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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".

Guernsey regulator suspends investment fund Remus Horizons

The registration of investment fund Remus Horizons PCC Limited, which is part of a group that includes individuals and companies in or from Australia, England, Guernsey, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Texas, and the United Arab Emirates, has been suspended by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission less than five months after it was granted.

Buenos Aires sued by investors for ‘$366M bonds default’

The Province of Buenos Aires, in Argentina, is being sued for allegedly defaulting on bonds totaling $366 million by investment vehicles in the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Delaware, Denmark, England, Ireland, Italy, Jersey, and Luxembourg.

Cayman captive Performance Insurance seeks to stay US fraud lawsuits

The liquidators of Cayman Islands captive insurer Performance Insurance Company SPC have applied for Chapter 15 bankruptcy recognition in the U.S. in an attempt to stay two lawsuits in which it has been accused of participating in a scheme involving "counterfeit insurance policies".

Bitfinex & Tether to pay $18.5M to settle criminal investigation

Seven cryptocurrency firms, six of which are domiciled in the British Virgin Islands, including Bitfinex and Tether, have agreed to pay $18.5 million to settle a criminal investigation by the New York State Attorney General, Letitia James.

Walkers law firm overturns Brazilian bankers’ Cayman judgment

Walkers law firm in the Cayman Islands has successfully appealed a summary judgment that was entered against it in favor of former clients - two Brazilian bankers and related companies - who are seeking damages of up to $400 million for alleged breaches of trust, loyalty, and confidence.

British ‘crypto-friendly’ travel booking firm Travala facing strike off

UPDATED: Shortly after OffshoreAlert reported that British 'blockchain-based, cryptocurrency-friendly' online travel booking start-up Travala, which has raised over £2 million from investors and is now owned by a Cayman Islands firm, was facing compulsory strike off for failure to file its accounts, the firm filed unaudited "Micro-entity Accounts" with Companies House that contained scant details.

UAE ‘gold supplier’ SION Trading sued for ‘$5M fraud’

UAE-domiciled purported gold supplier SION Trading FZE, which has been implicated in several fraudulent schemes, including a cryptocurrency scam involving Bermuda-based Arbitrade, is being sued in Utah along with individuals and firms in or from Barbados, Canada, England, Panama, St. Lucia, and the USA for allegedly perpetrating a $5 million 'advance fee' fraud.

Cayman crypto exchange Binance sues Forbes for defamation

Cayman Islands-domiciled cryptocurrency exchange Binance Holdings is suing U.S.-based news provider Forbes and two of its reporters for defamation over a recent article headlined "Leaked 'Tai Chi' Document Reveals Binance's Elaborate Scheme To Evade Bitcoin Regulators".

UK Gov’t applies to wind up 3 firms operated by fraudsters

Winding up petitions have been filed against British firms Rationale Asset Management, Value Asset Management, and Merydion Corporation, which are operated by members of a gang of British and Irish serial investment fraudsters who have been previously exposed by OffshoreAlert.

British fraudster Martin Sampson sets up new group

British fraudster Martin Sampson, who helped to perpetrate a £40 million-plus investment scam by the Privilege Wealth Group, is back in business with three new British companies, operating as Misil Group.

BVI fund sues Bermuda reinsurance investment manager for ‘$7.5M fraud’

A BVI investment fund has sued Tony Belisle in Florida for alleged fraud after incurring losses "in excess of $7.5 million" in a Bermuda fund that was managed by Markel CATCo Investment Management, from which Belisle was allegedly fired as CEO "for lying to company executives and counsel about a romantic relationship" with a colleague.

US tycoon Robert Brockman indicted for ‘$2B offshore tax fraud scheme’

US software tycoon Robert Brockman has been criminally indicted in California for an alleged $2 billion offshore tax evasion scheme involving accounts and entities in Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Nevis, and Switzerland. In a related case, billionaire private equity boss Robert Smith agreed to pay penalties of $139 million to avoid prosecution.

Thailand SEC bans British financial advisors for conduct at deVere Group

British financial advisors Ian McIntyre, Adam Clark, and Scott Kingsley have been banned from Thailand's investment industry for regulatory breaches while working for the deVere Group, which describes itself as "one of the world's leading independent financial advisory organisations".

SEC sues John McAfee for ‘$23M ICO fraud’ in New York

Famous computer programmer John McAfee was today sued by the SEC in New York for allegedly swindling his Twitter followers by recommending they buy Initial Coin Offerings by entities in Belize, Nigeria, Romania, U.K. and U.S. without disclosing that he received $23 million in hidden compensation.

CFTC sues operators of BitMEX crypto derivatives platform

The CFTC has sued eight companies and individuals in or from Bermuda, Hong Kong, Seychelles, United Kingdom, and the United States, alleging they operated a cryptocurrency derivatives platform without being registered.

Luxembourg firm Akazoo sued for securities fraud in US by SEC

Four months after its shares were delisted from NASDAQ, Luxembourg-domiciled "music streaming" firm Akazoo S.A. has been sued for securities fraud in New York by the SEC, with the alleged scheme also involving individuals and firms in England, Greece, and Scotland.

Cayman penny stock broker Andrew McAlpine arrested in US for alleged fraud

Penny stock broker Andrew McAlpine, a Canadian living in the Cayman Islands, is in custody in the U.S. after being criminally indicted for securities fraud. He's also one of 16 individual and corporate defendants accused of a $6M fraud "involving at least 20 penny stock companies" in a related SEC civil complaint.

Simon Hooper pleads guilty to fraud in England

United Kingdom national Simon Hooper has pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud involving British firm Rationale Investments Limited, which purports to be a property investment firm.

Platinum Partners liquidators sue BDO in the Cayman Islands

The liquidators of an offshore hedge fund and a "pass-through" tax vehicle that were part of the failed $1 billion U.S.-based Platinum Partners investment group have sued the Cayman Islands and New York operations of auditor BDO.