Panama

SEC v. Howard Kleyman: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud involving a "prime bank" scheme and entities in the Dominican Republic, Panama, United Kingdom, and USA in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Howard Kleyman, described as a lawyer in Minnesota at the timeof the alleged offense, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

SEC v. Medsis International Inc. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud in which the individuals defendants "told prospective investors Medsis had entered into large lucrative contracts with Central and South American customers" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Medsis International Inc., described as a Delaware-domiciled, Florida-based subsidiary of Medsis Medical Systems SA, of Panama; Joshua Dax Cabrera, of Miami, Florida, and Paul Hess, of Braintree, Massachusetts, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Panama: Canelita Taquis de Liakopulos

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Marquis Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Panama - for a criminal investigation into Canelita Taquis de Liakopulos "for tendering a check with insufficient funds in or around October 2018".

Blackbird Capital LLC v. SION Trading FZE et al: First Amended Complaint

First Amended Complaint that "arises out of the Defendants' bad faith and fraudulent scheme, including a pattern of tortious and illegal misconduct and breaches of multiple contracts, related to a $25,000,000 loan Worth agreed to extend to Blackbird in connection with a planned real estate development project in Denver, Colorado" in Blackbird Capital LLC, described as "a real estate development company" in Iowa v. Worth Group Capital LLC, of Wyoming; Justin Ely, of Utah; Halls Law Office, of Idaho; Scotia International of Nevada, Inc., of Utah; Sion Trading FZE, of Ras Al Khaimah, in the United Arab Emirates; Max Warren Barber, of Utah; NaPo Limited, described as "a company located and incorporated in Bridgetown, Barbados, and Saint Lucia"; Nikolas Korakianitis, described as a citizen of Canada; GT Foundation, described as "a private interest foundation founded in Panama City, Panama" that "may have an office in London, England and/or New York", and Kumar Singh, of New York, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Utah.

Ithaca Capital Investments I, S.A. v. Trump Panama Hotel Management LLC: Motion to Quash Subpoena

Motion To Quash Subpoena on Non-Party Andrew Wharton, of REH Capital Partners LLC, of Florida, regarding litigation involving "Trump Ocean Club Hotel & Tower in Panama City, Panama" in Ithaca Capital Investments I, S.A., of Panama v. Trump Panama Hotel Management LLC and Trump International Hotels Management LLC at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

SEC v. Frederick Sharp et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "a sophisticated, multiyear, multi-national attack on the United States financial markets and retail United States investors by foreign and domestic actors" in which the defendants "schemed to sell fraudulently hundreds of millions of dollars in stocks in the United States markets" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Frederick L. Sharp, described as a citizen of the United States; Zhiying Yvonne Gasarch, a.k.a. Zhiying Chen, described as a dual citizen of Canada and China; Courtney Kelln, Mike K. Veldhuis, described as a citizen of the Netherlands; Paul Sexton, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom; Jackson T. Friesen, Graham R. Taylor, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom, all residents of British Columbia, Canada; William T. Kaitz, of Maryland, and Avtar S. Dhillon, described as a citizen of Canada residing in Long Beach, California, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Alpha Latam Management LLC et al: Chapter 11 Petition

Chapter 11 Petition by Alpha Latam Management LLC, of Delaware; Acsa Atento SAS, of Colombia; Alpha Capital SAS, of Colombia; AlphaCredit Latam SAS, of Colombia; AlphaCredit Sudamérica, S de RL, of Panama; AlphaDebit, SA de CV, of Mexico; and Vive Créditos Kusida SAS, of Colombia, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

USA v. Naman Wakil: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and conspiracy to commit money laundering "by bribing Venezuelan officials to obtain and retain contracts and other business advantages, including obtaining payment on multi-million dollar contracts with entities and instrumentalities controlled by the Venezuelan government" in USA v. Naman Wakil, described as a citizen of Syria and permanent resident of the United States who used accounts "in the Cayman Islands, Switzerland, Panama, and elsewhere to promote the illegal bribery scheme and to conceal the nature and purpose of the proceeds", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. Federal Express et al: Order

Order granting a petition for Leave to Serve 'John Doe' Summonses as part of an IRS investigation into U.S. taxpayers who are suspected of tax evasion using the services of Panama Offshore Legal Services in USA v. Federal Express Corporation, a.k.a. FedEx Express; Fed Ex Ground Package System, Inc., a.k.a. FedEx Ground; DHL Express (USA), Inc., United Parcel Service, Inc., the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, The Clearing House Payments Company LLC, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., Citibank, N.A., Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., and Bank of America, N.A. at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Blackbird Capital LLC v. SION Trading FZE et al: Plaintiff’s Motion to File First Amended Complaint

Plaintiff's Motion to File First Amended Complaint alleging a "widespread fraudulent scheme perpetrated by Defendants in which they conspired to induce would-be borrowers to transfer significant funds to them as deposits on purported large-scale commercial loans" in Blackbird Capital LLC, described as "a real estate development company based in Des Moines, Iowa" v. Worth Group Capital LLC, of Wyoming; Justin Ely, of Utah; Halls Law Office, of Idaho; Scotia International of Nevada, Inc., of Utah; SION Trading FZE, of Ral Al Khaimah, of the United Arab Emirates; Max Warren Barber, of Utah; NaPo Limited, described as "a company located and incorporated in Bridgetown, Barbados, and Saint Lucia"; Nikolas Korakianitis, described as a citizen of Canada; GT Foundation, described as "a private interest foundation founded in Panama City, Panama" that "may have an office in London, England and/or New York", and Kumar Singh, described as a resident of New York, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Utah.

MatlinPatterson Global Opportunities Partners II LP et al: Chapter 11 Petition

Chapter 11 Petition that "would appropriately place before this Court any dispute over the enforceability against U.S. assets of a Cayman judgment upholding a Brazilian arbitration award that U.S. courts have already determined is unenforceable in the United States" by MatlinPatterson Global Opportunities Partners (Cayman) II L.P., of the Cayman Islands; MatlinPatterson Global Opportunities Partners II L.P., MatlinPatterson Global Opportunities Partners (SUB) II L.P., MatlinPatterson Global Partners II LLC, MatlinPatterson Global Advisers LLC, MatlinPatterson PE Holdings LLC, and Volo Logistics LLC, all of Delaware, which are part of a group that specializes in "distressed investing", at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Federal Express et al: ‘John Doe’ Summonses Supplemental Information

Supplemental Memorandum of Law and Declaration in support of a petition for Leave to Serve 'John Doe' Summonses as part of an IRS investigation into U.S. taxpayers who are suspected of tax evasion using the services of Panama Offshore Legal Services in USA v. Federal Express Corporation, a.k.a. FedEx Express; Fed Ex Ground Package System, Inc., a.k.a. FedEx Ground; DHL Express (USA), Inc., United Parcel Service, Inc., the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, The Clearing House Payments Company LLC, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., Citibank, N.A., Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., and Bank of America, N.A. at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

MAN Corp SA et al v. Innovate Mining Solutions LLC et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud in MAN Corp S.A., of Switzerland, and MAN International DWC-LLC, of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates v. Innovate Mining Solutions LLC, of Florida; Innovate Solutions Ltda RUT, of Chile, and Fernando E. Duque Cardoze, described as a citizen of Panama, at the Circuit Court of the 17th Judicial Circuit, in and for Broward County, Florida.

Blackbird Capital LLC v. SION Trading FZE et al: Order Allowing Email Service

Memorandum Decision and Order Granting Plaintiff's Motion for Leave to Serve SION Trading FZE by Email due to its owner, Max Warren Barber, "avoiding service" in Blackbird Capital LLC v. Worth Group Capital LLC, of Wyoming; Justin Ely, of Utah; Halls Law Office, of Idaho; Scotia International of Nevada, Inc., of Utah; SION Trading FZE, of Ral Al Khaimah, of the United Arab Emirates; Max Warren Barber, of Utah; NaPo Limited, described as "a company located and incorporated in Bridgetown, Barbados, and Saint Lucia"; Nikolas Korakianitis, described as a citizen of Canada; GT Foundation, described as "a private interest foundation founded in Panama City, Panama" that "may have an office in London, England and/or New York", and Kumar Singh at the U. S. District Court for the District of Utah.

USA v. Federal Express et al: ‘John Doe’ Summonses Petition

Ex Parte Petition for Leave to Serve 'John Doe' Summonses as part of an IRS investigation into U.S. taxpayers who are suspected of tax evasion using the services of Panama Offshore Legal Services, described as "a Panamanian law firm that has been providing offshore services since 2000", allegedly offering legal structures formed in several jurisdictions, including Belize, the British Virgin Islands, Delaware, Nevis, Nevada, Panama, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Switzerland, in USA v. Federal Express Corporation, a.k.a. FedEx Express; Fed Ex Ground Package System, Inc., a.k.a. FedEx Ground; DHL Express (USA), Inc., United Parcel Service, Inc., the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, The Clearing House Payments Company LLC, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., Citibank, N.A., Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., and Bank of America, N.A. at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Western Union: ‘John Doe’ Summons Petition

Ex Parte Petition for Leave to Serve 'John Doe' Summons as part of an IRS investigation into U.S. taxpayers who are suspected of tax evasion using the services of Panama Offshore Legal Services, described as "a Panamanian firm that assists clients in concealing their beneficial ownership of assets", in USA v. Western Union Financial Services Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

USA v. MoneyGram: ‘John Doe’ Summons Petition

Ex Parte Petition for Leave to Serve 'John Doe' Summons as part of an IRS investigation into U.S. taxpayers who are suspected of tax evasion using the services of Panama Offshore Legal Services, described as "a Panamanian firm that assists clients in concealing their beneficial ownership of assets", in USA v. MoneyGram Payment Systems Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Hapag-Lloyd AG v. M/V ONE APUS: Discovery Application (April 30, 2021)

Ex Parte Application by Hapag-Lloyd Aktiengesellschaft, of Germany, to take discovery from the Master of M/V ONE APUS, a "Japanese-flagged containership" that "was en route from Yantian, China to Long Beach, California when something went wrong and the ship lost at least 843 containers overboard", for use in legal proceedings in Germany, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

LS Energia Inc. et al v. Corporacion Electrica Nacional SA et al: Complaint

Complaint "to recover an amount in excess of US$ 1.7 million, plus interest" alleging breach of contract and unjust enrichment in LS Energia Inc., of Florida, and LS Energia Inc., of Panama v. Corporación Eléctrica Nacional SA, described as "a subsidiary entity of a ministry of the government of Venezuela"; Petróleos de Venezuela SA, a.k.a. PDVSA, described as "the Venezuelan state-owned oil and natural gas company", and Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Tatiana Akhmedova v. Farkhad Akhmedov et al: Judgment

Judgment for hundreds of millions of dollars in favor of a "wife" who "has been the victim of a series of schemes designed to put every penny of the Husband's wealth beyond her reach" involving individuals, companies, and structures in Bermuda, Cyprus, Dubai, England, France, Isle of Man, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Panama, Russia, and Switzerland in Tatiana Akhmedova v. Farkhad Teimur Ogly Akhmedov, a citizen of Russia; Woodblade Limited, of Cyprus; Cotor Investment SA, of Panama; Qubo 1 Establishment, of Liechtenstein; Qubo 2 Establishment, of Liechtenstein; Straight Establishment, of Liechtenstein; Avenger Assets Corporation, of Panama; Counselor Trust Reg, of Liechtenstein, as Trustee of certain Trusts; Sobaldo Establishment, of Liechtenstein, as Trustee of certain Trusts; Temur Akhmedov, described as "a British citizen who lives in London", and Borderedge Limited, of Cyprus, at the High Court of Justice, for England and Wales.

SEC v. Martin Silver: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud involving Interntional Investment Group LLC in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Martin Silver, of Long Branch, New Jersey, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Ikana Holdings S. de R.L. et al v. Darby Overseas Investments td.: Discovery Application

Application by Ikana Holdings S. de R.L., of Panama, and Consorcio Energetico Punta Cana-Macao S.A., of the Dominican Republic, to take discovery from Darby Overseas Investments, Ltd., of Delaware, for use in legal proceedings in the British Virgin Islands against Putney Capital Management Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands; Basic Energy (BVI) Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands, and Snapper Investments Inc., of the Bahamas, filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

HMM Co. Ltd. v. Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd. et al: Discovery Application

Ex Parte Application by HMM Co. Ltd., of South Korea, to take discovery from Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd., of Singapore; Chidori Ship Holding LLC, Jessica Ship Holding SA, of Panama, and NYK Shipmanagement Pte. Ltd., of Singapore, for use in legal proceedings in South Korea and a London Maritime Arbitrators Association tribunal in England involving "the collapse and subsequent loss overboard of approximately 1,816 on-deck containers aboard the container ship M/V ONE APUS", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Syracuse Mountains Corp. v. Venezuela: Complaint

Complaint alleging defaults on bonds with "a stated principal amount" of $327 million in Syracuse Mountains Corporation, of Panama v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Hapag-Lloyd AG v. M/V ONE APUS: Discovery Application (March 26, 2021)

Ex Parte Application by Hapag-Lloyd Aktiengesellschaft, of Germany, to take discovery from the Master, Chief Officer, Officer of the Watch, Chief Engineer, and Second Engineer of M/V ONE APUS, a "Japanese-flagged containership" that "was en route from Yantian, China to Long Beach, California when something went wrong and the ship lost at least 843 containers overboard", for use in legal proceedings in Germany, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Rahn+Bodmer Co.: Deferred Prosecution Agreement

Deferred Prosecution Agreement regarding an alleged conspiracy to help U.S. taxpayers commit tax evasion in USA v. Rahn+Bodmer Co., a Swiss private bank, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Rahn+Bodmer Co.: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging conspiracy to help U.S. taxpayers commit tax evasion in USA v. Rahn+Bodmer Co., a Swiss private bank, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Ikana Holdings S. de R.L. et al v. Cobaltum Partners, LLC: Discovery Application

Application by Ikana Holdings S. de R.L., of Panama, and Consorcio Energetico Punta Cana-Macao, S.A., of the Dominican Republic, to take discovery from Cobaltum Partners, LLC for use in legal proceedings in the British Virgin Islands, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

New York AG v. Bitfinex et al: Settlement Agreement

Settlement Agreement between the New York State Attorney General and seven cryptocurrency firms, namely iFinex Inc., the operator of a cryptocurrency exchange known as Bitfinex; BFXNA Inc., BFXWW Inc., Tether Holdings Limited, Tether Operations Limited, Tether International Limited, all of the British Virgin Islands, and Tether Limited, of Hong Kong. A copy of the agreement was attached to a letter filed by class action plaintiffs in a separate but related civil action alleging fraud.

4Flac LLC v. Transcol SA et al: Complaint

Complaint in 4Flac LLC, of Florida v. Transcol SA, of Panama; Centro De Soluciones Impositivas, of Panama; Rubio, Alvarez, Solis, and Abrego, described as "a law firm doing business in Panama"; Carlos Eduardo Rubio, Jorge Hernan Rubio, and Arnoldo Cando at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Chickpen SA v. Venezuela: Complaint

Complaint alleging the default of government bonds in Chickpen SA, of Panama v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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.

Blackbird Capital LLC v. SION Trading FZE et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud in Blackbird Capital LLC, of Iowa v. Worth Group Capital LLC, of Wyoming; Justin Ely, of Utah; Halls Law Office, of Idaho; Scotia International of Nevada, Inc., of Utah; SION Trading FZE, of Ras Al Khaimah, in the United Arab Emirates; Max Warren Barber, of Utah; NaPo Limited, described as "a company located and incorporated in Bridgetown, Barbados, and Saint Lucia"; Nikolas Korakianitis, described as a citizen of Canada; GT Foundation, described as "a private interest foundation founded in Panama City, Panama" that "may have an office in London, England and/or New York", and Kumar Singh at the U. S. District Court for the District of Utah.

Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. v. M/V Seroja Lima: Amended Discovery Application

Amended Ex Parte Emergency Application by Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. to take discovery from the Master of the M/V Seroja Lima, described as being flagged in Panama and owned by "Leo Ocean/Tokei Kaiun which were and are business entities organized and existing under the laws of Panama and Japan respectively", for use in "foreign and international legal proceedings soon to be commenced against and also by Zim", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Mossack Fonseca & Co. et al v. Netflix Inc.: Order Striking Complaint

Order Granting Defendant's Special Motion to Strike Plaintiff's Second Amended Complaint alleging defamation and trademark infringement regarding the movie 'The Laundromat' about the 'Panama Papers' investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in Mossack Fonseca & Co. SA, Bufete MF & Co., Jürgen Mossack, and Ramón Fonseca, all of Panama v. Netflix Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Stanford International Bank v. Michael Raffa: Discovery Application

Application by Hugh Dickson and Mark McDonald, as Joint Liquidators of Stanford International Bank Limited, of Antigua and Barbuda, to take discovery from Michael Rafa, described as a former employee of Toronto-Dominion Bank, residing in Massachusetts, for use in legal proceedings in Canada "against TD Bank for negligence, breach of contract, and knowing assistance" regarding a "Ponzi scheme orchestrated by Robert Allen Stanford and his affiliates", filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

SEC v. Karina Chairez: Complaint

Complaint alleging "a multi-level marketing scheme that targeted Latinx and Spanish-speaking communities with promises of high returns from algorithmic digital asset day-trading by "automated robots" connected to "international exchanges"; and from a recruitment compensation plan that incentivized members to attract others to the scheme" involving an "investment club" known as AirBit in the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Karina Chairez, of Modesto, California, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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.

Dismatrix SPC et al v. Equiti Capital UK Ltd.: Complaint

Complaint for $12.7 million alleging "Defendant is in receipt of funds as part of a fraudulent investment scheme at the expense of the Claimants" in Dismatrix SPC, Asyndeton, and Polysyndeton, all of the Cayman Islands v. Equiti Capital UK Limited, of England, at the High Court of Justice of England and Wales.

USA v. FCI Holdings Inc.: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint regarding proceeds derived from "a fraudulent telemarketing 'boiler room' in Costa Rica" operated by "Jeffrey Pearson and others" in USA v. An Account at Butterfield Bank (Bahamas) Limited in the name of FCI Holdings Limited at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Madison Asset LLC v. Deutsche Bank AG: Complaint (Redacted)

Redacted Complaint "against Deutsche for its role in a fraudulent trading scheme orchestrated by Madison's former principals and principals of related entities between 2014 and 2017 that caused Madison to suffer more than $200 million in damages" in Martin Trott and Christopher Smith, of RHSW (Cayman) Limited, as Joint Official Liquidators of Madison Asset LLC (in Official Liquidation), described as "a Cayman investment fund that is now in official liquidation proceedings before the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands" v. Deutsche Bank AG at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Premier Assurance Group SPC Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the Cayman Islands by Jeffrey Stower and Jason Robinson, as the Foreign Representatives of Premier Assurance Group SPC Ltd. (in Controllership), at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida. Editor's Note: The "Foreign Main Proceeding" in this matter, which includes allegations of fraud, was filed under seal at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands on September 17th, 2020 and remains sealed as of today, with the entry in the Court's public register reading "Confidential Matter". It is often only when Cayman insolvency practitioners seek recognition in the United States that the mere existence of cases becomes publicly-known.