Money Laundering

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.

Hansard Ltd. et al: £398K Fines

Public Statement by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission that it has imposed fines totaling £398,300 on Hansard Limited, Andrew Neil Parr, Alan Peter Northmore, Philip Clive Blows, David Samuel Lloyd, and Lynn Giovinazzi for regulatory breaches.

USA v. Bitcoin: Forfeiture Complaint (Rei Ishii)

Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. 3879.16242937 Bitcoin that are allegedly the proceeds of a $154 million alleged fraud by Rei Ishii, described as "a dual national of the United States and Japan" and "a former employee of Sony Life Insurance Company Ltd.", involving accounts in Bermuda, Japan and the USA, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

Bank of Valletta Plc: €2.6M Fine

Public Notice by the Malta Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit that it has imposed a fine of €2,636,400 on Bank of Valletta Plc for a regulatory breach involving the beneficial ownership of "a number of corporate customers".

MFS Series Trust I et al v. FirstEnergy Corp. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "FirstEnergy - led by its then-Chief Executive Officer Charles E. (Chuck) Jones and other senior executives - was part of a criminal enterprise, engaging in a massive bribery and money laundering scheme to pay tens of millions of dollars to Ohio public officials in exchange for official acts done to benefit the Company" in MFS Series Trust I, on behalf of MFS Value Fund; MFS Series Trust IV, on behalf of MFS Blended Research Global Equity Fund; MFS Series Trust V, on behalf of MFS Research Fund and MFS Total Return Fund; MFS Series Trust VI, on behalf of MFS Utilities Fund; MFS Series Trust X, on behalf of MFS Blended Research Mid Cap Equity Fund and MFS Blended Research Value Equity Fund; MFS Series Trust XI, on behalf of MFS Mid Cap Value Fund and MFS Blended Research Core Equity Fund; MFS Series Trust XV, on behalf of MFS Global Alternative Strategy Fund; MFS Variable Insurance Trust, on behalf of MFS Value Series, MFS Utilities Series, MFS Total Return Series, and MFS Research Series; MFS Variable Insurance Trust II, on behalf of MFS Blended Research Core Equity Portfolio; MFS Variable Insurance Trust III, on behalf of MFS Mid Cap Value Portfolio; MFS Meridian Funds, of Luxembourg, on behalf of U.S. Value Fund and Managed Wealth Fund; MFS Investment Management Company (Lux), Sàrl, of Luxembourg, on behalf of Blended Research Global Equity Fund; and MFS Heritage Trust Company, as Trustee for MFS Large Cap Value Fund, v. FirstEnergy Corp., Charles E. Jones, Michael Dowling, James F. Pearson, Steven E. Strah, K. Jon Taylor, Donald R. Schneider, and John Judge at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

USA v. Bitcoin Tokens: Forfeiture (Jerad Colt Barnes)

Motion to File Forfeiture Complaint Under Seal in USA v. Bitcoin Tokens, Crypto.com Tokens, Ejin Coin Tokens, Ethereum Tokens, Lisk Tokens, Basic Attention Tokens, Golem Network Tokens, Komodo Tokens, and Monaco Tokens seized from Jerad Colt Barnes, who was sentenced to 13 years in prison on February 25th, 2021 after pleading guilty to narcotics trafficking, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa.

USA v. Coinbase Crypto Account: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. Cryptocurrency held in an account at cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase Inc. that is "derived from proceeds of wire fraud and wire fraud conspiracy ... and property involved in monetary transactions and money laundering conspiracy", at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.

National Westminster Bank Plc: £265M Fine

Public Notice by the United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority that National Westminster Bank Plc was fined £264.8 million "following convictions for three offences of failing to comply with money laundering regulations".

USA v. 9.881 Bitcoin: Forfeiture Complaint (Fernando Berrocal)

Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. 9.881 Bitcoin "voluntarily surrendered to law enforcement" by Fernando Berrocal, who is suspected of laundering the proceeds of "illegal gambling, narcotics trafficking and various financial frauds", at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
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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.

USA v. Arturo Carlos Murillo Prijic: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging conspiracy "with Bryan Samuel Berkman, Luis Berkman, Philip Lichtenfeld, Sergio Rodrigo Mendez Mendizabal, and other persons, known and unknown" to launder the proceeds of corruption in Bolivia in USA v. Arturo Carlos Murillo Prijic at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares Guilty Plea

Press Release by the U. S. Department of Justice announcing that Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares, described as "a citizen of Panama and Italy", has pleaded guilty "for laundering $28 million in connection with a massive bribery and money laundering scheme involving Odebrecht S.A., a Brazil-based global construction conglomerate".

Jersey: James Patrick Gorton Baker

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Bank of America - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Jersey, in the Channel Islands - for a criminal investigation into James Patrick Gorton Baker for suspected money laundering involving the proceeds of an "investment scam".

JSC BTA Bank v. Bank of America et al: Discovery Application (‘$7.5B Fraud’)

Application by JSC BTA Bank, of Kazakhstan, to take discovery from The Clearing House Payments Company LLC and "thirteen intermediary banks", namely Bank of America NA, Bank of China, The Bank of New York, BNP Paribas USA, Citibank NA, Commerzbank AG, Deutsche Bank Trust Company, HSBC Bank USA NA, JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, Société Générale AG, Standard Chartered Bank, UBS AG, and Wells Fargo Bank NA regarding Saint Vincent and the Grenadines-domiciled Panolos Limited for use in legal proceedings in England "against BTA Bank's former chairman, and primary shareholder, Mukhtar Ablyazov, upon BTA Bank's discovery that Ablyazov had illegally misappropriated as much as $7.5 Billion of BTA Bank’s assets and subsequently laundered the proceeds through multiple financial institutions all over the world", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Taiwan v. Tammie Yang: Freeze Application

Application by the USA, on behalf of Taiwan, to freeze assets in the name of Yu-Chen Yang, a.k.a. Tammie Yang, at JPMorgan Chase & Co. that are believed to be the proceeds of bank fraud, filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

USA v. Maydaisy Corporation: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. $1 million in the name of Cayman Islands-domiciled Maydaisy Corporation at Forex Capital Markets Ltd. at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Switzerland: Frost Bank et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from BB&T Bank, SunTrust Bank, Western Alliance Bank, and Comerica Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Switzerland - for use in a criminal investigation into "unknown subject(s) for fraud and money laundering" involving "pre-IPO shares" in "the online lodging marketplace company Airbnb".

Mashreqbank PSC: $100M Fine

Consent Order in which Mashreqbank PSC, of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, agreed to pay a fine of $100 million to the New York State Department of Financial Services for regulatory breaches involving "USD transactions of the Bank relating to Sudan".

Steven Kowalski v. Binance Holdings Ltd. et al: Freeze Application

Application for a Temporary Injunction in Steven Paul Kowalski, a citizen of Australia residing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates v. Binance Holdings Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; BAM Trading Services Inc., d.b.a. Binance US, of Delaware; Binance Asia Services Pte Ltd., of Singapore; Payward Inc., d.b.a. Kraken; Payward Ventures Inc., of Delaware; Brandon Chun Yin Ng, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Texas; Hiu Lam Cookie Choi, described as a citizen of Hong Kong residing in Texas; Wai Kit Lo and Lee Kei Lau, described as citizens and residents of Hong Kong; Nurlan Neqmat Ogly Guliev and Oksana Aleksandrovna Dolgopolova, described as citizens and residents of Russia, at the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Steven Kowalski v. Binance Holdings Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint in Steven Paul Kowalski, a citizen of Australia residing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates v. Binance Holdings Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; BAM Trading Services Inc., d.b.a. Binance US, of Delaware; Binance Asia Services Pte Ltd., of Singapore; Payward Inc., d.b.a. Kraken; Payward Ventures Inc., of Delaware; Brandon Chun Yin Ng, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Texas; Hiu Lam Cookie Choi, described as a citizen of Hong Kong residing in Texas; Wai Kit Lo and Lee Kei Lau, described as citizens and residents of Hong Kong; Nurlan Neqmat Ogly Guliev and Oksana Aleksandrovna Dolgopolova, described as citizens and residents of Russia, at the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida.

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.

United Arab Emirates: Centennial Bank

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Centennial Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from the United Arab Emirates - for a criminal investigation into "at least 17 known and unknown defendants" for suspected fraud and money laundering that, inter alia, allegedly involved the use of "deep voice" technology to simulate the voice of a company director.

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.

USA v. Tochukwu Abel Edeh: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging conspiracy "to launder the proceeds of online investment fraud schemes and to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business to transfer the proceeds of criminal offenses, including wire fraud" in USA v. Tochukwu Abel Edeh, described as a citizen of Nigeria, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Israel: Dror Dahan et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Lightspeed Financial Services Group LLC - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Israel - for use in a criminal investigation into Dror Dahan and Hadar Dahan for suspected fraud and money laundering.
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Three indicted in NY for ‘$155M Biscayne Capital fraud’

Three men have been indicted in New York for allegedly perpetrating a $155 million fraud and money laundering scheme involving entities in or from Argentina, Bahamas, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Ecuador, Germany, Switzerland, Uruguay, and the United States.

USA v. Luis Berkman: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging conspiracy to commit money laundering regarding a bribery scheme involving Bolivia in USA v. Luis Berkman at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

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.

USA v. Jorge Nobrega: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and money laundering involving entities in Australia, Thailand, and Venezuela in USA v. Jorge Luis Nobrega Rodriguez at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. Shahrukh Razzak: Arrest

Arrest of Shahrukh Razzak regarding an indictment for fraud and money laundering alleging several defendants "exported nearly $100 million worth of Apple and Samsung products into the United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong grey markets" that were obtained "through acts of robbery, fraud, or theft" in USA v. Shahrukh Razzak at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

USA v. Jorge Nobrega: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging conspiracy to violate International Emergency Economic Powers Act, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and money laundering involving Petróleos de Venezuela SA, a.k.a. PDVSA, and "millions of dollars of transfers on behalf of the Venezuelan Government" in USA v. Jorge Nobrega at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Lithuania: Aleksandrs Mirakovskis et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from T-Mobile, Comcast, Cingular Wireless, and Metro PCS Communications - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from  Lithuania - for a criminal investigation into "Aleksandrs Mirakovskis, Kim House, Jim Murray, Alexis Morales, and other unknown subjects for fraud, money laundering, and related offenses".

USA v. Naman Wakil: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and conspiracy to commit money laundering "by bribing Venezuelan officials to obtain and retain contracts and other business advantages, including obtaining payment on multi-million dollar contracts with entities and instrumentalities controlled by the Venezuelan government" in USA v. Naman Wakil, described as a citizen of Syria and permanent resident of the United States who used accounts "in the Cayman Islands, Switzerland, Panama, and elsewhere to promote the illegal bribery scheme and to conceal the nature and purpose of the proceeds", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Mongolia: Corruption MLAT

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Mongolia - for a criminal investigation into an unidentified "Mongolian citizen that worked as a senior official at a state-owned company from approximately 2013 to 2016" for suspected "money laundering and illicit enrichment".

USA v. Anthony Stimler: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and money laundering regarding an alleged bribery scheme involving individuals and entities in or from the British Virgin Islands, Cyprus, Israel, Mexico, Nigeria, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and USA in USA v. Anthony Stimler, a citizen of the United Kingdom who worked as a trader, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Romania: Lucian Mazilu

Complaint to extradite Lucian Mazilu from the USA to Romania so that he can serve a five-year prison sentence after being convicted "in abstentia" of tax fraud and money laundering, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Estonia: Priit Porila et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Citizens Bank NA and Citibank NA - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Estonia - for a criminal investigation into "Estonian citizens Priit Porila, Aivar Riis, Dmitri Fokin, Australian citizen Manjit Singh Hansra, Ukrainian citizen Inna Svyrdovska and others, Estonian Companies OU Feature, Glomus Corp. – Estonia Branch, Har-Lex LLC – Estonia Branch, Command Trade Agency, Inc. – Estonia Branch, and U.S. companies Har-Lex, LLC, Inversio Partners LLC, BPB Holdings LLC, Command Trade Agency, INC, and Ironsale LLC, and others for money laundering".

Holdwave Trading Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Man Proceeding in England by Nicholas Wood, Colin Diss, and Michael Leeds, as the Foreign Representatives of Holdwave Trading Limited, which allegedly "took part in laundering the proceeds of a significant, complex, and multinational fraud believed to have been committed against SCB [Standard Chartered Bank] (and other banks) originating with one of its customers, Winsome Diamonds and Jewellery Limited" and, inter alia, involved activity in England, India, the United Arab Emirates, and the USA,, filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Oceanroad Global Services Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Man Proceeding in England by Nicholas Wood, Colin Diss, and Michael Leeds, as the Foreign Representatives of Oceanroad Global Services Limited, which allegedly "took part in laundering the proceeds of a significant, complex, and multinational fraud believed to have been committed against SCB [Standard Chartered Bank] (and other banks) originating with one of its customers, Winsome Diamonds and Jewellery Limited" and, inter alia, involved activity in England, India, the United Arab Emirates, and the USA, filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.