Lebanon

Allianz Life Bermuda Ltd.: $1.7M Fine

Press Release by the Bermuda Monetary Authority announcing that it has imposed "civil penalties" totaling $1.7 million on Allianz Life Bermuda Limited for regulatory breaches, including the Proceeds of Crime (Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Financing Supervision and Enforcement) Act 2008, and that the company has agreed to go into liquidation. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that, on the Allianz Group's website, the address for Allianz Life Bermuda Limited is given as "105, Allianz SNA Bldg 56, Jisr el Bacha Hazmieh Beirut, Lebanon P.O.Box: 16-6516".

Alberto Safra v. Dr. Susan Bressman et al: Discovery Application

Application by Alberto Safra, of Brazil, to take discovery from Dr. Susan Bressman, Dr. Eli L. Diamond, Dr. Valentin Fuster, Dr. Viviane Tabar, Mount Sinai Health System and Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center for use in "contemplated civil proceedings in Switzerland" regarding "the wills of the late Joseph Yacoub Safra, founder of the Safra banking conglomerate, who passed away in December 2020 after battling numerous health and neurological ailments during the last years of his life", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Majed Amir Al-Attabi v. JPMorgan Chase Bank et al: Discovery Application

Application by Majed Amir Al-Attabi to take discovery from JPMorgan Chase Bank, The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, Citibank N.A., and Standard Chartered Bank for use in legal proceedings in Lebanon "against Bank Audi S.A.L.", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Neoma Manager (Mauritius) Ltd. v. Neoma Global Growth Markets Fund (B) LP et al: Writ of Summons

Writ of Summons in Neoma Manager (Mauritius) Limited, as the Manager of Neoma Private Equity Fund IV LP v. Neoma Global Growth Markets Fund (B) LP, Bicorp S.A.L., of Lebanon; Crown Global Secondaries III Plc, of Ireland; Falcon Flight LLC, of New York, NY; Raghida Ghandour, of Dubai, and The Public Institution for Social Security, of Kuwait, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Patricia Raad et al v. Bank Audi SAL: Removal

Notice of Removal, including a copy of the complaint alleging Bank Audi "refuses to honor its obligation to pay" $17.6 million, in Patricia Raad, Stephanie Raad, and David Raad v. Bank Audi S.A.L., of Beirut, Lebanon, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Pierre Fattouch et al v. The Republic of Lebanon et al: Complaint

Complaint to recognize judgments totaling $556 million in Pierre Fattouch, Moussa Fattouch, and United Lebanese Quarries and Crushers Company S.A.L., all of the Lebanon v. The Republic of Lebanon and Marie-Claud Najim, as Minister of Justice, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

InvestBank PSC v. Citibank et al: Discovery Application

Application by InvestBank PSC to take discovery from Citibank N.A., Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas, Standard Chartered Bank,  The Bank of New York Mellon, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Barclays Bank PLC, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Bank of America, N.A., HSBC Bank USA, N.A., Société Générale, BNP Paribas USA, The Bank of Nova Scotia, UBS AG, Commerzbank AG, Bank of China, New York Branch, and The Clearing House Payments Company LLC for use in "contemplated proceedings" in Dubai "against Greenline Interiors FZCO, Greenline Yacht Interiors FZCO, Samir Michael Badro, Nabila Iskandar Samir Abboud Badro, Lea Samir Badro Hamadeh, Roy Samir Badro, and Fay Badro Zakhem" involving, inter alia, companies in Bahrain, British Virgin Islands, Dubai, Germany, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Kingdom, and the USA, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Joseph Daou et al v. Banque du Liban et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging a "Ponzi scheme that is the Lebanese banking system" in Joseph A. Daou and Karen M. Daou, both of Clearwater Beach, Florida v. BLC Bank SAL, Credit Libanais SAL, Al-Mawarid Bank SAL, and Banque du Liban, all of the Lebanon, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Benjamin Steinmetz v. Vale SA et al: Discovery Application

Application by Benjamin Steinmetz, of Israel, described as an "adviser" to BSG Resources Limited, "a Guernsey-based international mining and natural resources company", to take discovery from Vale SA, described as a Brazil company that is "one of the largest mining companies in the world"; Vale Americas Inc., Rio Tinto Plc, and Rio Tinto Limited for use in legal proceedings in the United Kingdom involving Vale S.A., of Brazil; Vale Holdings B.V., of the Netherlands, and Vale International S.A., of Switzerland, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Jamal Hammoud v. Société Générale de Banque au Liban: Notice of Removal

Notice of Removal, including a copy of the complaint seeking damages of $457,224 alleging failure to execute wire transfer requests in Jamal Hammoud, described as "the majority owner and principal of Milestones Capital, LLC" v. Société Générale de Banque au Liban, of Lebanon, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Benjamin Taylor et al: Complaint

Complaint regarding allegations that "investment bankers in London, England ... participated in an international insider trading scheme that netted its participants tens of millions of dollars in illicit profits from trading in the securities of U.S. companies" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Benjamin Taylor, a resident of France; Darina Windsor, a citizen of Thailand, and Joseph Abdul Noor El-Khouri, described as a citizen of Lebanon residing in Monaco and England, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Carlos Ghosn et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud regarding Japanese automobile manufacturer Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Carlos Ghosn, a citizen of Brazil, France, and Lebanon, and Gregory L. Kelly, a resident of Brentwood, Tennessee, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Carlos Ghosn: Final Judgment

Final Judgment imposing a $1 million fine in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Carlos Ghosn, a citizen of Brazil, France, and Lebanon, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

BVI court freezes yacht linked with fired Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn

Japanese auto manufacturer Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. has obtained an order in the British Virgin Islands to preserve a yacht called 'Twig' that is linked with its former Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn, who is a citizen of Brazil, France, and Lebanon.

Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. v. Carlos Ghosn et al: Preservation Order

Order in Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., of Japan v. Carlos Ghosn, a citizen of Brazil, France and Lebanon and a former chairman and CEO of Nissan; his wife, Carole Nahas Ghosn, and Beauty Yachts Pty Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands, as Respondents, and Virgin Islands Shipping Registry, and Hauteville Trust (BVI) Limited, as Third Parties, at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

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.

Iraq Telecom Ltd. v. Citibank NA et al: Discovery Application

Ex Parte Application by Iraq Telecom Limited to conduct discovery from HSBC Bank (USA) NA, Standard Chartered International (USD) Ltd., The Bank of New York Mellon NA, and Wells Fargo Bank NA at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Hungary: Csilla Ildiko Fekete

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Hungary - for a criminal investigation into Csilla Ildiko Fekete, Sacramento Packing Inc. and others for suspected money laundering.

Fraudster Mahmoud Chahal threatens OffshoreAlert

Letter to the editor from Lebanon-based advance fee fraudster Mahmoud Chahal in which he threatens in broken English to harm OffshoreAlert's publisher because of postings by third parties on our message board ten years ago.

PAC Ltd.: Petition

Petition of Eleanor Grace Fisher, of Zolfo Cooper (Cayman) Limited, and John Howard Batchelor and Bruno Arboit, of FTI Consulting, to wind-up PAC Ltd. at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

‘Stop publishing rubbish’, says Tony Habib

Letter from Tony Habib complaining about OffshoreAlert's reporting of his involvement with Phoenix Financial Ltd., which appeared to be perpetrating advance fee frauds, according to research by OffshoreAlert.

Solano Lima Pinheiro: Discovery Application

Application of Solano Lima Pinheiro, a shareholder of now-defunct Brazilian broker-dealer Dinamica Distribuidora de Titulos e Valores Mobiliarios S.A., to take discovery of Citibank NA and NAI Global, a.k.a. Commercial Properties, for litigation in Brazil regarding an alleged securities fraud committed by Naji Nahas.

MerchantBridge Managers Inc.: Petition

Petition of MENA Financial Inc., of the British Virgin Islands, for the liquidation of MerchantBridge Managers Inc. at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

USA v. Steven Roy Jamieson et al: Criminal Indictment

Indictment in USA v. Steven Roy Jamieson, Michael J. Signoretto, Robert William Moore, David William Price, Thomas Francis Quinn, John Jeffrey Hemmer, and FNU LNU, a.k.a. Brian Roland Kent at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

France: Elie Nahas et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in France into Elie Nahas, Antoine Medawar, Anthony Abdelnour, Antoine EI Khoury, Charbel Chidiac, Sabrina Samari, Eleonore Desberceaux, Sabine Abdelnour, Michael Ofsowitz, a.k.a. Michael Martini; Cornelia Suss and others for suspected involvement in international human trafficking and prostitution, primarily through 'Style Modeling Agency'.

Argentina: Serge Abiad et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in Argentina into alleged telecommunications fraud by Serge Abiad, Jorge Nascimento Pereira, Ivana Ciardini, Naba Claude Kamel and others.  

United Kingdom: David Bampton et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in the United Kingdom into suspected fraud and money laundering by David Bampton, Peter Rust, Wassim Soufan and Imad Ajama.

United Kingdom: Roddam Quintin Twiss

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in the United Kingdom into an alleged 'prime bank' fraud and theft by Roddam Quintin Twiss.

Belgium: Samih Ossaily

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in Belgium into Samih Ossaily, Aziz Nassour, Nora Vlasselaerts, Abbas Macky and others for suspected participation in a criminal organization involved in money laundering, arms dealing and illegal diamond trading.  

United Kingdom: Nathan Meyyappan et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner for a criminal investigation in the United Kingdom into Nathan Meyyappan, Richard Parfett and Ronan Moss for allegedly dishonestly receiving stolen goods, dishonestly arranging to receive stolen goods, conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to receive stolen goods.

Denmark: Ismail Deveci

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in Denmark into Ismail Deveci for suspected involvement in heroin trafficking.
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