Misappropriation

Evatt Tamine Judgment

Australian lawyer Evatt Tamine ordered to repay $28M to Robert Brockman’s Bermuda trust

In a judgment at Bermuda Supreme Court, Australian barrister Evatt Tamine has been ordered to repay nearly $30 million that he allegedly misappropriated from a Bermuda trust he administered on behalf of U.S. businessman Robert Brockman, who was criminally indicted at federal court in California in 2020 for an alleged $2 billion offshore tax fraud scheme.

Globalization Partners Mexico SA de CV v. GoGlobal USA Inc.: Discovery Application

Application by Globalization Partners Mexico SA de CV, described as being "part of a family of companies that provide technology-based human resources solutions that enable clients to seamlessly engage talent in various jurisdictions across the world without needing to set up a local entity", to take discovery from GoGlobal USA Inc. for use in legal proceedings in Mexico "against its former employee Francisco Mendez after learning that Mendez took away with him Globalization Partners' trade secrets and confidential information and brought it with him to a direct competitor, GoGlobal", filed at the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

BCT Ltd. et al v. Evatt Tamine et al: $28M Judgment (Robert Brockman Case)

Judgment awarding $16.8 million, $5.395 million, and £5 million against the defendants in BCT Limited, a Cayman Islands subsidiary of Maples Group, as Trustee of the A. Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust, and Spanish Steps Holdings Limited, of the British Virgin Islands v. Evatt Tamine, an Australian barrister, and Tangarra Consultants Limited, of Bermuda, at Bermuda Supreme Court.

USA v. Merrill Lynch: Judicial Assistance

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Merrill Lynch - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from the 6th Probate and Family Court of the Regional Forum II of Santo Amaro in São Paulo, Brazil - for legal proceedings styled as 'Leticia Lagoa Ribeiro v. Alexandre Fernandes Martins' involving "claims of misappropriated assets", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

JSC Ingtorgstroy v. Citibank NA et al: Discovery Application

Application by JSC Ingtorgstroy, of Russia, to take discovery from Citibank NA, The Bank of New York Mellon, Société Générale, New York Branch; HSBC Bank USA NA, BNP Paribas USA, JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, Barclays Bank PLC, Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas, The Bank of Nova Scotia, New York Agency; UBS AG, Bank of America NA, Standard Chartered Bank US, Commerzbank AG, New York Branch, and The Clearing House Payments Company LLC for use in legal proceedings "against former CEOs and beneficial owners of OJSC "GK Amazarkan", including Pavel Entin and Bogdan Solodukha before the commercial court of Moscow city and the commercial court of Kaluga Region, Russia", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SRC Strategic Resources Ltd. et al: Chapter 15 Petition (‘1MDB Fraud’)

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the British Virgin Islands by Helen Janes, Angela Barkhouse, and Carl Jackson, as the Foreign Representatives of SRC Strategic Resources Limited, Bright Oriande Limited, and SRC International (Malaysia) Limited, all in Voluntary Liquidation, collectively described as being "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", at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Zouzar Bouka et al v. Symbion Power Services U.S. Inc. et al: Discovery Application

Application by Zouzar Bouka, described as a citizen of France and an "entrepreneur and investor"; Vision Indian Ocean SA, of Madagascar, and ViMa Real Estate Sarl, of Madagascar, to take discovery from Symbion Power Services U.S. Inc., Symbion Power LLC, Symbion Power Holdings LLC, Symbion Power Africa LLC, Symbion Energy Holdings Ltd., and Paul Hinks for use a "contemplated proceeding in France" and a "criminal proceeding in Madagascar" regarding "Respondents' participation in a multi-million-dollar theft from the Mandroseza Power Plant, a project designed to bring reliable electricity to Madagascar, and their subsequent sale of interests in the Plant contrary to their contractual obligations and Malagasy law", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

CLM v. CLN et al: Judgment (‘$7M Crypto Theft’)

Judgment regarding applications for a worldwide freezing injunction, disclosure orders, and to join defendants in "an action to trace and recover 109.83 Bitcoin and 1497.54 Ethereum that were allegedly misappropriated" in a scheme that, inter alia, involved entities in the Cayman Islands and the Seychelles and which "raised two interesting and novel points of law. First, can stolen cryptocurrency assets be the subject of a proprietary injunction? Second, does the court have jurisdiction to grant interim orders against persons whose identities are presently unknown?" in CLM, an unidentified "national of the United States of America and an entrepreneur" v. CLN, CLO, CLP, CPZ, CQA, CQB, and CQC at Singapore High Court.

Gulf Investment Corporation et al v. Port Link GP Ltd. et al: Complaint (‘$74M Fraud Claim’)

Writ of Summons and Statement of Claim alleging "a corrupt scheme to launder money or conceal corruption and fraud" in Gulf Investment Corporation, of Kuwait, and General Retirement and Social Insurance Authority, of Qatar v. Port Link GP Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; Mark Eric Williams, of Georgia, USA; Wellspring Capital Group Inc., of Georgia, USA; KGL Investment Company Asia, of the Cayman Islands; Apache Asia Limited, of Hong Kong; Apache Asia Limited, of Macao; Ronald Henry Ayliffe, of Singapore, and Elite First Investment Limited, of the British Virgin Islands, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

CFTC v. Casper Mikkelsen: Judgment ($4.7M)

Final Judgment and Order imposing financial penalties totaling $4.7 million regarding "a fraudulent scheme to solicit and misappropriate money from over 100 individuals" in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Casper Mikkelsen, of Denmark, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Ephraim Atwal v. Bitfinex: Complaint

Complaint for damages of $670,000 alleging conversion, breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and negligence involving the alleged theft of cryptocurrency known as EOS in Ephraim Atawl v. iFinex Inc. , BXNA Inc., and BFXWW Inc., all described as British Virgin Islands companies based in Hong Kong that operate "Bitfinex, an online platform for exchanging and trading cryptocurrency", at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of New York.

Brazil: Eduardo Cesar Lourenco de Avila

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from California resident Eduardo Cesar Lourenco de Avila - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Brazil - for a criminal investigation into Avila for allegedly misappropriating $224,811 "from the federal public company CAIXA Aqui".

Lau Chun Shun v. Seahawk China Dynamic Fund: Winding Up Petition

Winding Up Petition alleging "dishonest and deliberately concealed acts" by Hao Liang, a.k.a. Henry Liang, including an allegation that he "attempted to secretly strip approximately US$19,997,219", in Lau Chun Shun, of Hong Kong v. Seahawk China Dynamic Fund at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Raymond Jonna et al v. Bitcoin Latinum et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging cryptocurrency-based investment fraud in Raymond Jonna, Simon Jonna, and Farid Jamardov v. Kevin Jonna and Bitcoin Latinum at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

CFTC v. Notus LLC et al: Complaint (‘$58M Fraud’)

Complaint alleging the defendants "misappropriated at least $58 million as part of a fraudulent scheme" in U. S. Commodity Futures Trading Corporation in Notus LLC, d.b.a. RoFX; Easy Com LLC, d.b.a. RoFX; Global E-Advantages LLC, a.k.a. Kickmagic LLC, d.b.a. RoFX; Grovee LLC, d.b.a. RoFX; Shopostar LLC, d.b.a. RoFX; Jase Davis, Borys Konovalenko, described as a citizen and resident of Ukraine"; Anna Shymko, Alla Skala, described as "a Canadian citizen who was born in Ukraine", and Timothy Stubbs at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

PrivatBank v. Igor Kolomoisky et al: Third Amended Complaint

Third Amended Complaint alleging misappropriation in PJSC Commercial Bank PrivatBank, of Ukraine v. Igor Valeryevich Kolomoisky, frdvtonrf sd s citizen of Ukraine, Cyprus, and Israel; Gennaidy Borisovich Bogolyubov, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Israel, and Cyprus; Teamtrend Limited, of England; Trade Point Agro Limited, of England; Collyer Limited, of England; Rossyn Investing Corp.,Milbert Ventures Inc., and ZAO UKRTransitService Ltd., all of the British Virgin Islands, at the High Court of Justice for England and Wales.

USA v. $5.7M Promissory Note by 8787 Ricchi LLC: 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 "one of the largest banks in Ukraine" from which its owners, Ihor Kolomoisky and Gennadiy Boholiubov, allegedly stole "over $5 billion", in USA v. $5.7 million promissory note executed by 8787 Ricchi LLC payable to 87STE Lending LLC at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Pioneer GP Ltd. et al v. Daria Valdez et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging a fraud totaling "millions of dollars" in Pioneer GP Limited and Champlain Investment Holdings Limited, both of the Cayman Islands v. Daria Valdez, a.k.a. Daria Pastoukhova, described as a resident of the Bahamas and the husband of Lance Valdez, who "died in a helicopter crash in the Bahamas", and Jason Sweeney, described as a resident of Ireland, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

BASF T.O.V. v. Citibank NA et al: Discovery Application

Application by BASF T.O.V., of Ukraine, 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, The Bank of Nova Scotia, New York Agency; UBS AG, Bank of America, N.A., Standard Chartered Bank US, Commerzbank AG, New York Branch; and The Clearing House Payments Company, LLC for use in legal proceedings in Ukraine alleging fraud "against PE Cherkes Trading House (f/k/a PE “Firma Bershad Agroplius”) (and its affiliates and officers, including Mr. Zulynskyi Stepan Olegovych), Agrarian Alliance LLC, STOV Dibrova I K, and Motoviltex LLC" at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Alexei and Dmitri Ananyev

Russian investigators seek records from 3 NY banks in hunt for assets of ‘multi-billion dollar bank fraudsters Dmitri and Alexei Ananyev’

Russia's National Bank Trust is seeking records from three New York banks as part of its attempt to recover the proceeds of "a multi-billion dollar banking fraud perpetrated by two brothers, Dmitri and Alexei Ananyev", who are allegedly linked with entities in several jurisdictions, including Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Cyprus, Marshall Islands, and Seychelles.

CFTC v. WorldWideMarkets Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud and misappropriation of "at least $4.7 million of customer funds" in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. WorldWideMarkets Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands; TAB Networks Inc., of Delaware; Thomas Plaut, of New Jersey, and Arthur Dembro, of New York, at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Anatoly Motylev v. Bank of America et al: Discovery Application

Application by Kevin Hellard and Jonathan Thielmann, as Joint Trustees in the English bankruptcy proceedings of Anatoly Leonidovich Motylev, who "is responsible for the collapse of several Russian banks and pension funds that he controlled and has been held liable for these institutions’ debts as a result of the fraud he and his associates perpetrated", to take discovery from Bank of America NA, Citigroup Inc., JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A., HSBC Bank, Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, Standard Chartered Bank, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, and Commerzbank AG, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The alleged fraud and money laundering scheme involves entities and accounts in several jurisdictions, including Austria, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, England, Germany, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Panama, Russia, Scotland, Seychelles, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and USA, it was stated in the application.

Abdulhameed Dhia Jafar v. Abraaj Holdings et al: Judgment (Complaint Amendment)

Judgment regarding Plaintiff's application for leave to amend his Statement of Claim regarding an alleged $267 million 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.

Jia Li et al v. BitMart: Complaint to Enforce Settlement Agreement

Complaint alleging breach of a final settlement agreement involving an alleged fraud by a cryptocurrency exchange in Jia Li, of China, and David Hsiao, of California v. GBM Foundation Company Ltd., d.b.a. BitMart, of the Cayman Islands, at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
muammer-gaddafi

Libya attempts “largest international asset recovery effort of all time”

As part of what its lawyers claim "could become the largest international asset recovery effort of all time", Libya has applied to take discovery from eight major banks in its hunt for an estimated $100 billion allegedly misappropriated by former leader Muammar Gaddafi. The effort is being led by lawyers Oren Warshavsky, of BakerHostetler, and Warren Gluck, of Holland & Knight.

Libyan Asset Recovery and Management Office v. Bank of America et al: Discovery Application

Application by the Libyan Asset Recovery and Management Office to take discovery from Bank of America N.A., Citigroup Inc. d.b.a. Citibank; JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A., UBS Group A.G., HSBC Bank, Credit Suisse Bank N.A., Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, and Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas for use in foreign legal proceedings regarding "tens of billions of dollars stolen by Muammar Muhammed Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi over the course of his 32-year dictatorship", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Yuan Hsu v. Wells Fargo: Discovery Application

Application by Yuan Hsu, of Taiwan, to take discovery from Wells Fargo & Company for use in legal proceedings in Taiwan alleging theft and embezzlement against the applicant's daughter, Ping Hsu, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Howard E. Wolf et al v. Layer1 Technologies Inc.: Complaint

Complaint "to make certain of its books and records available for inspection by Plaintiffs" for an investigation into suspected "mismanagement or wrongdoing" involving transactions with Switzerland-based Enigma Holding AG and "a Shanghai-based semiconductor company and its cryptocurrency subsidiary" in Howard E. Wolf, The Rogers Family 1995 Trust, The Geier Family Trust UTA Dated May 8, 2003, WhoKnew Ventures LLC, Paul Sebexen, and Blockbase Group DWC-LLC v. Layer1 Technologies Inc., described as "a Bitcoin mining, technology, and factory development company headquartered in San Francisco, California", at the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware.

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.

Universal Enterprises Ltd.: Chapter 15 Recognition Order

Order granting a Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the Cayman Islands by Eleanor Fisher, of the Cayman Islands, and Hani Bishara, of the United Arab Emirates, as the Foreign Representatives of Universal Enterprises Ltd. (in Official Liquidation), described in the petition as "an investment vehicle for six brothers [from Kuwait] for the purpose of making investments in the United States", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Universal Enterprises Ltd.: Discovery Order

Order granting a motion by Eleanor Fisher, of the Cayman Islands, and Hani Bishara, of the United Arab Emirates, as the Foreign Representatives of Universal Enterprises Ltd. (in Official Liquidation), for the issuance of subpoenas to Fawzi Musaed Al Saleh, Ahmad Fawzi Al Saleh, Yasmine Al Saleh, John I. Snow, III, Steve Leese, Quabbin Capital Inc., Shields & Company, Inc., Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, Loeb, Block & Partners LLP, KPMG LLP, Citibank, Credit Suisse, Bank of America, Royal Bank of Canada, Morgan Stanley, and Société Générale to conduct discovery for use in legal proceedings at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Jorge Cherrez Miño et al: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging conspiracy to commit money laundering and bribery of a public official in Ecuador and involving companies in Panama in USA v. Jorge Cherrez Miño, described as a citizen of Ecuador who managed "U.S. Investment Fund Companies", and John Luzuriaga Aguinaga, described as a citizen of Ecuador who was "Risk Director" of the Instituto de Seguridad Social de la Policia Nacional, a.k.a. ISSPOL, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. Alvaro Pulido Vargas et al: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging money laundering involving bribery in Venezuela in USA v. Alvaro Pulido Vargas, a.k.a. German Enrique Rubio Salas, a citizen of Colombia; Jose Gregorio Vielma Mora, a citizen of Venezuela and a former Governor of the Venezuelan State of Tachira; Emmanuel Enrique Rubio Gonzalez, a citizen of Colombia; Carlos Rolando Lizcano Manrique, a citizen of Colombia, and Ana Guillermo Luis, a citizen of Spain and Venezuela, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Universal Enterprises Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the Cayman Islands by Eleanor Fisher, of the Cayman Islands, and Hani Bishara, of the United Arab Emirates, as Foreign Representatives of Universal Enterprises Ltd. (in Official Liquidation), described as "an investment vehicle for six brothers [from Kuwait] for the purpose of making investments in the United States", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Invest Bank PSC v. Citibank NA et al: Discovery Application

Application by Invest Bank PSC, which "provides corporate retail banking services in the UAE", 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, The Bank of Nova Scotia, UBS AG, Bank of America, N.A., Standard Chartered Bank, Commerzbank AG, New York Branch; Bank of China, New York Branch; Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., and Mashreqbank PSC for use in legal proceedings in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, “against Seidco General Contracting Company LLC, Fadi Atef Ajjaoui, and Saif Ali Al Dhabea Al Darmaki" for suspected fraud and misappropriation, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

CFTC v. Uduakobong Inyangudo et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Uduakobong Udo Inyangudo, a.k.a. Alexander Uti Bassey, described as a citizen and resident of Nigeria; Vanessa Okocha, Amen Okundaye, Charles Ochi, Diego Okeh, Daniell Liggins, Victor Edeh, and Tochukwu Edeh at the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Germany v. Rolf Jerke et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Life Partners Inc. - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Germany - for a criminal investigation into Rolf Jerke and Dr. Uwe Schilling for suspected embezzlement involving viaticals settlements.

CFTC v. Tradewale LLC et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging the defendants "fraudulently solicited members of the public for the purported purpose of trading off-exchange, retail foreign currency on a leveraged or margined basis in accounts to be managed by Tradewale, and misappropriated customers' funds" in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Tradewale LLC, of Illinois; Tradewale Managed Fund, described as "an entity purportedly located in London, United Kingdom offering forex investments to the public", and Valdas Dapkus at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.