Money Laundering

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.

USA v. Roman Sterlingov: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging money laundering and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business known as "Bitcoin Fog" in USA v. Roman Sterlingov, a citizen of Russia residing in Sweden, at that U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

USA v. Jesus Gabriel Rodriguez, Jr.: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging conspiracy "to commit money laundering by sending billions of dollars from the United States to Latin America and the Caribbean with the intent to promote the carrying on of organized criminal activity, including illegal gold mining, gold smuggling and the entry of goods into the U.S. by false means and statements, and narcotics trafficking" in a scheme that, inter alia, involved the Cayman Islands, Curaçao, and Venezuela in USA v. Jesus Gabriel Rodriguez, Jr. - Criminal Complaint - U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida - June 14, 2021

USA v. Rajpreet Kaur et al: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging fraud and money laundering in USA v. Rajpreet Kaur, Jasminder Singh, and Mandeep Singh, described as citizens of India residing in the USA, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

USA v. Denis Sotnikov: Plea Agreement

Plea Agreement regarding allegations of investment fraud and money laundering in USA v. Denis Sotnikov, a citizen of Russia residing in the United States, at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

USA v. Denis Sotnikov: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging investment fraud and money laundering in USA v. Denis Sotnikov, described as a citizen of Russia residing in Florida, USA, at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Portugal: PNC Bank et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from PNC Bank, N.A. and First Tennessee Bank, N.A. - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Portugal - for a criminal investigation into fraud and money laundering.

USA v. Bank Julius Baer: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging Bank Julius Baer conspired to launder bribes to soccer officials for the rights to the World Cup, Copa Libertadores, and Copa América soccer tournaments in a scheme allegedly involving individuals in or from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay in USA v. Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd., of Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

USA v. Bank Julius Baer: Deferred Prosecution Agreement

Deferred Prosecution Agreement regarding an alleged scheme to launder the proceeds of bribery involving soccer organizations FIFA, CONMEBOL, and others in USA v. Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd., of Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Czech Republic: Jana Amba Cervena

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Cannon Federal Credit Union - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from the Czech Republic - for a criminal investigation into Jana Amba Cervena for suspected money laundering.

USA v. Arturo Carlos Murillo Prijic: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint for allegedly conspiring to launder the proceeds of corruption in Bolivia in USA v. Arturo Carlos Murillo Prijic, described as "a citizen of bolivia and the Minister of Government of Bolivia", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. Luis Berkman et al: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging conspiracy to commit money laundering involving "bribery of a public official and public servant" in USA v. Luis Berkman, a citizen of the United States; Bryan Samuel Berkman, a citizen of the United States; Philip Lichtenfeld, a United Sates citizen of the United States residing in Argentina, and Sergio Rodrigo Mendez Mendizabal, described as "a citizen of Bolivia who served as an official in the Bolivian Ministry of Government from at least in or around 2019 through at least in or around 2020", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Gupta Family Group Alliance: UK SFO Investigation

News Release by the United Kingdom's Serious Fraud Office that it is investigating Gupta Family Group Alliance for "suspected fraud, fraudulent trading and money laundering", including "its financing arrangements with Greensill Capital UK Ltd.".

Liechtenstein: Manfred Fent et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from JPMorgan Chase Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Liechtenstein - for a criminal investigation into Manfred Fent, Franco Seren Gay, Gerald Hoop, Robert Seaman III, Monument Group AG and Monument Foundation for "serious fraud, money laundering, and related offenses".

Brazil: Carlos Antonio Lemos da Fonseca et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Ocean Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Brazil - for a criminal investigation into "Carlos Antonio Lemos da Fonseca, Brasita Cigarros Industria e Comercio Ltda., and other individuals for six offenses, specifically, tax fraud, false statement, falsification of public seal or sign, criminal organization, unauthorized exchange operation, and money laundering".

USA v. Juan Carlos Balaguerra Villamizar: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging money laundering conspiracy involving "purported proceeds of bribes paid to Brazilian public officials" in USA v. Juan Carlos Balaguerra Villamizar at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Aurelia Infrastructure Inc.: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. All Funds in a Merrill Lynch account in the name of Aurelia Infrastructure Inc., of the British Virgin Islands, that are allegedly associated with the laundering of the proceeds narcotics trafficking by "organizations based in Mexico and elsewhere" at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Roman Sterlingov: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging money laundering and unlicensed money transmission involving a "darknet money laundering service" called "Bitcoin Fog" in USA v. Roman Sterlingov, described as a citizen of Russia and Sweden, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Tatiana Akhmedova v. Farkhad Akhmedov et al: Judgment

Judgment for hundreds of millions of dollars in favor of a "wife" who "has been the victim of a series of schemes designed to put every penny of the Husband's wealth beyond her reach" involving individuals, companies, and structures in Bermuda, Cyprus, Dubai, England, France, Isle of Man, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Panama, Russia, and Switzerland in Tatiana Akhmedova v. Farkhad Teimur Ogly Akhmedov, a citizen of Russia; Woodblade Limited, of Cyprus; Cotor Investment SA, of Panama; Qubo 1 Establishment, of Liechtenstein; Qubo 2 Establishment, of Liechtenstein; Straight Establishment, of Liechtenstein; Avenger Assets Corporation, of Panama; Counselor Trust Reg, of Liechtenstein, as Trustee of certain Trusts; Sobaldo Establishment, of Liechtenstein, as Trustee of certain Trusts; Temur Akhmedov, described as "a British citizen who lives in London", and Borderedge Limited, of Cyprus, at the High Court of Justice, for England and Wales.

USA v. Mare Dey Import and Export Trading Co. Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. Funds held at Hang Sang Bank, of Hong Kong, in the name of Mare Dey Import and Export Trading Co. that are associated with "an investigation of a money laundering/drug trafficking conspiracy whose members included Jorge Hugo Zavala-Lopez, Abel Bustamante-Duran also known as Prieto, Hong Zeng also known as Alondra China, Marco Antonio Mendez-Guzman aka Acelerin, Rafael Omar Cruz-Valedon aka Parce, an individual whose first and last name are unknown and is also known as Alvarez, Erick Giovanny Garcia also known as Juanito, Diana Quiroz Garcia, Juan Carlos Arreola and Ramon Antonio Lopez-Llamas" at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Portugal: Wilson Freitas de Barros et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Citibank and Bank of America - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Portugal - for use in a criminal investigation into Wilson Freitas de Barros and "other unknown subjects" for suspected fraud and money laundering.

Malta v. Keith Schembri et al: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging corruption, fraud, and money laundering in Republic of Malta v. Alfio Schembri, Malcolm Scerri, Keith Schembri, who is a former chief of staff of former Malta Prime Minister Joseph Muscat; Robert Zammit, Kasco Holdings Limited, of Malta; Kasco Limited, of Malta; Kasco Engineering Company Limited, of Malta; GSV Co Limited, of Malta; Holdforth Limited, of Cyprus; Malmos Limited, of Gibraltar; It's Good Limited, of Malta; Colson Services Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; Selson Holding Corporation, of the British Virgin Islands; Tekhne Industrial Limited, of Malta; Berner Malta Limited, of Malta, and Thoughtzone Limited, of Malta, at Malta Magistrates Court.

USA v. Seyed Zangakani et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging money laundering involving $157 million of "prohibited correspondent banking transactions" via "front and shell companies" in Canada, Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States to evade U.S. economic sanctions against Iran in USA v. Seyed Ziaeddin Taheri Zangakani, Saeed Torab Abtahi, Abbas Amin, Issa Shayegh, Mojtaba Dehghani, Sara Sabri, Reza Karimi, Shantia Chupra, Salim Henareh, and Khalil Henareh at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

NatWest Plc: Criminal Proceedings

Press Release by the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority that it has "commenced criminal proceedings against National Westminster Bank Plc" for suspected involvement in money laundering.

USA v. Arthur Hayes: ‘Surrender & Bail’ Letter

Letter on behalf of Arthur Hayes regarding his surrender and bail in USA v. Arthur Hayes, described as a citizen of the USA residing in Singapore, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, where he was indicted for alleged violations of the Bank Secrecy Act regarding a "cryptocurrency derivatives trading platform" known as BitMEX.

USA v. Denis Sotnikov: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging investment fraud and money laundering in USA v. Denis Sotnikov, described as a citizen of Russia residing in the United States, at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

USA v. Benjamin Delo: ‘Surrender & Bail’ Letter

Letter on behalf of Benjamin Delo regarding his surrender and bail in USA v. Benjamin Delo, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom and Grenada residing in Hong Kong, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, where he was indicted for alleged violations of the Bank Secrecy Act regarding a "cryptocurrency derivatives trading platform" known as BitMEX.

Nicholas Martin v. Circumference Holdings Ltd.: Winding Up Petition

Winding Up Petition in Nicholas James Martin, of Luxembourg v. Circumference Holdings Ltd., described as "a holding company and corporate parent for the Circumference Group, which is comprised of a number of holding and operating entities engaged in corporate, directorship, trust, fiduciary and accounting services primarily in the Cayman Islands, Luxembourg and The Netherlands", at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Jersey AG v. LGL Trustees Ltd.: Judgment

Judgment 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. Curtis Lehner et al: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging securities fraud and money laundering involving individuals or entities in or from the Bahamas, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Monaco, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and USA in USA v. Curtis Lehner, Courtney Vasseur, Hasan Sario, and Domenic Calabrigo at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Jorge Cherrez Miño: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging conspiracy to launder the proceeds of bribery of a public official in Ecuador in USA v. Jorge Cherrez Miño, described as a citizen of Ecuador residing in Mexico, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

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 Luzuriaga Aguinaga: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging conspiracy to launder the proceeds of bribery of a public official in Ecuador in USA v. John Robert Luzuriaga Aguinaga, described as a citizen of Ecuador residing in Florida who was "Risk Director" of the Instituto de Seguridad Social de la Policia Nacional from 2014 to 2019, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

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. Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares et al: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging money laundering regarding a bribery scheme and in USA v. Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares, a citizen of Panama and Italy, and Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Linares at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

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.