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    USA v. $1.1M: Forfeiture Complaint (‘North Korean Hacking & Crypto Theft’)

    Forfeiture Complaint regarding "the theft of virtual currency by the North Korean military hacking group known as, among other names, the Lazarus Group and Advanced Persistent Threat" in USA v. $1,168,679 in funds associated with two Stablecoin addresses on the Ethereum Network at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
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    ‘Dubai Asset Tracing’ to be analyzed at OffshoreAlert Marbella

    Join us at the upcoming OffshoreAlert Marbella conference for a groundbreaking session: 'Dubai Unlocked: How To Investigate Property Ownership in a Money Launderer's Paradise.' Presented by investigative journalists George Greenwood of The Times and Eiliv Frich Flydal, this session unveils the secrets behind a massive data leak exposing property ownership in Dubai. Discover how the Middle Eastern financial hub has become a haven for those accused of global criminality.

    USA v. Daren Li et al: Criminal Indictment (‘$73M Crypto Laundering’)

    Criminal Complaint alleging money laundering involving accounts at Bahamas-based Deltec Bank & Trust in USA v. Daren Li, described as a citizen of China and Saint Kitts and Nevis residing in Cambodia, China, and the United Arab Emirates, and Yicheng Zhang, described as a citizen of China residing in Los Angeles, California, USA, at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    San Marino: Ignacio De Jesus Galindo Molina et al (‘€7.9M Money Laundering’)

    Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from unidentified banks - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from San Marino - for a criminal investigation into "the flow of funds tied to corruption, embezzlement, and money laundering by Ignacio De Jesus Galindo Molina and other Venezuelan, Italian, and San Marino citizens, including through Sammarinese and United States companies".

    Spain: Raúl Gorrin Belisario et al (‘Laundering of PDVSA Corruption Proceeds’)

    Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Espirito Santo Bank, now Brickell Bank; Total Bank, The Bank of New York Mellon, and FlexFunds ETP LLC - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Spain - for a criminal investigation into Raúl Antonio de la Santisima Trinidad Gorrin Belisario, Luis Fernando Vuteff Garcia, and Jose Vicente Amparan Croquer for the suspected laundering of "hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars and/or Euros in profits" from an alleged bribery scheme involving Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., a.k.a., PDVSA, described as "Venezuela's state-owned oil company", some of which was allegedly launder "by purchasing real estate in Spain in the name of shell companies via real estate bonds".

    USA v. Nomalanga Moroadi Selina Cholota: Extradition Complaint (South Africa)

    Complaint for the extradition of Nomalanga Moroadi Selina Cholota from the USA to South Africa to face allegations of "fraud, corruption, and/or money laundering in connection with the procurement of and monetary kickbacks related to an illicit contract to eradicate asbestos within Free State Province in South Africa", filed at the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

    Peru: Gustavo Salazar Delgado (‘$6M Money Laundering’)

    Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence concerning "four Miami-based corporations" - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Peru - for a criminal investigation into Gustavo Fernando Salazar Delgado for allegedly laundering over $6 million allegedly derived from "illegal activities, including illegal mining, public corruption and drug trafficking".

    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.

    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.
    '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.

    Bankruptcy Trustee of indicted Chinese ‘$1B fraudster & launderer’ Ho Wan Kwok sues Ogier BVI for $350K & others for $28M

    The U.S. Bankruptcy Trustee of New York-based, Chinese national Ho Wan Kwok, who is in custody awaiting trial for allegedly laundering more than $1 billion of fraud proceeds, has sued British Virgin Islands law firm Ogier in an attempt to recover $350,000 in 'unauthorized transfers', one of 23 recently-filed complaints against entities in Australia, BVI, England, Italy, Japan, and U.S. seeking to recover a total of $28.7 million in 'unauthorized or fraudulent' transfers.

    USA v. Binance Account 505137746: Forfeiture Complaint (‘$14.6K Fraud & Crypto Laundering’)

    Forfeiture Complaint regarding the proceeds of an alleged fraud in which the alleged victim "received a call from a phone number with a Texas area code where another individual with a similar accent claimed to be with the "bank fraud department" and "that child pornography had been traced to her computer and they needed money to remove it" in USA v. Binance Account 505137746 at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

    USA v. Behnam Shahriyari et al: Criminal Indictment (‘Black Market Sales of Iranian Crude Oil’)

    Criminal Indictment alleging "a global, long-running scheme by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to fund the Government of Iran and the IRGC through black-market sales of Iranian crude oil and other petroleum products produced by the National Iranian Oil Company" whose buyers "include entities in the People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation, and the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria" in USA v. Behnam Shahriyari, Morteza Rostam Ghasemi, Mohammadreza Aliakbari, Mohammad Sadegh Karimian, Sitki Ayan, Nahaddin Ayan, and Kasim Oztas at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    USA v. Zubair Mehmet Abdur Razzaq al Zubair et al: Criminal Indictment (‘Fraud & Money Laundering’)

    Criminal Indictment alleging investment fraud, money laundering, theft of government funds, and harboring a fugitive involving Dubai Bridge Investments and Al Zubair Capital in USA v. Zubair Mehmet Abdur Razzaq al Zubair, a.k.a. Zubair Mehmet Abdur Razzaq, described as a former resident of the United Arab Emirates who "falsely claimed to be a member of a royal family in the U.A.E.", and Muzzammil Muhammad al Zubair, a.k.a. Muzzammil Ibn Muhammad, a resident of Ohio who "claimed to be a hedge fund manager", at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

    International money laundering to be analyzed at OffshoreAlert Bangkok

    Next Month at OffshoreAlert Bangkok: Dive into the modern face of international money laundering. Don't miss 'The Dark Side of the Economy: An Ever-Growing Global Launderette,' featuring insights from Danny Ong, Ting(Victoria) Zhou, Jack Mullan, Josh Heiliczer, and John Cusack. Essential for high-value finance professionals seeking to navigate risks and opportunities. Feb 28-29, Bangkok.
    OffshoreAlert Bangkok Intelligence Investigations Recover Conference February 28-29, 2024

    Malaysian Boiler Room Raid to be analyzed at OffshoreAlert Bangkok

    The upcoming OffshoreAlert conference in Bangkok will feature a session by Ken Gamble of IFW Global, focusing on 'Operation Tropicana', a major operation that dismantled a billion-dollar Asian boiler room gang. Gamble will discuss the gang's operations, including how they laundered money through Hong Kong banks and evaded detection for 15 years. He will also explain how the Anti-Money Laundering unit of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission helped recover millions for victims. The conference, held at the luxurious Siam Kempinski Hotel on February 28-29, includes various sessions on high-value international finance and will attract professionals from diverse fields like fraud investigation, asset recovery, banking, and law enforcement.

    Canada: James Grant (‘Crypto Laundering’)

    Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Poloniex LLC, described as "a U.S. based digital asset exchange service offering cryptocurrency wallets to their clients to facilitate the buying, selling and trading of cryptocurrency" - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Canada - for a criminal investigation into James Grant "and his business, Canadian Bitcoins, 8159181 CANADA INC." on suspicion of "laundering the proceeds of crime (money laundering), failing to report/regulatory offenses, and filing false/deceptive tax returns and tax evasion".

    USA v. Ho Wan Kwok et al: Second Superseding Indictment (‘$1B Securities Fraud & Money Laundering’)

    Second Superseding Indictment in USA v. Ho Wan Kwok, described as "an exiled Chinese businessman who fled to the United States in or about 2015 and purchased a penthouse apartment at a New York City hotel for approximately $67.5 million"; Kin Ming Je, described as "a dual citizen of Hong Kong and the United Kingdom who principally resided in the United Kingdom", and Yanping Wang, described as "a citizen of China who principally resided in New York, New York", at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    USA v. Andrew Fahie: Motion to Preclude Entrapment Defense

    Government Motion in Limine to Preclude Defendant from Raising an Entrapment Defense in USA v. Andrew Alturo Fahie, a former Premier of the British Virgin Islands, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

    USA v. Alan Bill: Criminal Complaint (‘Kingdom Market Crypto Darknet Marketplace’)

    Criminal Complaint alleging drug trafficking conspiracy, identity theft conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy involving "the hidden service darknet marketplace named Kingdom Market" that "allows individuals to pay for illegal goods and services by making a cryptocurrency payment to an escrow account that is controlled by Kingdom administrators" in USA v. Alan Bill, a.k.a. Vend0r, a.k.a. KingdomOfficial, described as "a Slovakian national residing in Bratislava, Slovakia", at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

    USA v. Shakeeb Ahmed: Superseding Information (‘$9M Crypto Fraud’)

    Superseding Information alleging "a scheme to fraudulently obtain approximately $9 million worth of cryptocurrency from a decentralized cryptocurrency exchange" in USA v. Shakeeb Ahmed, described as "a United States citizen who was residing in Manhattan, New York", at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    USA v. Carl Zaglin et al: Criminal Indictment (‘Honduras Government Bribery Scheme’)

    Criminal Indictment alleging violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and money laundering involving a scheme to bribe "Honduran government officials" in USA v. Carl Alan Zaglin, Aldo Nestor Marchena, described as "a dual citizen of the United States and Peru", and Francisco Roberto Cosenza Centeno, a citizen of Honduras, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

    USA v. 193,169.0653 USDT et al: Forfeiture Complaint (‘Fraud & Crypto Laundering’)

    Forfeiture Complaint regarding funds allegedly associated with "Pig Butchering" fraud that were seized from accounts, at least one of which was "accessed by Thailand, Singapore, and Hong Kong-based IP addresses", in the names of Lim Hock Seng and Yicheng Wang at Binance crypto exchange in USA v. 193,169.0653 USDT, 11,146.8079 USDT, and 18.9649 BTC at the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

    Kadeem Maynard sentenced to 57 months in prison for ‘conspiring with BVI Premier Andrew Fahie to import cocaine into U.S.’

    British Virgin Islands national Kadeem Maynard has been sentenced to 57 months in prison at federal court in Miami after previously pleading guilty to one count of conspiring with his mother, Oleanvine Maynard, and former BVI Premier Andrew Fahie to import cocaine into the United States. Fahie's jury trial on drugs trafficking, money laundering, and racketeering charges is due to start on January 8th, 2024.