Seychelles

USA v. $5.3M: Forfeiture Complaint (Konstantin Malofeyev)

Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. $5.3 million on deposit at Sunflower Bank NA in an "OFAC Blocked Account" belonging to Konstantin Malofeyev, described as a citizen of Russia who was criminally indicted at federal court in New York in April 2022 for alleged violation of the "Ukraine-Related Sanctions Regulations", at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

FTX Trading Ltd. et al: Affidavit Supporting Chapter 11 Petitions (‘Complete Absence of Trustworthy Financial Information’)

Affidavit of John J. Ray III, including statements that "Never in my career have I seen such a complete failure of corporate controls and such a complete absence of trustworthy financial information as occurred here" and "related party loans" were made to Sam Bankman-Fried, $1 billion; Nishad Aingh, $543 million, and Ryan Salame, $55 million, in support of Chapter 11 Petitions by 102 entities comprising the FTX crypto group, including those in Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Liechtenstein, Nigeria, Panama, Senegal, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, USA, and Vietnam, filed at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

FTX Trading Ltd. et al: Motion to Transfer & Stay Chapter 15 Petition

Emergency Motion to Stay and Transfer Chapter 15 Petition from New York to Delaware by 101 entities (reduced from 134 identified in the Chapter 11 Petition) comprising the FTX crypto group, including those in Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Liechtenstein, Nigeria, Panama, Senegal, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, USA, and Vietnam, filed at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. In the motion, FTX's new management accused the Bahamas government and regulators of, essentially, misappropriating the group's assets, in conjunction with former FTX principals Samuel Bankman-Fried and Gary Wang, as part of an attempt to "undermine these Chapter 11 Cases".

FTX Trading Ltd. et al: Motion for Joint Administration (‘More Than One Million Creditors’)

Motion for Joint Administration and Motion Modifying Certain Creditor List Requirements, Authorizing the Debtors to Serve Certain Parties by E-Mail, and Granting Related Relief in the matter of Alameda Aus Pty Ltd., Alameda Global Services Ltd., Alameda Research (Bahamas) Ltd., Alameda Research Holdings Inc., Alameda Research KK, Alameda Research LLC, Alameda Research Ltd., Alameda Research Pte Ltd., Alameda Research Yankari Ltd., Alameda TR Ltd., Alameda TR Systems S. de R. L., Allston Way Ltd., Altalix Ltd., Analisya Pte Ltd., Atlantis Technology Ltd., B for Transfer Egypt, B Payment Services Nigeria, B Transfer Services Ltd., B Transfer Services Ltd. UAE, B Transfer Services Uganda, Bancroft Way Ltd., BitPesa Kenya Ltd., BitPesa RDC SARL, BitPesa Senegal Ltd., BitPesa South Africa, BitPesa Tanzania Ltd., BitPesa Uganda Ltd., Bitvo, Inc., Blockfolio Holdings, Inc., Blockfolio, Inc., Blue Ridge Ltd., BT Payment Services Ghana, BT Payment Services South Africa, BT Payments Uganda, BT Pesa Nigeria Ltd., BTC Africa S.A., BTLS Limited Tanzania, Cardinal Ventures Ltd., Cedar Bay Ltd., Cedar Grove Technology Services, Ltd., Clifton Bay Investments LLC, Clifton Bay Investments Ltd., CM-Equity AG, Corner Stone Staffing, Cottonwood Grove Ltd., Cottonwood Technologies Ltd., Crypto Bahamas LLC, DAAG Trading, DMCC, Deck Technologies Holdings LLC, Deck Technologies Inc., Deep Creek Ltd., Digital Custody Inc., Euclid Way Ltd., Exchange 4 Free Seychellen, Exchange 4Free Australia Br., Exchange 4Free Ltd., Exchange 4Free South Africa Br., Exchange 4Free Swiss Branch, Finfax Company, FTX (Gibraltar) Ltd., FTX Canada Inc., FTX Certificates GmbH, FTX Crypto Services Ltd., FTX Digital Assets LLC, FTX Digital Holdings (Singapore) Pte Ltd., FTX EMEA Ltd., FTX Equity Record Holdings Ltd., FTX Europe AG, FTX Exchange FZE, FTX Hong Kong Ltd., FTX Japan Holdings K.K., FTX Japan K.K., FTX Japan Services KK, FTX Lend Inc., FTX Marketplace, Inc., FTX Products (Singapore) Pte Ltd., FTX Property Holdings Ltd., FTX Services Solutions Ltd., FTX Structured Products AG, FTX Switzerland GmbH, FTX Trading GmbH, FTX Trading Ltd., FTX TURKEY TEKNOLOJİ VE TİCARET ANONİM ŞİRKET, FTX US Derivatives LLC, FTX US Services, Inc., FTX US Trading, Inc., FTX Vault Trust Company, FTX Ventures Ltd., FTX Ventures Partnership, FTX Zuma Ltd., GG Trading Terminal Ltd., Global Compass Dynamics Ltd., Good Luck Games, LLC, Goodman Investments Ltd., Hannam Group Inc., Hawaii Digital Assets Inc., Hilltop Technology Services LLC, Hive Empire Trading Pty Ltd., Innovatia Ltd., Island Bay Ventures Inc., K-DNA Financial Services Ltd., Killarney Lake Investments Ltd., Ledger Holdings Inc., LedgerPrime Bitcoin Yield Enhancement Fund, LLC, LedgerPrime Bitcoin Yield Enhancement Master Fund LP, LedgerPrime Digital Asset Opportunities Fund, LLC, LedgerPrime Digital Asset Opportunities Master Fund LP, Ledger Prime LLC, LedgerPrime Ventures, LP, Liquid Financial USA Inc., LiquidEX LLC, Liquid Securities Singapore Pte Ltd., LT Baskets Ltd., Maclaurin Investments Ltd., Mangrove Cay Ltd., North Dimension Inc., North Dimension Ltd., North Wireless Dimension Inc., Paper Bird Inc., Pioneer Street Inc., Quoine India Pte Ltd., Quoine Pte Ltd., Quoine Vietnam Co. Ltd., SNG INVESTMENTS YATIRIM VE DANIŞMANLIK ANONİM ŞİRKETİ, Strategy Ark Collective Ltd., Technology Services Bahamas Limited, Tigetwit Ltd., TransferZero, Verdant Canyon Capital LLC, West Innovative Barista Ltd., West Realm Shires Financial Services Inc., West Realm Shires Services Inc., Western Concord Enterprises Ltd., and ZUBR Exchange Ltd. at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

FTX Trading Ltd. et al: Chapter 11 Petition

Chapter 11 Petition by 134 entities comprising the FTX Group, including those in Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Liechtenstein, Nigeria, Panama, Senegal, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, USA, and Vietnam, namely Alameda Aus Pty Ltd., Alameda Global Services Ltd., Alameda Research (Bahamas) Ltd., Alameda Research Holdings Inc., Alameda Research KK, Alameda Research LLC, Alameda Research Ltd., Alameda Research Pte Ltd., Alameda Research Yankari Ltd., Alameda TR Ltd., Alameda TR Systems S. de R. L., Allston Way Ltd., Altalix Ltd., Analisya Pte Ltd., Atlantis Technology Ltd., B for Transfer Egypt, B Payment Services Nigeria, B Transfer Services Ltd., B Transfer Services Ltd. UAE, B Transfer Services Uganda, Bancroft Way Ltd., BitPesa Kenya Ltd., BitPesa RDC SARL, BitPesa Senegal Ltd., BitPesa South Africa, BitPesa Tanzania Ltd., BitPesa Uganda Ltd., Bitvo, Inc., Blockfolio Holdings, Inc., Blockfolio, Inc., Blue Ridge Ltd., BT Payment Services Ghana, BT Payment Services South Africa, BT Payments Uganda, BT Pesa Nigeria Ltd., BTC Africa S.A., BTLS Limited Tanzania, Cardinal Ventures Ltd., Cedar Bay Ltd., Cedar Grove Technology Services, Ltd., Clifton Bay Investments LLC, Clifton Bay Investments Ltd., CM-Equity AG, Corner Stone Staffing, Cottonwood Grove Ltd., Cottonwood Technologies Ltd., Crypto Bahamas LLC, DAAG Trading, DMCC, Deck Technologies Holdings LLC, Deck Technologies Inc., Deep Creek Ltd., Digital Custody Inc., Euclid Way Ltd., Exchange 4 Free Seychellen, Exchange 4Free Australia Br., Exchange 4Free Ltd., Exchange 4Free South Africa Br., Exchange 4Free Swiss Branch, Finfax Company, FTX (Gibraltar) Ltd., FTX Canada Inc., FTX Certificates GmbH, FTX Crypto Services Ltd., FTX Digital Assets LLC, FTX Digital Holdings (Singapore) Pte Ltd., FTX EMEA Ltd., FTX Equity Record Holdings Ltd., FTX Europe AG, FTX Exchange FZE, FTX Hong Kong Ltd., FTX Japan Holdings K.K., FTX Japan K.K., FTX Japan Services KK, FTX Lend Inc., FTX Marketplace, Inc., FTX Products (Singapore) Pte Ltd., FTX Property Holdings Ltd., FTX Services Solutions Ltd., FTX Structured Products AG, FTX Switzerland GmbH, FTX Trading GmbH, FTX Trading Ltd., FTX TURKEY TEKNOLOJİ VE TİCARET ANONİM ŞİRKET, FTX US Derivatives LLC, FTX US Services, Inc., FTX US Trading, Inc., FTX Vault Trust Company, FTX Ventures Ltd., FTX Ventures Partnership, FTX Zuma Ltd., GG Trading Terminal Ltd., Global Compass Dynamics Ltd., Good Luck Games, LLC, Goodman Investments Ltd., Hannam Group Inc., Hawaii Digital Assets Inc., Hilltop Technology Services LLC, Hive Empire Trading Pty Ltd., Innovatia Ltd., Island Bay Ventures Inc., K-DNA Financial Services Ltd., Killarney Lake Investments Ltd., Ledger Holdings Inc., LedgerPrime Bitcoin Yield Enhancement Fund, LLC, LedgerPrime Bitcoin Yield Enhancement Master Fund LP, LedgerPrime Digital Asset Opportunities Fund, LLC, LedgerPrime Digital Asset Opportunities Master Fund LP, Ledger Prime LLC, LedgerPrime Ventures, LP, Liquid Financial USA Inc., LiquidEX LLC, Liquid Securities Singapore Pte Ltd., LT Baskets Ltd., Maclaurin Investments Ltd., Mangrove Cay Ltd., North Dimension Inc., North Dimension Ltd., North Wireless Dimension Inc., Paper Bird Inc., Pioneer Street Inc., Quoine India Pte Ltd., Quoine Pte Ltd., Quoine Vietnam Co. Ltd., SNG INVESTMENTS YATIRIM VE DANIŞMANLIK ANONİM ŞİRKETİ, Strategy Ark Collective Ltd., Technology Services Bahamas Limited, Tigetwit Ltd., TransferZero, Verdant Canyon Capital LLC, West Innovative Barista Ltd., West Realm Shires Financial Services Inc., West Realm Shires Services Inc., Western Concord Enterprises Ltd., and ZUBR Exchange Ltd. at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

CFTC v. Adam Todd et al: Complaint (‘Crypto Fraud’)

Complaint alleging fraud involving "an illegal digital asset derivatives trading platform" in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Adam Todd, Digitex LLC, of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Digitex Limited, of the Seychelles; Digitex Software Limited, of Ireland, and Blockster Holdings Limited, of Gibraltar, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Brazen Sky Ltd. et al: Chapter 15 Petition (‘$8.5B 1MDB Fraud’)

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of Foreign Main Proceedings in the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands by Angela Barkhouse, Helen Janes, and Carl Jackson, as the Foreign Representatives of Brazen Sky Limited, Aabar Investments PJS Limited, Tanore Finance Corporation, Blackstone Asia Real Estate Partners Limited, Vasco Investment Services SA, Selune Limited, Pacific Rim Global Growth Limited, and Affinity Equity International Partners Limited, and Angela Barkhouse and George Kimberley Leck, as the Foreign Representatives of Bridge Global Absolute Return Fund SPC, which were all "part of the fraud perpetrated against 1 Malaysia Development Berhad, a sovereign wealth fund owned by the Malaysian Ministry of Finance, in which numerous entities and individuals formed a network to divert and distribute funds to the fraudsters who orchestrated the fraud and to individuals and/or entities connected to them", filed at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Avraham Eisenberg v. Numeris Ltd. et al: Complaint (‘$12.7M Crypto Fraud’)

Complaint for $12.7 million alleging the defendants "ran a global Ponzi scheme to fund a pump-and-dump scheme" involving blockchain technology in Avraham Eisenberg, described as "a Puerto Rican trader" v. Numeris Ltd., which appears to be domiciled in the Seychelles; Sasha Ivanov, described as "founder of the Waves blockchain protocol", and Does 1-10 at the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.

BitMEX v. Nexo Capital Inc. et al: Judgment (‘880 Bitcoin Dispute’)

Judgment regarding ownership of "approximately 880 bitcoin, equivalent to approximately £30 million at current prices" in HDR Global Trading Limited, d.b.a. BitMEX, of the Seychelles, operator of "a cryptocurrency derivatives exchange and trading platform" v. Nexo Capital Inc., of the Cayman Islands, and Georgi Shulev, of Bulgaria, described as "co-founder of the Nexo group", and at the High Court of Justice for England and Wales.

Mek Global Ltd. et al: C$2M Fine (‘Unregistered Crypto Investment Activity’)

Reasons and Decision in the matter of Mek Global Limited. of the Seychelles, and PhoenixFin Pte. Ltd., of Singapore, collectively known as KuCoin, which "sold crypto contracts and crypto futures contracts through their global online crypto asset trading platform", before the Ontario Securities Commission.
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IRS accuses ‘asset protection expert’ Kevin Wessell of withholding records about suspected offshore tax evasion

Florida-based, self-described "asset protection expert" Kevin Wessell has been accused of withholding records from the IRS that it requires for an investigation into his clients for suspected offshore tax evasion involving accounts and entities in several jurisdictions, including the Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, Hong Kong, Nevada, Nevis, Panama, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Switzerland, and Turks and Caicos Islands.

CFTC v. Samuel Reed: $10M Settlement

Consent Order imposing a civil penalty of $10 million on Samuel Reed regarding the operation of the BitMEX cryptocurrency trading platform in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. HDR Global Trading Limited, of the Seychelles; 100x Holdings Limited, of Bermuda; ABS Global Trading Limited, of Delaware; Shine Effort Inc. Limited, of Hong Kong; HDR Global Services (Bermuda) Limited, of Bermuda, all d.b.a. BitMEX; Arthur Hayes, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Hong Kong; Ben Peter Delo, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Hong Kong, and Samuel Reed, described as a U.S. citizen who resided in Milwaukee, WI, and Boston, MA, during the relevant period, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

CFTC v. Benjamin Delo: $10M Settlement

Consent Order imposing a civil penalty of $10 million on Benjamin Delo regarding the operation of the BitMEX cryptocurrency trading platform in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. HDR Global Trading Limited, of the Seychelles; 100x Holdings Limited, of Bermuda; ABS Global Trading Limited, of Delaware; Shine Effort Inc. Limited, of Hong Kong; HDR Global Services (Bermuda) Limited, of Bermuda, all d.b.a. BitMEX; Arthur Hayes, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Hong Kong; Ben Peter Delo, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Hong Kong, and Samuel Reed, described as a U.S. citizen who resided in Milwaukee, WI, and Boston, MA, during the relevant period, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

CFTC v. Arthur Hayes: $10M Settlement

Consent Order imposing a civil penalty of $10 million on Arthur Hayes regarding the operation of the BitMEX cryptocurrency trading platform in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. HDR Global Trading Limited, of the Seychelles; 100x Holdings Limited, of Bermuda; ABS Global Trading Limited, of Delaware; Shine Effort Inc. Limited, of Hong Kong; HDR Global Services (Bermuda) Limited, of Bermuda, all d.b.a. BitMEX; Arthur Hayes, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Hong Kong; Ben Peter Delo, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Hong Kong, and Samuel Reed, described as a U.S. citizen who resided in Milwaukee, WI, and Boston, MA, during the relevant period, 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.

CLM v. CLN et al: Judgment (‘$7M Crypto Theft’)

Judgment regarding applications for a worldwide freezing injunction, disclosure orders, and to join defendants in "an action to trace and recover 109.83 Bitcoin and 1497.54 Ethereum that were allegedly misappropriated" in a scheme that, inter alia, involved entities in the Cayman Islands and the Seychelles and which "raised two interesting and novel points of law. First, can stolen cryptocurrency assets be the subject of a proprietary injunction? Second, does the court have jurisdiction to grant interim orders against persons whose identities are presently unknown?" in CLM, an unidentified "national of the United States of America and an entrepreneur" v. CLN, CLO, CLP, CPZ, CQA, CQB, and CQC at Singapore High Court.

USA v. Samuel Reed: First Superseding Indictment

First Superseding Indictment alleging violations of the Bank Secrecy Act involving a cryptocurrency exchange known as BitMEX, of the Seychelles, in USA v. Samuel Reed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEY Re Ltd.: License Revocation

Public Notice by the Seychelles Financial Services Authority that it has revoked the insurance license of SEY Re Limited.

SRC International (Malaysia) Ltd. v. Asia Momentum Fund (SPC) Ltd.: ‘Court Supervision’ Petition (‘1MDB Fraud’)

Petition for Court Supervision of a Voluntary Liquidation in SRC International (Malaysia) Limited (in Liquidation), a British Virgin Islands-domiciled company whose ultimate parent was 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a.k.a. 1MDB, until 2012, when its ownership was transferred to "the Malaysian Ministry of Finance" v. Asia Momentum Fund (SPC) Ltd. (in Voluntary Liquidation) at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.
Alexei and Dmitri Ananyev

Russian investigators seek records from 3 NY banks in hunt for assets of ‘multi-billion dollar bank fraudsters Dmitri and Alexei Ananyev’

Russia's National Bank Trust is seeking records from three New York banks as part of its attempt to recover the proceeds of "a multi-billion dollar banking fraud perpetrated by two brothers, Dmitri and Alexei Ananyev", who are allegedly linked with entities in several jurisdictions, including Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Cyprus, Marshall Islands, and Seychelles.

PJSC National Bank Trust v. JPMorgan Chase NA et al: Discovery Application

Application by PJSC National Bank Trust, of Russia, to take discovery from JPMorgan Chase NA, Bank of New York Mellon, and Citibank NA for use in legal proceedings in Cyprus regarding "a multi-billion dollar banking fraud perpetrated by two brothers, Dmitri and Alexei Ananyev", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Anatoly Motylev v. Bank of America et al: Discovery Application

Application by Kevin Hellard and Jonathan Thielmann, as Joint Trustees in the English bankruptcy proceedings of Anatoly Leonidovich Motylev, who "is responsible for the collapse of several Russian banks and pension funds that he controlled and has been held liable for these institutions’ debts as a result of the fraud he and his associates perpetrated", to take discovery from Bank of America NA, Citigroup Inc., JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A., HSBC Bank, Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, Standard Chartered Bank, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, and Commerzbank AG, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The alleged fraud and money laundering scheme involves entities and accounts in several jurisdictions, including Austria, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, England, Germany, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Panama, Russia, Scotland, Seychelles, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and USA, it was stated in the application.

JSC BTA Bank v. Bank of America et al: Discovery Application (‘$7.5B Fraud’)

Application by JSC BTA Bank, of Kazakhstan, to take discovery from The Clearing House Payments Company LLC and "thirteen intermediary banks", namely Bank of America NA, Bank of China, The Bank of New York, BNP Paribas USA, Citibank NA, Commerzbank AG, Deutsche Bank Trust Company, HSBC Bank USA NA, JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, Société Générale AG, Standard Chartered Bank, UBS AG, and Wells Fargo Bank NA regarding Saint Vincent and the Grenadines-domiciled Panolos Limited for use in legal proceedings in England "against BTA Bank's former chairman, and primary shareholder, Mukhtar Ablyazov, upon BTA Bank's discovery that Ablyazov had illegally misappropriated as much as $7.5 Billion of BTA Bank’s assets and subsequently laundered the proceeds through multiple financial institutions all over the world", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Gold Champion Unit Trust: Joseph Ho

Entry in the "Collective Investment Scheme" section of the website of the Seychelles Financial Services Authority showing Joseph Ho as its representative, obtained from the FSA website on October 25th, 2021.

Oksana Hryn et al v. Weiser Global Capital Markets Ltd. et al: Voluntary Dismissal

Notice of Voluntary Dismissal in Oksana Hryn, Yelyzaveta Lata, a.k.a. Elizaveta Lata; Ihor Ushenko, Volodymyr Hren, Astor Asset Management Ltd., Astor Asset Management 1 Ltd., Astor Asset Management 2 Ltd., Astor Asset Management 3 Ltd., Astor Asset Management 4 Ltd., Astor Asset Management 5 Ltd., Astor Asset Management 6 Ltd., Astor Asset Management 7 Ltd., America 2030 Capital Limited, America 2030 Capital 1 Limited, America 2030 Capital 2 Limited, America 2030 Capital 3 Limited, America 2030 Capital 4 Limited, America 2030 Capital 5 Limited, Astor Capital Fund Ltd., Bentley Rothschild Capital Limited, Bentley Rothschild Capital 1 Limited, Bentley Rothschild Capital 2 Limited, Bentley Rothschild Capital 3 Limited, Bentley Rothschild Capital 4 Limited, Blackrock Capital LLC, SAL Oppenheim Ltd., Bear Stearns Companies, Bentley Bronfman Capital Ltd., Dreyfus Corporation, Lincoln Capital Ltd., Newburgh Capital Ltd., Sovereign Liquidity Fund Ltd., Sovereign Liquidity Fund 1 Ltd., Sovereign Liquidity Fund 2 Ltd., Sovereign Liquidity Fund 3 Ltd., State Street Global Advisors Ltd., Union Pacific Capital Ltd., AC Capital Limited, BSC Capital Ltd., Cornelius Vanderbilt Capital Management Ltd., and Aurelius Capital Management Ltd. v. Weiser Global Capital Markets Ltd., Christos Livadas, a.k.a. Chris Livas; Hong ‘Rainbow’ Yang, Chris Papaioannou, a.k.a. Christos Papaioannou; Courtney Filipenko, Rahul Kirpalani, Selby Brice, Jose Marmolejo, Jamaal Stubbs, Weiser Global Asset Management, and Weiser Asset Management at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
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Bizarre lawsuit by ‘Bear Stearns’ alleges ‘$450M fraud’ by Bahamas-licensed securities broker

A bizarre and seemingly-frivolous lawsuit alleging a $450 million fraud by a Bahamas investment group and related individuals has been filed in New York by four Ukraine citizens and 35 suspiciously-named firms that purport to be domiciled in some of the seediest offshore jurisdictions, including one called "Bear Stearns", which claims to be registered in the Seychelles. UPDATE: On October 17th, 2021 - just four days after filing the complaint, the plaintiffs filed a notice of voluntary dismissal.

Oksana Hryn et al v. Weiser Global Capital Markets Ltd. et al: TRO Motion

Motion for Temporary Restraining Order by entities in Alaska, Anguilla, Bahamas, Belize, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles and Ukraine alleging a $450 million fraud by entities in or from the Bahamas, Canada, and Hong Kong in Oksana Hryn, Yelyzaveta Lata, a.k.a. Elizaveta Lata; Ihor Ushenko, Volodymyr Hren, Astor Asset Management Ltd., Astor Asset Management 1 Ltd., Astor Asset Management 2 Ltd., Astor Asset Management 3 Ltd., Astor Asset Management 4 Ltd., Astor Asset Management 5 Ltd., Astor Asset Management 6 Ltd., Astor Asset Management 7 Ltd., America 2030 Capital Limited, America 2030 Capital 1 Limited, America 2030 Capital 2 Limited, America 2030 Capital 3 Limited, America 2030 Capital 4 Limited, America 2030 Capital 5 Limited, Astor Capital Fund Ltd., Bentley Rothschild Capital Limited, Bentley Rothschild Capital 1 Limited, Bentley Rothschild Capital 2 Limited, Bentley Rothschild Capital 3 Limited, Bentley Rothschild Capital 4 Limited, Blackrock Capital LLC, SAL Oppenheim Ltd., Bear Stearns Companies, Bentley Bronfman Capital Ltd., Dreyfus Corporation, Lincoln Capital Ltd., Newburgh Capital Ltd., Sovereign Liquidity Fund Ltd., Sovereign Liquidity Fund 1 Ltd., Sovereign Liquidity Fund 2 Ltd., Sovereign Liquidity Fund 3 Ltd., State Street Global Advisors Ltd., Union Pacific Capital Ltd., AC Capital Limited, BSC Capital Ltd., Cornelius Vanderbilt Capital Management Ltd., and Aurelius Capital Management Ltd. v. Weiser Global Capital Markets Ltd., Christos Livadas, a.k.a. Chris Livas; Hong ‘Rainbow’ Yang, Chris Papaioannou, a.k.a. Christos Papaioannou; Courtney Filipenko, Rahul Kirpalani, Selby Brice, Jose Marmolejo, Jamaal Stubbs, Weiser Global Asset Management, and Weiser Asset Management at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Oksana Hryn et al v. Weiser Global Capital Markets Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint by entities in Alaska, Anguilla, Bahamas, Belize, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles and Ukraine alleging a $450 million fraud by entities in or from the Bahamas, Canada, and Hong Kong in Oksana Hryn, Yelyzaveta Lata, a.k.a. Elizaveta Lata; Ihor Ushenko, Volodymyr Hren, Astor Asset Management Ltd., Astor Asset Management 1 Ltd., Astor Asset Management 2 Ltd., Astor Asset Management 3 Ltd., Astor Asset Management 4 Ltd., Astor Asset Management 5 Ltd., Astor Asset Management 6 Ltd., Astor Asset Management 7 Ltd., America 2030 Capital Limited, America 2030 Capital 1 Limited, America 2030 Capital 2 Limited, America 2030 Capital 3 Limited, America 2030 Capital 4 Limited, America 2030 Capital 5 Limited, Astor Capital Fund Ltd., Bentley Rothschild Capital Limited, Bentley Rothschild Capital 1 Limited, Bentley Rothschild Capital 2 Limited, Bentley Rothschild Capital 3 Limited, Bentley Rothschild Capital 4 Limited, Blackrock Capital LLC, SAL Oppenheim Ltd., Bear Stearns Companies, Bentley Bronfman Capital Ltd., Dreyfus Corporation, Lincoln Capital Ltd., Newburgh Capital Ltd., Sovereign Liquidity Fund Ltd., Sovereign Liquidity Fund 1 Ltd., Sovereign Liquidity Fund 2 Ltd., Sovereign Liquidity Fund 3 Ltd., State Street Global Advisors Ltd., Union Pacific Capital Ltd., AC Capital Limited, BSC Capital Ltd., Cornelius Vanderbilt Capital Management Ltd., and Aurelius Capital Management Ltd. v. Weiser Global Capital Markets Ltd., Christos Livadas, a.k.a. Chris Livas; Hong ‘Rainbow’ Yang, Chris Papaioannou, a.k.a. Christos Papaioannou; Courtney Filipenko, Rahul Kirpalani, Selby Brice, Jose Marmolejo, Jamaal Stubbs, Weiser Global Asset Management, and Weiser Asset Management at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Tether & Bitfinex Crypto Asset Litigation: Opinion & Order on Motions to Dismiss

Opinion and Order Granting in Part and Denying in Part Defendants' motions to dismiss a class action complaint known as "Tether and Bitfinex Crypto Asset Litigation" in which "a group of individual investors who purchased cryptocommodities - a class of crypto-assets that includes bitcoin - detailed a wide-ranging conspiracy to artificially inflate the price of those cryptocommodities" by entities in or from the British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Panama, and USA in Pinchas Goldshtein et al v. iFinex Inc., BFXNA Inc., BFXWW Inc., Tether Holdings Limited, Tether Operations Limited, Tether Limited, Tether International Limited, DigFinex Inc., Giancarlo Devasini, Ludovicus Jan van der Velde, Philip Potter, Reginald Fowler, Crypto Capital Corp., Bittrex, Inc., and Poloniex, LLC at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

JSC BTA Bank v. Timur Sabyrbaev et al: Claim Form (‘$231M Fraud’)

Claim Form alleging conspiracy to commit fraud, dishonest assistance, breaches of fiduciary duty, and unjust enrichment against defendants in the British Virgin Islands, Cyprus, Germany, Guernsey, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Panama, Russia, Seychelles, Singapore, Switzerland, and USA in JSC BTA Bank, of Kazakhstan v. Timur Sabyrbaev, Dilara Dyusembayeva, Assel Zhaxybayeva, Asel Suindikova, Marina Aitzhanova, Janelle Utemuratova, Svetlana Chvanova, Veronika Efimova, Saduakas Mameshtegi, Dina Abdykalykova, Akzholtay Mukanovna Kalenova, Kairat Sadykov, Irina Kanaphina, Madina Nurgozhina, AEG Systems Inc., Calernen Finance Inc., Zathen Holding Investments Limited, formerly Carsonway Limited; Comwork Ltd.,Kinmate Trading Limited, Estar Developments Limited, Lingard Industry Limited, Daniels Tradecorp Inc., Mabco Inc., Klostrade Financial Group Ltd., Dana Trade Corp., Global Team Company, Tramlanes Investments Limited, formerly Bergtrans Contracts Corp.; Moranta Invest (Cyprus) Limited, John Wortley Hunt, Luis Davis, Stan Gorin, Vasiliki Argyrou, Labonte Elisana Marie-Antoinette, Diego Jacinto Batista Valdes, Carlos Alberto Mendoza Murillo, Suseth Walthia Parris, Kellee France, Geoffrey Taylor, Belinda Lanyon, Christopher Blythe, Roger Alberto Santamaria, Nicholetta Christodoulidou, ADM-ACTI Trade Resources Inc., ADM Asia-Pacific Trading Pte. Ltd., formerly Toepfer International Asia Pte. Ltd.; ADM Germany GmbH, formerly Alfred C. Toepfer International GmbH; Eric Richardson, Grove Services Inc., Bunge SA, Bunge CIS LLC, Dauren Bekbergenov, Ekaterina Kuzmicheva, Mukhtar Ablyazov, Roman Solodchenko, and Zhaksylyk Zharimbetov at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

Think Capital Ltd.: Public Warning

Public Warning by the Bermuda Monetary Authority against Think Capital Limited, part of the "ThinkMarkets group of companies", which "falsely claimed to have a licence issued by the Bermuda Monetary Authority" and which, when contacted by the BMA, claimed that "the statement was made in error and that, instead, it should have stated that it had been issued a licence by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority". Editor's Note: On its website at www.thinkmarkets.com, ThinkMarkets claims to operate "a premium multi-asset online brokerage with headquarters in London and Melbourne and hubs in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Europe and South America", and identifies group companies as TF Global Markets Int Limited, of the Seychelles; TF Global Markets (UK) Limited, of England; TF Global Markets (Aust) Limited, of Australia; TF Global Markets (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd., of South Africa; Think Capital Limited, of Bermuda, and TFG (Payments) Limited, of England. Research by OffshoreAlert also discovered other group companies, including one in the Cayman Islands called TF Global Markets (International) Ltd., which is identified on CIMA's website as having received a "Securities - Full" license on April 12th, 2021.

George Bachiashvili v. Charlie Shrem et al: Amended Complaint

Amended Complaint alleging fraud and unregistered securities regarding the sale of cryptocurrency tokens involving Delaware and Cayman Islands-domiciled Crowd Machine in George Bachiashvili v. Charlie Shrem and Roger Tichenor at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Aux Cayes Fintech Co. Ltd.: Statement of Allegations

Statement of Allegations in the matter of Aux Cayes Fintech Co. Ltd., described as a Seychelles-domiciled operator of "an online crypto asset trading platform", for "violating Ontario securities law", before the Ontario Securities Commission.

CFTC v. BitMEX et al: $100M Settlement

Consent Order imposing a civil penalty of $100 million against the operators of the BitMEX cryptocurrency trading platform in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. HDR Global Trading Limited, of the Seychelles; 100x Holdings Limited, of Bermuda; ABS Global Trading Limited, of Delaware; Shine Effort Inc Limited, of Hong Kong, and HDR Global Services (Bermuda) Limited, of Bermuda, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

FinCEN v. BitMEX et al: $100M Fine

Public Notice by FinCEN that it has imposed a fine of $100 million on HDR Global Trading Limited, of the Seychelles; 100x Holdings Limited, ABS Global Trading Limited, of Delaware; Shine Effort Inc. Limited, of Hong Kong, and HDR Global Services (Bermuda) Limited, of Bermuda, d.b.a. BitMEX, described as "a convertible virtual currency derivatives exchange".

Jason Bonayer et al v. Crowd Machine SEZC et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud involving cryptocurrency in Jason Bonayer, a U. S. citizen residing in New York, NY, and George Bachiashvili, a citizen of Georgia residing in Tbilisi v. Crowd Machine Inc., of Delaware; Crowd Machine SEZC, of the Cayman Islands; Metavine Inc., of Delaware; Craig Sproule, described as a citizen of Australia residing in San Jose, California; James Hanley, Anne Osborne, Ben Gorlick, Kurt Pfluger, Camden Dore, Roger Tichenor, Charlie Shrem, Bittrex, described as "a cryptocurrency exchange based in the Seychelles", and HitBTC, also described as "a cryptocurrency exchange based in the Seychelles", at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Briton Jonathan Ellis sues Binance and other crypto firms

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.

Mek Global Ltd. et al: Allegations

Statement of Allegations in the matter of Mek Global Limited, of the Seychelles, and PhoenixFin Pte. Ltd., of Singapore, collectively doing business as KuCoin, described as "an online crypto asset trading platform", before the Ontario Securities Commission.

Exential Investments Inc.: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the British Virgin Islands by Russell Crumpler and David Standish, as the Foreign Representatives of Exential Investments Inc., which is part of the Dubai-based Exential Group that allegedly perpetrated a fraud in which "investors lost investments in the range of at least $250 - $500 million", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.