Accounting

Peace United Ltd. v. 1906 Collins LLC et al: Discovery Application

Application by Peace United Ltd., of England, to take discovery from 1906 Collins LLC, Mathieu Massa, Sabadell United Bank, HSBC Bank USA, Gero Evaul & McClockey, Fiske & Company, and Beilinson Gomez Architects PA for use in legal proceedings in France, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Bavaguthu Shetty et al v. Bank of Baroda et al: Complaint

Complaint for more than $7 billion "brought by two victims of Defendants' massive financial fraud surrounding NMC Health Plc and its related entities" that was "exposed when an investigative market research firm, Muddy Waters Research LLC, released a report questioning the integrity of NMC's audited financials" in Dr. Bavaguthu Raghuram Shetty and Neopharma LLC v. Bank of Baroda, of New York; Credit Europe Bank NV, of the Netherlands; Ernst & Young Global Limited, of England; Ernst & Young EMEIA Limited, of England; Prasanth Manghat, Promoth Manghat, Suresh Kumar Vadakke Kootala, and Suresh Kumar Nandiraju, all of India, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

PLS, CPA et al: Penalties

Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing penalties on PLS, CPA, Chang G. Park, Joseph Yongyun Lee, and Juchi Lee, all accountants, for "improper professional conduct" involving, inter alia, Interactive Multi-Media Auction Corporation, described as "a British Virgin Islands corporation with its principal place of business in the United Kingdom" and "formerly headquartered in Hong Kong".

SEC v. Carlos Irizarry Santiago: Application to Comply with Subpoena

SEC's Application for an order to show cause and an order requiring compliance with a subpoena "in connection with its formal investigation into potential violations of the federal securities laws by Back to Green Mining, LLC, a Puerto Rico company purporting to be investing in mining operations in Colombia, and its principals, representatives, and affiliates" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Carlos R. Irizarry Santiago, CPA, of Puerto Rico, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Accounts for All Ltd.: Registration Revocation

Public Statement by the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority that it has revoked the registration of Accounts For All Limited. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Isle of Man Companies Registry showed that Accounts For All Limited was incorporated on September 15th, 2003 and, in its last annual report, for 2017, its directors and shareholders were identified as James John Murphy Forbes, a British accountant, and Angela Michelle Forbes, also British, both of the Isle of Man, the latter of whom resigned as a director effective May 8th, 2019.

Crowe Mak LLP: $5K Fine

Public Notice by the Abu Dhabi Global Market Financial Services Regulatory Authority that it has imposed a fine of $5,000 on Crowe Mak LLP for regulatory breaches.

Nicholas Martin v. Circumference Holdings Ltd.: Winding Up Petition

Winding Up Petition in Nicholas James Martin, of Luxembourg v. Circumference Holdings Ltd., described as "a holding company and corporate parent for the Circumference Group, which is comprised of a number of holding and operating entities engaged in corporate, directorship, trust, fiduciary and accounting services primarily in the Cayman Islands, Luxembourg and The Netherlands", at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Chung Wan: Public Censure

Public Notice by Singapore's Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority that it has issued a Public Censure to Chung Wan "for being convicted of an offense in the State Courts, in Singapore, of voluntarily causing hurt ... an offence implying a defect in character which makes him unfit for his profession".

Alger SICAV et al v. WageWorks Inc. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "accounting fraud" in Alger SICAV, Alger Small Cap Growth Institutional Fund, Alger Small Cap Growth Fund, Alger Small Cap Focus Fund, Alger Small Cap Focus Fund, Alger small Cap Growth Portfolio, Alger Weatherbie Specialized Growth Portfolio, Alger Weatherbie Specialized Growth Fund, Alger Dynamic Opportunities Fund, and Alger Dynamic Opportunities Fund, all of Luxembourg v. WageWorks Inc., Joseph L. Jackson, and Colm M. Callan at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Atkins Investment Partnership et al v. EisnerAmper LLP: Complaint

Complaint "by more than 130 Plaintiffs who collectively invested over $103 million in Direct Lending Income Fund, L.P., a limited partnership managed and controlled by Direct Lending Investments, LLC and its owner and CEO, Brendan Ross" that "turned out to be a $789 million dollar Ponzi scheme" in Atkins Investment Partnership v. EisnerAmper LLP at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Northern and Western Insurance Company Ltd. v. BSG Valentine: Amended Defense

Amended Defense involving allegations of fraud in Northern and Western Insurance Company Limited (in Liquidation), of Nevis, represented by its Joint Liquidators, Keiran Hutchison, of the Cayman Islands, and Roy Bailey, of the British Virgin Islands v. BSG Valentine, an accounting firm in London, England, at the High Court of Justice for England and Wales.

Mancera SC, et al: $1.6M Penalty & Bans

Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing a financial penalty of $1,589,926 on Mancera SC, described as "the Mexican member firm of Ernst & Young Global", and bans on accountants Alejandro Valdez Mendoza, CP and Angel Radames Corral Nieblas, CP, both citizens of Mexico, for regulatory breaches regarding Desarrolladora Homex, SAB de CV, which was described as a construction firm that "engaged in a massive fraudulent accounting scheme over at least a three-year period" and whose shares were listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange.

BDO Cayman Ltd. et al v. Ardent Harmony Fund Inc.: Ruling

Ruling dismissing "BDO Cayman's application for leave to commence proceedings against Ardent for an injunction to restrain them from continuing the New York proceedings" in BDO Cayman Ltd. , of the Cayman Islands, and BDO Trinity Ltd. , of Trinidad and Tobago v. Ardent Harmony Fund Inc. (in Official Liquidation) at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Nexia BT: License Suspension

Public Announcement by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has suspended "the authorisation of Nexia BT to act as an approved auditor" for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that Nexia BT is part of a group whose officers and directors include Brian Tonna, Manuel Castagna, and Karl Cini, all citizens of Malta.

USA v. Strachans SA: Criminal Judgment

Criminal Judgment imposing a fine of $500,000 for conspiracy to defraud the United States in USA v. Strachans SA (in Liquidation), of Jersey, in the Channel Islands, and Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Chris Baldacchino & Associates: €58K Fine

Public Notice by the Malta Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit that it has imposed a fine of €58,952 on Chris Baldacchino & Associates, described as an "Auditor/Accountant/Corporate Service Provider", for regulatory breaches.

Platinum Partners liquidators sue BDO in the Cayman Islands

The liquidators of an offshore hedge fund and a "pass-through" tax vehicle that were part of the failed $1 billion U.S.-based Platinum Partners investment group have sued the Cayman Islands and New York operations of auditor BDO.

USA v. Strachans SA: Plea Agreement

Plea Agreement in USA v. Strachans SA (in Liquidation), described as "a Jersey-based accounting and financial services company that assisted U.S. taxpayer-clients and others in evading taxes through the use of offshore trusts and entities and offshore bank accounts" that later moved to Switzerland and "began doing business as Elston Management", at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Strachans SA: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging conspiracy to defraud the United States in USA v. Strachans SA (in Liquidation), described as "a Jersey-based accounting and financial services company that assisted U.S. taxpayer-clients and others in evading taxes through the use of offshore trusts and entities and offshore bank accounts" that later moved to Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California. Editor's Note: In the Criminal Information, the USA stated that Strachans moved from Jersey to Switzerland in 1999 and, in 2009, "began doing business as Elston Management". Research by OffshoreAlert in the Swiss Commercial Registry showed that directors, past and present, of Elston Management SA have included Richard Jepson Egglishaw, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Monaco; Dino Ferro, a citizen of Italy; Rachel Laure Dupanloup, Henri Bressoud, and Dominique de Weck, of Switzerland.

HLB Mann Judd et al: Revocation, Bans & Fines

Order by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board fining and revoking the registration of HLB Mann Judd and barring and fining Darryl Swindells and Aidan Smith, all of Australia, for violating "rules and auditing standards"

Amjad Rihan v. Ernst & Young Global Ltd. et al: Approved Judgment

Approved Judgment of $11 million in favor of the plaintiff - a whistleblower - against his former employer, Ernst & Young, regarding a claim for negligence involving suspected money laundering by a client, Dubai-based precious metals dealer Kaloti Jewellery International DMCC, in Amjad Rihan v. Ernst & Young Global Limited, Ernst & Young Europe LLP, Ernst & Young (EMEIA) Services Limited, and EYGS LLP at the High Court of Justice, London.

Circumference Holdings Ltd. et al v. Nicholas Martin: Defense

Defense in Circumference Investments (Europe) Limited, of England; Circumference (Luxembourg) Sàrl, of Luxembourg, and Circumference Holdings Ltd., of the Cayman Islands v. Nicholas James Martin, of Luxembourg, at the High Court of Justice, England and Wales.

Elko Broadband Ltd. v. HaiderMota BNR et al: Notice of Removal

Notice of Removal, including a copy of the complaint alleging professional malpractice regarding a proposed transaction involving Warid Telecom International, of the United Arab Emirates, in Elko Broadband Ltd., of Reno, Nevada v. HaiderMota BNR, described as a law firm in Pakistan, and A.F. Ferguson & Company, described as an accounting firm in Pakistan, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Nevada.
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British fraudster Mark Munnelly forms new firms

British accountant Mark Munnelly, who played a leading role in a £40 million-plus investment fraud committed by the now-defunct Privilege Wealth group, has formed three new firms in England over the last three months, OffshoreAlert can reveal.

Jeffery Curran: Suspension

Administrative Order suspending chartered accountant Jeffery A. Curran, of Calgary, Canada, from appearing before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission regarding "false accounting" by Penn West Petroleum Ltd., of which he was Vice President of Accounting and Reporting.

Todd Takeyasu: Suspension

Administrative Order suspending chartered accountant Todd H. Takeyasu, of Calgary, Canada, from practicing before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission after the regulator determined that he "engaged in accounting practices that resulted in false and misleading journal entries that had no adequate documentary support or basis in reality" while serving as the Chief Financial Officer of Penn West Petroleum, Ltd.

PLS, CPA et al: Allegations

Administrative Order Instituting Proceedings alleging "improper professional conduct" involving, inter alia, British Virgin Islands-domiciled, United Kingdom-based Interactive Multi-Media Auction Corporation, now known as Stop Sleep Go Inc., and Delaware-domiciled, South Korea-based IMK Group Inc. against PLS, CPA, a.k.a. PLS CPAs; Chang G. Park, CPA, a.k.a. Changgeun Park; Joseph Yongyun Lee, CPA, a.k.a. Yong Yun Lee, and Juchi Lee, CPA, a.k.a. Juchi Lee Fernandez, a.k.a. Ju-Chi Lee, a.k.a. Ju Chi Lee, a.k.a. Sue Lee, before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Amjad Rihan v. Ernst & Young Global Ltd. et al: Judgment

Judgment of $11 million in favor of the plaintiff - a whistleblower - against his former employer, Ernst & Young, regarding a claim for negligence involving suspected money laundering by a client, Dubai-based precious metals dealer Kaloti Jewellery International DMCC, in Amjad Rihan v. Ernst & Young Global Limited, Ernst & Young Europe LLP, Ernst & Young (EMEIA) Services Limited, and EYGS LLP at the High Court of Justice, London.

Coöperatieve Rabobank UA et al v. EisnerAmper LLP: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and gross negligence involving "secured credit facilities and associated loans and precious metal leases to Republic Metals Corporation" in Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A., New York Branch, a foreign branch office of a bank in the Netherlands; Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., of New York; Bank Hapoalim B.M., a foreign branch office of a bank in Israel; Mitsubishi International Corporation, of New York; ICBC Standard Bank Plc, of England; Techemet Metal Trading, LLC, of Texas; Merced Partners Limited Partnership, and Athilon Capital Corp., LLC, both domiciled in Delaware, based in Minnesota, as successors to Woodforest National Bank, and Hain Capital Investors Master Fund, Ltd., domiciled in the Cayman Islands, based in New Jersey, as successor to Bank Leumi USA v. EisnerAmper LLP at the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida

Ardent Harmony Fund Inc. v. BDO Trinity Ltd.: Opposition to Motion to Dismiss

Opposition to Defendant's Motion to Dismiss regarding allegations of negligence, professional malpractice, and fraudulent concealment in Ardent Harmony Fund Inc. (in Liquidation), of the Cayman Islands v. BDO Trinity Ltd., a.k.a. BDO Trinidad & Tobago, of Trinidad & Tobago, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York.

Edward Kostka: €1,500 Fine

Administrative Sanction by the Luxembourg CSSF imposing a €1,500 fine against Edward Kostka "for professional misconduct and negligence" concerning the audit profession.

CohnReznick LLP v. Mazars USA LLP: Complaint

Complaint alleging that "three former CohnReznick partners - Robert DeMeola, Alan Wohl, and Howard Leung - have hatched a carefully-orchestrated scheme to raid CohnReznick's New York office and are exploiting CohnReznick's confidential and proprietary information to solicit and retain CohnReznick's clients, partners and employees" in CohnReznick LLP, described as "a national accounting, tax and business advisory firm" v. Mazars USA LLP, of New York, NY, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

ENRC v. Deloitte LLP: Discovery Application

Application by Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Limited, of England, to take discovery from Deloitte LLP for use in legal proceedings at the High Court of Justice of England and Wales against its former attorneys, Dechert LLP and David Neil Gerrard, for alleged misconduct, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Ardent Harmony Fund Inc. v. BDO Trinity Ltd.: Complaint

Complaint attempting to hold the defendant "accountable for its failure to alert Ardent to an egregious fraud" in Ardent Harmony Fund Inc. (in Liquidation), of the Cayman Islands v. BDO Trinity Ltd., d.b.a. BDO Trinidad and Tobago, of Trinidad and Tobago, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Nassau.

The Rise of The Accountants: How They Broke Capitalism

The world's 'Big Four' accountancy firms PwC, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and KPMG have become a gilded elite. Up in the high six figures, an average partner salary rivals that of a Premier League footballer. But

RSM US LLP: Findings & Sanctions

Order Instituting Public Administrative and Cease-and-Desist Proceedings, Making Findings and Imposing Remedial Sanctions in the matter of RSM US LLP, formerly McGladrey LLP, before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Cooperatieve Rabobank U.A. et al v. Crowe LP: Notice of Removal

Notice of Removal, including a copy of the complaint, in Cooperatieve Rabobank U.A., New York Branch; Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., of New York; Bank Hapoalim B.M., of Israel; Mitsubishi International Corporation, of New York; ICBC Standard Bank Plc, of England and Wales; Techemet Metal Trading LLC, of Texas; Woodforest National Bank, of Texas, and Hain Capital Investors Master Fund Ltd., of the Cayman Islands v. Crowe LP, an accounting firm in Florida and a member of Switzerland-based Crowe Global, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

US lawyers & accountants sued over ‘illegal and abusive’ offshore tax scheme

A class action complaint has been filed in the United States against professional advisers in Arizona, Florida, and New York, captive insurers in Saint Kitts and Nevis, and others for allegedly designing and promoting "illegal and abusive tax shelters" into which "premiums" totaling tens of millions of dollars were paid.

Benyamin Avrahim et al v. Clark & Gentry et al: Class Action Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud regarding "illegal and abusive tax shelters" involving offshore captive insurers in the Caribbean in Feedback Insurance Company, Ltd., of Saint Kitts and Nevis; Benyamin Avrahami, Orna Avrahami, BYS Company, ACC, Chandler One, LLC, Junction Development, LLC, O & E Corporation, White Mountain Equities, LLC, and White Knight Investment, ACC, all of Arizona v. Celia Clark, of New York; Clark & Gentry, PLLC, of New York; John Garcia, of New York, as Personal Representative for the Estate of Craig McEntee; McEntee & Associates PC, of New York; Neil Hiller, of Arizona; Fennemore Craig, PC, of Arizona; Allen Rosenbach, of Florida; ACR Solutions Group, of Florida; RMS Solutions, Inc., of Illinois; Heritor Management, Ltd., of Saint Kitts and Nevis; and Pan American Reinsurance Company, Ltd., of Saint Kitts and Nevis, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Arizona.

Grant Thornton and law firms agree to settle Providence Financial lawsuit

Accounting firm Grant Thornton and law firms Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, and Greene Espel have agreed to pay a combined $849,243 to settle claims that they aided and abetted a $150 million investment fraud perpetrated by the Providence Financial Group, which was based in Guernsey, Miami, and Brazil.

KPMG Bermuda & MD fined by US auditor regulator

KPMG Bermuda and its Managing Director, Damion Henderson, have been fined and censured by the U.S. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, which regulates auditors of public-traded companies.