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Bermuda ship insurer SIGCo seeks $5.6M from Cayman oil tanker owner struck off 10 years ago

Bermuda-domiciled Shipowners Insurance and Guaranty Company Ltd., from which the U.S. Department of Justice has demanded $4.4 million in damages for the grounding of an oil tanker, is seeking to recover the amount, plus $1.2 million in fees and expenses, from a shipping firm - Margara Shipping Ltd. - that was struck off the Cayman Islands Companies Register nearly 10 years ago.
'Bahamas private island owner' Joseph Cammarata & two others indicted for '$40M fraud'

‘Bahamas private island owner’ Joseph Cammarata & two others indicted for ‘$40M fraud’

New Jersey-based businessman Joseph Cammarata, who allegedly owns 'Sandy Cay' private island in the Bahamas, and two associates have been criminally indicted for allegedly swindling $40 million that was intended for securities fraud victims in a scheme that involved entities or accounts in several jurisdictions, including the Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Gibraltar, and USA.
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BVI crypto firms Tether and Bitfinex fined $42.5M by US regulator

British Virgin Islands-domiciled crypto 'stablecoin' group Tether has been fined $41 million for fraud by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which also fined BVI crypto exchange Bitfinex $1.5 million for unlicensed activity and other offenses.
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Seven Mile Securities fined CI$250K by Cayman regulator

Five months after one of its clients, Canadian Andrew McAlpine, pleaded guilty to securities fraud in the United States, securities broker Seven Mile Securities has been fined CI$250,000 by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority. It is not publicly-known whether the two events are connected.
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Bizarre lawsuit by ‘Bear Stearns’ alleges ‘$450M fraud’ by Bahamas-licensed securities broker

A bizarre and seemingly-frivolous lawsuit alleging a $450 million fraud by a Bahamas investment group and related individuals has been filed in New York by four Ukraine citizens and 35 suspiciously-named firms that purport to be domiciled in some of the seediest offshore jurisdictions, including one called "Bear Stearns", which claims to be registered in the Seychelles. UPDATE: On October 17th, 2021 - just four days after filing the complaint, the plaintiffs filed a notice of voluntary dismissal.
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BVI to add 3 more US defendants to ‘Miami Airline’ fraud lawsuit

The British Virgin Islands Government intends to add three more US citizens - Scott Weisman, Jerry Willoughby, and Bruce Bradley - as defendants to a lawsuit it filed against "now-suspended" US lawyer Lester Hyman alleging fraud and corruption involving plans to operate an air service between the BVI and Miami.
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Barbados Gov’t ‘agent’ lost $6.7M in ‘COVID-19 vaccine fraud’

A Caribbean firm operated by Barbadian developer Mark Maloney that says it was hired by the Barbados Government to procure one million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine for the country's population claims to have been swindled out of $6.7 million. It's not clear from a complaint filed at federal court in the U.S. last week whether the amount originated from the Government or the company, Rational Investments Ltd.
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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.
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SEC sues BitConnect for ‘$2B crypto fraud’

The U.S. SEC has sued individuals and companies based in California, India, and Hong Kong for allegedly perpetrating a $2 billion crypto fraud known as BitConnect.

BitMEX agrees to pay $100M to settle US regulatory action

Companies in Bermuda, Hong Kong, the Seychelles, and USA have agreed to pay $100 million to settle a complaint by the CFTC alleging they operated an unregistered cryptocurrency trading platform known as BitMEX.

SEC sues Uulala for ‘$9 million crypto fraud’

A group called Uulala, which was the first applicant to be approved to conduct an Initial Coin Offering in crypto-friendly Bermuda, has been accused of perpetrating a $9 million digital tokens fraud in a complaint filed at federal court in California by the SEC - two-and-a-half years after the scheme was exposed by OffshoreAlert.

Butterfield Bank admits ‘criminal conduct’, turns over client records & agrees to pay $5.6M to settle tax evasion investigation

Butterfield Bank has turned over client records and agreed to forfeit $4.9 million that it received in fees and pay restitution of $704,000 under a Non-Prosecution Agreement with the U. S. Department of Justice in which the bank admitted "criminal conduct" by fraudulently helping U.S. taxpayers evade taxes via its Bermuda and Cayman Islands operations.

US SEC charges trio with fraud involving Long Blockchain Corp.

The U.S. SEC has charged three people, including a Canadian former resident of the Cayman Islands, Oliver-Barret Lindsay, and a New Zealander residing in England, Eric Watson, with fraud involving publicly-listed Long Blockchain Corp., formerly Long Island Iced Tea Corp.

Directors signed ‘declaration of solvency’ for ‘insolvent’ Cayman fund, say liquidators

Directors in the Bahamas and British Virgin Islands - Boisy Roberts and Trevor Liburd - signed a declaration of solvency for an apparently insolvent Cayman Islands mutual fund so it could go into voluntary liquidation despite its assets being frozen one day earlier after the Fund was sued by the U.S. SEC for allegedly perpetrating a $106 million fraud, say the Fund's liquidators.

Briton Jonathan Ellis sues Binance and other crypto firms

British national Jonathan Ellis has filed a complaint in England against cryptocurrency firms domiciled in the Cayman Islands, Estonia, Lithuania, Seychelles, Switzerland, and United Kingdom, including cryptocurrency exchange Binance.

Cayman fund accused of ‘$106M fraud’ by US SEC

Cayman Islands-domiciled Income Collecting 1-3 Months T-Bills Mutual Fund, whose directors reside in the Bahamas and British Virgin Islands, and its Israeli principal, Ofer Abarbanel, have been accused by the U.S. SEC of swindling investors who have been unable to redeem $106 million.

Cayman-based broker Andrew McAlpine pleads guilty to securities fraud conspiracy

Canadian penny stock broker Andrew McAlpine has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud at federal court in California and received permission to return to his home in the Cayman Islands pending sentencing. Prosecutors have recommended that he serve between six and 12 months in prison and he also faces restitution of "at least $270,689".