More than 20,000 investors were swindled out of "at least $124 million" in crypto-based investment and multi-level marketing scams known as 'Ormeus Coin' and 'Ormeus Global' that were operated by siblings John and Tina Barksdale and involved entities in Hong Kong and Panama, it has been alleged in criminal and regulatory actions.
Complaint alleging the defendants "raised at least $124 million from over 20,000 investors" in a crypto-based fraudulent scheme involving Ormeus Global SA, of Panama, and Ormeus Coin, of Hong Kong, in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. John Barksdale, described as a citizen of the USA residing in Thailand, and his sister, JonAtina Barksdale, a.k.a. Tina Barksdale, described as a citizen of the USA residing in Hong Kong, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Complaint alleging that "more than $8 million" was swindled from "at least 140 investors" in investment scams sold from "foreign boiler rooms", including those in Cyprus, Panama, Philippines, and Thailand, in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Robert Lenard Booth, a.k.a. Trevor Nicholas; Daniel T. Wellcome, Jr., Michael D'Urso, Antonella Chiaramonte, Alyssa D'Urso, and Jay Garnock at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
For the second year running, the British arm of the self-described "world’s leading cryptocurrency-friendly online travel agency" in the Cayman Islands - which has raised at least £2.2 million from over 1,700 investors - faces strike off for failure to file its annual accounts.
Application by Elumeo SE, of Germany, to take discovery from Gem Shopping Network Inc. for use in anticipated legal proceedings in Germany against Don Kogen, described as "a former Vice-Chairman of the board of directors of Elumeo", alleging "the conversion of gems from Elumeo’s subsidiary in Thailand, PWK Jewelry Company Ltd.", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Complaint alleging the defendant "traded on inside information and tipped others ahead of numerous market-moving corporate announcements in an international insider trading ring that generated tens of millions in illicit profits for the participants, with Debih himself netting at least $49 million" in a scheme allegedly involving individuals in or from England, France, Greece, Israel, Switzerland, and Thailand, in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Marc Demane Debih, described as a resident of Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Criminal Indictment for alleged securities fraud regarding a crypto-based "multi-level marketing scheme" that "raised at least approximately $70 million from the sale of enrollment packages to more than 8,000 investors around the world" and involved entities in Hong Kong and Panama in USA v. John Barksdale at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
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.
Public Announcement by the Thailand Securities and Exchange Commission that its Board "has resolved to propose that Minister of Finance consider revocation of digital asset exchange license of Huobi (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (Huobi), currently named DSDAQ (Thailand) Co., Ltd." and ordered the company "to return all assets to its clients".
Public Notice by the Thailand Securities and Exchange Commission that it has brought a criminal complaint against Benjamin Berger, who appears to be based in California, for allegedly "selling the shares named Tian Tian Ventures" without the securities being registered.
Petition for Court Sanction of a Scheme of Arrangement in the matter of Pearl Holding III Limited, which "acts as an intermediate holding company with its direct and indirect subsidiaries being located in Singapore, Hong Kong, the United States, Thailand, Malaysia and the PRC", at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.
News Release by Thailand's Securities and Exchange Commission that it has filed a criminal complaint against Binance, described as "a digital asset exchange platform provider", for allegedly operating without a license.
Defendant's Sentencing Memorandum in USA v. Roger Nils-Jonas Karlsson, a citizen of Sweden, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
USA's Sentencing Memorandum in USA v. Roger Nils-Jonas Karlsson, a citizen of Sweden, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Ruling denying summary judgment against Crown Global Life Insurance and granting summary judgment for $1.7 million against the other defendants regarding investments in the Mauritius-based Belvedere Management Group in Thomas Doctoroff, of New York, USA v. Crown Global Life Insurance Ltd., of Bermuda; Paul Gambles, of Thailand; MBMG Investment Advisory Company Ltd., of Thailand; MBMG Group Singapore Pte, of Singapore; MBMG International Custodians Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands; MBMG Asset Management Limited, of Mauritius, and Garmor Asset Management Ltd., of Mauritius, at Bermuda Supreme Court.
Complaint alleging fraud involving "foreign exchange trading" in Donald Dobkin v. RS Finance Limited, of Hong Kong; World Yesheng International Trade Limited, of Hong Kong; Bestviewyeer Limited, of Hong Kong; Daixiu Jing, Tier Resources, of Nevada; Prime Trust LLC, of Nevada, and Global Guarantees Inc., of Nevada, at the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Hong Kong Companies Registry showed that RS Finance Limited was incorporated on August 26th, 2020, its sole director and shareholder is Hua Chen, and its corporate secretary is QBB HK Limited; World Yesheng International Trade Limited was incorporated on September 29th, 2020, its sole director and shareholder is "Zheng Zhang", and its corporate secretary is Hangtung International Limited; and Bestviewyeer Limited was incorporated on October 27th, 2020, its sole director and shareholder is "Yin Yongwei", and its corporate secretary is World Enterprise Management Limited, while records maintained by the Nevada Secretary of State showed that Prime Trust LLC was incorporated on April 13th, 2016 and its managers are Robert F. List, Jeffrey Ren, Scott D. Purcell, J. Max Jiles, Jon P. Jiles, all with the same address in Las Vegas, Nevada; Jor L. Law, of Sherman Oaks, California, and Brent C. Beeman, of Perryton, Texas; Tier Resources was incorporated on October 27th, 2020 and its officers are Ziang Xue, President and Secretary, of Flushing, New York, and John Xue, Treasurer, of San Ysidro, California; and Global Guarantees Inc. was incorporated on March 16th, 2004 and its officers and directors are Boyd R. Stephens, President and Secretary; Walter L. Stephens, Treasurer; Cedric C. Burns, Craig M. Stephens, Mark W. Barlow, Diane Tinker, Nicholas Toliver, and Raymond Ma, directors, all with the same address in Beverly Hills, California
Stop Notice by Hansi Ombregt, of Belgium, regarding shares in Enviroasia Limited owned by the late Jean Pierre Ombregt at the British Virgin Islands High Court.
Fixed Date Claim Form in Hansi Ombregt, of Belgium v. Cynthia Arciaga, of Thailand, as Administrator of the Estate of the late Jean Pierre Ombregt, deceased, who "built a successful business providing services of industrial wastewater treatment, water reuse and green energy solutions", at the British Virgin Islands High Court.
Application by Ecoprivate Business Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands, and Jean Sebastian Ferrer Funke, a citizen and resident of Switzerland, to take discovery from KSL Capital Partners for use in "(1) a contemplated criminal proceeding in Switzerland, which Applicants anticipate will be brought against Mr. Sonashah Shivdasani; and (2) an arbitration proceeding commenced by Ecoprivate against Bluebay Resorts (BVI) Limited" alleging fraud and "criminal mismanagement" involving "a complex web of associated individuals and corporate entities in offshore jurisdictions such as Thailand and the British Virgin Islands", filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Colorado.
Complaint alleging fraud involving, inter alia, "30 Thai shareholders" who "were simply nominees" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Nicholas 'Niko' Kabylafkas, of Denver, Colorado, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Fixed Date Claim Form in Cynthia Arciaga Arciaga Ombregt, of Thailand, as Administrator of the Estate of Jean Pierre Willy Rachel Ombregt v. Enviroasia Limited at the British Virgin Islands High Court.
Thailand's Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a criminal complaint against two companies that are part of the deVere Group and one of its former officers, British national Ian McIntyre, for allegedly operating without a securities license.
Public Announcement by Thailand's Securities and Exchange Commission that it has filed a criminal complaint against deVere & Partners (Thailand) Ltd., Broadgate Mutual Fund Brokerage Securities (Thailand) Co. Ltd., d.b.a. Broadgate Securities, and Fredrick Ian McIntyre, a citizen of the United Kingdom, for allegedly operating a securities business without a license.
UPDATED: Shortly after OffshoreAlert reported that British 'blockchain-based, cryptocurrency-friendly' online travel booking start-up Travala, which has raised over £2 million from investors and is now owned by a Cayman Islands firm, was facing compulsory strike off for failure to file its accounts, the firm filed unaudited "Micro-entity Accounts" with Companies House that contained scant details.
Defendant's Application to Strike Out Claims in Barry Dickinson, of Thailand, et al v. Quilter International Isle of Man Limited, f.k.a. Old Mutual International Isle of Man Limited, f.k.a. Nel Britannia International Assurance Limited, f.k.a. Royal Skandia Life Assurance Limited, of the Isle of Man, at the Isle of Man High Court.
Defense in Peter Kells, of Thailand, and other investors v. Friends Provident International Ltd., of the Isle of Man, at the Isle of Man High Court.
British financial advisors Ian McIntyre, Adam Clark, and Scott Kingsley have been banned from Thailand's investment industry for regulatory breaches while working for the deVere Group, which describes itself as "one of the world's leading independent financial advisory organisations".
Complaint alleging securities fraud involving Eastern Metal Securities in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Roger Nils-Jonas Karlsson, a.k.a. Euclid Diodorus, a.k.a.Steve Heyden, a.k.a. Joshua Millard, a.k.a. Lars Georgsson, described as a citizen of Sweden residing in Thailand, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Originating Summons in Nkwe Platinum Limited, of Bermuda v. Glendina Limited, of Australia, as Trustee of the Sunset Superannuation Fund; Genorah Resources Proprietary Limited, of South Africa, and 456 individual defendants from Australia, Germany, Isle of Man, Malaysia, New Zealand, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom, and United States at Bermuda Supreme Court.
Chapter 11 Petition by companies in Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, England, France, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United States, namely Valaris Plc, described as "a leading provider of offshore contract drilling services to the international oil and gas industry"; Alpha Achiever Company, Alpha Admiral Company, Alpha Archer Company, Alpha Offshore Drilling Services Company, Alpha Orca Company, Atlantic Maritime Services LLC, Atwood Australian Waters Drilling Pty Ltd., Atwood Deep Seas Ltd., Atwood Oceanics Australia Pty. Limited, Atwood Oceanics LLC, Atwood Oceanics Pacific Limited, Atwood Offshore Drilling Limited, Atwood Offshore Worldwide Limited, ENSCO (Thailand) Limited, ENSCO Asia Pacific Pte. Limited, ENSCO Associates Company, ENSCO Australia Pty. Limited, ENSCO Capital Limited, ENSCO Corporate Resources LLC, ENSCO Development Limited, ENSCO do Brasil Petróleo e Gás Ltda., ENSCO Drilling I Ltd., ENSCO Drilling Mexico LLC, ENSCO Endeavors Limited, ENSCO Global GmbH, ENSCO Global Investments LP, ENSCO Global IV Ltd., ENSCO Global Resources Limited, ENSCO Holding Company, ENSCO Holdings I Ltd., ENSCO Holland BV, ENSCO Incorporated, ENSCO Intercontinental GmbH, ENSCO International Incorporated, ENSCO International Ltd., ENSCO Investments LLC, ENSCO Jersey Finance Limited, ENSCO Limited, ENSCO Management Corp., ENSCO Maritime Limited, ENSCO Mexico Services, S. de RL de CV, ENSCO Ocean 2 Company, ENSCO Oceanics Company LLC, ENSCO Oceanics International Company, ENSCO Offshore Company, ENSCO Offshore International Company, ENSCO Offshore International Holdings Limited, ENSCO Offshore International Inc., ENSCO Offshore U.K. Limited, ENSCO Overseas Limited, ENSCO Transcontinental II LP, ENSCO Transnational I Ltd., ENSCO UK Drilling Limited, ENSCO United Incorporated, ENSCO Universal Limited, ENSCO Vistas Limited, ENSCO Worldwide GmbH, Great White Shark Limited, Green Turtle Limited, Offshore Drilling Services LLC, Pride Foramer SAS, Pride Forasol SAS, Pride Global II Ltd., Pride International LLC, Pride International Management Company LP, Ralph Coffman Limited, Ralph Coffman Luxembourg SA RL, RCI International Inc., RD International Services Pte. Ltd., RDC Arabia Drilling Inc., RDC Holdings Luxembourg SA RL, Rocal Cayman Limited, Rowan Companies Limited, Rowan Companies LLC, Rowan Drilling (Trinidad) Limited, Rowan Drilling (U.K.) Limited, Rowan Drilling, S. de RL de CV; Rowan International Rig Holdings Sarl, Rowan Marine Services LLC, Rowan N-Class (Gibraltar) Limited, Rowan No. 1 Limited, Rowan Norway Limited, Rowan Offshore (Gibraltar) Limited, Rowan Offshore Luxembourg Sarl, Rowan Rex Limited, Rowan Rigs Sarl, Rowan Services LLC, Rowan, S. de RL de CV, and Rowandrill LLC, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.
Judgment regarding an application to discharge a freezing order and receivership order in a matter that also involves proceedings in Singapore and Thailand in JTrust Asia Pte. Ltd. v. Mitsuji Konoshita and A.P.F. Group Co. Ltd. at the British Virgin Islands High Court.
Forfeiture Complaint regarding "an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of a scheme by North Korean banks sanctioned by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to launder U.S. dollars through the United States on behalf of sanctioned entities in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea" in USA v. $2.4 million of funds associated with three companies, filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Amended Claim Form and Particulars of Claim for damages in excess of £50 million for alleged negligence and misrepresentation regarding the sale of failed investment products, including New Earth Fund, Axiom Legal Financing Fund, LM Group of Funds, Eco Resources Fund, and Kijani Commodity Fund in Peter Kells, of Thailand, and other investors v. Friends Provident International Ltd., of the Isle of Man, at the Isle of Man High Court.
Amended Claim Form and Particulars of Claim for damages in excess of £50 million for alleged negligence and misrepresentation regarding the sale of failed investment products, including New Earth Fund, Axiom Legal Financing Fund, LM Group of Funds, Eco Resources Fund, and Kijani Commodity Fund in Barry Dickinson, of Thailand, and other investors v. Quilter International Isle of Man imited, f.k.a. Old Mutual International Isle of Man Limited, f.k.a. Nel Britannia International Assurance Limited, f.k.a. Royal Skandia Life Assurance Limited, of the Isle of Man, at the Isle of Man High Court.
Winding Up Petition in Rubicon Vantage International Pte Limited, of Singapore v. KrisEnergy (Gulf of Thailand) Limited at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.
Complaint alleging "an international insider trading scheme" involving individuals and companies in the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, England, France, Hong Kong, Switzerland, and Thailand in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Tomer Feingold, and Dov Malnik, both described as citizens of Israel residing in Switzerland, as Defendants, and Adamas Healthcare Fund, of the Cayman Islands; Amiservice Development Limited, Ample Vantage Trading Limited, Bravo Business Limited, Kuray Investments Limited, Mignon Group Limited, and Upbeat Worldwide Investments Limited, all of the British Virgin Islands, as Relief Defendants, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Originating Summons regarding a statutory demand for $2.8 million in principal and interest in KrisEnergy (Gulf of Thailand) Ltd., a Cayman Islands company based in Bangkok v. Rubicon Vantage International Pte Ltd., of Singapore, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.
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".
SEC's Motion for an Order Freezing and Repatriating Assets in the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Steve M. Bajic, Rajesh Taneja, Norfolk Heights Ltd., Fountain Drive Ltd., Island Fortune Global Ltd., Crystalmount Ltd., Wisdom Chain Ltd., SSID Ltd., Sure Mighty Ltd., Tamarind Investments Inc., Kenneth Ciapala, Anthony Killarney, BlackLight SA, Christopher Lee McKnight, and Aaron Dale Wise at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Complaint alleging securities fraud in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Steve M. Bajic, described as a dual citizen of Canada and Croatia; Rajesh Taneja, described as a citizen of Canada residing in Vietnam; Norfolk Heights Ltd., described as "a Seychelles company owned by a dual Mexican and Canadian citizen"; Fountain Drive Ltd., Island Fortune Global Ltd., Crystalmount Ltd., and Wisdom Chain Ltd., each described as "a Seychelles corporation with a registered address in Hong Kong"; SSID Ltd., of Hong Kong; Sure Mighty Ltd., described as "a Seychelles corporation owned by a Japanese citizen"; Tamarind Investments Inc., described as "an Anguillan corporation with registered addresses in Hong Kong and Thailand"; Kenneth Ciapala, described as "a citizen of Switzerland and the United Kingdom"; Anthony Killarney, described as "a citizen of the United Kingdom, a resident of Switzerland"; Blacklight SA, of Switzerland; Christopher Lee McKnight, of Canada, and Aaron Dale Wise, of Florida, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from PNC Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Austria - for a criminal investigation into "unknown subjects" for aggravated fraud.
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.
Complaint alleging cryptocurrency-related securities fraud in Vitaly Anaykin, a citizen of Russia residing in Montenegro, and Konstantin Bondarev, a citizen of Russia residing in Thailand v. Nikolay Evdokimov, a citizen of Russia residing in Beverly Hills, California, and Cryptonomics Capital, of Switzerland, which appears to be incorporated as Crypto Economics AG, whose principal director in corporate filings is identified as Patrick Storchenegger, of Zug, Switzerland and whose initial capital was claimed to be 14 Bitcoins, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California. OffshoreAlert Note: On its website at www.cryptonomics.io, Cryptonomics Capital's "management" is identified as Yurii Golovko, CEO; Nikolay Evdokimov, Strategic Advisor; Alexander Forostin, Head of Sales; and Denis Klevtsov, Executive Director.
Thailand-based British financial adviser Paul Gambles and his MBMG Group, including firms in the BVI, Mauritius, Singapore, and Thailand, are being sued for $3.5M in Bermuda by a U.S. client whose cash was invested in funds managed by the Belvedere Management Group, whose fraudulent operations were exposed by OffshoreAlert in 2015.
Writ of Summons in FamilyMart China Holding Co. Ltd., of Japan v. Yin-Heng Wei, Shih-Chieh Wei, Ying-Chiao We, Ying-Chun Wei, Nexus (Cayman Islands) Holding Corp., Shanghai Nexus Information Technology Co., Ltd., Good Choice (Cayman Islands) Holding Corp., Good Choice (Hong Kong) Holding Co. Ltd., Shanghai Zhenhuixuan Electronic Commerce Ltd., and China CVS Cayman Islands Holding Corp. at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.
Petition for the Court's Sanction for two proposed schemes of arrangement in the matter of C.P. Lotus Corporation, domiciled in the Cayman Islands, based in Hong Kong, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.
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.
Complaint in Orasasintavee Co. Ltd., of Thailand v. K-Swiss International Ltd., domiciled in Bermuda, based in Taiwan, and K-Swiss Inc., domiciled in Delaware, based in California, at the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles.