Misappropriation

Ronald Haller: Industry Ban

Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing an industry ban on Ronald P. Haller, 67, of Ontario, Canada, after. he pleaded guilty to fraud in Canada.

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.

Brian Kang et al v. Hybrid Trade Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging theft, misappropriation, and securities fraud regarding the raising of $50 million "from investors based around the world, including within the United States" from the sale of "digital tokens" that were "neither registered with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission nor qualified for any exemption from registration with the SEC, thereby depriving investors of the benefit of the disclosures required by the federal securities laws" in Brian Kang, Skyblock LLC, Mid-Wilshire Consulting LLC, Prasad Hurra, David Kim, Blue Rock Group, Artemio Verduzo, David Kwon, and Young Jae Kwon v. Hybrid Trade Limited, described as operating from addresses in Hong Kong, Malta, and Singapore; Asia Digital Asset Exchange, described as operating from an address in Cyprus; Allysian Sciences, Apolo Ohno, a former Olympic speed skating champion; Rod Jao, Eugenio Pugliese, and Henry Liu at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Stephen Puleo et al v. Burgundy 523 Offshore Fund Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud by 122 investors, "many of whom are senior citizens", who are "among 261 individuals, who collectively invested $75.5 million to buy interests in a student housing project in reliance on a series of false statements in the offering documents made by the sponsor of the offering and a financier that facilitated the offering" in Stephen Puleo et al v. Patrick Nelson, of California; Nelson Partners LLC, of Utah; Axonic Capital LLC, of Delaware; Clayton Degiancinto, of New York; AxSPV LLC Series NB CRE Lender, of Delaware; AxSPV LLC Series SBL CRE Lender, of Delaware; AxSPV LLC Series ACO CRE Lender, of Delaware; Burgundy 523 Offshore Fund Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; Axonic Special Opportunities SBL Master Fund LP, of Delaware, and Axonic Credit Opportunities Master Fund LP, of the Cayman Islands, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Platts v. Wood Mackenzie Ltd.: Complaint

Complaint "to recover actual damages for breach of the applicable licensing agreement, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and misappropriation" in S&P Global Inc., d.b.a. Platts, described as a New York-based "independent information and services provider that observes, analyzes, and reports on the commodities and energy markets" v. Wood Mackenzie Limited, described as a United Kingdom firm that "provides consulting services and market research to the oil, gas, coal, metals, and mining industries, including reports on major companies operating in those areas, trends analysis and forecasts, and executive overviews", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Öksüt Madencilik San. Tic. AS v. LinkedIn Corp. et al: Discovery Application

Application by Öksüt Madencilik San. Tic. A.S., described as a Turkish company that "operates a precious metals mine located in Turkey known as the Öksüt Mine", to take discovery from LinkedIn Corp. and Google LLC for use in "criminal and civil proceedings" in Turkey alleging "one or more individuals, believed to be former OMAS employees, have stolen confidential information from OMAS and are using that information to unlawfully harm the Company and exert influence over its employees, vendors, and others through anonymous online accounts", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Qasimi Law Partners v. Tanya Chuck Habib: Discovery Application

Application by the Law Office of Shaikh Fahim Al Qasimi, a.k.a. Qasimi Law Partners, of Abu Dhabi, to take discovery from Tanya Chuck Habib, of Croton-on-Hudson, New York, "for use in a proceeding in the United Arab Emirates" to enforce a judgment for AED7.2 million "against John Lawrence Habib and M.E.N.A. Bridge Advisors FZE", of Abu Dhabi, for alleged "financial misappropriations and defalcation", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Dorset Ltd. v. Trax Ltd.: Stop Notice

Stop Notice by Dorset Limited, of the Marshall Islands, regarding shares in Trax Ltd., of the Cayman Islands, registered to Panagiotis Triantafyllidis, filed at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

ENG LLC v. Trax Ltd.: Stop Notice

Stop Notice by ENG LLC, of Delaware, regarding shares in Trax Ltd., of the Cayman Islands, registered to Topmost Access Limited and Tron LP, filed at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Servicios Parlamentarios Remo SA de CV v. R D Precious Metals Inc.: Complaint

Complaint alleging "a fraudulent scheme involving the theft, conversion and misappropriation by defendants in New York of funds and/or gold belonging to plaintiff" in Servicios Parlamentarios Remo SA de CV, of Mexico v. R D Precious Metals Inc., Rafael Davidov, Roni Amrussi, a.k.a. Roni Amrusi, a.k.a. Roni Ambrussi; Yaniv Ben Hamo, a.k.a. Yaniv Benhamo, and Gold 7 of Miami Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Howard Shapiro v. Toula Varvitsiotis et al: Discovery Application

Application by Howard Shapiro, of Hollywood, Florida, to take discovery from Toula Varvitsiotis and Georgia Varvitsiotis for use in legal proceedings in Hong Kong involving "corporate governance irregularities and the use of corporate funds at a Hong Kong corporation called Asia Interactive Services (Hong Kong) Ltd.", filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Lansdale Capital Ltd. v. Leslie Wulf et al: Motion to Quash Subpoena

Motion to Quash Subpoena asking PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP "to produce the privileged and confidential documents of non-party movant Lansdale Capital Ltd., a BVI company" in Lansdale Capital Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands v. Leslie A. Wulf, Bruce A. Hall, John E. Rea, and James Rea at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

‘Remove content about my client or be sued,’ writes Sergi Pujol’s ‘reputation manager’

Letter to the Editor from Josep Coll Rodríguez, described as a reputation management lawyer in Barcelona representing Sergi Pujol, seeking the removal from OffshoreAlert's website and de-indexing from search engines of an application to collect evidence filed by the USA at federal court in Washington, D.C. regarding a Spanish criminal investigation into Pujol for suspected fraud and misappropriation, claiming that publication of the document violates European privacy laws.

SEC v. Sheng-Wen Cheng: Complaint

Complaint alleging "misappropriation of investor funds and material misrepresentations in connection with the offering of equity and digital asset securities to investors in Alchemy Finance, Inc., Alchemy Company, Ltd., and Alchemy Coin, Ltd.", which are domiciled in Delaware and Hong Kong, in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Sheng-Wen Cheng, of New York, USA, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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.

Huy Vietnam Group Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the Cayman Islands by Cosimo Borrelli and Mitchell Mansfield, as the Foreign Representatives of Huy Vietnam Group Limited (in Official Liquidation), whose Founder, Nhat Huy, "may have misappropriated approximately $59 million", at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Sakab Saudi Holding Company et al v. Citibank et al: Discovery Application

Application by Sakab Saudi Holding Company, Alpha Star Aviation Services Company, Enma Al Ared Real Estate Investment and Development Company, Kafa'at Business Solutions Company, Security Control Company, Armour Security Industrial Manufacturing Company, Saudi Technology & Security Comprehensive Control Company, Technology Control Company, New Dawn Contracting Company, and Sky Prime Investment Company, all of Saudi Arabia, to take discovery from Citibank NA, HSBC Bank USA NA, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, and Jonathan Wainwright for use in legal proceedings in Canada alleging "a massive fraudulent scheme perpetrated by a former high-ranking government official in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Saad Khalid Al Jabri, which resulted in at least $3.5 billion (USD) being stolen from the Applicant companies and used for the personal benefit of one man, Al Jabri, and his family and associates", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Oak Trust (Guernsey) Ltd. et al v. William Dewsall: Amended Complaint

Amended Complaint alleging fraud involving Gable Holdings Inc., of the Cayman Islands, and Gable Insurance AG, of Liechtenstein, in Kevin Alcock, Corita Metelerkamp, both of Surrey, England; Oak Trust (Guernsey) Limited, of Guernsey; Baytree Group Holdings Limited, Morvale Company Limited, Aggaris Investments Limited, all of the British Virgin Islands; Christopher Lawrance, Roy Campbell, both of South Africa, and CriSeren Investments Limited, of Wales v. William Dewsall, of London, England, at the High Court for England and Wales.

Linda Fischer v. Jeffrey Slavet et al: Discovery Application

Ex Parte Application by Linda Fischer, a citizen of Germany residing in the United Kingdom, to take discovery from Jeffrey Slavet, Lombardy 711 Inc., and 111 East 56th Street Inc. for use in legal proceedings in the British Virgin Islands involving allegations of fraud against her brother, Michael Fischer, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Linda Fischer v. XL Funding Inc. et al: Discovery Application

Ex Parte Application by Linda Fischer, a citizen of Germany residing in the United Kingdom, to take discovery from the Estate of Michael D. Fischer, Svetlana Astafurova, XL Funding, Inc., and Blackstone Equities, LLC for use in legal proceedings in the British Virgin Islands involving allegations of fraud against her brother, Michael Fischer, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Germany: Sven Schoene

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Bank of America - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Germany - for a criminal investigation into Sven Schoene for suspected embezzlement while serving as CEO of a U.S. subsidiary of a German company.

SEC v. Vuuzle Media Corp. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Vuuzle Media Corp., of New York, NY; Ronald Shane Flynn, a.k.a. Ronnie Shane, described as a U.S citizen residing in the Philippines and/or Dubai, and Richard Marchitto, of Rockaway, New Jersey, at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Xenfin Fund 1 Trading Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Guernsey by Matthew Wright, Benjamin Rhodes, and James Toynton, as the Foreign Representatives of Xenfin Fund 1 Trading Limited (in Voluntary Liquidation), which "served as a special purpose vehicle to invest in real estate in the United States and around the world" and is "wholly owned by GFG Funds PCC Limited (in Voluntary Liquidation)", of Guernsey, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Ihor Kolomoisky et al: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. Real Property Located at 55 Public Square, Cleveland, Ohio which is "traceable to an international conspiracy to launder money embezzled and fraudulently obtained from PrivatBank", described as "a Ukrainian financial institution", whose beneficial owners were identified as Ihor Kolomoisky and Gennadiy Boholiubov, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Mustafa Abdel Wadood: Industry Ban

Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing an industry ban on Mustafa Abdel Wadood, described as a citizen of Egypt, for "the misappropriation of fund assets from one private equity fund client of the Abraaj Group and an offering fraud against investors in another Abraaj fund".

JSC BTA Bank v. Wells Fargo Bank et al: Discovery Application

Application by JSC BTA Bank, of Kazakhstan, to take discovery from Wells Fargo Bank, NA, Wells Fargo & Company, Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Wells Fargo Financial Advisors Network LLC, and related entities; Yvgeny Bukrinsky, d.b.a. Omega Enterprises, described as an "accountant/tax preparer"; "certain business entities owned or operated by Elvira Kudryashova, namely, Anthill Shopnplay (a/k/a Anthill Fashion Market, Anthill Shopnplay LLC, and Kud Vintage) and Edward Hill Bakery party N beyond"; Granite Escrow and Settlement Services, Escrow of the West, Jason Bradshaw, d.b.a. Bradshaw Residential Group, described as a "real estate agent", and Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC for use in legal proceedings in the United Kingdom and "a pending criminal investigation in Kazakhstan", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

SEC v. Raquel Moura Borges et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud and misappropriation involving, inter alia, companies in the British Virgin Islands, Brazil, and the USA in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Raquel Moura Borges, a citizen of Brazil, and Global Access Investment Advisor, LLC, described as a New York-based company that "provides investment advisory services to clients who are primarily from Brazil", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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.

Leonid Zavlunov et al v. Stanislav Shvartsman et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud and misappropriation involving "a fraudulent bank guarantee" in Leonid Zavlunov and Strategic Global Experts Inc., both of New York v. Stanislav Shvartsman, of New York; Willah Joseph Mudolo, described as a resident of London, England, and African Development Funding Group, of England, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

Madison Asset LLC v. Deutsche Bank AG: Motion to Seal

Motion to File Complaint Under Seal in Martin Trott and Christopher Smith, of RHSW (Cayman) Limited, as Joint Official Liquidators of Madison Asset LLC (in Official Liquidation), described as "a Cayman investment fund that is now in official liquidation proceedings before the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands" v. Deutsche Bank AG at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Madison Asset LLC v. Deutsche Bank AG: Complaint (Redacted)

Redacted Complaint "against Deutsche for its role in a fraudulent trading scheme orchestrated by Madison's former principals and principals of related entities between 2014 and 2017 that caused Madison to suffer more than $200 million in damages" in Martin Trott and Christopher Smith, of RHSW (Cayman) Limited, as Joint Official Liquidators of Madison Asset LLC (in Official Liquidation), described as "a Cayman investment fund that is now in official liquidation proceedings before the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands" v. Deutsche Bank AG at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Multiflora International Ltd. et al v. Jacobi International, Inc. et al: Discovery Application

Application by Multiflora International Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands; Agrícola Industrial Entre Ríos, S.A., of Guatemala, and Agrícola Esperanza Jacobi, S.A., of Guatemala, to take discovery from Jacobi International, Inc., Cart Investments, Inc., Bank of America N.A., Morgan Stanley Bank, N.A., and Jonathan Feuerman, a lawyer with law firm Therrel Baisden, LLP, for use in "ongoing civil and criminal legal proceedings that are pending in Guatemala" that involve "Christian Rasch's misappropriation of funds and other assets belonging to Applicants and others", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Jia Li et al v. BitMart: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud by a "cryptocurrency exchange" in Jia Li, of China, and David Hsiao, of California v. GBM Foundation Company Ltd., d.b.a. BitMart, described as a Cayman Islands-domiciled, New Jersey-based "cryptocurrency exchange", at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Barclays Bank Plc et al v. Val Sklarov et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "false designation of origin, cybersquatting and trademark dilution" in Barclays Bank Plc, of England, and Barclays Capital Inc., of New York v. Vladimir 'Val' Sklarov, described as a "convicted felon" residing in Florida, and Osman Qureishi, described as a resident of Texas, each individually and d.b.a. 'Shearson Lehman Brothers', 'Shearson Lehman', 'Lehman Brothers', 'Shearson Lehman Brothers Investment Banking', and 'Shearson Lehman Investment Banking'; Black Rock Capital LLC, of the Bahamas; Newburgh Capital Ltd., Lincoln Capital Ltd., of Belize; Lincoln Capital Ltd., of Belize, and Jaitegh 'JT' Singh, described as an attorney based in New York, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. SAExploration Holdings Inc. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "an elaborate, four-year-long fraud" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. SAExploration Holdings Inc., of Delaware, whose shares were listed on NASDAQ; Jeffrey H. Hastings, of Alaska; Brent N. Whiteley, of Houston, Texas; Brian A. Beatty, of Ontario, Canada, and Michael J. Scott, of Alberta, Canada, as Defendants, and Thomas W. O'Neill, of Houston, Texas, and Lori E. Hastings, of Alaska, as Relief Defendants, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Minerva Development Group Ltd. et al: £2.8M Misappropriation

Press Release by The Insolvency Service in the United Kingdom announcing that Minerva Development Group Limited and Cohesion Business Development Ltd. "were wound up in the public interest on 29 September 2020 after the High Court found that the investment-raising activities of the companies were entirely without substance, with at least £2.85 million of investors' funds - raised through issuing of bonds - had disappeared".

Peter Roebuck et al: Disqualifications

Press Release by The Insolvency Service, in the United Kingdom, announcing 12-year disqualifications on Peter John Roebuck and Francis Edward Tarling for misappropriating £9 million.

Northern Trust Global Fund Services Cayman Ltd. et al: $167K Penalties

Administrative Order imposing financial penalties totaling $167,629 on Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services LLC and Northern Trust Global Fund Services Cayman Limited, of the Cayman Islands, "as the fund administrators for the LR Global Frontier Master Fund, Ltd. and two feeder funds, the LR Global Frontier Fund, Ltd. (offshore) and the LR Global Frontier Fund LP (onshore)", for regulatory breaches regarding an alleged fraud by Donald S. LaGuardia, Jr.

Abdulhameed Dhia Jafar v. ABRAAJ Holdings et al: Complaint

Writ of Summons and Statement of Claim for at least $267 million alleging "systematic fraud" in Abdulhameed Dhia Jafar, of Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates v. ABRAAJ Holdings (in Official Liquidation), GHF General Partner Limited, as General Partner of GHF Fund LP, formerly Abraaj Growth Markets Health Fund LP, and GHF Fund (B) LP, formerly Abraaj Growth Markets Health Fund (B) LP; The GHF Group Limited, formerly The Abraaj Healthcare Group Limited, and Abraaj General Partner VIII Limited, as General Partner of Neoma Private Equity Fund IV LP, formerly Abraaj Private Equity Fund IV LP, all of the Cayman Islands, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Switzerland: Henry Ukshini

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from JPMorgan Chase Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Switzerland - for a criminal investigation into Henry Ukshini for suspected embezzlement.

Gupta Associates LLC v. New Silk Route PE-SPV LP et al: First Amended Complaint

First Amended Complaint alleging "self-dealing and fraud" in Gupta Associates LLC, of Delaware, individually and in the right of New Silk Advisors LP, described as a Cayman Islands-domiciled "private equity firm that invested in growth industries in the Indian sub-continent and other emerging economies in Asia" v. Parag Saxena, described as a resident of Harrison, NY, and New Silk Route PE-SPV LP, of the Cayman Islands, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Westchester.

National Bank Trust et al v. Vadim Belyaev: Complaint

Complaint "seeking to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in assets that were misappropriated through a large-scale fraud and misconduct scheme that took place prior to the collapse of one of Russia's largest privately-owned commercial banks" involving, inter alia, entities in the British Virgin Islands and Cyprus in National Bank Trust and PJSC Bank Otkritie Financial Corporation, both of Russia v. Vadim Belyaev, a.k.a. Vadim Wolfson, described as a citizen of Russia and Cyprus residing in New York, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

SEC v. David Coggins et al: TRO Motion

SEC's Motion for Temporary Restraining Order in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. David C. Coggins and Coral Gables Asset Management LLC, as Defendants, and Coral Gables Asset Holdings LP and Coral Gables Capital LP, as Relief Defendants, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

SEC v. David Coggins et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "fraud and misappropriation of investor assets" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. David C. Coggins and Coral Gables Asset Management LLC, as Defendants, and Coral Gables Asset Holdings LP and Coral Gables Capital LP, as Relief Defendants, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

JTrust Asia Pte. Ltd. v. Mitsuji Konoshita et al: Judgment

Judgment regarding an application to discharge a freezing order and receivership order in a matter that also involves proceedings in Singapore and Thailand in JTrust Asia Pte. Ltd. v. Mitsuji Konoshita and A.P.F. Group Co. Ltd. at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

New York AG v. National Rifle Association of America Inc. et al: Complaint

Complaint seeking the dissolution of a charity alleging "Directors or members in control of the NRA have looted or wasted the corporate assets, have perpetuated the corporation solely for their personal benefit, or have otherwise acted in an illegal, oppressive or fraudulent manner" in People of the State of New York v. The National Rifle Association of America Inc., Wayne LaPierre, Wilson 'Woody' Phillips, John Frazer, and Joshua Powell at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

USA v. PNC Plaza: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint regarding "assets that facilitated, were involved in, and are traceable to an international conspiracy to launder money embezzled and fraudulently obtained from PrivatBank", described as "a Ukrainian financial institution located in Ukraine, with a branch in Cyprus and an affiliated entity in Latvia, among other places" in USA v. PNC Plaza at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.