Money Laundering

Jersey AG v. LGL Trustees Ltd.: Sentencing

Sentencing for failing to comply with money laundering laws involving the proceeds of corruption in Angola in The Attorney General of Jersey, in the Channel Islands v. LGL Trustees Limited at the Royal Court of Jersey. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Jersey Financial Services Commission's Companies Registry showed that, when the accounts for Angola were set up in 2010/2011, the shareholders of LGL Trustees Limited were Owen Francis Lynch, Leslie Norman, Malcolm John Le Boutillier, Anthony Paul del Amo, and Adam Justin Clarke, all of Jersey. The company is currently owned by another Jersey firm, LGL Holdings Limited, whose shareholders in its 2020 annual return were identified as Owen Lynch, Leslie Norman, John Edward Pirouet, Anthony Arthur Pitcher, Alan Padraig Dunphy, Paul Steven Charles Tomlinson, Francis Dickson Christie, Spencer John Daley, Ian Colin James, and Liberation EBT Limited, as Trustee of the LGL Group Employee Benefits Trust, all of Jersey.

USA v. John McAfee: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging commodities and securities fraud and money laundering involving cryptocurrencies in USA v. John David McAfee at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Poland: Damian Gajos et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence regarding "Bitcoin wallets" from Bittrex Inc. - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Poland - for a criminal investigation into Damian Gajos, Adrian Wiecek, Dariusz Myslak, and Kazimierz Pustelnik "for money laundering and endangering the lives and health of many people" involving "designer drugs".

USA v. Alan Joseph: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging money laundering and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business involving cryptocurrencies in USA v. Alan Joseph at the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Espirito Santo Financial Portugal v. Centerbridge Partners LP et al: Discovery Application

Application by Pedro Pidwell, as liquidator of Espirito Santo Financial Portugal, SGPS, SA, described as "an insolvent Portuguese entity and a remnant of what was once the Espirito Santo Group, a 150-year old Portuguese commercial dynasty that collapsed in 2014 amid a financial crisis and allegations of fraud, accounting irregularities, and money laundering involving its former Chairman, Ricardo Espirito Santo Salgadoto", take discovery from Centerbridge Partners LP and Apollo Global Management Inc., f.k.a. Apollo Global Management LLC, for use in legal proceedings in Portugal, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Germany: Hamdi Kocoktepe et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from First Citizens Bank and Trust Co. - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Germany - for a criminal investigation into Hamdi Kocoktepe, described as a "German attorney"; Afnan Qovanaj, and Wincash AG for suspected money laundering.

Zaif Inc. v. Binance Holdings Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "the laundering of stolen cryptocurrency" in Zaif Inc., described as "a Japanese cryptocurrency exchange" v. Binance Holdings Ltd., a Cayman Islands company described as "a 'go-to' location for cybercriminals to convert purloined cryptocurrency to other cryptocurrency or cash", and BAM Trading Services Inc. at the Superior Court of the State of California, County of San Francisco.

Winfred Wamai et al v. Industrial Bank of Korea: Complaint

Complaint regarding "Iran's fraudulent conveyances" in Winfred Wairimu Wamai and 322 other "direct victims and surviving family members of the Embassy Bombings" in Tanzania and Kenya that "were carried out with the critical material support of the Iranian government" v. Industrial Bank of Korea, of South Korea, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Conciliation USA Inc. et al: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. Funds formerly on deposit at Capital One Bank and Kearny Bank in the names of Conciliation USA Inc. and TRM Multiservice LLC, each described as "a money transmitting business" that was involved in "a shadow financial system" known as "the Black Market Peso Exchange", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. ‘Tax Refund Fraud Proceeds’: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint regarding funds that are suspected of being the proceeds of an alleged $4.7 million tax refund fraud and money laundering scheme that utilized "Green Dot" prepaid debit cards, Fiserv "bill pay service", and Mailbox Forwarding in USA v. Funds Formerly on Deposit at Bank of America at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

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.

USA v. Kenneth Ukhuebor et al: Criminal Complaint

Complaint for Arrest Warrants and Search and Seizure Warrant regarding alleged fraud and money laundering in USA v. Kenneth Ukhuebor and Patience Osagie at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

USA v. Natalino D’Amato: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging money laundering regarding Petróleos de Venezuela SA, a.k.a. PDVSA, "the state-owned and state-controlled oil company of Venezuela" in USA v. Natalino D'Amato, described by the U.S. Department of Justice as a dual citizen of Venezuela and Italy who, inter alia, "owned and controlled a Nevis-based corporation called Kronos Enterprises Corp.", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Odebrecht Engenharia e Construção S.A. et al: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Brazil by Adriana Henry Meirelles, as the Foreign Representative of Odebrecht Engenharia e Construção S.A., CNO S.A., and OECI S.A., all of São Paulo, Brazil, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. FCI Holdings Inc.: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint regarding proceeds derived from "a fraudulent telemarketing 'boiler room' in Costa Rica" operated by "Jeffrey Pearson and others" in USA v. An Account at Butterfield Bank (Bahamas) Limited in the name of FCI Holdings Limited at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. Edge Capital Investments Ltd.: Forfeiture Application

Application for a warrant to seize $77.8 million held at Mirabaud Bank, in Switzerland, that originated from Bermuda Commercial Bank and is the suspected proceeds of an alleged fraud and money laundering scheme involving "two U.S. billionaires, Robert Smith and Robert Brockman" in USA v. Edge Capital Investments Ltd., of Nevis, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

US tycoon Robert Brockman indicted for ‘$2B offshore tax fraud scheme’

US software tycoon Robert Brockman has been criminally indicted in California for an alleged $2 billion offshore tax evasion scheme involving accounts and entities in Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Nevis, and Switzerland. In a related case, billionaire private equity boss Robert Smith agreed to pay penalties of $139 million to avoid prosecution.

Trinidad and Tobago: Radesh Ramnath

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Amerijet International LLC and U.S. Customs and Border Protection - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Trinidad and Tobago - for a criminal investigation into Radesh Ramnath, who was "a Trinidad and Tobago Customs and Excise Officer", and unidentified co-conspirators for suspected money laundering, smuggling, and tax evasion.

USA v. Robert Brockman: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging conspiracy to defraud the USA, tax evasion, wire fraud, FBAR violations, money laundering, evidence tampering, and destruction of evidence regarding an alleged scheme to conceal approximately $2 billion of capital gains income and involving entities and accounts in Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Nevis, and Switzerland, in USA v. Robert T. Brockman, of Houston, Texas, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

USA v. Nika Nazarovi et al: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment against "citizens of multiple countries, including Georgia, Latvia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Belgium" who were described as being "members of a transnational organized crime network known as 'QQAAZZ'" that "provided money laundering services to significant cybercriminal organizations that stole money from unwitting victims in the United States and abroad" involving accounts at financial institutions in Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, Turkey, and the United Kingdom in USA v. Nika Nazarovi, a.k.a. Nika Utiashvili, a.k.a. Mihail Atansov, a.k.a. Stefan Trifonov Zhelyazkov; Martins Ignatjevs, a.k.a. Yordan Angelov Stoyanov, a.k.a. Aleksander Tihomirov, a.k.a. Svetlin Iliyanov Asenov; Aleksandre Kobiashvili, a.k.a. Antonios Nastas, a.k.a. Ognyan Krasimirov Trifonov; Dmitrijs Kuzminovs, a.k.a. Parush Gospodinov Genchev; Valentins Sevecs, a.k.a. Marek Jaswilko, a.k.a. Rafal Szczytko; Dmitrijs Slapins, Armens Vecels, Artiom Capacli, Ion Cebanu, Tomass Trescinkas, Ruslans Sarapovs, Silvestrs Tamenieks, Andelhak Hamdaoui, and Petar Iliev at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Ecuador: Esteban Sachs Lizarzaburo et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from JPMorgan Chase Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Ecuador - for a criminal investigation into Esteban Sachs Lizarzaburo, Marina Vedani de la Torre, Juan Xavier Ribas Domenech, Jose Luis Romo Rosales Castillo, Veronica Priscila Haro Herrera, Felipe Moncaleano Botero, CONTROLASEG S.A., a.k.a. Seguros Sucre S.A., and Casa Mobeloft S.A. for suspected money laundering.

USA v. Arthur Hayes et al: Criminal Indictment

Indictment alleging violations of the Bank Secrecy Act regarding an "online trading platform" known as BitMEX or the "Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange" in USA v. Arthur Hayes, described by the U.S. Department of Justice in a news release announcing the indictment as being "of Buffalo, New York, and Hong Kong"; Benjamin Delo, described as being "of the United Kingdom and Hong Kong"; Samuel Reed, described as being "of Massachusetts", and Gregory Dwyer, described as being "of Australia and Bermuda", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Peter Weinzierl et al: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging the "laundering hundreds of millions of dollars in connection with the scheme to defraud the government of Brazil and to pay bribes to foreign officials" involving Brazilian firm Odebrecht SA and other companies and individuals in Antigua and Barbuda, Austria, Bahamas, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Mozambique, Panama, Portugal, Scotland, Switzerland, and the USA in USA v. Peter Weinzierl and Alexander Waldstein, both Austrian former bankers, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Tatiana Akhmedova v. Google LLC: Discovery Application

Application by Tatiana Akhmedova to take discovery from Google LLC for use in legal proceedings in England involving, inter alia, her husband, Farkhad Akhmedov, a Russian businessman; their son, Temur Akhmedov, and "Liechtenstein trustee entities Counselor Trust Reg and Sobaldo Establishment" regarding judgment collection and alleged "fraudulent evasion", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

USA v. ‘PetroSaudi v. PDVSA’ Arbitration Funds: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint regarding "assets involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to, among other things, launder money misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad ("1MDB"), a strategic investment and development company wholly-owned by the government of Malaysia" in USA v. All Funds Held in Escrow by Clyde & Co. in the United Kingdom as Damages for Restitution in 'PetroSaudi Oil Services (Venezuela) Ltd. v. PDVSA Servicios S.A. et al' UNCITRAL Arbitration at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Fisco Cryptocurrency Exchange Inc. v. Binance Holdings Ltd.: Complaint

Complaint alleging "the laundering of stolen cryptocurrency" in Fisco Cryptocurrency Exchange Inc., described as "a Japanese cryptocurrency exchange" v. Binance Holdings Limited, a Cayman Islands cryptocurrency exchange described as "a 'go-to' location for cybercriminals to convert purloined cryptocurrency to other cryptocurrency or cash", at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

USA v. Ryer International Trading Ltd. et al: Forfeiture Complaint

Complaint to Forfeit regarding "an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of a scheme by North Korean banks sanctioned by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to launder U.S. dollars through the United States on behalf of sanctioned entities in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea" in USA v. $429,900 of Blocked Funds Associated With Ryer International Trading Ltd., described as a Hong Kong-domiciled, China-based company; $501,771 of Funds Associated With An EB-5 Account, and $24,209.85 of Funds Associated With Tang Xin and Li Xichun at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Alonso Ancira Elizondo v. UBS AG: Discovery Application

Application by Alonso Ancira Elizondo, described as "the controlling shareholder and Chairman of the Board of Altos Hornos de México, S.A.B. de C.V. and its subsidiaries", to take discovery from UBS AG for use in "defending against money laundering charges pending against him in Mexico and a related extradition proceeding pending against him in Spain" that Elizondo claims are part of "a carefully orchestrated retaliation campaign by current Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador against his political enemies", filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

USA v. Yang Ban: Plea Agreement

Plea Agreement regarding an alleged conspiracy to launder the proceeds of bank fraud involving North Korea and Singapore-domiciled SINSM Pte. Ltd. in USA v. Yang Ban, described as a British Virgin Islands company that "sold and traded commodities to customers in North Korea", at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

USA v. Yang Ban: Statement of Offense

Statement of Offense regarding an alleged conspiracy to launder the proceeds of bank fraud involving North Korea and Singapore-domiciled SINSM Pte. Ltd. in USA v. Yang Ban, described as a British Virgin Islands company that "sold and traded commodities to customers in North Korea", at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

USA v. Yang Ban: Forfeiture Consent Order

Consent Order of Forfeiture in the amount of $561,428 regarding an alleged conspiracy to launder the proceeds of bank fraud involving North Korea and Singapore-domiciled SINSM Pte. Ltd. in USA v. Yang Ban, described as a British Virgin Islands company that "sold and traded commodities to customers in North Korea", at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

USA v. Yang Ban: USA’s Sentencing Memorandum

Criminal Information regarding an alleged conspiracy to launder the proceeds of bank fraud involving North Korea and Singapore-domiciled SINSM Pte. Ltd. in USA v. Yang Ban, described as a British Virgin Islands company that "sold and traded commodities to customers in North Korea", at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

USA v. Yang Ban: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging conspiracy to launder the proceeds of bank fraud involving North Korea and Singapore-domiciled SINSM Pte. Ltd. in USA v. Yang Ban, described as a British Virgin Islands company that "sold and traded commodities to customers in North Korea", at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

USA v. 280 Virtual Currency Accounts: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint regarding the alleged laundering by Chinese cryptocurrency traders of proceeds from hacks of, and thefts from, virtual currency exchanges, mostly in South Korea, by "North Korea actors" in USA v. 280 Virtual Currency Accounts at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

USA v. Roberto Heinert: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging conspiracy to commit money laundering regarding an alleged bribery scheme involving Ecuador and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in USA v. Roberto Heinert, a dual citizen of Ecuador and the USA, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. Aleksandr Spitsyn: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging money laundering regarding "work-from-home fraud schemes" in USA v. Aleksandr Vladimirovich Spitsyn, a citizen of Russia, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

USA v. Sunday Okoro et al: Superseding Indictment

Superseding Indictment alleging conspiracy to launder the proceeds of schemes to defraud "a Sint Maarten health services company", "a South Korean law firm", "an intergovernmental organization headquartered in New York", "a Fijian law firm", "a German food processing company", "a Chinese technology company", "a Malaysian shipping company",  and "an individual victim who resides in Pennsylvania" in USA v. Sunday Okoro, Collins Eneh, and Ikechukwu at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Interactive Brokers LLC: $12.2M Penalties

Administrative Order imposing penalties totaling $12.2 million on Interactive Brokers LLC, of Greenwich, Connecticut, for regulatory breaches involving client accounts that were used for fraud, before the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

USA v. Jose Morely Chocron et al: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging money laundering conspiracy involving "the purported proceeds of bribes paid to Brazilian public officials" in USA v. Jose Morely Chocron, Isaac Schachtel, and Alfredo Lichoa at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District 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.

USA v. CompuCom Campus: 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. "a roughly 19.5-acre office park comprising three buildings, parking areas, and undeveloped land known as the CompuCom Campus and located at 7505 and 7171 Forest Lane, Dallas, Texas 75230" at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Poland: Prima Spolka, LLC et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from CenturyLink - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Poland - for a criminal investigation into Prima Spolka, LLC and others for suspected fraud involving value added tax reimbursements.

The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Ltd. v. Bank of America et al: Discovery Application

Application by The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited to take discovery from Bank of America N.A., Bank of Baroda, Bank of China, New York Branch; The Bank of New York Mellon, BNP Paribas, New York Branch; Citibank N.A. Commerzbank AG, New York Branch; Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, HSBC Bank (USA) N.A., JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Mashreq Bank, New York Branch; National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Societe Generale, New York Branch; Standard Chartered Bank, New York Branch; UBS AG, New York Branch, and Wells Fargo Bank N.A. for use in legal proceedings in South Africa involving Oakbay Resources and Energy Limited and allegations of "money laundering, common law fraud, and securities fraud", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. $2.4M Associated With ‘North Korea Money Laundering Scheme’: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint regarding "an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of a scheme by North Korean banks sanctioned by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to launder U.S. dollars through the United States on behalf of sanctioned entities in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea" in USA v. $2.4 million of funds associated with three companies, filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.