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Jeremy Leach-Managing Partners

British fund manager Jeremy Leach and his firms settle fraud litigation for $11.5M

Four days before a trial was due to start in the Cayman Islands, British fund manager Jeremy Leach and eight of his firms settled a fraud complaint by agreeing to pay $11.5 million over 22 months, OffshoreAlert can reveal. Despite a plethora of red flags, the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority continues to license Leach's Managing Partners Group and its funds and the group also operates entities in the British Virgin Islands, England, Malta, Spain, and Switzerland.

Czech Republic: U.S. Military

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from the U.S. Military - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from the Czech Republic - for a criminal investigation into "A, B, C, and D, Czech military officials (collectively, the defendants), for extortion, disobeying order, breach of guard duty, and failure to provide assistance".

Jitka Chvatik v. Nayoro International Ltd. et al: Restoration Application

Originating Application in Dr. Jitka Chvatik, who, OffshoreAlert understands, is the mother of Czech-born, Bahamas-based fugitive accused fraudster Viktor Kožený v. Nayoro International Ltd. and The Registrar of Corporate Affairs at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

Czech Republic: Vladimir Koželuh

Complaint to extradite Vladimir Koželuh from the USA to Czech Republic to serve a five-year prison sentence after being convicted of fraud, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Ryan Birmingham et al v. ROFX.net et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint against defendants in or from the British Virgin Islands, Czech Republic, England, Hong Kong, Poland, Scotland, Thailand, Ukraine, and USA alleging "Defendants orchestrated a massive international scheme to defraud Plaintiffs and similarly situated investors by soliciting them to deposit money or cash equivalents with ROFX, a “robotically operated foreign exchange trading” platform that purportedly utilized algorithms to trade on behalf of investors" in Ryan Birmingham, Roman Leonov, Mitchell Parent, Jonathan Zarley, and Steven Hansen v. ROFX.net, described as "an unincorporated entity providing unregulated financial services through its web-based platform to investors around the world" with "registered addresses" in England, Hong Kong, and the USA; Auro Advantages LLC, Aware Choice Ltd., Boonruk Ruamkit Co. Ltd., Brass Marker s.r.o., Easy Com LC, Epayments Systems Ltd., Ester Holdings Inc., Global E-Advantages LLC, Grovee LLC, Igoria Trade S.A., IT Outsourcing Co. Ltd., Notus LLC, Shopostar LLC, VDD-Trading Ltd., Wealthy Developments LP, Andrei Fetin, Anna Shymko, Anton Bilous, Borys Konovalenko, Dmytro Fokin, Jorge Luis Castillo, Manuchar Daraselia, Mikhail Rymanov, Natalia Los, Nattpemol Krinara, PapahraTsor Nrviratporn, Peter Mogilniy, Stanislav Khomenko, and Youras Ziankovich at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Luboš Pánek: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the Czech Republic by Martin Litvan, as the Foreign Representative of Luboš Pánek, filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Elizabeth von Pezold et al v. Zimbabwe: Petition to Recognize Arbitration Award

Petition to Recognize Arbitration Award of $263 million, £10 million, ZAR745,498, and €1,163, plus interest, for "Zimbabwe's expropriation of the von Pezolds' property" in Elizabeth Regina Maria Gabriele von Pezold, of Austria; Anna Eleonore Elisabeth Webber, of Austria; Heinrich Bernd Alexander Josef von Pezold, of Zimbabwe; Maria Juliane Andrea Christiane Katharina Batthyàny, of Austria; Georg Philipp Marcel Johann Lukas von Pezold, of Zimbabwe; Felix Alard Moritz Hermann, of Switzerland; Johann Friedrich Georg Ludwig von Pezold, of Scotland, and Adam Friedrich Carl Leopold Franz Severin von Pezold, of the Czech Republic, collectively descibed as "all members of the von Pezold family and are all German and Swiss nationals" v. Republic of Zimbabwe at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

FCM Bank Ltd.: €5K Fine

Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed a fine of €5,000 on FCM Bank Limited for failure"t submit the Auditors' Management Letter within the regulatory deadline". Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert at the Malta Business Registry showed that FCM Bank Limited was incorporated in Malta on July 30th, 2010, its directors are Michael Borg Costanzi, a citizen and resident of Malta; Lino Casapinta, a citizen and resident of Malta; Petr Cumba, a citizen and resident of the Czech Republic; Martin Farsky, a citizen and resident of Slovakia; Ondrej Korecky, a citizen and resident of the Czech Republic, and John Soler, a citizen and resident of Malta, and its shareholders are Dusan Benda, a citizen and resident of Slovakia; SAB Finance A.S., of the Czech Republic, and SAB Europe Holding Ltd., a Maltese company whose directors are Dusan Benda and Petr Cumba and whose sole shareholder is SAB Finance A.S.

Czech Republic: Jana Amba Cervena

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Cannon Federal Credit Union - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from the Czech Republic - for a criminal investigation into Jana Amba Cervena for suspected money laundering.

Czech Republic: Mohammed Amine Mimi Lahlou

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from alleged victims - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from the Czech Republic - for a criminal investigation into Mohammed Amine Mimi Lahlou, described as a citizen of Morocco, for a suspected "romance fraud scheme to defraud victims throughout the world including 29 in the United States".

Czech Republic: Tomas Dusek et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Wells Fargo Bank and others - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from the Czech Republic - for a criminal investigation into Tomas Dusek, a.k.a. Thomas Sid, a.k.a. Tomas Sid, and Zuzana Safrankova for suspected embezzlement and fraud.

Czech Republic: Jaromir Prokop

Complaint for the extradition of Jaromir Prokop, described as a leader of "an organized crime group", from the USA to the Czech Republic to face allegations of kidnapping and robbery, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Eurasian Bank JSC v. Bank of New York Mellon et al: Discovery Application

Ex Parte Application by Eurasian Bank JSC, of Kazakhstan, to take discovery from Bank of New York Mellon, Credit Suisse AG, New York Branch; Credit Suisse Holdings (USA) Inc., and Credit Suisse (USA) Inc. for use in legal proceedings in England alleging fraud against Khakim Islamovich Istamov, Irina Petrovna Skichko, Agusta Associates Limited, and Igor Riel, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Azattyk Media Institution v. Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas: Discovery Application

Application by Azattyk Media Institution to take discovery from Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas for use defending a libel action filed in Kyrgyzstan by Iskender Ismailovich Matraimov, Raimbek Ismailovich Matraimov, Minovar Shabyevna Jumaeva, Uulkan Sulaymanovna Turgunova, and Ismail Matraimov Foundation, all of Kyrgyzstan, against Ali Toktakunov, of the Czech Republic; Azattyk Media Institution, Kloop Media Public Foundation, and 24 kg Information Agency, all of Kyrgyzstan, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Roland Kaehler: Director Cancellation

Decision Notice by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority announcing the cancellation of the director registration of Roland Frederick Kaehler, of Beverstone Fund Management, with an address in the Czech Republic, for not being "a fit and proper person"

SEC accuses offshore firms of $125M investment fraud

The U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission has accused companies in the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the United States of participating in a $125 million investment fraud involving a group known as Mediatrix Capital.

SEC v. Mediatrix Capital Inc. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Mediatrix Capital Inc., initially of Belize and then the Bahamas; Blue Isle Markets Inc., domiciled in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, based in the Bahamas; Blue Isle Markets Ltd., of New Zealand; Michael Stephen Young, of Denver, Colorado; Michael Shawn Stewart, of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Bryant Edwin Sewall, of Dallas, Texas, and the Bahamas, as Defendants, and Mediatrix Capital Fund Ltd., of the Bahamas; Island Technologies LLC, of Puerto Rico; Victoria M. Stewart, Maria C. Young, Hanna Ohonkova Sewall, of Kiev, Ukraine; Michael C. Baker, of Denver, Colorado; Walter C. Young III, of Seattle, Washington; Arual LP, of Utah; West Beach LLC, of Puerto Rico; Salve Regina Trust, of the Cook Islands; TF Alliance LLC, of Colorado; Casa Conejo LLC, of Puerto Rico; Hase Haus LLC, of Colorado; DCC Islands Foundation, of the Bahamas; Keystone Business Trust, of Massachusetts; Weinzel LLC, of Nevada; The 1989 Foundation, of the Bahamas; Mediatrix Capital PR LLC, of Puerto Rico; Mediatrix Capital LLC, of Colorado, and Blue Isle Markets Inc., of the Cayman Islands, as Relief Defendants, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

USA v. Funds at AMRO Bank NV et al: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint regarding a criminal investigation into a classified advertising website known as Backpage in USA v. Funds at AMRO Bank NV and Plains Capital Bank associated with Ad Tech BV, Scheef & Stone, LLP, James Larkin, Michael Lacey, Scott Spear, and John Brunst at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

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.

Douglas Italia SpA v. Piofrancesco Borghetti et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "a pattern of creating and using sham companies to steal millions of dollars worth of assets from the plaintiff, to conceal the criminal proceeds and to frustrate plaintiff's ability to recover on civil money judgments rendered against him" in Douglas Italia SpA, formerly Limoni SpA, of Milan, Italy v. Piofrancesco Borghetti, a convicted embezzler, of Italy; Anacod Real Estate LLC, of Delaware; Kellerton Group Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands, allegedly controlled by Borghetti through "his Hong Kong-based facilitator and nominee, Nilesh Sajnanivia", and Briguglio & Associates LLP, of New York, NY, at the State of New York Supreme Court, County of New York.

Lucie Foukalova v. Citibank NV et al: Discovery Application

Application on behalf of Lucie Foukalova to take discovery from Citibank, TD Bank, and TIAA Financial Services for use in legal proceedings in the Czech Republic involving the Estate of Marcela Antonie Kopal, filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Shanghai Huaxin Group (Hongkong) Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Hong Kong by Man Chun So, a.k.a. Christopher So, and Donald Edward Osborn, a.k.a. Ted Osborn, as the Foreign Representatives of Shanghai Huaxin Group (Hongkong) Limited, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Czech Republic: Michal Skarda

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from the Czech Republic - for a criminal investigation into Michal Skarda for suspected computer fraud.

ALROSA v. Bank of America et al: Discovery Application

Application by ALROSA, a Russian diamond-mining company, to take discovery from Bank of America, Bank of New York Mellon, Capital One NA, Capital One Bank (USA) NA, Citibank NA, Commerzbank NA, Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, HSBC Bank USA NA, JPMorgan Chase NA, Wells Fargo NA, PNC Bank NA, Standard Chartered Bank, Barclays Bank PLC, BNP Paribas SA, and UBS AG for use in contemplated legal proceedings in Angola or the United Kingdom against former or current executives of Catoca Ltd., a diamond-mining company in Angola, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Kingstown Capital Management LP et al v. Radovan Vitek et al: Complaint

Complaint in Kingstown Capital Management LP, Kingstown Partners Master Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; Kingstown Partners II LP, Ktown LP, Kingstown Capital Partners LLC, Investhold Ltd., of the Marshall Islands; and Verali Limited, of Cyprus v. Radovan Vitek, of the Czech Republic; CPI Property Group SA, of Luxembourg; J&T Banka AS, Postova Banka AS, Jean-Francois Ott, of France; Jan Gerner, Milada Mala, Lumir Safranek, Pavel Spanko, and Julius Strapek, all of the Czech Republic, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Czech Republic: David Hanus et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from the Czech Republic - for a criminal investigation into David Hanus and Yevhenii Chumash for suspected fraud and forgery.

Liongate SPC v. Randall Dillard et al: Writ of Summons

Writ of Summons in Liongate SPC, for and on behalf of its sole segregated portfolio, Liongate Multi-Strategy Fund v. Randall Wayne Dillard, of England; Jeffrey Scott Holland, of England; Liongate Multi-Strategy Fund Enhanced (2X), of the Cayman Islands; RSD Securities Limited, of Malta; Benjamin Funk, of England, and Eduard Onderka, of the Czech Republic, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

US regulator acts against Cayman’s Beverstone Fund Management

The National Futures Association has suspended Cayman Islands-domiciled Beverstone Fund Management and its Canadian principal, Roland Kaehler, for operating what appears to be a fraudulent scheme in which investors have lost over $6 million.

Beverstone Fund Management et al: Suspension

Notice of Member Responsibility Action and Associate Responsibility Action in National Futures Association v. Beverstone Fund Management, of the Cayman Islands, and Roland Kaehler.

Czech Republic: Ladislav Kadlcik

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from the Czech Republic - for a criminal investigation into Ladislav Kadlcik for suspected fraud.

Czech Republic: Bank of America Account

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from the Czech Republic - for a criminal investigation into suspected fraud and money laundering involving an account at the Bank of America.

New World Resources NV: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the United Kingdom by Boudewijn Wentink, as the Foreign Representative of New World Resources NV, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Czech Republic: Libor Mikulik

Complaint for the extradition of Libor Mikulik from the USA to the Czech Republic to face charges of fraud and embezzlement.

Czech Republic: Marcel Budina (February 2014)

Complaint to extradite Marcel Budina from the USA to the Czech Republic regarding allegations of bank fraud and forgery, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Czech Republic: Michal Bazant et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from the Czech Republic - for a criminal investigation into Michal Bazant and Petr Ondrej for suspected embezzlement from CE Solar.

Czech Republic: Ivo Knotek

Complaint to extradite Ivo Knotek from the USA to the Czech Republic to serve a prison sentence for extortion, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Harvardsky Prumyslovy Holding, AS v. Viktor Kozeny et al: Complaint

Complaint in Harvardsky Prumyslovy Holding, AS, a.k.a. Harvard Holdings, domiciled in the Czech Republic, v. Viktor Kozeny, a resident of the Bahamas, and Landlocked Shipping Company, domiciled in the Turks and Caicos Islands, at New York State Supreme Court.
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