Israel

Celsius Network LLC et al: Chapter 11 Petition

Chapter 11 Petition by Celsius Network LLC, Celsius Network Inc., Celsius Network Limited, Celsius KeyFi LLC, Celsius Mining LLC, Celsius Networks Lending LLC, Celsius Lending LLC, and Celsius US Holding LLC, collectively "one of the largest and most sophisticated cryptocurrency based finance platforms in the world and provide financial services to institutional, corporate, and retail clients across more than 100 countries", at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

KeyFi Inc. v. Celsius Network Ltd. et al: Complaint (‘Crypto Fraud’)

Complaint alleging "a Ponzi Scheme" involving cryptocurrency in KeyFi Inc., of Delaware v. Celsius Network Limited, of England, and Celsius KeyFi LLC, of Delaware, which collectively "operate a "crypto-lending platform" that receives crypto-asset deposits from consumers seeking to earn interest on their crypto holdings", at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

SEC v. Doron Tavlin et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging insider trading involving Mazor Robotics Ltd., of Israel, and Medtronic Plc, of Ireland, in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Doron A. Tavlin, Afshin Farahan, and David J. Gantman at the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

SEC v. Shlomo Nir et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging investment fraud in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Shlomo Nir and Tzachi Rahamim, both citizens and residents of Israel, at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Maxigrid Ltd. Directors: Penalties

Public Notice by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission that, after an investigation into the directors of Maxigrid Ltd., it has imposed fines and industry bans on Roy Almagor, and Jekaterina Pedosa; industry bans on Katerina Papanicolaou and Nikolai Monogarov, and no penalties on Alexis Zampas, Pavlos losifides, and loannis Chasikos.

Forensic News LLC et al v. Aviram Azari: Discovery Application

Application by Forensic News LLC, described as a U.S.-based company whose "mission is to deliver original long-form journalism focused on national security, espionage, corporate, and political issues", and Scott Stedman, described as "an investigative journalist", to take discovery from Aviram Azari, described as "an Israeli private intelligence veteran who worked closely with Soriano for years", for use in "a defamation action filed against them in England by British-Israeli 'security consultant' Walter Soriano" regarding "news articles about Soriano and his ties to core figures associated with alleged Russian election interference, including Vladimir Putin confidant Oleg Deripaska and other oligarchs", filed at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Philip Thomas v. Riskified Ltd. et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint in Philip G. Thomas v. Riskified Ltd., Edescribed as an Israeli, publicly-listed eCommerce risk management platform that uses machine learning to identify fraud"; Eido Gal, Assaf Feldman, Aglika Dotcheva, Erez Shachar, Eyal Kishon, Aaron Mankovski, Tanzeen Syed, Jennifer Ceran, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Barclays Capital Inc., KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc., Piper Sandler & Co., Truist Securities Inc., William Blair & Company LLC, Loop Capital Markets LLC, Samuel A. Ramirez & Company Inc., Siebert Williams Shank & Co. LLC and Stern Brothers & Co. at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Moshe Strugano et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging insider trading in the shares of U.S. Geothermal, Inc. prior to a public announcement regarding its acquisition by Ormat Technologies, Inc., described as a "Switzerland-based financial institution", in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Moshe Strugano and Rinat Gazit, both described as citizens and residents of Israel, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Moshe Strugano: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging insider trading in shares of U.S Goethermal Inc. via a company in the Seychelles and bank accounts in Switzerland in USA v. Moshe Strugano, described as an Israeli "corporate lawyer" whose "law practice specialized in registering and establishing offshore companies and trusts, and opening related financial accounts", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Forensic News LLC et al v. Richard Frankel: Discovery Application

Application by Forensic News LLC and Scott Stedman, described as "its journalist-founder", to take discovery from Richard Frankel "to aid their defense of a baseless defamation action brought against them before a foreign tribunal" in England, proceedings that are described as "an attack on American free speech and journalistic values brought by Walter Soriano, a British-Israeli 'security consultant' with ties to the Russian oligarchy", filed at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Zouzar Bouka et al v. Symbion Power Services U.S. Inc. et al: Discovery Application

Application by Zouzar Bouka, described as a citizen of France and an "entrepreneur and investor"; Vision Indian Ocean SA, of Madagascar, and ViMa Real Estate Sarl, of Madagascar, to take discovery from Symbion Power Services U.S. Inc., Symbion Power LLC, Symbion Power Holdings LLC, Symbion Power Africa LLC, Symbion Energy Holdings Ltd., and Paul Hinks for use a "contemplated proceeding in France" and a "criminal proceeding in Madagascar" regarding "Respondents' participation in a multi-million-dollar theft from the Mandroseza Power Plant, a project designed to bring reliable electricity to Madagascar, and their subsequent sale of interests in the Plant contrary to their contractual obligations and Malagasy law", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Maxigrid Ltd.: License Revocation

Public Notice by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission that it has revoked the investment license of Maxigrid Ltd.

SEC v. Ofer Abarbanel et al: Amended Complaint

Amended Complaint alleging fraud in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Ofer Abarbanel, described as a citizen of Israel residing in California who "controls bank accounts in at least Israel, Singapore, and the Cook Islands - and likely the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas"; Victor Chilelli, described as a citizen of the USA residing in Delaware; Income Collecting 1-3 Months T-Bills Mutual Fund, of the Cayman Islands, and New York Alaska ETF Management LLC, of Nevada, as Defendants, and Institutional Syndication LLC, North American Liquidity Resources LLC, Institutional Secured Credit LLC, Growth Income Holdings LLC, CLO Market Neutral LLC, and Global EMEA Holdings LLC, as Relief Defendants, at the U. S. District Court for the southern District of New York.

PrivatBank v. Igor Kolomoisky et al: Third Amended Complaint

Third Amended Complaint alleging misappropriation in PJSC Commercial Bank PrivatBank, of Ukraine v. Igor Valeryevich Kolomoisky, frdvtonrf sd s citizen of Ukraine, Cyprus, and Israel; Gennaidy Borisovich Bogolyubov, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Israel, and Cyprus; Teamtrend Limited, of England; Trade Point Agro Limited, of England; Collyer Limited, of England; Rossyn Investing Corp.,Milbert Ventures Inc., and ZAO UKRTransitService Ltd., all of the British Virgin Islands, at the High Court of Justice for England and Wales.
kenneth-rijock

Israeli attorney Steven Slom awarded damages of $1 after being falsely accused of money laundering by Kenneth Rijock

Israel-based attorney Steven Slom has been awarded nominal damages of $1 by a jury in Miami after being falsely described as a ‘money launderer, tax evader and career criminal’ by self-described ‘financial crime consultant’ Kenneth Rijock in private communications with a resident of Houston, Texas. Slom did not pursue damages against Rijock for similar false claims in Rijock's online 'Financial Crime Blog' after Rijock published "a complete and total retraction" shortly after being sued in 2016.

SEC v. Marc Demane Debih: Complaint

Complaint alleging the defendant "traded on inside information and tipped others ahead of numerous market-moving corporate announcements in an international insider trading ring that generated tens of millions in illicit profits for the participants, with Debih himself netting at least $49 million" in a scheme allegedly involving individuals in or from England, France, Greece, Israel, Switzerland, and Thailand, in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Marc Demane Debih, described as a resident of Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Steven Slom v. Kenneth Rijock: Verdict Form

Verdict Form awarding the plaintiff damages of $1 in Steven Slow, an attorney in Israel v. Kenneth Rijock at the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida.

IT Invest Financial Solutions (Cyprus) Ltd. v. EVC Fintech I LLC et al: Notice of Removal

Notice of Removal by defendants regarding a dispute involving "a block of shares of eToro, an Israeli social trading and multi-asset brokerage company that is not yet publicly traded", in IT Invest Financial Solutions (Cyprus) Limited, of Cyprus v. EVC Fintech I LLC and EVC Fintech Management LLC, both of Delaware, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Maxigrid Ltd.: License Suspension

Public Notice by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission that it has suspended the license of investment firm Maxigrid Ltd. for regulatory breaches.

Maxiflex Ltd.: License Suspension

Public Notice by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission that it has suspended the license of investment firm Maxiflex Ltd. for regulatory breaches.

Gerobin Finances Pty Ltd. et al: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Australia by Sheahan and Lock, as the Foreign Representatives of Gerobin Finances Pty Ltd., Erbin Finances Pty Limited, Rawbin Finances Pty Limited, Marbin Finances Pty Limited, Erma Nominees Pty Limited, and Ligon 158 Pty Limited, described as members of "a remarkably complex group of companies controlled and operated by, and used for the personal benefit of, the Binetter family, many of which companies have been the subject of a far-ranging tax investigation by the Australian Taxation Office", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern 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.

Varda Burstein v. AutoLotto Inc. et al: Complaint

Complaint for $3 million alleging "an outrageous and blatant fraud" in Varda Burstein, a resident of Israel v. AutoLotto Inc., described as an Austin, Texas-based "online lottery company that generated revenue through state-sanctioned lotteries and charitable raffles", and Tony DiMatteo, of Texas, at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.

Moises Khafif v. Daniella Gabbay et al: Claim Form

Claim Form in Moises Khafif, of Uruguay v. Daniella Gabbay, of Israel, as admininstrator of the Estate of Samuel David Katz, deceased, and Worthing Properties Limited, of the British Virgin Islands, at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

Michael Ben-Ari: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Israel by Lior Dagan, as the Foreign Representative of Michael David Greenfield, a.k.a. Michael Ben-Ari, whose Israeli investment company, EGFE Israel Ltd., "is suspected of being one of the largest known Ponzi schemes in Israel", in which losses to "victims" are estimated to be "between NIS 300 to 600 million" (approx. US$93 million and $186 million at current exchange rates), filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Anthony Stimler: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and money laundering regarding an alleged bribery scheme involving individuals and entities in or from the British Virgin Islands, Cyprus, Israel, Mexico, Nigeria, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and USA in USA v. Anthony Stimler, a citizen of the United Kingdom who worked as a trader, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

IDT Financial Services Ltd.: £298K Settlement

Public Notice by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission that IDT Financial Services Limited has agreed to pay £298,387 to settle a regulatory investigation. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert at Gibraltar's Companies House showed that the directors of IDT Financial Services Limited, as disclosed in its 2021 annual return, were Timothy Streatfeild-James, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Gibraltar; James Robert Raanan, a citizen and resident of Israel; Marcelo Fischer, a citizen and resident of the United States; Damian Asquez, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Gibraltar, and Gareth Meredith Williams, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Gibraltar.

Romania: Lucian Mazilu

Complaint to extradite Lucian Mazilu from the USA to Romania so that he can serve a five-year prison sentence after being convicted "in abstentia" of tax fraud and money laundering, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

SEC v. Jonathan Mimun et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "a multi-million dollar scheme to defraud retail investors in the United States through the unregistered offer and sale of security-based binary options from at least December 2014 through June 2017" that, inter alia, involved Porter Finance and Dalton Finance in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Jonathan Mimun, a.k.a. Yoni Mimun, a.k.a. Jonathan Maymon, described as "a Canadian citizen residing in Israel", and Ronn BenHarav at the U. S. District Court for the District of Nevada.

USA v. Ofer Abarbanel: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging securities fraud involving Cayman Islands-domiciled Income Collecting 1-3 Months T-Bills Mutual Fund in USA v. Ofer Abarbanel at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Ofer Abarbanel et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "a fraudulent investment scheme" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Ofer Abarbanel, described as a citizen of Israel residing in California; Victor Chilelli, described as a resident of Delaware, and Income Collecting 1-3 Months T-Bills Mutual Fund, described as "a mutual fund registered in the Cayman Islands", as Defendants, and Institutional Syndication LLC, North American Liquidity Resources LLC, Institutional Secured Credit LLC, Growth Income Holdings LLC, and Global EMEA Holdings LLC, as Relief Defendants, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Editor's Note: In the complaint, the SEC alleged that "Abarbanel and Chilelli arranged for friends (including a friend's wife) and nominee personnel in the Bahamas and British Virgin Islands to serve as directors of the Fund". Research by OffshoreAlert at the Cayman Islands General Registry showed that the directors of Income Collecting 1-3 Months T-Bills Mutual Fund are Boisy Roberts, of the Bahamas, and "Trevo Liburd", of the British Virgin Islands, which appears to be a typo and a reference to Trevor Liburd.

SEC v. Ofer Abarbanel et al: Asset Freeze Application

Asset Freeze Application in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Ofer Abarbanel, described as a citizen of Israel residing in California; Victor Chilelli, described as a resident of Delaware, and Income Collecting 1-3 Months T-Bills Mutual Fund, described as "a mutual fund registered in the Cayman Islands", as Defendants, and Institutional Syndication LLC, North American Liquidity Resources LLC, Institutional Secured Credit LLC, Growth Income Holdings LLC, and Global EMEA Holdings LLC, as Relief Defendants, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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.

Addoox Media Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Israel by Uri Braun, as the Foreign Representative of Addoox Media Ltd., filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California.

Gil Beserglik et al: Industry Bans

Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing industry bans on Gil Beserglik, 64, a citizen of Israel; Raz Beserglik, 35, a citizen of Israel, and Kai Christian Petersen, 53, a citizen of Germany, regarding their involvement in binary options brokers.

Valerie Greenfeld v. Squidvision Corp. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "a series of fraudulent schemes orchestrated by Defendant, Amir Preisler, and his various cohorts, to illegally sell unregistered securities and solicit investment in sham companies, under the guise of developing cutting-edge technologies and promoting social good" in Valerie Greenfeld v. Squidvision Corp., Kannahaus Corp., Ecoflame Solutions Corp., Scentcast LLC, all of Delaware; Bobby Orbach, of New York; Amir Preisler, of Florida; Hezi Basok, of Israel, and Noga Solovey, of Florida, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Bagir Group Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Israel by Ilan Shavit-Stricks, as the Foreign Representative of Bagir Group Limited, described as am Israeli apparent company that "had interests in five companies in foreign countries - Egypt, Ethiopia, the United States, England and the British Virgin Islands as well as a representative regional office in Vietnam" and whose shares are listed "on the Alternative Investment Market, a sub-market of the London Stock Exchange", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Stands4 LLC et al v. Dan.com: Complaint

Complaint alleging the defendants induced the plaintiffs "to transfer substantial funds to DAN.com for a domain name [calculator.com] that Defendants did not own and could not sell" in Stands4 LLC, of Delaware, and Stands4 Ltd., of Israel v. Undeveloped BV, d.b.a. Dan.com, of the Netherlands, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

SEC v. Spot Tech House Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "a multi-million dollar fraudulent scheme involving unregistered offers and sales of security-based "binary options" to retail investors in the United States from at least April 2012 through August 2017" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Spot Tech House Ltd., formerly Spot Option Ltd.; Malhaz Pinhas Patarkazishvili, a.k.a. Pini Peter, a.k.a. Pinhas Peter, and Ran Amiran, all of Israel, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Nevada.

Roee Rachagmim v. Tsurel Yazamut Ltd.: Discovery Application

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to take discovery from JPMorgan Chase Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from the District Court in Jerusalem, Israel - for use in legal proceedings in Israel styled as "Roee Rachagmim v. Tsurel Yazamut Ltd." that involve allegations of investment fraud, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

Maxigrid Limited: €75K Settlement

Public Notice by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission that Maxigrid Limited has paid €75,000 to settle a regulatory investigation. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert at the Cyprus Registrar of Companies showed that Maxigrid Limited, formerly known as AGM Markets Ltd., was incorporated in Cyprus on July 2nd, 2010 and its directors are Katerina Papanikolaou, Jekaterina Pedosa, and Roy Almagor, who appears to be a citizen of Israel.

Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. v. M/V E.R. Tianping: Discovery Application

Application by Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd., of Israel, to take discovery from representatives of M/V E.R. Tianping, described as "a Liberian-flagged containership", for use in legal proceedings in Israel, London, and New York, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.