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Cryptocurrency group Arbitrade sued in Bermuda for ‘unpaid rates’

Fraudulent cryptocurrency group Arbitrade, which purchased a seven-floor office building in Bermuda in 2018 that it has apparently never occupied, is being sued for $168,101 in allegedly unpaid "rates" by the municipal government that administers the jurisdiction's capital city of Hamilton, where the property is located.

Blockchain firm Uulala sued for indebtedness in California

Blockchain group Uulala, which 22 months ago became the first applicant to be approved to conduct an Initial Coin Offering in Bermuda despite a plethora of red flags, is being sued for alleged indebtedness in California.

Former deVere USA officers settle SEC fraud complaint

British nationals Benjamin Alderson and Bradley Hamilton have agreed to pay penalties totaling $750,000 to settle a fraud complaint by the SEC regarding their employment with investment firm deVere USA.

Creditors apply to wind up Cayman’s Obelisk Capital Management

Alleging "serious wrongdoing", two creditors claiming to be owed $448,333 under a loan bearing interest at 10% per month have applied to wind up Cayman Islands-based Obelisk Capital Management Ltd., which manages factoring and gold funds for Obelisk Global, whose directors include Jazeb Jones, who was previously dismissed as MD of a Cayman bank over his relationship with a client accused of committing a £50 million fraud.

Cayman regulator revokes licenses of Atlas Re & Intrepid Re

The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority has revoked the insurance licenses of Atlas Re SPC and Intrepid Re SPC, which are both managed by USA Risk Group (Cayman) Ltd., for suspected insolvency and breaches of the jurisdiction's Insurance Law.

Cayman regulator revokes license of Hinduja Bank

The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority has revoked the banking license of Hinduja Bank & Trust (Cayman) Ltd. for suspected insolvency, its Switzerland-based sole director, Gilbert Pfaeffli, not being "fit and proper", and other regulatory breaches

Intelligence firm Diligence accuses ex-CEO Nick Day of ‘outrageous legal spending’

Intelligence and investigations firm Diligence has accused its former CEO, Nick Day, of trying to "sink the business with his outrageous legal spending" after it was forced to advance him $788,377 to satisfy legal bills that he incurred at a rate of approximately $12,500 per day in the first two months of defending a lawsuit that the company brought against him for allegedly swindling it out of "millions of dollars".

Insolvent Bermuda Digicel firm files for Chapter 15 bankruptcy in New York

An insolvent Bermuda holding company within the Digicel Group, which provides mobile phone, cable television, Internet, and other communications services in the Caribbean and South Pacific, has filed for Chapter 15 recognition of its Bermuda provisional liquidation at bankruptcy court in Manhattan as part of a plan to restructure debt that totals $7.4 billion.
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British fraudster Mark Munnelly forms new firms

British accountant Mark Munnelly, who played a leading role in a £40 million-plus investment fraud committed by the now-defunct Privilege Wealth group, has formed three new firms in England over the last three months, OffshoreAlert can reveal.

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".
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Judgment for $427K against firms involved in Bermuda/US crypto scam

A judgment for $427,552 has been entered against UAE-domiciled SION Trading and Utah-based Scotia International of Nevada for non-payment of gold and silver that was used for a cryptocurrency scam that began in Canada, moved to Bermuda, and is currently being conducted by firms in Delaware.

Antigua Ambassador Dario Item given bank license despite corporate ban

Antigua and Barbuda's banking regulator appears to have fast-tracked a licensing application by one of the country's diplomats - London-based Swiss lawyer Dario Item - after his bank in Labuan ran into regulatory problems and he received a corporate ban, OffshoreAlert can reveal.

NY-based participant in deal to buy Bermuda Commercial Bank sued again

A participant in a group that has received regulatory approval to purchase Bermuda Commercial Bank was sued by American Express two months ago over an allegedly unpaid credit card debt of $64,854 - the latest of several allegations of indebtedness against Logan Sugarman over the last 20 years.

New lawsuit against Delaware affiliate of Bermuda crypto firm Uulala

A Delaware company controlled by the California-based head of Bermuda cryptocurrency firm Uulala, Oscar Garcia, is being sued for allegedly defaulting on an agreement to pay $700,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by minority shareholder Gustavo Lopez, who claimed that Garcia swindled him.

Malta FSA cancels AIS Capital’s investment license

The Malta Financial Services Authority has cancelled the investment license of AIS Capital Management Investment Fund SICAV PLC, whose directors are Briton Paul Chandler and American/Maltese Richard Wight.

Founder of LSE-listed, Russian online bank arrested for suspected US tax fraud

Russian businessman Oleg Tinkov has been arrested in London after being indicted for tax fraud in California for allegedly failing to disclose his $1 billion beneficial ownership of, and $199 million income from, a London Stock Exchange-listed online bank via three BVI companies when renouncing his U.S. citizenship in 2013.

‘Billion Dollar’ crypto gold firm sued for unpaid rent of $6,632

Scotia International of Nevada, which claims to own gold worth billions of dollars as part of a cryptocurrency-based investment fraud by Bermuda/Canada-domiciled Arbitrade and Delaware-domiciled Dignity Holdings, is being sued for unpaid rent of $6,632 in Utah. It's the fifth lawsuit against the SION group over the last eight months.

Canadian Troy Hogg sues Hong Kong-based crypto exchange HitBTC

Canadian Troy Hogg, who perpetrated a cryptocurrency scam via his Bermuda-domiciled Arbitrade group, is suing a Hong Kong-based Bitcoin exchange known as HitBTC, alleging it has failed to redeem C$1.18 million of Bitcoin he claims to own.

Guernsey FSC fines and bans Louvre Fund Services & Directors

The Guernsey Financial Services Commission has imposed financial penalties totaling £203,000 and/or corporate bans regarding fund administrator Louvre Fund Services Limited and four of its directors, Kevin Gilligan, Charles Tracy, Derek Baudains, and Julian Lane.

Briton David Rae sentenced for money laundering in US

Despite a recommended imprisonment range of 57 to 71 months under a plea agreement, British national David Rae was sentenced at federal court in New Jersey on Friday to "time served" and deported back to the United Kingdom for money laundering.