Switzerland

Insider Talking: January 31, 2000

Liquidators of First Cayman Bank reach settlement with former Cayman government minister McKeeva Bush, First Nevisian's Keith Leslie King testifies at civil trial in the Isle of Man, Jordan Bionda denies he is a fraudster, conman Keem Kalfon promotes his Global Heritage Asset Protection 'fund', attorney Julian Hall is declared bankrupt in Bermuda, Bermuda's international business sector voices concern over Government plans to introduce tougher new work permit rules for foreign workers, offshore crook Marc Harris compares himself to Albert Einstein, Florida judge orders Harris Organization to pay costs after losing a libel action against OffshoreAlert's publisher.

TCI Police asked to investigate alleged stock fraud against Asian investors

Police in the Turks & Caicos Islands are to be asked to investigate a company that was allegedly used to defraud mainly Asian investors, according to a recent report in the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong."Peddlers of worthless shares in the Grand Financial Fund, Equity Mutual Trust and Mercantile Securities now appear to be working from the Turks and Caicos Islands," stated the newspaper in an article published on July 12, 1999.

Switzerland: Fritz Allemann

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in Switzerland into Fritz Allemann for allegedly perpetrating an advance-fee fraud involving International Bancorp for Investment and Credit, Inc.

Switzerland: Maria Fernanda Espinel

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in Switzerland into Maria Fernanda Espinel for alleged money laundering.

Interclaim (Bermuda) freezes $200 m of assets controlled by callous white-collar criminals

Debt recovery firm Interclaim (Bermuda) Limited made international headlines recently after a series of daring legal manoeuvres in several countries against the type of heartless criminals who have become accustomed to getting away with their crimes.The company, which operates from Dublin, Ireland, has successfully frozen in the region of US$200 million of assets linked with Blair Down, a Canadian businessman who created his wealth by ripping off the elderly.

Poland: Alexei Bragontchuk

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in Poland into Alexei Bragontchuk and for alleged fraud and money laundering regarding the proceeds of weapons trafficking.

Swiss American Bank wins lawsuit brought by US government

The US government has lost its bid to recover $7 million from banks in Antigua, Panama and Switzerland that were the proceeds of marijuana smuggling carried out in Massachusetts. Judge William Young, of the Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts in Boston, dismissed a lawsuit brought against Swiss American Bank and Swiss American National Bank (both of Antigua), Swiss American Holding Company S.A. of Panama and Inter-Maritime Bank of Geneva.

US government battles for jurisdiction over Swiss American Bank

A battle for legal jurisdiction between the US government and four offshore financial institutions in a $7 million forfeiture case contains a number of important issues that will affect all companies and individuals who operate offshore but have US clients.Among arguments being put forward by the US government for jurisdiction over banking entities located in Antigua, Switzerland and Panama is the fact that the offshore companies sell their services over the Internet, which can be accessed in the US; that Swiss American Bank has advertised in the in-flight magazine of American Airlines; and that SAB has correspondent banking relationships with banks in the States.

US government sues Swiss American Bank-Inter-Maritime Bank group

The US government has filed a landmark civil lawsuit against banks in Antigua, Panama and Switzerland in an attempt to recover $7 million that it claims are the proceeds of criminal activity.The lawsuit is considered to be of significance to other offshore tax havens because it will test the ability of the US government to enforce home-based judgements in foreign territories against offshore companies who collaborate with money launderers.The US government is suing Swiss American Bank Ltd. and Swiss American National Bank Ltd., which are both registered in Antigua; Swiss American Holding Company S. A. of Panama and Inter-Maritime Bank of Geneva.

Werner Rey loses extradition appeal in the Bahamas

The Bahamas Court of Appeal this month upheld a lower court's decision to extradite businessman Werner Rey to face embezzlement charges involving millions of dollars in his native Switzerland.

Bankruptcy action in Cayman against Peter Kruger

Four years after filing an apparently false bankruptcy in Switzerland, Swiss national Peter Kruger is again subject to bankruptcy proceedings - this time in his adopted home of the Cayman Islands.

Werner Rey hearing postponed

The Bahamas Appeal Court has postponed a hearing into the appeal by Swiss businessman Werner Rey against his extradition to Switzerland. Proceedings had been scheduled to begin on May 26.Rey is appealing a Bahamas Supreme Court decision in April to extradite him to his homeland, where he is wanted on charges of fraud, forgery and bankruptcy offences in connection with the Omni group, which collapsed in 1991 with losses exceeding SwFr1 billion.

Kruger loses Cayman extradition battle as another fugitive, John Felderhof, arrives

As one millionaire fugitive was finally forced to leave his paradise island hiding place to face the music back home, another took his place to cause further embarrassment to the Cayman Islands.Swiss businessman Peter Kruger gave up a 16 month battle to escape justice by leaving the Cayman Islands on May 15 to return to Switzerland to face charges of bankruptcy fraud involving nearly US$272 million.But his place in the public eye has already been taken by John Felderhof, the former chief geologist of Bre-X Minerals, a would-be mining firm that defrauded investors of about $4 billion through false claims of gold finds in Indonesia.

Kruger faces second extradition warrant

Swiss national Peter M. Kruger, who cost Credit Suisse, Swiss Bank and others millions of dollars, has been re-arrested in the Cayman Islands on an extradition warrant from Switzerland just six months after his original extradition arrest had been thrown out by the Cayman courts.

Peter Kruger gives up extradition fight in Cayman

Swiss national Peter Kruger, who is wanted in Switzerland on charges of filing a false bankruptcy of US$270 million, has given up his long fight against extradition from the Cayman Islands and has said he will voluntarily return to his homeland in the "very near future".

United Kingdom: Gerhard Martens et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in the United Kingdom into an alleged advance fee fraud by Gerhard Martens and others.

USA v. Kenneth Rijock et al: Superseding Indictment

Superseding Indictment in USA v. Kenneth Walton Rijock, Herberto Julian Rodriguez, a.k.a. Tico Rodriguez, a.k.a. Herberto Castellano; Michael Clinton Gruener, a.k.a. Michael Rossi, and Christine Marie Dickinson at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida.

USA v. Kenneth Rijock et al: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment in USA v. Kenneth Walton Rijock, Herberto Julian Rodriguez, Michael Clinton Gruener, and Christine Marie Dickinson at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida.