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WPP Plc: $22M Penalties

Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing penalties totaling $22.5 million on WPP Plc, described as "the world's largest advertising group" that is domiciled in Jersey, in the Channel Islands; headquartered in London and New York City, and whose shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange for alleged violations of "the anti-bribery, books and records, and international accounting controls provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act" involving its subsidiaries in Brazil, China, India, and Peru.

Chardan Capital Markets LLC v. Diginex Ltd.: Notice of Removal

Notice of Removal, including a copy of the complaint, in Chardan Capital Markets LLC, of New York v. Diginex Limited, a cryptocurrency exchange and trading platform described in the complaint as "a Singapore company whose principal place of business is in Hong Kong, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Timothy Page et al: Freeze Order Motion

Motion for Preliminary Injunction regarding an alleged securities fraud in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Timothy Page, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom; Trevor Page, described as a resident of the United Kingdom residing in the U.K., Switzerland, and Fiji; Ticino Capital Limited, described as a Maltese company "owned on paper by a Swiss attorney"; Wellesley Holdings Limited, of Hungary; Porrima Limited, of Hungary; Emergent Investment Company, of Hungary, and FJ Investments International Inc., of Utah, as Defendants, and Janan Page, described as a resident of the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Fiji, as Relief Defendant, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

SEC v. Daniel Cattlin et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Daniel Cattlin, described as a citizen and resident of the United Kingdom, and William Shupe, described as a "disbarred lawyer" residing in Utah, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

SEC v. Timothy Page et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Timothy Page, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom; Trevor Page, described as a resident of the United Kingdom residing in the U.K., Switzerland, and Fiji; Ticino Capital Limited, described as a Maltese company "owned on paper by a Swiss attorney"; Wellesley Holdings Limited, of Hungary; Porrima Limited, of Hungary; Emergent Investment Company, of Hungary, and FJ Investments International Inc., of Utah, as Defendants, and Janan Page, described as a resident of the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Fiji, as Relief Defendant, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Israel: Dror Dahan et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Lightspeed Financial Services Group LLC - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Israel - for use in a criminal investigation into Dror Dahan and Hadar Dahan for suspected fraud and money laundering.

USA v. Mark Gyetvay: USA’s Motion for Conditions of Release

Motion to Set Conditions of Release in USA v. Mark Gyetvay, a citizen of Italy, Russia, and the United States charged with "a decade-long tax evasion scheme that involved his failure to report over $40 million of income to the IRS", at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

USA v. Mark Gyetvay: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging tax evasion involving companies or accounts in Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Russia, and Switzerland in USA v. Mark Gyetvay, the Chief Financial Officer of Russian gas producer Novatek who is apparently a citizen of Italy, Russia, and the United States, at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Endurance Services Ltd. et al v. Westfield Insurance Company et al: Complaint

Complaint that "arises from Westfield’s mass hiring (colloquially known as a "lift-out") of a group of employees from Sompo International to join Westfield’s new specialty insurance arm, Westfield Specialty, in direct competition with their former employer" in Endurance Services Limited, of Delaware, and Sompo International Holdings Ltd., of Bermuda v. Westfield Insurance Company and Westfield Specialty Inc., both of Ohio, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

JP Markets (Mauritius) Ltd.: License Revocation

Public Notice by the Mauritius Financial Services Commission that it has revoked the license of JP Markets (Mauritius) Ltd. for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert at the Mauritius Corporate and Business Registration Department showed that JP Markets (Mauritius) Ltd. was incorporated on February 6th, 2020, that its directors are Justin George Paulsen and Kurt Anton Paulsen, and that it is managed by Toukan Corporate Services Limited. On the group's website at www.jpmarkets.co.za, it is claimed that "JP Markets is a global Forex powerhouse". The site is operated by South African firm JP Markets SA, which, according to records kept by the South African Companies and Intellectual Property Commission, was incorporated in South Africa on March 29th, 2016, went into in liquidation in 2020, and whose only current director is Justin Paulsen, 34, while Kurt Paulsen, 41, is a former director, both of whom are citizens of South Africa.

Helikon Investments Ltd.: $778K Penalties

Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing penalties totaling $778,244 on Helikon Investments Ltd., described as a United Kingdom company that is registered with the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority, to settle allegations that it "sold short American depositary shares and then, within the rule's five-day restricted period, purchased ADSs of the same issuer in an offering, thereby violating Rule 105", profiting "by $669,002 from the transaction".

SEC v. Back to Green LLC et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging the defendants "defrauded investors through an illegal unregistered securities offering to share in the profits of a "green" gold and platinum mining venture operating in Ayapel, Colombia" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Back to Green LLC, of Puerto Rico; José Jiménez Cruz, of Puerto Rico, and Manuel Portalatin Rivera, of Colombia, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.

Luckin Coffee Inc.: ‘Scheme of Arrangement’ Petition

Petition for the Court's sanction of a Scheme of Arrangement in the matter of Luckin Coffee Inc. (in Provisional Liquidation), described as "an investment holding company with its direct and indirect subsidiaries located in the British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong, the United States and the PRC", at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Isabella Hranov v. Deutsche Bank AG et al: Discovery Application

Application by Isabella Hranov, a citizen of Switzerland, to take discovery from Deutsche Bank AG and Deutsche Bank Trust Corporation for legal proceedings in Germany "against Deutsche Bank AG and Simon Biner" alleging securities fraud and breach of fiduciary duty involving "options of OC Oerlikon, a Swiss company whose shares were public but thinly traded", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Netherlands: Adam Attahir

Application by the USA to collect evidence from the "Paxful cryptocurrency exchange" - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from the Netherlands - for a criminal investigation into "Dutch citizen Adam Attahir for fraud and possession of a technical tool designed for committing a crime".

USA v. May Salehi: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging fraud regarding "a multi-million dollar construction project known as a compound security upgrade to be performed at the United States Consulate in Hamilton, Bermuda" in USA v. May Salehi at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. May Salehi: Plea Allocation

Consent to Plea Allocation in USA v. May Salehi at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Radical Investments Ltd. v. Good Vibrations Entertainment LLC et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging a $6.7 million fraud involving "non-existent doses" of a COVID-19 vaccine "for the purpose of vaccinating nearly 300,000 citizens of the island of Barbados" in Radical Investments Ltd., described as a St. Lucia company based in Barbados v. Good Vibrations Entertainment LLC, of Florida; Alex Lee Moore, a.k.a. Flex Moore; Prestige Pegasus LLC, of Colorado; Moniladae Coley, a.k.a. Moniladai Coley; Charles Stein, .k.a. Charlie Stein, a lawyer in California; Davidovich Stein Law Group LLC, a law firm California, and RDS Cargo Group DWC LLC, described as a Polish company based in the United Arab Emirates, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Centurion Administration Ltd.: £52K Settlement

Public Notice announcing that Centurion Administration Limited has agreed to pay £52,500 to settle a regulatory investigation by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission.

Lindsey Crits et al v. Berger Singerman et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "an illegal nationwide, advanced-fee, student loan debt elimination telemarketing scam, operated and devised by the Defendants, that leaves vulnerable debtors, like Plaintiffs, tens of thousands of dollars poorer, and worse, in exchange for broken promises about impossible legal services that never are, and never could be, actually performed" in Lindsey Crits, Evan Wendt, Elizabeth Ripoli, and Jennifer Coley v. GM Law Firm LLC, Chantel L. Grant, National Legal Staffing Support LLC, Gregory Fishman, Julie Queler, Kevin Mason, Resolvly LLC, Backend Resolve LLC, JG Factor LLC, P. Benjamin Zuckerman, and Berger Singerman LLP at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Ronald Haller: Industry Ban

Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing an industry ban on Ronald P. Haller, 67, of Ontario, Canada, after. he pleaded guilty to fraud in Canada.

JGC Ventures Pte. Ltd. et al: Chapter 15 Petition

Application for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Singapore by William Honoris, as the Foreign Representative of JGC Ventures Pte. Ltd. and Modernland Overseas Pte. Ltd., both of Singapore and part of "one of Indonesia’s largest and most prominent property developers, with various high-profile projects", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Simon Thurlow et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Simon Piers Thurlow, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in New York; Roger Leon Fidler, Richard Oravec, Bradley Fidler, Bryce Emory Boucher, Joseph D. Jordan, and Western Bankers Capital Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Stefan Qin: Criminal Judgment

Criminal Judgment imposing a prison-term of seven-and-a-half years for a cryptocurrency-based securities fraud involving two Cayman Islands-domiciled, New York-based investment funds, Virgil Sigma Fund and VQR Multistrategy Fund, in USA v. Stefan He Qin, a citizen of Australia residing in New York, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Terra Invest LLC v. Vladislav Doronin: Discovery Application

Application by Terra Invest LLC to take discovery from Vladislav Doronin "for use in foreign civil and criminal proceedings pending and under investigation in Russia" involving "a fraudulent scheme that forced Terra Invest out of a lucrative residential real estate project located in Moscow", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Mark Oppenheimer v. Marlin Hawk Holdings Ltd. et al: Notice of Removal

Notice of Removal, including a copy of the complaint alleging unjust enrichment, in Mark Oppenheimer, described as "an accomplished professional in the executive search industry" residing in Atlanta, Georgia v. Marlin Hawk Holdings Limited, of England, and Marlin Hawk Group Plc, of Maryland, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

CFTC v. Rudy Avila et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging a $5.35 million investment fraud in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Rudy Avila, a.k.a. Jose Rodolfo Avila Gutierrez, described as a resident of Texas; The L.I.F.T Group LLC, of Texas; CIG Internacional SA, a.k.a. Commodity Investment Group, a.k.a. CIG Internacional, a.k.a. CIG International, of Costa Rica; Trading Technologies Group SA, of Costa Rica; Trading Ventures Group LLC, described as a Texas company that claimed to have offices in Texas and London, England; Capital Ventures Group LLC, of Texas, and Ventures Group LLC, of Texas, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

4 New Square Ltd. et al v. Person or Persons Unknown: Injunction Order

Injunction Order regarding "a cyber-attack on the Applicants on or about 12 June 2021 and/or who has threatened to disclose the information thereby obtained" in 4 New Square Limited, a law firm based in London, and The Members of 4 New Square v. Person or Persons Unknown at the High Court of Justice for England and Wales.

Sustainable Opportunities Acquisition Corp. v. Ethos Fund I LP et al: Complaint

Complaint in Sustainable Opportunities Acquisition Corp., now known as The metals company Inc., described as a Texas-based "special purpose acquisition company" that was formed in the Cayman Islands before re-domiciling to Canada v. Ethos Fund I LP, Ethos GP LLC, and Ethos DeepGreen PIPE LLC at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Ryan Cox v. Binance et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint in Ryan Cox v. CoinMarketCap OpCo LLC, described as Delaware company that operates "a coin ranking site"; Binance Capital Management Co. Ltd., d.b.a. Binance and Binance.com, described as the operator of "a cryptocurrency exchange"; BAM Trading Services Inc., d.b.a. Binance.us; Changpeng Zhao, apparently a citizen of Canada and China; Catherine Coley, Yi He, and Ted Lin at the U. S. District Court for the District of Arizona.

Poland: Capital One Bank

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Capital One Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Poland - for a criminal investigation into "an unknown subject using the name James Boguslawski" for suspected fraud.

Poland: JPMorgan Chase Bank

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from JPMorgan Chase Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Poland - for a criminal investigation into an "unknown subject(s) for fraud".

Ewart Brown v. Director of Public Prosecutions et al: Recusal Ruling

Ruling on Ewart Brown's application for the recusal of the judge in Ewart Frederick Winslow Brown, a former Premier of Bermuda who was criminally indicted for alleged corruption in March 2021 v. The Director of Public Prosecutions, Attorney General, and Deputy Governor at Bermuda Supreme Court.

Roderick Caruana: €61K Fine

Public Notice by the Malta Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit that it has imposed a fine of €61,573 on Dr. Roderick Caruana for regulatory breaches.

VUZ-Bank JSC v. Agropex International Inc. et al: Discovery Application

Application by VUZ-Bank JSC, of Russia, to take discovery from Agropex International Inc. and Hakan Holdings Limited for use in "reasonably contemplated criminal proceedings in Dubai, United Arab Emirates" regarding "a fraud perpetrated on VUZ Bank by a number of parties, including, but not limited to, Rus-AgroExport LLC, Hakan Holdings Limited, and Hakan Agro DMCC", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia.

Germany: EastWest Bank et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from EastWest Bank, US Bank, and SunTrust Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Germany - for a criminal investigation into "multiple subjects for fraud".

Austria: Bank of America

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from the Bank of America - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Austria - for a criminal investigation into attempted fraud.

Income Collecting 1-3 Months T-Bills Mutual Fund: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the Cayman Islands by Russell Homer and Karen Scott, as the Joint Voluntary Liquidators of Income Collecting 1-3 Months T-Bills Mutual Fund, of the Cayman Islands, filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Jingjing Zhou v. Youbi Capital (Cayman) GP et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract in Jingjing Zhou, of Connecticut v. Youbi Capital (Cayman) GP, of the Cayman Islands; Yaofei Chen, of New Jersey; Hyejin Lee, of New Jersey, and Chen Li, of New York, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

GIC Private Ltd. v. Celgene Corporation et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud in GIC Private Limited, which is "wholly-owned by the Government of Singapore" v. Celgene Corporation, Scott A. Smith, Terrie Curran, and Philippe Martin at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Monica Niedbalski v. HSBC et al: Discovery Application

Application by Monika Niedbalski, a citizen of Canada, to take discovery from HSBC Bank USA N.A., JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A., Bank of America N.A., City National Bank, Barclays Bank Plc, Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas, Wells Fargo Bank N.A., UBS AG, Standard Chartered Bank, Commerzbank AG, New York Branch, and The Clearing House Payments Company LLC for use in "a filed Canadian Civil Proceeding against Walton International Group Inc. et al", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Best Meridian Insurance Company et al v. Lake Cecile Resort Inc. et al: Complaint

Complaint in Best Meridian Insurance Company and Best Meridian International Insurance Company SPC, of the Cayman Islands v. Lake Cecile Resort Inc., CCH FL 2 LLC, Citrus Capital Holdings LLC, Florida Department of Revenue, Keys Funding LLC – 1019, Keys Tax Funding LLC – 19, Kissimmee Utility Authority, Osceola County, a political subdivision of the State of Florida; Bruce Vickers, Osceola County Tax Collector, Premier Elevator Company Inc., Sunbelt Rentals, Inc., TLGFY, LLC, J.T. Shaw, Inc., and Tohopekaliga Water Authority at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Belight Capital Group Ltd.: License Revocation

Public Announcement by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission that it has revoked the license of Belight Capital Group Ltd. for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert at the Cyprus Registrar of Companies showed that the sole director of Belight Capital Group Ltd. was identified as Robert Ryan Porter.

D&V Pegasus Real Estate AIF VCIC Plc: License Revocation

Public Notice by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission that it has revoked the license of D&V Pegasus Real Estate AIF VCIC Plc. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert at the Cyprus Registrar of Companies showed that the directors of D&V Pegasus Real Estate AIF VCIC Plc were identified as Gunther Glatzel, Gunter Jurgen Vorbauer, and Andreas Dimitriou, while the company's website at pegasusfm.com identified its "Board of Directors" as "Gunter J Vorbauer - Chairman; Andreas Demetriou - Vice Chairman; Christos Vakis - Member; Dr. Gunther Glatzel - Member", "External Manager" as MFO Asset Management Ltd., "Depositary" as Eurobank Cyprus Ltd., "External Auditors" as KPMG Ltd., "Legal Advisor" as Clerides Anastassiou Neophytou LLC, and "Investment Advisors" as Planet Properties (London) Ltd. and PPM Valuations LLC.

VUZ-Bank JSC v. Ashley Bahceci: Discovery Application

Application by VUZ-Bank JSC, described as "a commercial bank in Russia and 100% subsidiary of Ural Bank for Reconstruction and Development CB PJSC, to take discovery from Ashley Anderson Bahceci for use in "reasonably contemplated criminal proceedings in Dubai, United Arab Emirates" regarding "a fraud perpetrated on VUZ Bank by a number of parties, including, but not limited to, Rus-AgroExport LLC, Hakan Holdings Limited, and Hakan Agro DMCC", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.