Bulgaria

Bulgaria: Wells Fargo Bank (2021)

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Wells Fargo Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Bulgaria - for a criminal investigation into "unknown subjects for fraud".

Satabank Plc: €851K Fine

Public Notice by the Malta Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit that it imposed a fine of €3.7 million on Satabank Plc for regulatory breaches, which was reduced to €851,792 by the Court of Appeal. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that Satabank Plc was incorporated in Malta on October 7th, 2014 and its shareholders are Signia Holding Ltd., of Malta, and Christo Georgiev Georgiev, a citizen of Bulgaria with an address in Zurich, Switzerland. No directors are listed. Previous directors include Christo Georgiev Georgiev, who resigned effective October 11th, 2018; Anthony Paris, who resigned effective October 12th, 2018; Christoph Boeckle, who resigned effective October 21st, 2018; Mario Gauci, who resigned effective October 30th, 2018; Herbert Weininger, a citizen of Germany, who resigned effective October 21st, 2018, and Susanne Lehmann, who resigned effective April 8th, 2015. Signia Holding Ltd. was incorporated in Malta on December 5th, 2013, its directors are Eugene M. Alexander, a citizen of the United States with an address in Marathon, Florida, USA, and Christo Georgiev Georgiev, and its shareholders are E E Capital Limited, of Jersey, in the Channel Islands; Net-M Privatbank 1891 AG, of Germany; Signia Group AG, of Zurich, Switzerland, and Eugene Alexander.

Bulgaria: Fast West Bank

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Fast West Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Bulgaria - for a criminal investigation into "unknown subjects" for a suspected advance fee fraud.

USA v. Nika Nazarovi et al: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment against "citizens of multiple countries, including Georgia, Latvia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Belgium" who were described as being "members of a transnational organized crime network known as 'QQAAZZ'" that "provided money laundering services to significant cybercriminal organizations that stole money from unwitting victims in the United States and abroad" involving accounts at financial institutions in Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, Turkey, and the United Kingdom in USA v. Nika Nazarovi, a.k.a. Nika Utiashvili, a.k.a. Mihail Atansov, a.k.a. Stefan Trifonov Zhelyazkov; Martins Ignatjevs, a.k.a. Yordan Angelov Stoyanov, a.k.a. Aleksander Tihomirov, a.k.a. Svetlin Iliyanov Asenov; Aleksandre Kobiashvili, a.k.a. Antonios Nastas, a.k.a. Ognyan Krasimirov Trifonov; Dmitrijs Kuzminovs, a.k.a. Parush Gospodinov Genchev; Valentins Sevecs, a.k.a. Marek Jaswilko, a.k.a. Rafal Szczytko; Dmitrijs Slapins, Armens Vecels, Artiom Capacli, Ion Cebanu, Tomass Trescinkas, Ruslans Sarapovs, Silvestrs Tamenieks, Andelhak Hamdaoui, and Petar Iliev at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Christine Grablis et al v. OneCoin Ltd. et al: Second Amended Class Action Complaint

Second Amended Class Action Complaint alleging the defendants perpetrated "a massive fraud perpetrated on millions of individual investors throughout the world causing injuries in excess of $4 billion through a densely-packed multi-level marketing system" in Donald Berdeaux and Christine Grablis v. OneCoin Ltd., of Dubai; Ruja Ignatova, of Bulgaria; Sebastian Greenwood, "currently being held in federal custody in New York pending trial"; Mark Scott, "believed to have been domiciled in Coral Gables, Florida" who allegedly laundered fraud proceeds through accounts "in the Cayman Islands and the Republic of Ireland, among other locations"; David Pike, "believed to be domiciled in Coral Gables, Florida"; Nicole J. Huesmann, "believed to be domiciled in Coral Gables, Florida"; Gilbert Armenta, "believed to be domiciled in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida", and The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, of New York, at U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Valla PTC Ltd. v. HSBC et al: Discovery Application

Application by Valla PTC Limited, of Bermuda, as Trustee of the Westline Trust, to take discovery from HSBC Bank USA, HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA, HSBC Holdings PLC, UBS AG, Bank of New York Mellon, JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA, Citibank NA, Deutsche Bank (and its affiliates Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas and Bankers Trust Company), Wells Fargo Bank, NA, Barclays Bank PLC, Lloyd's Bank USA, Lloyd's Bank Commercial Banking, Commerzbank AG, and Bank of America, NA for use in legal proceedings in the United Kingdom against Jonathan Moss Faiman, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Monaco, over the alleged failure to repay $30 million in loans, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Grand Capital Asset Management Ltd. v. Citibank NA et al: Discovery Application

Application by Grand Capital Asset Management Ltd., of Bulgaria, to take discovery from Citibank N.A., The Bank of New York Mellon, Société Générale, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., BNP Paribas USA, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Barclays Bank PLC, Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas, Bank of Nova Scotia, UBS AG, Bank of America, N.A., Standard Chartered Bank US, Commerzbank AG US, and The Clearing House Payments Company, LLC for use in a "contemplated proceeding against Gulf Technical Commercial Printing Press LLC before the Sharjah Court of First Instance, major circuit, in the United Arab Emirates", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

CFTC v. Daniel Fingerhut et al: Preliminary Injunction Motion

Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Daniel Fingerhut, of Miami Beach, Florida; Digital Platinum Inc., of Florida; Digital Platinum Ltd., of Israel; Huf Mediya Ltd., a.k.a. Hoof Media Ltd., of Bulgaria; Tal Valariola, of Israel, and Itay Barak, of Israel, as Defendants, and Aicel Carbonero, of Miami Beach, Florida, as Relief Defendant, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

CFTC v. Daniel Fingerhut et al: Motion To File Combined Memorandum

Plaintiff's Expedited Motion for Leave to File Combined Memorandum regarding allegations of fraud involving binary options and cryptocurrencies in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Daniel Fingerhut, of Miami Beach, Florida; Digital Platinum Inc., of Florida; Digital Platinum Ltd., of Israel; Huf Mediya Ltd., a.k.a. Hoof Media Ltd., of Bulgaria; Tal Valariola, of Israel, and Itay Barak, of Israel, as Defendants, and Aicel Carbonero, of Miami Beach, Florida, as Relief Defendant, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

CFTC v. Daniel Fingerhut et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud involving binary options and cryptocurrencies in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Daniel Fingerhut, of Miami Beach, Florida; Digital Platinum Inc., of Florida; Digital Platinum Ltd., of Israel; Huf Mediya Ltd., a.k.a. Hoof Media Ltd., of Bulgaria; Tal Valariola, of Israel, and Itay Barak, of Israel, as Defendants, and Aicel Carbonero, of Miami Beach, Florida, as Relief Defendant, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Bulgaria: PNC Bank

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from PNC Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Bulgaria - for a criminal investigation into "unknown subjects for fraud".

KlickDeals GmbH: Public Warning

Public Warning by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority regarding KlickDeals GmbH, which is "suspected of conducting unauthorised activities in the financial market. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that, in filings with the Swiss Commercial Registry, KlickDeals GmbH's Managing Director and shareholder is identified as Habteyesus Hailemelekot, of Eritrea, having taken over from previous MD and shareholder Katerina Atanasova, of Bulgaria, in 2017.

Dooga Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in England by Steven Parker and Trevor Binyon, of Opus Restructuring, as the Foreign Representatives of Dooga Ltd., a Maltese-owned British firm whose "Cubits" cryptocurrency exchange closed down in 2018 following an alleged €27 million fraud involving "payment processor" Pay Secure Online Limited, d.b.a. Paysec, and "three Chinese nationals called Lui Caifeng, Liu Lin, and Yajuan She", at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that, in the Malta Business Registry, the owner of Pay Secure Online Limited is identified as David Murphy, a British national with an address in Thailand, while directors have included Richard John Barry, a British national residing in Dubai, and Dimitar Stefanov Georgiev, a citizen and resident of Bulgaria, who both resigned on March 2nd, 2018, and the auditor is Antoine Borg, of Malta. On May 15th, 2019, the Malta Financial Services Authority issued a "warning" that Paysec "is NOT licenced NOR authorised by the MFSA to provide any investment or other financial services which are required to be licenced or otherwise authorised under Maltese law".

Bulgaria: Wells Fargo Bank

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Wells Fargo Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Bulgaria - for a criminal investigation into "unknown subjects" for suspected fraud.

Bulgaria: Apple Inc.

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Apple Inc. - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Bulgaria - for a criminal investigation into the theft of "36 portable computers" by an "unknown perpetrator".

Bulgaria: Theolin Jacobs

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from SunTrust Bank regarding an account in the name of Theolin Jacobs, of Lawrenceville, Georgia - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Bulgaria - for a criminal investigation into "unknown subjects" for suspected H1B visa fraud against a citizen of Bulgaria who was allegedly fraudulently induced into paying funds into an account at the Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Bulgaria: PW Arms, Inc. et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Puget Bank, now known as Heritage Bank; PW Arms, Inc., and Hazem Rayful - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Bulgaria - for a criminal investigation into "unknown target(s)" for suspected money laundering.

Bulgaria: 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 Bulgaria - for a criminal investigation into "an unidentified person" for suspected fraud.

USA v. Aleksejs Trofimovics et al: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging conspiracy to commit money laundering in USA v. Aleksejs Trofimovics, a.k.a. Aleksejs Trofimovich, a.k.a. Alexey Trofimovich, a.k.a. Aleko Stoyanov Angelov; Ruslans Nikitenko, a.k.a. Krzysztof Wojciech Lewko, a.k.a. Milen Nikolchev Nikolov, a.k.a. Rafal Zimnoch; Arturs Zaharevics, a.k.a. Piotr Ginelli, a.k.a. Arkadiusz Szuberski; Deniss Ruseckis, a.k.a. Denis Rusetsky, a.k.a. Sevdelin Sevdalinov Atanasov, and Deinis Gorenko, all citizens of Latvia, at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

CFTC v. Yukom Communications Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint for "an illegal and fraudulent 'binary options' trading scheme" involving companies in Anguilla, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Israel, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the United Kingdom in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Yukom Communications Ltd., of Israel; Linkopia Mauritius Ltd., of Mauritius; Wirestech Limited, d.b.a. BigOption, of the Marshall Islands; WSB Investments Ltd., d.b.a. BinaryBrook, of Anguilla, Gibraltar, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and the United Kingdom; Zolarex Ltd., d.b.a. BinaryOnline, of the Marshall Islands; Yakov Cohen, an Israeli residing in Israel and Mauritius; Yossi Herzog, of Israel; Lee Elbaz, of Israel, currently incarcerated in the USA, and Shalom Peretz, of Israel, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Christine Grablis et al v. OneCoin Ltd. et al: First Amended Class Action Complaint

First Amended Class Action Complaint regarding an alleged cryptocurrency fraud in which much of the proceeds were allegedly laundered in the Cayman Islands and Ireland in Donald Berdeaux, of Montana, and Christine Grablis, of Tennessee v. OneCoin Ltd., of Bulgaria; Ruja Ignatova, of Bulgaria; Konstantin Igantov, of Bulgaria; Sebastian Greenwood, of Sweden; Mark Scott, of Coral Gables, Florida; Irina Andreeva Dilinska, David Pike, of Coral Gables, Florida, and Nicole J. Huesmann, of Coral Gables, Florida, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

LIC Telecommunications Sarl et al v. Michael Tennenbaum et al: Discovery Application

Application by LIC Telecommunications Sarl, of Luxembourg, and Empreno Ventures Limited, of the British Virgin Islands, which are both owned by Dmitry Kosarev, of Russia, to take take discovery from Michael Tennenbaum, Tennenbaum Capital Partners LLC, and Tennenbaum Opportunities Partners V LP for use in legal proceedings in the United Kingdom against VTB Capital Plc, of the United Kingdom; Spas Rusev, of Bulgaria; Delta Capital International AD, of Luxembourg; Maze Sarl, of Luxembourg; Milen Veltchev, a former Minister of Finance of Bulgaria; Viva Telecom (Luxembourg) SA, of Luxembourg; V Telecom Investment SCA, of Luxembourg, and V2 Investment Sarl, of Luxembourg, "for allegedly orchestrating a sham "auction" as a means to obtain ownership and control of the "Vivacom Group"", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Bank of Valletta notifies Argentarius Group of ‘fraud liability’

The closure of the Malta operations of Argentarius Group, which now operates in the Cayman Islands as iMaps Capital, coincided with preliminary legal action against it by the Bank of Valletta regarding an alleged investment fraud that resulted in losses of at least €79 million, OffshoreAlert can reveal.

Mundo Media Ltd. et al: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Canada by Ernst & Young, as the Foreign Representative of Mundo Media Ltd., 2538853 Ontario Ltd., M Zone Marketing Inc., and AppThis Holdings, Inc., at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

Christine Grablis v. OneCoin Ltd. et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint regarding an alleged cryptocurrency fraud in which much of the proceeds were allegedly laundered in the Cayman Islands and Ireland in Christine Grablis v. OneCoin Ltd., Ruja Ignatova, of Bulgaria; Konstantin Ignatov, of Bulgaria; Sebastian Greenwood, of Sweden; and Mark Scott at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Konstantin Ignatov: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint in USA v. Konstantin Ignatov regarding an alleged fraud and money laundering scheme known as 'OneCoin' and involving financial institutions in the Cayman Islands, Georgia, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jersey, Singapore, and the USA, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Jean Boustani et al: Criminal Indictment

Indictment in USA v. Jean Boustani, a.k.a. Jean Boustany, a citizen of Lebanon; Najib Allam, a.k.a. Naji Allam, a citizen of Lebanon; Manuel Chang, a citizen of Mozambique and Mozambique's Minister of Finance; Antonio Do Rosario, a citizen of Mozambique and "an official in Mozambique's governmental state intelligence and security service, known as Servico de Informacoes e Seguranca do Estado; Teofilo Nhangumele, "a citizen of Mozambique acting in an official capacity for and on behalf of the Office of the President of Mozambique"; Andrew Pearse, a citizen of New Zealand; Surjan Singh, a citizen of the United Kingdom; and Detelina Subeva, a citizen of Bulgaria, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Rudersdal EOOD et al v. Philip Harris et al: Complaint

Complaint in Rudersdal EOOD, of Denmark; All Seas Property 2 EOOD, Asset Management EAD, and Zahari Tomov, all of Bulgaria v. Philip Robert Harris, and Ayr Logistics Inc., both of Texas; Anthony Dennis Harriott, and Grant Capital Investments Ltd., both of New Jersey; First Investment Bank AD, Tseko Todorov Minev, Ivailo Dimitrov Mutafchev, Chavdar Angelov Angelov, Delyan Slavchev Peevski, NSN Investment EOOD, Bulgartabac Holding AD, Bulgarian National Bank, Stanislav Georgiev Lyutov, Elena Zdravkova Kostadinchev, Tabak Market AD, Cibole Services Incorporated Bulgaria EOOD, Asteria BG EOOD, a.k.a. Droslian Bulgaria EOOD; Vili Vist EAD, and Promishleno Stroitelstvo Holding EAD, all of Bulgaria; All Seas Management Ltd., and Blue Finance Limited, both of the Marshall Islands; The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, and Eaton Vance Structured Emerging Markets Equity Fund LLC, both of New York; and The Bank for Foreign Trade of the Russian Federation, a.k.a. VTB Bank, at New York Supreme Court, County of New York.

USA v. Andrei-Catalin Stoica et al: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging fraud, identity theft, money laundering, and racketeering in USA v. Andrei-Catalin Stoica, Victor-Aurel Grama, Liviu-Sorin Nedelcu, Marius-Dorin Cernat, Alexandru Ion, Stefan-Alexandru Paiusi, Eugen-Alin Badea, Christisor Olteanu, Adrian Mitan, Bogdan-Stefan Popescu, Florin Arvat, Alin-Ionut Dobrica, Vlad-Calin Nistor, all citizens of Romania, and Rossen Iossifov, a citizen of Bulgaria, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

USA v. Ruja Ignatova: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment in USA v. Ruja Ignatova, a.k.a. 'Cryptoqueen', of Bulgaria, regarding the "purported cryptocurrency" known as 'OneCoin' at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

CFTC v. Jason Scharf et al: SRO Motion

Ex Parte Motion for Statutory Restraining Order in U. S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Jason B. Scharf, d.b.a. Citrades.com and AutoTradingBinary.com; CIT Investments LLC, Brevspand EOOD, C I T Investments Ltd., A&J Media Partners, Inc., Michael Shah, and Zilmil, Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

CFTC v. Jason Scharf et al: Complaint

Complaint in U. S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Jason B. Scharf, d.b.a. Citrades.com and AutoTradingBinary.com; CIT Investments LLC, Brevspand EOOD, C I T Investments Ltd., A&J Media Partners, Inc., Michael Shah, and Zilmil, Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

‘Remove information about my clients,’ writes Zoia Angelova

Letter from Zoia Angelova requesting the removal of a document and an article concerning a request for judicial assistance from Bulgaria regarding an investigation into Ms Angelova's clients, Yanko Haralambev and Dimitrichka Nikolova Yordanova.

Netherlands: Itzhak Aisik Grynsztein

Complaint for the extradition of Itzhak Aisik Grynsztein from the USA to the Netherlands to face allegations of money laundering, forgery and banking without a license.

Yank Barry v. Evander Holyfield et al: Complaint

Complaint in Yank Barry, a former resident of the Bahamas now apparently residing in Bulgaria, v. Evander Holyfield and Holyfield Management, Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

SEC v. John G. Rizzo: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. John G. Rizzo at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

Otkritie International Investment Management Ltd. et al v. Bank of New York Mellon et al: Discovery Application

Fourth Application for Order to Issue Subpoenas by Otkritie International Investment Management Limited, Otkritie Securities Limited, and Otkritie Financial Corporation JSC to obtain discovery from the Bank of New York Mellon, Barclays Capital, Inc., Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., Lloyds TSB Bank Plc, and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
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