Theft

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.

Brian Kang et al v. Hybrid Trade Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging theft, misappropriation, and securities fraud regarding the raising of $50 million "from investors based around the world, including within the United States" from the sale of "digital tokens" that were "neither registered with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission nor qualified for any exemption from registration with the SEC, thereby depriving investors of the benefit of the disclosures required by the federal securities laws" in Brian Kang, Skyblock LLC, Mid-Wilshire Consulting LLC, Prasad Hurra, David Kim, Blue Rock Group, Artemio Verduzo, David Kwon, and Young Jae Kwon v. Hybrid Trade Limited, described as operating from addresses in Hong Kong, Malta, and Singapore; Asia Digital Asset Exchange, described as operating from an address in Cyprus; Allysian Sciences, Apolo Ohno, a former Olympic speed skating champion; Rod Jao, Eugenio Pugliese, and Henry Liu at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Öksüt Madencilik San. Tic. AS v. LinkedIn Corp. et al: Discovery Application

Application by Öksüt Madencilik San. Tic. A.S., described as a Turkish company that "operates a precious metals mine located in Turkey known as the Öksüt Mine", to take discovery from LinkedIn Corp. and Google LLC for use in "criminal and civil proceedings" in Turkey alleging "one or more individuals, believed to be former OMAS employees, have stolen confidential information from OMAS and are using that information to unlawfully harm the Company and exert influence over its employees, vendors, and others through anonymous online accounts", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Qasimi Law Partners v. Tanya Chuck Habib: Discovery Application

Application by the Law Office of Shaikh Fahim Al Qasimi, a.k.a. Qasimi Law Partners, of Abu Dhabi, to take discovery from Tanya Chuck Habib, of Croton-on-Hudson, New York, "for use in a proceeding in the United Arab Emirates" to enforce a judgment for AED7.2 million "against John Lawrence Habib and M.E.N.A. Bridge Advisors FZE", of Abu Dhabi, for alleged "financial misappropriations and defalcation", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. 60 Bitcoins: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint regarding the "proceeds of a wire fraud scheme to steal, among other things, cryptocurrency using a cell phone SIM-swapping scheme" that allegedly involved Colton Jurisic, Ricky Handschumacher, and Conor Freeman in USA v. 60.20371501 Bitcoins at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Servicios Parlamentarios Remo SA de CV v. R D Precious Metals Inc.: Complaint

Complaint alleging "a fraudulent scheme involving the theft, conversion and misappropriation by defendants in New York of funds and/or gold belonging to plaintiff" in Servicios Parlamentarios Remo SA de CV, of Mexico v. R D Precious Metals Inc., Rafael Davidov, Roni Amrussi, a.k.a. Roni Amrusi, a.k.a. Roni Ambrussi; Yaniv Ben Hamo, a.k.a. Yaniv Benhamo, and Gold 7 of Miami Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC v. Does: Motion for Discovery from Google LLC

Credit Suisse's Ex Parte Motion for Emergency Order to take discovery from Google LLC "in its effort to thwart the on-going multi-national disclosure of proprietary and highly confidential former employee data" in Credit Suisse Securities USA LLC v. Does at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC v. Does: Complaint

Complaint alleging hackers "misappropriated from Plaintiff's computer systems and databases extremely sensitive and confidential personal data relating to certain former employees of Credit Suisse" in Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, of Delaware, described as "a U.S. subsidiary of Credit Suisse Group AG, a global wealth manager and investment bank with operations in over 50 countries and approximately 50,000 employees worldwide" v. Does at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Costa Rica: Amazon.com LLC

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Amazon.com LLC - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Costa Rica - for a criminal investigation into suspected fraud by someone using the name Mendez Esquivel Nelkin.

Sakab Saudi Holding Company et al v. Citibank et al: Discovery Application

Application by Sakab Saudi Holding Company, Alpha Star Aviation Services Company, Enma Al Ared Real Estate Investment and Development Company, Kafa'at Business Solutions Company, Security Control Company, Armour Security Industrial Manufacturing Company, Saudi Technology & Security Comprehensive Control Company, Technology Control Company, New Dawn Contracting Company, and Sky Prime Investment Company, all of Saudi Arabia, to take discovery from Citibank NA, HSBC Bank USA NA, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, and Jonathan Wainwright for use in legal proceedings in Canada alleging "a massive fraudulent scheme perpetrated by a former high-ranking government official in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Saad Khalid Al Jabri, which resulted in at least $3.5 billion (USD) being stolen from the Applicant companies and used for the personal benefit of one man, Al Jabri, and his family and associates", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Linda Fischer v. Jeffrey Slavet et al: Discovery Application

Ex Parte Application by Linda Fischer, a citizen of Germany residing in the United Kingdom, to take discovery from Jeffrey Slavet, Lombardy 711 Inc., and 111 East 56th Street Inc. for use in legal proceedings in the British Virgin Islands involving allegations of fraud against her brother, Michael Fischer, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Linda Fischer v. XL Funding Inc. et al: Discovery Application

Ex Parte Application by Linda Fischer, a citizen of Germany residing in the United Kingdom, to take discovery from the Estate of Michael D. Fischer, Svetlana Astafurova, XL Funding, Inc., and Blackstone Equities, LLC for use in legal proceedings in the British Virgin Islands involving allegations of fraud against her brother, Michael Fischer, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Germany: Sven Schoene

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Bank of America - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Germany - for a criminal investigation into Sven Schoene for suspected embezzlement while serving as CEO of a U.S. subsidiary of a German company.

SEC v. Vuuzle Media Corp. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Vuuzle Media Corp., of New York, NY; Ronald Shane Flynn, a.k.a. Ronnie Shane, described as a U.S citizen residing in the Philippines and/or Dubai, and Richard Marchitto, of Rockaway, New Jersey, at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

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.

JSC BTA Bank v. Wells Fargo Bank et al: Discovery Application

Application by JSC BTA Bank, of Kazakhstan, to take discovery from Wells Fargo Bank, NA, Wells Fargo & Company, Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Wells Fargo Financial Advisors Network LLC, and related entities; Yvgeny Bukrinsky, d.b.a. Omega Enterprises, described as an "accountant/tax preparer"; "certain business entities owned or operated by Elvira Kudryashova, namely, Anthill Shopnplay (a/k/a Anthill Fashion Market, Anthill Shopnplay LLC, and Kud Vintage) and Edward Hill Bakery party N beyond"; Granite Escrow and Settlement Services, Escrow of the West, Jason Bradshaw, d.b.a. Bradshaw Residential Group, described as a "real estate agent", and Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC for use in legal proceedings in the United Kingdom and "a pending criminal investigation in Kazakhstan", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Lithuania: Darius Vitkus

Complaint to extradite Darius Vitkus, described as "the sole owner and shareholder Gvidonas UAB", from the USA to Lithuania to face charges of fraud, forgery, misappropriation, tax evasion, and theft.

Greg Taylor: Disqualification

Public Statement by the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority that it has disqualified Greg Nicholas Taylor, who worked as an insurance administrator.

USA v. Danil Potekhin et al: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. Cryptocurrency and Cash allegedly derived from "a large scale, sophisticated 'phishing' campaign" by Russian nationals Danil Potekhin and Dimitrii Karasavidi that targeted cryptocurrency exchanges, including Poloniex, based in San Francisco, domiciled in Delaware; Binance, based in Hong Kong, domiciled in the Cayman Islands, and Gemini Trust Company LLC, based in New York, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern 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.

Switzerland: Henry Ukshini

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from JPMorgan Chase Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Switzerland - for a criminal investigation into Henry Ukshini for suspected embezzlement.

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.

Paul Deighton: Disqualification

Notice by the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority that Paul Deighton has received a 12-year Disqualification. Editor's Note: In December, 2019, Deighton was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison after being convicted of swindling his clients out of nearly £700,000 in a fraudulent investment scheme via his company, Haven Administration Limited, according to a news article by the Isle of Man Examiner.

Asia Cube Energy Holdings Ltd. v. Inno Energy Tech Co. Ltd. et al: Petition

Petition for Preliminary Injunction "mandating Respondent Hans Chia to return the Petitioner's official company seals in China" in Asia Cube Energy Holdings Ltd., as surviving entity of ISQ District Energy Asia Ltd., of the Cayman Islands v. Inno Energy Tech Co. Ltd., of Samoa, and Hans Chia 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.

US crypto investor sues 18-year-old for allegedly stealing $24M (when he was 15)

In a lawsuit, Los Angeles-based blockchain investor Michael Terpin has alleged that he lost "nearly $24 million of cryptocurrency" in a hack whose "evil mastermind" was "a then 15-year-old high school student" in New York who "boasted" of stealing "over $100 million worth of cryptocurrency through scores of hacks".

Joseph Brice v. Regina: Appeal Judgment

Judgment setting aside on a technicality the criminal conviction for theft of trust company operator Joseph Brice, who transferred $950,000 of client funds to his own account for his personal use without the client's permission, in Joseph Brice v. Regina at Anguilla Court of Appeal.

Colombia: Reficar SA et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Standard Chartered Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Bank of Oklahoma, HSBC, Bank of America, Commerzebank, Credit Agricole, Fifth Third Bank, and BNP Paribas regarding transfers from an account at Bank Mendes Gans NV in the name of CBI Colombiana SA - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Colombia - for a criminal investigation into "Reficar S.A. and Colombian public officials for embezzlement by appropriation, improper interest in signing contracts, and illicit enrichment of private individuals".

Turkey: Bank of America

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Bank of America - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Turkey - for a criminal investigation into "unknown subject(s) for Quantified Theft by Deception".

Belarus: First Interstate Bank in Montana

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from First Interstate Bank in Montana - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Belarus - for a criminal investigation into "unknown subjects" for suspected theft.

Poland: Google LLC (Copyright Infringement re. ‘Wlatey Moch’)

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Google LLC - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Poland - for a criminal investigation into an "unknown suspect(s) for copyright infringement offenses" regarding an "animated comedy series" called 'Wlatey Moch'.

Switzerland: Stefano Billeter

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from SunTrust Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Switzerland - for a criminal investigation into Stefano Billeter who allegedly "embezzled money from clients' accounts while he was an employee of Banca Raiffeisen in Lugano, Switzerland".

Sky Stream Corp. v. Arkadiy Kats et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud, theft, conversion, and breach of fiduciary duty, in Sky Stream Corp., of the British Virgin Islands v. Arkadiy Kats, residing in Miami-Dade County, Florida;Alexander Pleshakov, described as "residing in Russia, somewhere in Europe or Azerbaijan"; Sergey Tkachenko, described as "residing in Russia and Switzerland"; The Behar Law Firm PA, Samuel M. Sheldon, and Howard R. Behar, all of Florida, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. 146 Virtual Currency Accounts: Amended Forfeiture Complaint

First Amended 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. 146 Virtual Currency Accounts at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Bulgaria: Apple Inc.

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Apple Inc. - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Bulgaria - for a criminal investigation into the theft of "36 portable computers" by an "unknown perpetrator".

Gulf Investment Corp. v. Bank of America et al: Discovery Application

Application by Gulf Investment Corporation, of Kuwait, described as "a supranational financial institution owned equally by the six Gulf Cooperation Council states: The Kingdom of Bahrain; The State of Kuwait; The Sultanate of Oman; The State of Qatar; The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; and The United Arab Emirates", to take discovery from Bank of America, NA, The Bank of New York Mellon, Citibank, NA, Deutsche Bank AG, New York Branch; Deutsche Bank Trust Company USA, Goldman Sachs and Co., HSBC Bank USA, NA, JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA, Mashreqbank PSC, New York Branch; National Australia Bank Limited, New York Branch; Standard Chartered Bank, New York Branch; and Wells Fargo Bank NA for use in "contemplated litigation in the Cayman Islands" regarding "hundreds of millions of dollars that have gone missing", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Microsoft Corporation: Records Application

Ex Parte Application by the USA for an Order requiring Microsoft Corporation to provide records for a criminal investigation into "computer intrusions at several U.S. companies and the subsequent thefts and/or use of stolen customer credentials", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Switzerland: Walter Hans Zellweger

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance  from Switzerland - for a criminal investigation into Walter Hans Zellweger for suspected fraud and misappropriation.

British lawyer George Lonsdale struck off for dishonesty

Yet another British lawyer - George Lonsdale - who was involved with the fraudulent Cayman Islands-domiciled Axiom Legal Financing Fund has been struck off for dishonesty, this time for stealing from an elderly client in an unrelated incident.

Templeton Insurance Ltd. v. Greg Taylor: Contempt Judgment

Judgment on Contempt of Court regarding the "deliberate and flagrant disobedience" of freezing and disclosure orders involving stolen funds in Templeton Insurance Limited v. Greg Nicholas Taylor at the Isle of Man High Court.

Douglas Italia SpA v. Piofrancesco Borghetti et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "a pattern of creating and using sham companies to steal millions of dollars worth of assets from the plaintiff, to conceal the criminal proceeds and to frustrate plaintiff's ability to recover on civil money judgments rendered against him" in Douglas Italia SpA, formerly Limoni SpA, of Milan, Italy v. Piofrancesco Borghetti, a convicted embezzler, of Italy; Anacod Real Estate LLC, of Delaware; Kellerton Group Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands, allegedly controlled by Borghetti through "his Hong Kong-based facilitator and nominee, Nilesh Sajnanivia", and Briguglio & Associates LLP, of New York, NY, at the State of New York Supreme Court, County of New York.