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.
In a lawsuit filed in Florida, investors are suing Cayman Islands-domiciled cryptocurrency start-up Crowd Machine and others, including two crypto exchanges in the Seychelles, Australian Craig Sproule, and American Charlie Shrem, alleging they are victims of "a massive investment fraud".
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.
The Enforcement Branch of the Ontario Securities Commission is seeking fines and other penalties against British Virgin Islands-domiciled, Singapore-based cryptocurrency derivatives exchange Bybit for operating "contrary to the public interest".
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.
Swiss bank Julius Baer has agreed to pay $79.6 million to settle a criminal complaint in New York in which it has admitted conspiring to launder the proceeds of a bribery scheme involving officials with FIFA and other soccer federations and entered into its second Deferred Prosecution Agreement in the last five years.
A British Virgin Islands company that is part of the Dubai-based Exential Group of forex trading companies that perpetrated a $200 million Ponzi scheme has applied for Chapter 15 bankruptcy recognition in the United States.
Intertrust Cayman fined CI$4.2M for AML breaches, Maples Group to seek judicial review of regulations
Intertrust Corporate Services has been fined CI$4.2 million by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority for breaching the jurisdiction's Anti-Money Laundering Regulations. Separately, Maples Group law firm announced it was seeking a judicial review of CIMA's "interpretation and application" of the regulations.
Liechtenstein is investigating Manfred Fent, Franco Seren Gay, Gerald Hoop, and Robert Seaman III for "serious fraud and money laundering" involving investment firms Monument Group AG and Monument Foundation, OffshoreAlert can reveal.
Uzbek-Russian-Belgian businessman Patokh Chodiev intends to sue British financial data and information provider Refinitiv Limited, formerly known as Reuters Limited, over "a poorly supported and damaging report" about him in its risk and compliance database known as World-Check.
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".
A petition by Luxembourg-based accused fraudster Nicholas Martin to wind up the Cayman Islands holding company of the Circumference Group of corporate service providers has been dismissed "on the grounds that it is an abuse of process".
Cayman Islands hedge fund VR Global Partners is seeking evidence from U.S. lawyer Stuart Newberger for litigation in the Isle of Man in which it claims to have not received its share of $28.7 million of alleged proceeds from legal claims against the Pakistan Government.
Swiss intelligence firm Diligence Global seeks evidence in NY for ‘Qatar World Cup surveillance’ litigation
Investigative firm Diligence Global Business Intelligence is seeking a declaration from a Swiss court that it did not act illegally when conducting surveillance on British firm Cornerstone Global Associates for an investigation into suspected corruption regarding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, it has emerged in a New York discovery application
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.
Insolvent payment processor Wirecard AG has applied for U.S. recognition of its German insolvency proceeding in an attempt to stay a class action complaint against it in Pennsylvania.
Cayman Islands-based Canadian penny stock broker Andrew McAlpine appears set to plead guilty to securities fraud in California, with a 'Change of Plea Hearing' scheduled for April 22 "at the request of defense counsel".
British law enforcement investigating pension and investment fraud have criminally charged four people, including Simon Hooper and Martin Kelly, who were both previously exposed by OffshoreAlert.
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.
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".
A year after Cayman Islands-based Circumference Group accused him of defrauding clients of his Luxembourg firm Coficom Trust, Nicholas Martin has applied to wind up Circumference's holding company, alleging it is involved in "misconduct".
Bermuda-domiciled Arbitrade Ltd. and its 48-year-old Canadian principal, Troy Hogg, are being investigated by the Ontario Securities Commission for a suspected US$41 million cryptocurrency fraud, OffshoreAlert can reveal.
British serial fraudster Simon Hooper, 46, has received a non-custodial sentence in England for a scam involving British firm Rationale Investments Limited.
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.
Middle East-based British polo players led by Richard Fagan who fund their lavish lifestyles through investment fraud have set up a fake 'Swiss bank' and are trying to take over a Cayman Islands fund, OffshoreAlert can reveal.
The British Virgin Islands Government has sued its former long-time US-based legal representative, Lester Hyman, for alleged fraud and corruption after it claims to have lost its entire $7.2 million investment in a failed attempt to start an airline service between the BVI and Miami.
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.
Thailand's Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a criminal complaint against two companies that are part of the deVere Group and one of its former officers, British national Ian McIntyre, for allegedly operating without a securities license.
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-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.
A Swiss court has frozen nearly $78 million held by a Nevis firm at Mirabaud Bank that originated from Bermuda Commercial Bank and which the U.S. alleges are the proceeds of a bank fraud, tax evasion, and money laundering scheme involving "two U.S. billionaires, Robert Smith and Robert Brockman".
After indicted owner’s ‘exoneration’, Malta’s Pilatus Bank to sue European Central Bank for license revocation
Following the recent collapse of criminal charges in New York against its beneficial owner, Ali Sadr Hasheminejad, Malta-based Pilatus Bank Plc intends to sue the Germany-based European Central Bank for damages for revoking its license.
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".
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, 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.
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 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.
The liquidators of Cayman Islands investment fund Madison Asset LLC, which was allegedly swindled out of $200 million by its US-based principals, have sued Deutsche Bank for the entire amount, alleging it "turned a blind eye" to the alleged fraud.
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".
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.
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.
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.
The U.S. is suing Malcolm Harrison, described as a British national residing in Bermuda, for his alleged failure to pay $49,666 in penalties that he was assessed in 2018 for failing to report foreign bank accounts in Bermuda and the U.K. when he previously lived and worked in the U.S.
Cayman Islands-based Canadian Andrew McAlpine flew this morning from Florida, where he was arrested on September 18th, to California, where he was criminally indicted nearly nine months ago for alleged securities fraud.
Florida residents Jorge Falcon and Leonardo Cornide used insolvent Cayman Islands-domiciled Premier Assurance Group SPC as their own "piggy bank", Cayman's financial regulator has claimed.
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.
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.
Seattle-based online sports gaming operator Unikrn Inc. has agreed to pay a fine of $6.1 million to settle an administrative action by the SEC alleging it raised $31 million through the sale of unregistered securities by its Bermuda subsidiary in the form of digital tokens.
Cayman Islands-domiciled cryptocurrency exchange Binance Holdings Limited is being sued in California for allegedly laundering more than $9 million of cryptocurrency stolen from a Japanese exchange.
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.