Money Laundering

Hungary: Zsolt Kurányi

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from JPMorgan Chase Bank regarding Kratos LLC - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Hungary - for a criminal investigation into Zsolt Kurányi for tax fraud and money laundering.

USA v. Jose Luis de Jongh Atencio: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging money laundering involving, inter alia, Petróleos de Venezuela SA, a.k.a. PDVSA; Citgo Petroleum Corporation, and bank accounts in Panama and Switzerland in USA v. Jose Luis de Jongh Atencio, described as a citizen of Venezuela and the United States, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

USA v. The Mountain of Beverly Hills: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint regarding alleged money laundering and fraud involving public officials in Kuwait in USA v. All Right and Title to Real Property Known as 'The Mountain of Beverly of Hills' at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. BAE125 Jet: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint regarding alleged money laundering and fraud involving public officials in Kuwait in USA v. One British Aerospace BAE125 Series 800A Aircraft at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Summit Property: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint regarding alleged money laundering and fraud involving public officials in Kuwait in USA v. Real Property Located in Beverly Hills, California referred to as the 'Summit Property' at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Wilshire 402 Property: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint regarding alleged money laundering and fraud involving public officials in Kuwait in USA v. Real Property Located in Los Angeles, California referred to as the 'Wilshire 402 Property' at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Wilshire Penthouse Property: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint regarding alleged money laundering and fraud involving public officials in Kuwait in USA v. Real Property Located in Los Angeles, California referred to as the 'Wilshire Penthouse Property' at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Alta Property: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint regarding alleged money laundering and fraud involving public officials in Kuwait in USA v. Real Property Located in Beverly Hills, California referred to as the 'Alta Property' at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Marilyn Property: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint regarding alleged money laundering and fraud involving public officials in Kuwait in USA v. Real Property Located in Beverly Hills, California referred to as the 'Marilyn Property' at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Vasco Investments SA et al: 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, a strategic investment and development company wholly-owned by the government of Malaysia"  in USA v. Funds allegedly associated with Khadem Abdulla Al Qubais, a citizen of the United Arab Emirates, held in the names of Vasco Investments Services SA, of the British Virgin Islands, and Eagle Strategic Investment Fund at Bank Privée Edmond de Rothschild, in Luxembourg, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. River Dee International SA: 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, a strategic investment and development company wholly-owned by the government of Malaysia" in USA v. Funds associated with Jasmine Loo Ai Swan, a citizen of Malaysia, in the name of River Dee International SA, of the British Virgin Islands, at Falcon Private Bank Ltd., in Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Andy Warhol’s ‘Round Jackie’ Portrait: 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, a strategic investment and development company wholly-owned by the government of Malaysia" in USA v. One Portrait Entitled 'Round Jackie' By Andy Warhol, "previously owned" by Kasseem Dean, a.k.a. Swiss Beatz, a hip hop musician residing in New Jersey, that is "currently in the custody of the United States Marshals Service" at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Andy Warhol’s ‘Campbell’s Soup’ Painting et al: 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, a strategic investment and development company wholly-owned by the government of Malaysia" in USA v. One Painting Entitled 'Colored Campbell's Soup Can (Emerald Green), 1965' by Andy Warhol and One Painting entitled 'Vétheuil au Soleil' by Claude Monet, both "currently located n Switzerland", at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Jean-Michel Basquiat’s ‘Self-Portrait’ Drawing: 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, a strategic investment and development company wholly-owned by the government of Malaysia" in USA v. One Drawing Entitled 'Self-Portrait' by Jean-Michel Basquiat, "previously owned by Christopher Joey McFarland", a co-producer of 'The Wolf of Wall Street' movie, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Luis Martinelli et al: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint against the sons of former Panama President Ricardo Martinelli alleging participation in a bribery and money laundering scheme involving Brazil's Odebrecht SA and other companies, including those in the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, and Switzerland, in USA v. Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares and Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Linares, described as citizens of Italy and Panama, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

USA v. Ramon Abbas: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging conspiracy to engage in money laundering in USA v. Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, a.k.a. Ray Hushpuppi, described as "a Nigerian national living in the United Arab Emirates" and a holder of a passport issued by Saint Kitts and Nevis and "one of the leaders of a transnational network that facilitates computer intrusions, fraudulent schemes (including BEC [business email compromise] schemes), and money laundering, targeting victims around the world in schemes designed to steal hundreds of millions of dollars", at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Sint Maarten: Edward O’Neal Arrindell

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from First Federal Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Sint Maarten - for a criminal investigation into Edward O'Neal Arrindell and others for suspected bribery, forgery, money laundering, and tax fraud, including participation in "a criminal scheme to bribe a Member of the Sint Maarten Parliament".

Costa Rica: Dermis Hernandez

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Costa Rica - for a criminal investigation into Dermis Hernandez for suspected investment fraud and money laundering.

USA v. Rowland Andrade: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging fraud and money laundering involving an Initial Coin Offering for a purported cryptocurrency known as AML Bitcoin in USA v. Rowland Marcus Andrade at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Poland: Gabriel Oluwashin Ajayi et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Wells Fargo Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Poland - for a criminal investigation into Gabriel Oluwashin Ajayi and Renata Jaroslawska for suspected money laundering.

Peru: Satra Ahmadzadeh

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA, Fifth Third Bank, and SunTrust Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Peru - for use in a criminal investigation into Satra Ahmadzadeh for suspected money laundering.

BMA LLC v. BitMEX et al: Application for Third Party Evidence

Plaintiff's Ex Parte Application for Third Party Evidence Preservation Order on Twilio Inc., its subsidiary SendGrid Inc., and Intercom Inc. regarding a complaint alleging fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of contract, and unjust enrichment involving "one of the largest cryptocurrency trading platforms in the world BitMEX" in BMA LLC, of Puerto Rico v. HDR Global Trading Limited, a.k.a. BitMEX, described as a Seychelles-domiciled "holding company" with "more than a dozen affiliates around the world, including in Hong Kong, Singapore, Bermuda, and the United States"; ABS Global Trading Limited, described as being based in San Francisco, California; Arthur Hayes, described as a citizen of the United States based in Hong Kong; Ben Delo, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom based in Hong Kong; and Samuel Reed, described as a citizen of the United States based in Hong Kong, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Poland: Marcin Mozdzierski

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from BMO Harris Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Poland - for a criminal investigation into Marcin Mozdzierski for suspected money laundering.

Amjad Rihan v. Ernst & Young Global Ltd. et al: Approved Judgment

Approved Judgment of $11 million in favor of the plaintiff - a whistleblower - against his former employer, Ernst & Young, regarding a claim for negligence involving suspected money laundering by a client, Dubai-based precious metals dealer Kaloti Jewellery International DMCC, in Amjad Rihan v. Ernst & Young Global Limited, Ernst & Young Europe LLP, Ernst & Young (EMEIA) Services Limited, and EYGS LLP at the High Court of Justice, London.

USA v. Funds Held by RAKIA: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint regarding "an international conspiracy to launder funds traceable to violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act ... and a scheme to defraud financial institutions in the Republic of Korea" in USA v. AED 73 million in the custody of Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority and "All Claims Filed And Asserted" by VI2 Partners GmbH, of Austria, against Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority Georgia LLC in the Republic of Georgia at the U. S. District Court for the District of Alaska.

USA v. Vitalii Antonenko: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment regarding "a website that offered for sale the personally identifiable information of hundreds of millions of consumers throughout the United States and around the world" in USA v. Vitalii Antonenko, described as a citizen of Ukraine residing in New York, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

USA v. Massimiliano Turi et al: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging conspiracy to commit money laundering in USA v. Massimiliano 'Max' Turi, a citizen of Italy; Alexander Landa, and Layne Gerstel at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

BMA LLC v. BitMEX et al: Amended Complaint

Amended Complaint alleging fraud, racketeering, and money laundering involving the "cryptocurrency derivatives exchange platform BitMEX" in BMA LLC, of Puerto Rico v. HDR Global Trading Limited, a.k.a. BitMEX, of the Seychelles; ABS Global Trading Limited, described as being based in San Francisco, California; Arthur Hayes, described as a citizen of the United States based in Hong Kong; Ben Delo, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom based in Hong Kong; and Samuel Reed, described as a citizen of the United States based in Hong Kong, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

BMA LLC v. BitMEX et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud, racketeering, and money laundering involving the "cryptocurrency derivatives exchange platform BitMEX" in BMA LLC, of Puerto Rico v. HDR Global Trading Limited, a.k.a. BitMEX, of the Seychelles; ABS Global Trading Limited, described as being based in San Francisco, California; Arthur Hayes, described as a citizen of the United States based in Hong Kong; Ben Delo, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom based in Hong Kong; and Samuel Reed, described as a citizen of the United States based in Hong Kong, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Nigeria et al v. VR Advisory Services Ltd. et al: Discovery Application

Application by the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to take discovery from VR Advisory Services Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; VR Advisory Services (USA) LLC, VR Capital Group Ltd., of the United Kingdom; VR Global Onshore Fund LP, VR Argentina Recovery Onshore Fund II LP, Richard Deitz, Jeffrey Johnson, and Ashok Raju for use in "criminal investigations and criminal judicial proceedings that are pending in the Federal Republic of Nigeria" regarding "a fraudulent natural gas processing agreement", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Michael Terpin v. Ellis Pinsky: Complaint

Complaint alleging the loss of "nearly $24 million worth of cryptocurrency as a result of a hack" by "a then 15-year-old high school student in coordination with and with the active participation of other individuals, including several other minors" in Michael Terpin, of Los Angeles County, California v. Ellis Pinsky at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. MMT International Holdings Ltd.: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint regarding the proceeds of an alleged tax fraud and money laundering scheme by Wayne Franklyn Chinn and involving accounts and entities in Hong Kong, Liechtenstein, Panama, Singapore, and Switzerland in USA v. Funds in the name of MMT International Holdings Ltd. at Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation and DBS Bank, both of Singapore, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Amir Abdolaziz Dianat et al: Arrest Warrant Affidavit

Affidavit in support of application for arrest warrant alleging "knowingly and willfully conspiring with each other and persons in Iran to use the U.S. financial system to procure a petroleum tanker named Nautic, and later renamed to the Gulf Sky, in violation of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations" in USA v. Amir Abdolaziz Dianat, a.k.a. Ameer Abdulaazeez Jaafar, and Kamran Ali Lajmiry, a.k.a. Kamran Ali Lajmiri, at the U. S. District Curt for the District of Columbia.

USA v. Bank Hapoalim BM et al: Deferred Prosecution Agreement

Deferred Prosecution Agreement regarding a scheme to launder the proceeds of bribery and corruption involving soccer's global governing body FIFA in USA v. Bank Hapoalim B.M., of Israel, and Hapoalim (Switzerland) Ltd., of Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Industrial Bank of Korea: Criminal Information

Criminal Information for "Willful Failure to Maintain an Adequate Anti-Money Laundering Program in Violation of the Bank Secrecy Act" in USA v. Industrial Bank of Korea at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Industrial Bank of Korea: $51M Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint under a Deferred Prosecution Agreement for violations of the Bank Secrecy Act regarding "a scheme to violate U.S. economic sanctions relating to Iran" by "Kenneth Zong and others" in USA v. $51 Million at Industrial Bank of Korea at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Industrial Bank of Korea et al: Consent Order

Consent Order between the New York State Department of Financial Services, Industrial Bank of Korea, and Industrial Bank of Korea, New York Branch pursuant to which the banks agreed to pay fines totaling $35 million for violations of New York Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money Laundering laws.

Amjad Rihan v. Ernst & Young Global Ltd. et al: Judgment

Judgment of $11 million in favor of the plaintiff - a whistleblower - against his former employer, Ernst & Young, regarding a claim for negligence involving suspected money laundering by a client, Dubai-based precious metals dealer Kaloti Jewellery International DMCC, in Amjad Rihan v. Ernst & Young Global Limited, Ernst & Young Europe LLP, Ernst & Young (EMEIA) Services Limited, and EYGS LLP at the High Court of Justice, London.

1MDB: $300M Repatriation

News Release by the U. S. Department of Justice announcing that "U.S. Repatriates $300 Million to Malaysia in Proceeds of Funds Misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad".

Georgia: Garik Revazian et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Citibank NA, Equity Bank, and JPMorgan Chase Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Georgia - for a criminal investigation into Garik Revazian and Oppenheimer Financial LLC for suspected fraud and money laundering involving corporate and individual alleged victims "in the United States, Latvia, United Kingdom, Russia, Poland, Estonia and Hong Kong".

Netherlands: Olnta Lenakou

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Bank of America - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from the Netherlands - for use in a criminal investigation into Greek national Olnta Lenakou for suspected narcotics offenses and money laundering.

BlackLight SA: Public Warning

Public Warning by the Swiss Financial Market Supervision Authority regarding BlackLight SA, which is suspected of "conducting unauthorized activities in the financial market". Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that, in the Swiss Commercial Register, the management of BlackLight SA was identified as Kenneth Ciapala and Anthony Killarney, who appear to be citizens of the United Kingdom. Ciapala and BlackLight SA were criminally indicted for alleged securities fraud and money laundering at federal court in Manhattan on December 5, 2019 and were also both accused of securities fraud in two separate complaints filed at the same court by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission on January 2, 2020. In one of the actions, Killarney was one of several co-defendants. All three cases are ongoing.

Colombia: Marygold SAS NIT et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Citibank, Inter Audi Bank, International Finance Bank, JPMorgan Chase Bank, and Morgan Stanley regarding accounts in the names of Valentín Sagra Piñeras, Anniston Limited, Delmar International Trading, Vigacero 2000, and Spilfer C.A. - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Colombia - for use in a criminal investigation into Marygold SAS NIT and C.I. Venecomex NIT "for money laundering and illicit enrichment of private individuals".

Nigeria v. Citibank et al: Discovery Application

Application by the Republic of Nigeria to take discovery from Citibank, N.A., Allied Irish Banks, HSBC Bank USA, Standard New York, Inc., Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, J.P. Morgan Chase, United Bank for Africa, Bank of Cyprus, Fortis Private Banking Singapore Limited., and Standard Chartered International (USA) Ltd. for use in "criminal investigations" in Nigeria regarding "a fraudulent scheme to defraud FRN of almost $10 billion ... carried out by Process & Industrial Developments Limited, a British Virgin Islands shell entity with no technical capabilities, virtually no employees, and no demonstrable financial resources", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Ecuador: Marcelo Espin Cunha et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Wells Fargo Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Ecuador - for a criminal investigation into Marcelo Antonio Espin Cunha, Maria Sol Larrea Sanchez, and Carlos Ricardo Espin Cunha for suspected money laundering.

USA v. Leonardo Santilli: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging money laundering regarding the alleged proceeds of bribery and corruption involving Petróleos de Venezuela, SA, a.k.a. PDVSA, described as "Venezuela's state-owned and state-controlled oil company", in USA v. Leonardo Santilli, described as "a Venezuelan and Italian citizen", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Kosovo: Marijan Komani et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Security Pacific National Bank and American Express - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Kosovo - for a criminal investigation into "Marijan Komani, Velizar Marusic, Atnan Qovanaj, and others, for participation in an organized criminal group, issuing false checks, computer intrusion, and money laundering".