specialty Insurance Company and Sutton National Insurance Company – to Defendant Pasko for no consideration to shield those assets from creditors" in Obra Capital Management LLC, Vida Longevity Fund LP, Vida Insurance Credit Opportunity Fund II LP, of the Cayman Islands, and Vida Insurance Credit Opportunity Fund III LP, of the Cayman Islands v. 777 Partners LLC and Steven W. Pasko at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

    Michael Pickholz v. TransparentBusiness, Inc. et al: Amended Complaint (‘Whistleblower Retaliation’)

    Amended Complaint alleging the plaintiff's employment was terminated "in blatant retaliation for raising concerns about what he reasonably believed to be financial or accounting fraud and violations of federal securities laws, rules and/or regulations" in Michael Pickholz v. TransparentBusiness, Inc., described as the operator of "a digital platform that helps companies manage remote workers", and Alexandre Konanykhin at the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

    ACT Maritime LLC et al v. Bank of America, N.A. et al: Discovery Application (England)

    Application by ACT Maritime LLC and Wilmington Savings Fund Society FSB to take discovery from Bank of America, N.A., Bank of New York Mellon, BNP Paribas S.A., Barclays Bank PLC, Citibank, N.A., Commerzbank AG, Deutsche Bank AG, HSBC Bank (USA) N.A., JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Société Générale, Standard Chartered Bank, UBS AG, Wells Fargo Bank N.A., and International Registries Inc., as agent for the Trust Company of the Marshall Islands, for use in legal proceedings in England involving Panormos Crude Carriers Ltd., of the Marshall Islands; London Maritime Holdings Ltd., of the Marshall Islands, and their "ultimate beneficial owner", Athanasios Kairaktidis, "in connection with a fraud believed to have been perpetrated by him which undermines Petitioners’ ability to recover on its first preferred vessel mortgage, underlying loan agreement and corporate guarantee", filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    OIH Renewables Sàrl v. Citibank, N.A. et al: Discovery Application (Brazil)

    Application by OIH Renewables Sàrl, of Luxembourg, to take discovery from Citibank, N.A., The Bank of New York Mellon, Société Générale, New York Branch; HSBC Bank USA, N.A., BNP Paribas USA, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Barclays Bank PLC, Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas, UBS AG, Bank of America, N.A., Standard Chartered Bank US, Commerzbank AG, New York Branch; Bank of China, New York Branch; Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Safra National Bank of New York, Banco do Brasil S.A., and The Clearing House Payments Company L.L.C. for use in legal proceedings in Brazil "against Marco Aurélio Luz Goncalves" regarding allegations that he "might be concealing his assets by using offshore corporate structures and making fraudulent transfers of his assets to his family members, since he is seemingly able to comply with the alimony costs without showing any real source of funds", filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    USA v. Stephen Schechter: USA’s Sentencing Memorandum (‘Offshore Tax Evasion’)

    USA's Sentencing Memorandum regarding "a retired multimillionaire investment banker" who "schemed to defraud the IRS by concealing over $5 million in income in offshore accounts, which he failed to report on his individual income tax returns and required Foreign Bank Account Reports" in USA v. Stephen Schechter, described as a dual citizen of the United States and United Kingdom residing in Monaco, at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

    AvantGarde Group SpA et al v. Stock Loan Solutions LLC et al: Complaint (‘Securities Fraud’)

    Complaint alleging securities fraud in AvantGarde Group SpA and 1AF2, both of Italy v. Stock Loan Solutions LLC, Joe D. Thomas, Camo LLC, Harvey L. Carmichael, and Sanskirt LLC, as Defendants, and Harvey Carmichael Inc., Stock Loan Solutions, described as "a Cayman Islands entity", and Stock Loan Solutions, described as "a Swiss special purpose vehicle", as Relief Defendants, at the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah.

    Leonard Licht v. Binance Holdings Ltd. et al: Complaint (‘$2.7M Pig Butchering Crypto Fraud & Laundering’)

    Complaint in Leonard Licht, described as "a 75-year-old widower" residing in Texas, USA, who "was victimized by a pig butchering scheme spearheaded by a criminal syndicate based in Cambodia" v. Binance Holdings Limited, described as "a Cayman Islands corporation that operates the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, Binance.com"; BAM Trading Services, Inc., and Changpeng Zhao, described as "a Chinese-born citizen of Canada", at the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

    Loudmila Bourlakova et al v. The Clearing House Payments Company LLC: Discovery Application (England)

    Application by Loudmila Bourlakova, described as "a resident of Monaco who was born in Ukraine", and Veronica Bourlakova, who "lives in the United Kingdom, and was born in Ukraine", described as the widow and daughter, respectively, of Oleg Bourlakov, described as "a Ukrainian, Russian and Canadian national" who "developed and set into motion a plan to hide Bourlakov Family Assets from his wife and adult daughters", to take discovery from The Clearing House Payments Company L.L.C. for use in legal proceedings in England, filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    New York AG v. Donald Trump et al: Decision & Order ($364M Penalties & Officer/Director Bans)

    Decision & Order awarding the plaintiff $364 million and banning Donald Trump, Allen Weisselberg, Jeffrey McConney, Eric Trump, and Donald Trump, Jr. from serving as an officer or director of any New York corporation or other legal entity in People of the State of New York v. Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Allen Weisselberg, Jeffrey McConney, The Donald J. Trump Organization Inc., Trump Organization LLC, DJT Holdings LLC, DJT Holdings Managing Member, Trump Endeavor 12 LLC, 401 North Wabash Venture LLC, Trump Old Post Office LLC, 40 Wall Street LLC, and Seven Springs LLC at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

    Luc Despins v. Hayman Hong Kong Opportunities Offshore Fund LP et al: Complaint (‘$100M Fraudulent Transfers’)

    Complaint in Luc Despins, as the Chapter 11 Trustee for Ho Wan Kwok, a citizen of China currently in custody in the United States awaiting trial for an alleged $1 billion fraud and money laundering scheme v. Hayman Hong Kong Opportunities Offshore Fund LP, of the Cayman Islands, and Hayman Hong Kong Opportunities Onshore Fund LP, of Delaware, USA, at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut.

    Luc Despins v. ACA Capital Group Ltd. et al: Complaint (‘Turnover of Assets’)

    Complaint against entities in Australia, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, England, Hong Kong, Puerto Rico, and USA in Luc Despins, as the Chapter 11 Trustee for Ho Wan Kwok, a citizen of China currently in custody in the United States awaiting trial for an alleged $1 billion fraud and money laundering scheme v. ACA Capital Group Ltd., Alfa Global Ventures Limited, Alfonso Global Ventures Limited, Anton Development Limited, Bravo Luck Limited, Celestial Tide Limited, China Golden Spring Group (Hong Kong) Ltd., Eastern Profit Corporation Limited, Freedom Media Ventures Limited, G Club International Limited, G Club Operations LLC, G Fashion (CA), G Fashion Hold Co A Limited, G Fashion Hold Co B Limited, G Fashion International Limited, GFashion Media Group Inc., G Music LLC, GF IP, LLC, GF Italy, LLC, GFNY, Inc., Hamilton Capital Holding Limited, Hamilton Investment Management Limited, Hamilton Opportunity Fund SPC, Haoran He, Himalaya Currency Clearing Pty Ltd., Himalaya International Clearing Limited, Himalaya International Financial Group Limited, Himalaya International Payments Limited, Himalaya International Reserves Limited, Jovial Century International Limited, K Legacy Ltd., Karin Maistrello, Leading Shine Limited, Major Lead International Limited, Mei Guo, Next Tycoon Investments Limited, Qiang Guo, Rule of Law Foundation III, Inc., Rule of Law Society IV, Inc., Saraca Media Group, Inc., Seven Mission Group LLC, William Je, and Wise Creation International Limited at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut.

    Luc Despins v. Rising Sun Capital Ltd.: Complaint (‘$3.7M Fraudulent Transfers’)

    Complaint to avoid and recover “fraudulent” transfers of $3,723,302 in Luc Despins, as the Chapter 11 Trustee for Ho Wan Kwok, a citizen of China currently in custody in the United States awaiting trial for an alleged $1 billion fraud and money laundering scheme v. Rising Sun Capital Ltd., of England, at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut.

    Luc Despins v. GCP Investment Advisors SL: Complaint (‘$1.3M Fraudulent Transfers’)

    Complaint to avoid and recover “fraudulent” transfers of $1,296,770 in Luc Despins, as the Chapter 11 Trustee for Ho Wan Kwok, a citizen of China currently in custody in the United States awaiting trial for an alleged $1 billion fraud and money laundering scheme v. GCP Investment Advisors SL, of Spain, at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut.

    Luc Despins v. Starling Bank: Complaint (‘$5.5M Fraudulent Transfers’)

    Complaint to avoid and recover “fraudulent” transfers of $5,531,945 in Luc Despins, as the Chapter 11 Trustee for Ho Wan Kwok, a citizen of China currently in custody in the United States awaiting trial for an alleged $1 billion fraud and money laundering scheme v. Starling Bank, of England, at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut.

    1MDB Energy Holdings Ltd. et al: Chapter 15 Petition (British Virgin Islands)

    Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the British Virgin Islands by Angela Barkhouse, Toni Shukla, and Carl Jackson, all of Quantuma, as the Foreign Representatives of 1MDB Energy Holdings Limited, Alsen Chance Holdings Limited, Blackrock Commodities (Global) Limited, Aabar International Investments PJS Limited, and Platinum Global Luxury Services Limited, which "formed part of the fraud perpetrated against 1 Malaysia Development Berhad, a sovereign wealth fund owned by the Malaysian Ministry of Finance, in which numerous entities and individuals formed a network to divert and distribute funds to the fraudsters who orchestrated the fraud and to individuals and/or entities connected to them", filed at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

    USA v. Alexander Smirnov: Criminal Indictment (‘FBI Informant Fraud’)

    Criminal Indictment alleging false statement and creating a false and fictitious record involving the "Ukrainian industrial conglomerate Burisma Holdings, Limited" and "the Obama-Biden Administration" in USA v. Alexander Smirnov at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
    'Global Launderette' to be explained at OffshoreAlert Bangkok

    ‘Global Launderette’ to be explained at OffshoreAlert Bangkok

    The sophisticated techniques by which proceeds are disguised and moved even through the most tightly-regulated of economies, the multi-jurisdictional crimes which are involved, the emergent risks faced by institutions and individuals alike, and, perhaps most importantly, the trailblazing methods and tools by which practitioners uncover culprits and recover assets will be discussed at OffshoreAlert Bangkok this month in a session entitled 'The Dark Side of the Economy: An Ever-Growing Global Launderette'. February 28-29, Bangkok.