Government & Politicians

USA v. Jorge Cherrez Miño et al: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging conspiracy to commit money laundering and bribery of a public official in Ecuador and involving companies in Panama in USA v. Jorge Cherrez Miño, described as a citizen of Ecuador who managed "U.S. Investment Fund Companies", and John Luzuriaga Aguinaga, described as a citizen of Ecuador who was "Risk Director" of the Instituto de Seguridad Social de la Policia Nacional, a.k.a. ISSPOL, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
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BVI to add 3 more US defendants to ‘Miami Airline’ fraud lawsuit

The British Virgin Islands Government intends to add three more US citizens - Scott Weisman, Jerry Willoughby, and Bruce Bradley - as defendants to a lawsuit it filed against "now-suspended" US lawyer Lester Hyman alleging fraud and corruption involving plans to operate an air service between the BVI and Miami.

British Virgin Islands AG v. Signature Bank: Discovery Application

Application by the British Virgin Islands Attorney General to take evidence from Signature Bank for use in legal proceedings in the British Virgin Islands "against Lester S. Hyman", described as "a now-suspended member of the District of Columbia and Massachusetts Bars" for "for fraud and deceit and breaches of trust and loyalty and of his contractual obligations owed to the BVIG", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

British Virgin Islands AG v. Pauline Jones: Discovery Application

Application by the Attorney General of the British Virgin Islands to take discovery from Pauline E. Jones for use in legal proceedings in the British Virgin Islands against Lester S. Hyman, described as "a now-suspended member of the District of Columbia and Massachusetts bars", for "fraud and deceit and breaches of trust and loyalty and of his contractual obligations owed to the BVIG", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Radical Investments Ltd. v. Good Vibrations Entertainment LLC et al: First Amended Complaint

First Amended Complaint alleging a $6.7 million fraud involving “non-existent doses” of a COVID-19 vaccine “for the purpose of vaccinating nearly 300,000 citizens of the island of Barbados” in Radical Investments Ltd., described as a St. Lucia company based in Barbados v. Good Vibrations Entertainment LLC, of Florida; Alex Lee Moore, a.k.a. Flex Moore; Prestige Pegasus LLC, of Colorado; Moniladae Coley, a.k.a. Moniladai Coley; Charles Stein, a.k.a. Charlie Stein, a lawyer in California; Davidovich Stein Law Group LLC, a law firm California, and RDS Cargo Group DWC LLC, described as a Polish company based in the United Arab Emirates, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
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Barbados Gov’t ‘agent’ lost $6.7M in ‘COVID-19 vaccine fraud’

A Caribbean firm operated by Barbadian developer Mark Maloney that says it was hired by the Barbados Government to procure one million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine for the country's population claims to have been swindled out of $6.7 million. It's not clear from a complaint filed at federal court in the U.S. last week whether the amount originated from the Government or the company, Rational Investments Ltd.

Radical Investments Ltd. v. Good Vibrations Entertainment LLC et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging a $6.7 million fraud involving "non-existent doses" of a COVID-19 vaccine "for the purpose of vaccinating nearly 300,000 citizens of the island of Barbados" in Radical Investments Ltd., described as a St. Lucia company based in Barbados v. Good Vibrations Entertainment LLC, of Florida; Alex Lee Moore, a.k.a. Flex Moore; Prestige Pegasus LLC, of Colorado; Moniladae Coley, a.k.a. Moniladai Coley; Charles Stein, a.k.a. Charlie Stein, a lawyer in California; Davidovich Stein Law Group LLC, a law firm California, and RDS Cargo Group DWC LLC, described as a Polish company based in the United Arab Emirates, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Ewart Brown v. Director of Public Prosecutions et al: Recusal Ruling

Ruling on Ewart Brown's application for the recusal of the judge in Ewart Frederick Winslow Brown, a former Premier of Bermuda who was criminally indicted for alleged corruption in March 2021 v. The Director of Public Prosecutions, Attorney General, and Deputy Governor at Bermuda Supreme Court.

GIC Private Ltd. v. Celgene Corporation et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud in GIC Private Limited, which is "wholly-owned by the Government of Singapore" v. Celgene Corporation, Scott A. Smith, Terrie Curran, and Philippe Martin at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

USA v. Jorge Nobrega: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and money laundering involving entities in Australia, Thailand, and Venezuela in USA v. Jorge Luis Nobrega Rodriguez at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Marginalised Affected Property Owners v. BSG Resources Ltd.: Discovery Application

Application by Marginalised Affected Property Owners, described as "a community-based association of persons affected by the Koidu Kimberlite Project", to take discovery from BSG Resources Ltd., of Guernsey; Alvarez & Marsal Holdings LLC, and Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton LLP, a law firm, for use in legal proceedings in Sierra Leone "alleging damages to property and the environment at the Koidu Mine by BSGR subsidiaries and responsible company officials", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Jorge Nobrega: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging conspiracy to violate International Emergency Economic Powers Act, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and money laundering involving Petróleos de Venezuela SA, a.k.a. PDVSA, and "millions of dollars of transfers on behalf of the Venezuelan Government" in USA v. Jorge Nobrega at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. Naman Wakil: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and conspiracy to commit money laundering "by bribing Venezuelan officials to obtain and retain contracts and other business advantages, including obtaining payment on multi-million dollar contracts with entities and instrumentalities controlled by the Venezuelan government" in USA v. Naman Wakil, described as a citizen of Syria and permanent resident of the United States who used accounts "in the Cayman Islands, Switzerland, Panama, and elsewhere to promote the illegal bribery scheme and to conceal the nature and purpose of the proceeds", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Belgium FPSF v. AOI Pension Plan et al: ‘€5.9M Tax Fraud’ Complaint

Complaint for €5.9 million alleging "a fraudulent scheme that caused FPSF Belgium to pay large amounts of money to putative entities in the United States claiming to be owed tax refunds relating to corporate dividends" in Kingdom of Belgium Federal Public Service Finance v. AOI Pension Plan, of New York; Adam LaRosa, of New Jersey; Matthew Stein, of New York; FGC Securities LLC, of New York, and Stephen Wheeler, of New Jersey, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Belgium FPSF v. Lion Advisory Inc. Pension Plan et al: ‘€6.5M Tax Fraud’ Complaint

Complaint for €6.5 million alleging "a fraudulent scheme that caused FPSF Belgium to pay large amounts of money to putative entities in the United States claiming to be owed tax refunds relating to corporate dividends" in Kingdom of Belgium Federal Public Service Finance, described as Belgium's tax collection agency v. Lion Advisory Inc. Pension Plan, described as a New York-based "trust recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service"; Richard Markowitz, of New York; Luke McGee, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; John van Merkensteijn, of New York; FGC Securities LLC, described as being domiciled in Delaware and based in New York, and Stephen Wheeler, of Shrewsbury, New Jersey, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Belgium FPSF v. Xiphias LLC Pension Plan et al: ‘€7.9M Tax Fraud’ Complaint

Complaint for €7.9 million alleging "a fraudulent scheme that caused FPSF Belgium to pay large amounts of money to putative entities in the United States claiming to be owed tax refunds relating to corporate dividends" in Kingdom of Belgium Federal Public Service Finance, which is Belgium's tax collection agency v. Xiphias LLC Pension Plan, described as a New York-based "a trust recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service"; Richard Markowitz, of New York; Matthew Stein, of New York; John van Merkensteijn, of New York; FGC Securities LLC, described as being domiciled in Delaware and based in New York; Alicia Colodner, of New York, and Stephen Wheeler, of New Jersey, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Belgium FPSF v. Ganesha Industries Pension Plan et al: ‘€6.8M Tax Fraud’ Complaint

Complaint for €6.8 million alleging "a fraudulent scheme that caused FPSF Belgium to pay large amounts of money to putative entities in the United States claiming to be owed tax refunds relating to corporate dividend" in Kingdom of Belgium Federal Public Service Finance, which is Belgium's tax collection agency v. Ganesha Industries Pension Plan, described as a New York-based "trust recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service"; Adam LaRosa, of New Jersey; Jerome L'Hote, of New York; FGC Securities LLC, of New York, and Stephen Wheeler, of New Jersey, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Belgium FPSF v. Traden Investments Pension Plan et al: ‘€6.3M Tax Fraud’ Complaint

Complaint for €6.3 million alleging "a fraudulent scheme that caused FPSF Belgium to pay large amounts of money to putative entities in the United States claiming to be owed tax refunds relating to corporate dividends" in Kingdom of Belgium Federal Public Service Finance, which is Belgium's tax collection agency v. Traden Investments Pension Plan, described as a New York-based "trust recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service"; Adam LaRosa, of New Jersey; FGC Securities LLC, described as being domiciled in Delaware and based in New York, and Stephen Wheeler, of New Jersey, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Belgium FPSF v. Michelle Investments LLC Pension Plan et al: ‘€6M Tax Fraud’ Complaint

Complaint for €6 million alleging "a fraudulent scheme that caused FPSF Belgium to pay large amounts of money to putative entities in the United States claiming to be owed tax refunds relating to corporate dividends" in Kingdom of Belgium Federal Public Service Finance v. Michelle Investments LLC Pension Plan, of New York; Richard Markowitz, of New York; John van Merkensteijn, of New York; FGC Securities LLC, of New York; Alicia Colodner, of New York, and Stephen Wheeler, of New Jersey, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Belgium FPSF v. Delvian LLC Pension Plan et al: ‘€6.3M Tax Fraud’ Complaint

Complaint for €6.3 million alleging "a fraudulent scheme that caused FPSF Belgium to pay large amounts of money to putative entities in the United States claiming to be owed tax refunds relating to corporate dividends" in Kingdom of Belgium Federal Public Service Finance v. Delvian LLC Pension Plan, of New York; Alicia Colodner, of New York; Richard Markowitz, of New York; John van Merkensteijn, of New York; FGC Securities LLC, of New York, and Stephen Wheeler, of New Jersey, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Elizabeth von Pezold et al v. Zimbabwe: Petition to Recognize Arbitration Award

Petition to Recognize Arbitration Award of $263 million, £10 million, ZAR745,498, and €1,163, plus interest, for "Zimbabwe's expropriation of the von Pezolds' property" in Elizabeth Regina Maria Gabriele von Pezold, of Austria; Anna Eleonore Elisabeth Webber, of Austria; Heinrich Bernd Alexander Josef von Pezold, of Zimbabwe; Maria Juliane Andrea Christiane Katharina Batthyàny, of Austria; Georg Philipp Marcel Johann Lukas von Pezold, of Zimbabwe; Felix Alard Moritz Hermann, of Switzerland; Johann Friedrich Georg Ludwig von Pezold, of Scotland, and Adam Friedrich Carl Leopold Franz Severin von Pezold, of the Czech Republic, collectively descibed as "all members of the von Pezold family and are all German and Swiss nationals" v. Republic of Zimbabwe at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Palladian Partners LP v. Province of Buenos Aires: Complaint

Complaint for €2.7 million, plus interest, costs, and fees, for the alleged default of sovereign bonds in Palladian Partners, L.P., of the Cayman Islands v. Province of Buenos Aires, described as "a political subdivision of the Republic of Argentina", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Goce Gligorov v. Nation of Brunei et al: Complaint

Complaint for "an amount of not less than $400 million" alleging racketeering in Goce Gligorov, described as "a Slovenian national and businessman" v. Nation of Brunei, Brunei Investment Agency, described as "an arm of the Brunei Ministry of Finance"; Audley & Anton Property Management Limited, "based in London"; Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, described as "concurrently Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, Defense Minister, Finance Minister and the head of Islam in Brunei"; Crown Prince of Brunei Al-Muhtadee Billah, described as "the eldest son of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and his wife Queen Saleha"; Dorchester Collection, "headquartered in London, U.K, is owned by the Brunei Investment Agency"; The Dorchester Group LLC, which, together with Dorchester Collection, "owns luxury hotels around the globe, including the Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air in California"; Seven Properties AG, of Switzerland; PG Yusof Sepluddin, who "ran defendant Seven Properties AG"; Pehin Nawawi, described as "the Personal Confidential Secretary to the Sultan"; Pehin Yasmin, described as "the Minister for Energy in the Brunei Government ... who was also the Brunei Head of Intelligence"; HJ Zainal, described "ampjer ,ajor Brunei government figure"; HJ Aziyan, described as "the Brunei High Commissioner in London" during the "relevant period", and Pernigran (PG) Anak Haji Abdul Aziz, described "the head of Royal Protocol in Brunei" during the "relevant period", at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

CC/Devas (Mauritius) Ltd. et al v. Air India Ltd.: Complaint

Complaint "to resolve questions of actual controversy involving the relationship between India's wholly owned national airline, Air India, and India, and in particular, for a determination that Air India is the alter ego of India" in CC/Devas (Mauritius) Ltd., Devas Employees Mauritius Private Limited, and Telecom Devas Mauritius Limited v. Air India Ltd. at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Arturo Carlos Murillo Prijic: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint for allegedly conspiring to launder the proceeds of corruption in Bolivia in USA v. Arturo Carlos Murillo Prijic, described as "a citizen of bolivia and the Minister of Government of Bolivia", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. Luis Berkman et al: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging conspiracy to commit money laundering involving "bribery of a public official and public servant" in USA v. Luis Berkman, a citizen of the United States; Bryan Samuel Berkman, a citizen of the United States; Philip Lichtenfeld, a United Sates citizen of the United States residing in Argentina, and Sergio Rodrigo Mendez Mendizabal, described as "a citizen of Bolivia who served as an official in the Bolivian Ministry of Government from at least in or around 2019 through at least in or around 2020", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Cairn Energy Plc et al v. Air India Ltd.: Complaint

Complaint "to determine and resolve questions of actual controversy involving the relationship between India's wholly-owned national airline, Air India, and India, and in particular, whether Air India is the alter ego of India" and for "a money judgment adjudging that Air India is jointly and severally liable to satisfy the judgment Plaintiffs expect to be awarded against India based on a pending petition to confirm an arbitration award" for $1.2 billion in Cairn Energy Plc and Cairn UK Holdings Limited, both of Scotland v. Air India Ltd., of India, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Dominicana Renovables SL v. Dominican Republic: Petition to Confirm Arbitral Award

Petition to Confirm In Part and Set Aside In Part An Arbitral Award regarding "a contract between Dominicana Renovables and the Dominican Republic to develop and operate a wind energy complex in a remote area in the Dominican Republic" known as "the “Isabela Wind Energy Complex", in Dominicana Renovables SL v. Dominican Republic at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Olin Holdings Ltd. v. State of Libya: Notice of Removal

Notice of Removal, including a copy of the the petition to confirm an arbitration award, by the State of Libya in Olin Holdings Limited, of Cyprus v. State of Libya at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Federal Express et al: ‘John Doe’ Summonses Petition

Ex Parte Petition for Leave to Serve 'John Doe' Summonses as part of an IRS investigation into U.S. taxpayers who are suspected of tax evasion using the services of Panama Offshore Legal Services, described as "a Panamanian law firm that has been providing offshore services since 2000", allegedly offering legal structures formed in several jurisdictions, including Belize, the British Virgin Islands, Delaware, Nevis, Nevada, Panama, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Switzerland, in USA v. Federal Express Corporation, a.k.a. FedEx Express; Fed Ex Ground Package System, Inc., a.k.a. FedEx Ground; DHL Express (USA), Inc., United Parcel Service, Inc., the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, The Clearing House Payments Company LLC, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., Citibank, N.A., Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., and Bank of America, N.A. at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Western Union: ‘John Doe’ Summons Petition

Ex Parte Petition for Leave to Serve 'John Doe' Summons as part of an IRS investigation into U.S. taxpayers who are suspected of tax evasion using the services of Panama Offshore Legal Services, described as "a Panamanian firm that assists clients in concealing their beneficial ownership of assets", in USA v. Western Union Financial Services Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

USA v. MoneyGram: ‘John Doe’ Summons Petition

Ex Parte Petition for Leave to Serve 'John Doe' Summons as part of an IRS investigation into U.S. taxpayers who are suspected of tax evasion using the services of Panama Offshore Legal Services, described as "a Panamanian firm that assists clients in concealing their beneficial ownership of assets", in USA v. MoneyGram Payment Systems Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

LS Energia Inc. et al v. Corporacion Electrica Nacional SA et al: Complaint

Complaint "to recover an amount in excess of US$ 1.7 million, plus interest" alleging breach of contract and unjust enrichment in LS Energia Inc., of Florida, and LS Energia Inc., of Panama v. Corporación Eléctrica Nacional SA, described as "a subsidiary entity of a ministry of the government of Venezuela"; Petróleos de Venezuela SA, a.k.a. PDVSA, described as "the Venezuelan state-owned oil and natural gas company", and Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Beauregarde Holdings LLP et al v. The Province of La Rioja: Complaint

Complaint alleging the default of bond payments in Beauregarde Holdings LLP, of England; Beauregarde Holdings II LLP, Crown Managed Accounts SPC - Crown/GT Segregated Portfolio, of the Cayman Islands; GN3 SIP Limited, of Jersey, in the Channel Islands; GoldenTree Co-Invest Master Fund II Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; GoldenTree Credit Opportunities Master Fund Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; GoldenTree Emerging Markets Master Fund ICAV, of Ireland; GoldenTree Insurance Fund Series Interests of the SALI Multi-Series Fund, L.P., of Delaware; GoldenTree Master Fund, Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; GoldenTree Multi Sector-C LP, of Delaware; GoldenTree V1 Master Fund, L.P., of the Cayman Islands; GT NM, L.P., of Delaware; GTAM 110 Designated Activity Company, of Ireland; Guadalupe Fund, LP, of Texas; High Yield And Bank Loan Series Trust, of the Cayman Islands; MA Multi-Sector Opportunistic Fund, LP, of Delaware; Sandglass Opportunity Fund LP, of the Cayman Islands; Sandglass Petrus Opportunity Fund LP, of the Cayman Islands, and Sandglass Select Fund LP, of the Cayman Islands v. The Province of La Rioja, of Argentina, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Cook Islands v. Dwane Hubbart: Petition to Recognize Foreign Arbitral Award

Petition to Enforce Foreign Arbitral Award for $1.2 million in The Government of the Cook Islands v. Dwane L. Hubbart, described as a resident of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, who "operated a short-lived medical and nursing school, denominated 'St. Mary's School of Medicine', in the Cook Islands approximately twenty years ago", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Syracuse Mountains Corp. v. Venezuela: Complaint

Complaint alleging defaults on bonds with "a stated principal amount" of $327 million in Syracuse Mountains Corporation, of Panama v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Dominion Voting Systems v. Fox News Network: Complaint

Complaint alleging "Fox sold a false story of election fraud in order to serve its own commercial purposes, severely injuring Dominion in the process" in US Dominion Inc., Dominion Voting Systems Inc., and Dominion Voting Systems Corporation v. Fox News Network LLC at the Superior Court of the State of Delaware.

Amia Capital Macro Master Fund Ltd. et al v. Buenos Aires: Complaint

Complaint for damages of $336 million alleging the default of bonds in Amia Capital Macro Master Fund Limited, of the Cayman Islands; Amundi Funds - Emerging Markets Bond, of Luxembourg; Amundi Fondi Italia - Amundi Obbligazionario Paesi Emergenti a distribuzione, of Italy; Amundi Funds - Emerging Markets Blended Bond, of Luxembourg; Amundi Funds - Emerging Markets Hard Currency Bond, of Luxembourg; Amundi Funds - Emerging Markets Short Term Bond, of Luxembourg; Amundi Funds - Strategic Bond, of Luxembourg; Fondi Amundi - Amundi Obbligazionario Dinamico, of Italy; Amundi Funds - Optimal Yield Short Term, of Luxembourg; Amundi S.F. - Emerging Markets Bond 2024, of Luxembourg; Amundi S.F. - Emerging Markets Bond 2025, of Luxembourg; Caius Capital Master Fund, of the Cayman Islands; Callaway Strategic Opportunity Fund I, LP, of the Cayman Islands; BayernInvest Alternative Loan Fonds-Segment GoldenTree 2, of Luxembourg; Corbin ERISA Opportunity Fund, Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; Crown Managed Accounts SPC - Crown/GT Segregated Portfolio, of the Cayman Islands; FS Credit Income Fund, of Delaware; Ginkgo Tree, LLC, of Delaware; GN3 SIP Limited, of Jersey, in the Channel Islands; GoldenTree Co-Invest Master Fund II Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; GoldenTree Distressed Master Fund III Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; GoldenTree Distressed Onshore Master Fund III LP, of Delaware; GoldenTree Emerging Markets Master Fund ICAV, of Ireland; GoldenTree Insurance Fund Series Interests of the SALI Multi-Series Fund, L.P., of Delaware; GoldenTree Master Fund, Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; GoldenTree Multi Sector-C LP, of Delaware; GoldenTree NJ Distressed Fund 2015 LP, of Delaware; GoldenTree Vl Master Fund, L.P., of the Cayman Islands; GT Credit Fund LP, of the Cayman Islands; GT G Distressed Fund 2020 LP, of Delaware; GT NM, LP, of Delaware; Guadalupe Fund, LP, of Texas; High Yield and Bank Loan Series Trust, of the Cayman Islands; Kapitalforeningen Industriens Pension Portfolio - Emerging Markets Obligationer I, of Denmark; Louisiana State Employees Retirement System, of Louisiana; MA Multi-Sector Opportunistic Fund, LP, of Delaware; Pinehurst Partners, L.P., of Delaware; San Bernardino County Employees Retirement Association, of California; Greylock Global Opportunity Master Fund, Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands; Greylock Global Focus Master Fund, Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; Beauregarde Holdings LLP, of England; Beauregarde Holdings II LLP, of England, and Mandrake Holdings, LLC, of Delaware v. The Province of Buenos Aires, in Argentina, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.