Guatemala

Multiflora International Ltd. et al v. Jacobi International, Inc. et al: Discovery Application

Application by Multiflora International Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands; Agrícola Industrial Entre Ríos, S.A., of Guatemala, and Agrícola Esperanza Jacobi, S.A., of Guatemala, to take discovery from Jacobi International, Inc., Cart Investments, Inc., Bank of America N.A., Morgan Stanley Bank, N.A., and Jonathan Feuerman, a lawyer with law firm Therrel Baisden, LLP, for use in "ongoing civil and criminal legal proceedings that are pending in Guatemala" that involve "Christian Rasch's misappropriation of funds and other assets belonging to Applicants and others", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Alapaha View Ltd. et al v. Prodigy Network LLC et al: Complaint

Complaint "to recover their monetary damages arising out of Defendants' breaches of investment agreements, fraudulent misrepresentations/omissions, and other business torts regarding Plaintiffs' substantial investments in a luxurious New York real estate investment and development project involving Defendants" in Alapaha View Ltd., of the Bahamas; Dalaman Management Corp., of the British Virgin Islands; Jailineli Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands; Ecen del Centro SA de CV, of Mexico; Colle Investments Ltd., of the Bahamas; International C18 Holdings Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands; Artesana SA, of Panama; Miguel Gonzalez-Teja Zachrisson, of Guatemala; Pablo Miguel Marantz, of Argentina; Gonzalo Jose Vidal Devoto, of Argentina; Maria Amancay Caparros, of Argentina; Maria Victoria Ruiz de Velasco Martinez de Ercilla, of Spain; Blanca Araceli Botran Santiago, of Guatemala; Ana Lucrecia Garcia Botran, of Guatemala; Manuel Pisa Muntane, of Spain; Christine Marie Pascual Par, of Spain; Ana Mabel Roa Barrera, of Colombia; Luz Marina Roa Barrera, of Colombia; Gloria Barrera Galvis, of Colombia; Alejandro Celentano, of Argentina; Juan Carlos Timeus Rodas, of Guatemala; Iñigo Diego Eugenio Maria Raphael Aspillaga Plenge, of Peru; Nelly Maria Beatriz de Paramo Parle, of Peru; Rita Nelly Maria de Paramo Parle, of Peru; Maria Paula Arnaldo, a citizen of Argentina residing in Spain; Cesar Humberto Medina Garcia, of Virginia; Ana Maria Mate Londono, of Virginia, and Felipe Cortes Font, of Mexico v. Prodigy Network LLC, Prodigy Shorewood Investment Management LLC, 84 William Street NewCo, Inc., 84 William Street Realty Associates LLC, 84 William Mezz NewCo, Inc., and Prodigy Shorewood Domestic Feeder Rep Fund, LLC, each described as a Delaware company based in New York, NY, and Prodigy Shorewood New York Rep Co., described as a Cayman Islands company based in New York, NY, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Avianca Holdings SA et al: Chapter 11 Petition

Chapter 11 Petition by Avianca Holdings SA, Aero Transporte de Carga Unión, S.A. de C.V., Aeroinversiones de Honduras, S.A., Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A., Avianca Airlease Holdings One Ltd., America Central (Canada) Corp., America Central Corp., AV International Holdco S.A., AV International Holdings S.A., AV International Investments S.A., AV International Ventures S.A., AV Investments One Colombia S.A.S., AV Investments Two Colombia S.A.S., AV Taca International Holdco S.A., Avianca Costa Rica S.A., Avianca Holdings S.A., Avianca Leasing, LLC, Avianca, Inc., Avianca-Ecuador S.A., Aviaservicios, S.A., Aviateca, S.A., Avifreight Holding Mexico, S.A.P.I. de C.V., C.R. Int'l Enterprises, Inc., Grupo Taca Holdings Limited, International Trade Marks Agency Inc., Inversiones del Caribe, S.A., Isleña de Inversiones, S.A. de C.V., Latin Airways Corp., Latin Logistics, LLC, Nicaraguense de Aviación, Sociedad Anónima (Nica, S.A.), Regional Express Américas S.A.S., Ronair N.V., Servicio Terrestre, Aereo y Rampa S.A., Servicios Aeroportuarios Integrados SAI S.A.S., Taca de Honduras, S.A. de C.V., Taca de México, S.A., Taca International Airlines S.A., Taca S.A., Tampa Cargo S.A.S., Technical and Training Services, S.A. de C.V., collectively described as "the second-largest airline group in Latin America", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Jack Warner et al: Third Superseding Indictment

Third Superseding Indictment adding four new defendants, including former executives of 21st Century Fox, Inc., of the United States, and Imagina Media Audiovisual SL, of Spain, alleging racketeering, money laundering, wire fraud, tax fraud, and unlawful procurement of naturalization regarding alleged bribery and corruption involving FIFA and other soccer organizations in USA v. Hugo Jinkis, a citizen of Argentina; Mariano Jinkis, a citizen of Argentina; Full Play Group SA, of Uruguay; Hernan Lopez, a citizen of the U.S. and Argentina; Carlos Martinez, a citizen of the U.S. and Mexico; Gerard Romy, a citizen of Spain; Ariel Alvarado, a citizen of Panama; Manuel Burga, a citizen of Peru; Luis Chiriboga, a citizen of Ecuador; Marco Polo Del Nero, a citizen of Brazil; Eduardo Deluca, a citizen of Argentina; Eugenio Figueredo, a citizen of the U.S. and Uruguay; José Luís Meiszner, a citizen of Argentina; Romer Osuna, a citizen of Bolivia; Ricardo Teixeira, a citizen of Brazil; Reynaldo Vasquez, a citizen of El Salvador, and Jack Warner, a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

La Piña Bohemia v. HQ Brands LLC: Discovery Application

Application by La Piña Bohemia, of Guatemala, to take discovery from HQ Brands LLC, d.b.a. House of Quirky, for use in "on-going criminal proceedings brought against it by the Guatemalan tax authority", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Odebrecht SA et al: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Brazil by Marcelo Rossini, as the Foreign Representative of Odebrecht S.A., of Brazil; Odebrecht Finance Limited, of the Cayman Islands; Odebrecht Participações e Investimentos S.A., of Brazil, and ODB International Corporation, of the Bahamas, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Guatemala: Roberto Eduardo Barreda de Leon

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Guatemala - for a criminal investigation into Roberto Eduardo Barreda de Leon for suspected murder of his wife.

Guatemala: Armando Jose Marcelo Soto Enriquez

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance by Guatemala - for a criminal investigation into Astrid Maria Zachrisson Gonzalez, Jose Manuel Bolanos Fortuny, Carlos Domingo Portillo Gracioso and Carlos Eddie Bolanos for alleged participation in the attempted murder of Armando Jose Marcelo Soto Enriquez.

Guatemala: Leonel Rodrigo Amado Molina

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Guatemala - for a criminal investigation into Adolfo Vivar Marroquin and Leonel Rodrigo Amado Molina for suspected corruption, fraud, money laundering and extortion.

USA v. Roberto Mendez Hurtado et al: Criminal Indictment

Indictment in USA v. Roberto Mendez Hurtado, Alvaro Ricardo Nino Bonilla, Roberto Harrigan, Samuel Javier, Jorge Ivan Riveros, Luis Fernando Velasquez Ramirez, Narciso Rondon Mejia, Severo Confessor, Earl Delville Hodge, Juan Figueroa Valdez, Carlston Beazer, Chad Skelton, and Humberto Gallego at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Guatemala: Ruben Dario Morales Veliz

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in Guatemala into Ruben Darío Morales Veliz for alleged corruption and money laundering while serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Guatemalan Congress.

Guatemala: Byron Sanchez et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in Guatemala into Byron Rodlfo Sanchez Corzo, Secretary of the President of the Guatemalan Congress; Jose Benvenuto Conde Fernandez, Financial Director of the Guatemalan Congress; and Raul Alfonso Giron Galvez, General Manager of Mercado de Futuros SA, for alleged corruption and money laundering.

Guatemala: Oscar Miguel Diaz Maldonado

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in Guatemala into Oscar Miguel Diaz Maldonado for allegedly participating in the execution of seven prisoners at Pavon Prison in Guatemala on September 25, 2006.

Latin America Round-Up: January 4, 2011

BRAZIL Football and fraud Brazil has committed to billions of dollars worth of infrastructure investments in preparation for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. The opportunities for foreign suppliers, contractors and investors are considerable. So, too, are

Latin America Round-Up: July 6, 2010

ARGENTINA Football and Unrest Hundreds of Argentine football hooligans known as "barras bravas" flew to South Africa for the World Cup and threatened to cause disturbances if the football clubs do not get them tickets to the games. Argentina's barras

Latin America Round-Up: May 25, 2010

CENTRAL AMERICA New initiative against corruptionThe countries of Central America's so called northern triangle - El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala - are studying setting up an international commission against impunity, a body capable of taking on organized crime in the

Guatemala: Carmen Aida Amaya Valdez

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in Guatemala into Homero Augusto Gonzalez Barillas, Carmen Aida Amaya Valdez, Rosa Maria Amaya Valdez and Claudia Maria Amaya Valdez for alleged fraud and forgery regarding the estate of Tomas Wellington Amaya Abad.

Latin America Round-Up: March 23, 2010

CENTRAL AMERICA Fight against Trafficking Creates Crime Niches in Central AmericaIncreased efforts against drug trafficking in Colombia and Mexico are driving drug mafias into Central America, where drug related corruption, money laundering and violence are growing. President Alfaro Colom of

Latin America Round-Up: March 10, 2010

COSTA RICA Arrested with $259,000 A Mexican identified only as Ramírez Sánchez was arrested in San José with $259,000 hidden in his luggage as he was trying to get back to Guadalajara. Costa Rican authorities also detained a Panamanian identified

Guatemala: Iracema de Jesus Hernandez Lemus

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in Guatemala into unknown persons who allegedly attempt to extort funds from Iracema de Jesus Hernandez Lemus.

Guatemala: Francisco Jose Hernandez Herrera

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in Guatemala into the murder of anti-narcotics policemen.

Latin America Round-Up: November 25, 2009

BRAZIL Favelas Drugs, guns and gangsIn São João, a favela on the north side of Rio, drug gang look outs perch on rooftops and at other strategic spots overlooking the entry points to the slum, just a few meters from

Latin America Round Up: November 19, 2009

COLOMBIA Pyramid sage will be extraditedColombia's Supreme Court authorized the extradition of David Murcia Guzmán - convicted in Colombia of swindling millions of dollars from thousands of people and money laundering - to the US, where he was indicted for

Latin America Round-Up: October 27, 2009

COLOMBIA Pyramid sage will be extraditedColombia's Supreme Court authorized the extradition of David Murcia Guzmán - convicted in Colombia of swindling millions of dollars from thousands of people and money laundering - to the US, where he was indicted for

Latin America Round-Up: October 5, 2009

ARGENTINAMushrooming corruption allegations Allegations of corruption against public officials have mushroomed against a backdrop of the diminishing popularity of the government. Prosecutions brought during the administration of Néstor Kirchner (2003 2007), President Cristina Fernández's husband and predecessor, have picked up

Latin America Round-Up: August 31, 2009

ARGENTINA President defends her assets President Cristina Fernández rejected accusations of illicit enrichment after the publication of her and her husband's assets revealed an increase of almost 160 percent in the last year. In their asset statement Fernández and

Latin America Round-Up: July 19, 2009

COLOMBIA Everybody under surveillance The revelation that the Departamento Administrativo de Seguridad (DAS) - Colombia's domestic secret police service, which answers directly to president Álvaro Uribe - has illegally hadjournalists and opposition leaders in Colombia under surveillance has created a

Latin America Round-Up: June 14, 2009

COLOMBIA Espionage scandal A scandal brought about by Colombian President Álvaro Uribe having illegal meetings with judges, politicians, journalists and former public officials has cast a shadow over his government, inside and outside of the country. Colombians are now demanding

Latin America Round Up: May 18, 2009

BRAZIL Switzerland accused of non cooperation A judge in Sao Paulo has sent a letter to the United Nations and the Financial Action Task Force accusing Switzerland of violating a UN international convention because the Swiss government refused to inform

Latin America Round-Up: April 7, 2009

ARGENTINA Fears of more laundering rise An Argentine plan to increase tax revenue and invigorate the economy by attracting offshore assets, with a no questions asked policy, is generating criticism from experts who say it could encourage money laundering instead.

Spin doctors go to work after court judgment against Leamington Re

 Both sides were claiming victory after a recent court judgment regarding a dispute between Bermuda-domiciled Leamington Reinsurance Company Ltd. and a minority shareholder, Lisa SA."Pollo Campero Owners Nailed in Fraud Case," was the headline of a press release issued on September 10, 2008 by plaintiff Lisa SA. The first sentence read: "Last week a judge in Bermuda issued a major decision which found a reinsurance company owned by Guatemala's immensely powerful Bosch-Gutierrez business group (Multi-Inversiones) liable for fraud committed against a minority shareholder, confirming long-standing allegations made by the plaintiff in diverse related cases in international courts."

Guatemala seeks evidence in US for corruption investigation

Article based on an application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation into alleged corruption, fraud, and money laundering - pursuant to two requests for judicial assistance from Guatemala - that was filed at federal court in the USA on September 10, 2008. Individuals and businesses mentioned in the request for assistance include Byron Rodolfo Sanchez Corzo, Jose Benvenuto Conde Fernandez, Raul Alfonso Giron Galvez, Mercado de Futuros SA, Total Bank, MF Global, Inc., Harris Trust & Savings Bank, and Alaron Trading Corp.

Guatemala: Byron Sanchez et al(2)

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in Guatemala into Byron Sanchez, a former Private Secretary of the President of the Guatemalan Congress; Jose Benvenuto Conde Fernandez and Raul Alfonso Giron Galvez for alleged fraud, embezzlement, bribery and money laundering.

Bank records sought for corruption investigation into former Guatemala president

Article based on an application to collect evidence for a criminal investigation into alleged corruption by former Guatemala president Alfonso Antonio Portillo Cabrera - pursuant to two requests for judicial assistance from Guatemala - that was filed at federal court in the USA on May 23, 2008. Individuals and businesses mentioned in the request for assistance include Alfonso Antonio Portillo Cabrera, Eduardo Arevalo Lacs, Enrique Rios Sosa, Sergio Hugo Cardenas Sagastume, Maria Eugenia Padua Gonzalez, Otilia Portillo Padua, Juan Jose de Leon Piñeda, Jose Armando Llort Quiteño, Credito Hipotecario Nacional de Guatemala Bank, Salomon Abraham Molina Giron, Corporacion Financiera Americana, Confia International Corp., Corporacion Electronica de Guatemala, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentina, Audi Bank, Bank UBS Luxembourg NLU, Excell Life International, The International Bank of Miami, The Oxxy Bank Ltd., Oxxy Financial Corp., The Transcom Bank Ltd., Hamilton Bank, Riggs Bank, Bibliotecas  residenciales Para La Paz, and Mario Rolando Torres Marroquin.

Guatemala: Alfonso Antonio Portillo Cabrera

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in Guatemala into Alfonso Antonio Portillo Cabrera, a former President of Guatemala; Eduardo Arevalo Lacs, a former Minister of National Defense; Enrique Rios Sosa and Sergio Hugo Cardenas Sagastume, former members ofthe Department of Finances of the Guatemalan Army, and others for alleged corruption.

Latin America Round-Up: April 1, 2008

Latin America Round-Up: BOLIVIA: Phony Phone Cards Come to Bolivia; CENTRAL AMERICA: Gangs and Corruption; COLOMBIA & VENEZUELA: Colombia Threatens to Denounce Venezuela; THE CARIBBEAN: Crime Wave; PANAMA: Drug Bust; PERU & VENEZUELA: Funds for Covert Meddling?; REGIONAL: 11 out of 20 countries cited for involement in narcotics trafficking.

Guatemala seeks records from Citibank and Extra International Bank

Article based on an application to collect evidence - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Guatemala - that was filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on March 4, 2008. Individuals and businesses involved in the investigation include Alka Wenker SA, Almacenadora Fiscal Cealsa-Alka Wenker, Carburantes y Petroleos SA, Mario Amancio Brol Samayoa, Maria del Carmen Gutierrez Martinez de Brol, Maria Natalia Brol Gutierrez, Rony Fernando Morales Larranaga, Pedro Lopez Esquivel, Importadora y Distribuidora de Combustibles San Amrbosio SA, FranciscoSaulChivichon Avalos, Isiael Villanueva, Combustibles del Caribe SA, Danilo Olaverri Melgar, Rosalina Ramirez Herrera, Marco Antonio Claverri, Oil Caribbean SA, Marco Tulio Marroquin Perez, Carburantes Centroamericanos SA, Edgar Giovanny Mazariegos Mejia, Hugo Robert Crocker Alvarado, Sonia Veronica Colindres Mancilla, Gasolineras Quetzal SA, Citibank, and Extra International Bank.

Guatemala seeks US bank records for corruption investigation

Article based on an application to collect evidence for a criminal investigation into alleged corruption - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Guatemala - that was filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on February 27, 2008. Individuals and businesses mentioned in the request for assistance include House of Change Forex, Felix Gutierrez Solano, Melba Angelina Fiallos Guillen, Edwin Alfredo Virula Galicia, Jorge Camilo Bosco Frech Sevilla, Hector Santiago Rodriguez Flores, Claudia Lorena Galvez Estrada, The International Bank of Miami, Zions Bank, Security Bank NA, Mission National Bank, Sterling Bank, Invercredit Financial Corp., Equity Enterprises Financial Corp., Equity Enterprises Corp., Inversiones y Comercio Inc., Forex S.A., a.k.a. Casa de Cambio Forex S.A.; Forexsa of Florida Inc.
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