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Has 'Wolf of Wall Street' Jordan Belfort reformed? You be the judge

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Has 'Wolf of Wall Street' Jordan Belfort reformed? You be the judge
There's compelling evidence that Jordan Belfort - the self-styled 'Wolf of Wall Street' - is as slippery now as he was when he was swindling pensioners and others out of their life savings in a securities fraud committed more than 20 years ago.

Recently-filed documents filed at federal court in the United States suggest that he has voluntarily paid little to satisfy a $110 million judgment against him in 2003, despite his public claims that he would contribute 100% of his revenues from his books and the Martin Scorsese movie.

Instead, prosecutors have accused him of being "delinquent in his payments" and of using an array of companies to avoid paying restitution to his victims, while Belfort is trying to wriggle out of the judgment by claiming that his obligation to pay restitution ended when his period of supervised release finished in 2009.

Meanwhile, last month, a producer with the news magazine program 'Inside Edition' filed a request at federal court in New York for a list of the victims of Belfort's fraudulently-operated firm Stratton Oakmont.

In his letter to the judge, Larry Posner wrote that "… Mr. Belfort seems to minimize the damage he's caused his victims. He's been quoted in the press saying, "We were calling very wealthy people, and you weren't losing people's life savings." I have personally spoken to victims who are still paying the price of Mr. Belfort's crimes and are in no way considered wealthy. Many victims are upset how the recent movie The Wolf of Wall Street glamorized Mr. Belfort life without focusing on the hardships his crimes causes to the victims of Stratton Oakmont.

"In this light, I would like to request a copy of the victim's names and corresponding individual damages that Mr. Belfort owes in restitution as a result of his crimes. I would like to report the stories of the many victims who have received little attention and have suffered greatly. I would contact individuals and get their permission to be included in the report. I make this request in the public interest as a journalist."

At next month's OffshoreAlert Conference, the FBI Agent who investigated Belfort in the 1990s, Gregory Coleman, and the former Assistant U. S. Attorney who prosecuted him, Joel Cohen, will provide first-hand accounts of what really took place in the Belfort/Stratton Oakmont case, as opposed to what Belfort and move director Martin Scorsese want you to believe.

The 12th Annual OffshoreAlert Conference will take place at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach in Miami Beach, Florida on May 4-6.

The conference will show participants in international finance how to identify, analyze, and exploit opportunities, how to avoid legal and risk pitfalls, and remedies that are available if your once-promising deal turns sour. You will also make great contacts by mingling with the crème de la crème in the private and public sectors of numerous onshore and offshore jurisdictions.

Our Miami Beach event attracts attendees from more than 25 countries in different continents. Our event is for everyone who is involved in international finance – in any capacity. High Net Worth Individuals. Officers & Directors. Auditors. Bankers. Company Administrators. Attorneys. Tax Advisers. Compliance Officers. Money Managers. Investors. Investigators. Regulators. Law Enforcement.

Download the full agenda here. Register online here.

Cayman's 'Operation Tempura' to be analyzed at next month's OffshoreAlert Conference

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One of the most controversial criminal investigations in the history of the Cayman Islands - known as 'Operation Tempura' - will be scrutinized at next month's OffshoreAlert Conference.

What began as an investigation into suspected corruption between a police officer and a local newspaper quickly spiraled out of control as the Police Commissioner was suspended and fired, a judge arrested and then awarded substantial damages for wrongful arrest, an attorney disbarred and then re-instated, and many millions of dollars of public funds spent.

Martin Bridger, the former Senior Investigator of Operation Tempura, will discuss the investigation during a conference session that will also include former Cayman Auditor General Dan Duguay and former covert participating informant John Evans. The session will be moderated by journalist Brent Fuller, of Cayman Free Press.

"Inside the Cayman Islands: The 'Operation Tempura' Affair" is one of 22 sessions about international finance that will comprise The 12th Annual OffshoreAlert Conference, which will take place at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach in Miami Beach, Florida on May 4-6.

As in previous years, the conference program showcases high-profile speakers and our industry's most topical sessions and is the premier event for those in the highest end of international finance, attracting 250+ offshore stakeholders from Europe, UK, USA, Canada and key offshore jurisdictions.

Download the latest agenda here. Register here.

 

Inside One of the World's Largest Civil Asset Recovery Programs

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In 2009, the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands engaged British law firm Edwards Wildman to recover thousands of acres of land, including prime ocean-front property, and other valuable assets that had been misappropriated by politicians and their foreign, private-sector accomplices. It was part of a wider attempt to turn around the economy and reputation of the TCI.

In the ensuing four years, more than 3,000 acres and over $20 million in cash has been recovered for the Government.

TCI MapAt next month's OffshoreAlert Conference in Miami Beach, Florida, Edwards Wildman partner James Maton will take attendees behind-the-scenes of one of the largest civil asset recovery programs in the world, explain the intricacies and difficulties of recovering misappropriated assets, and discuss whether the same techniques can be applied in similar jurisdictions.

"Many claims have involved Court proceedings and trials in the Turks & Caicos Islands Supreme Court, both at first instance and the Court of Appeal, and the team has dealt with three appeals to the Privy Council so far," according to Edwards Wildman.

The session will form part of The 12th Annual OffshoreAlert Conference, which will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach in Miami Beach, Florida on May 4-6, 2014.

The conference will show participants in international finance how to identify and exploit financial opportunities, how to avoid legal and risk pitfalls, and how to recover assets if your once-promising business deal turns sour. You will also make great contacts by mingling with the crème de la crème in the private and public sectors of numerous onshore and offshore jurisdictions.

Our Miami Beach conference attracts attendees from more than 25 countries in different continents and is aimed at anyone who is involved in the highest-levels of international finance. These include: High Net Worth Individuals. Officers & Directors. Auditors. Bankers. Attorneys. Tax Advisers. Compliance Officers. Money Managers. Investors. Investigators. Regulators. Law Enforcement.

If you're in high finance, you should be in South Beach next month.

Tickets to this event may be purchased here.    
 

Litigation Funding: An Analysis

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Over the last 18 months, OffshoreAlert has exposed two major litigation funding scams - Axiom Legal Financing Fund and Buttonwood Legal Capital - into which investors are believed to have invested more than $300 million. That doesn't mean litigation funding is an inherently poor investment, however.

Litigation Funding An Analysis

A behind-the scenes look at the litigation funding industry will form part of The 12th Annual OffshoreAlert Conference that will take place at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach in Miami Beach, Florida on May 4-6, 2014.

In a session entitled 'Financing Asset Recovery Attempts', experts in the field will explain how they determine whether a third-party lawsuit is worth funding, how risk is assessed and managed, where and how money is spent, how recovered assets are split between investors, asset recovery professionals and victims, and how decisions are made about continuing funding a case or pulling the plug.

The session will be presented by three attorneys: Martin Kenney, of the British Virgin Islands, who is one of the world's best-known fraud and asset recovery specialists; Timothy Scrantom, who helped set up and manage two litigation funding companies, and Jonathan Cooperman, of Canada.

The OffshoreAlert Conference will show participants in international finance how to identify and exploit opportunities, avoid legal and risk pitfalls, and remedies that are available if your once-promising deal turns sour. Attendees will also make great contacts by mingling with the crème de la crème in the private and public sectors of numerous onshore and offshore jurisdictions.

Our Miami Beach event attracts attendees from more than 25 countries in different continents and is targeted at everyone who is involved in international finance – in any capacity. High Net Worth Individuals. Officers & Directors. Auditors. Bankers. Attorneys. Tax Advisers. Compliance Officers. Money Managers. Investors. Investigators. Regulators. Law Enforcement.

With two full days of sessions, 10+ hours of networking and a "who's who" gathering of the industry, this is the "must-attend" event in 2014 for professionals who practice in the offshore world. 

If you haven't registered yet, click here to reserve your seat now.

 

Offshore Solvencies, Insolvencies & Everything In Between

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A must for anyone who professes to practice in the offshore worldOffshore jurisdictions play an integral role in the global movement of wealth but the industry is experiencing profound changes.   

As a stakeholder, you know the value of staying on top of these developments so that you can continue to grow and leverage your strengths in a world where change is the norm.

Over three days, the 12th Annual OffshoreAlert Conference Miami assembles the "who's who" in the industry to explore everything that's important in the world of offshore finance.

You will get the latest on tax initiatives, political, legal and compliance issues, beneficial ownership registries, and financial transparency from 35+ top-flight speakers, including:      
 

  • Ian Kawaley, Bermuda's Chief Justice, Edward Bannister QC, Presiding Judge of the British Virgin Islands Commercial Court and Neville Adderley, Justice of Appeal for The Bahamas Court of Appeal  
  • Laurence Harris who led one of the largest civil recovery programs in the world in the Turks & Caicos Islands  
  • Dan Reeves who, while with the IRS, developed many of the investigative techniques currently being used to identify U. S. taxpayers with offshore bank accounts and has led a number of high-profile investigations that involved the use of John Doe summonses to obtain offshore banking records, including UBS AG, HSBC, the Stanford Financial Group and others  
  • Martin Bridger, Former Senior Investigator, Operation Tempura and Martin Polaine, Former Legal Adviser, Operation Tempura 
  • Joel Cohen who prosecuted notorious penny stock swindler Jordan Belfort - the subject of Martin Scorsese's movie 'The Wolf of Wall Street' 
You can view the complete agenda here and the newly posted attendee list here.

Join us for the 12th Annual OffshoreAlert Conference at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach in Miami Beach, Florida on May 4-6, 2014.

Your ticket gives you exceptional value: enjoy 23 sessions featuring a world-class line-up of speakers, two ocean-side cocktail receptions, Ritz-Carlton breakfasts and lunches on Monday & Tuesday and complimentary access to the complete audio and video recordings of every session plus all submitted abstracts and PowerPoint presentations for one year. Not to mention unparalleled networking opportunities.

The earlier you register, the better the price. Take advantage of Early-Bird and group discounts and save up to $459. Click here for details.

Register for this event onlinehere or call +1-305-372-6296 to book by phone.

Meet The Real Star of 'The Wolf of Wall Street'

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Want to meet the former U. S. federal prosecutor who brought self-styled 'Wolf of Wall Street' fraudster Jordan Belfort to justice? Interested in the true story, rather than the fiction contained in Belfort's book and Martin Scorsese's hit movie?

Former prosecutor Joel M. Cohen, who led the prosecution into Belfort and his boiler room operation Stratton Oakmont, will give the inside scoop on the investigation at The OffshoreAlert Conference, which will take place at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach in Miami Beach, Florida on May 4-6, 2014. Let's just say it will paint the conman in a less flattering light than he wants the world to see him in.

It is one of 23 sessions that will be presented to hundreds of attendees from more than 30 countries who are involved in the highest echelons of international finance, as providers, investigators and buyers of financial products and services.
  

 

Agenda launched for OffshoreAlert Conference - Miami Beach, May 4-6, 2014

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OffshoreAlert has launched the agenda for our 12th Annual Conference on international finance, which will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach in Miami Beach, Florida on May 4-6, 2014.

Once you've had a chance to review the agenda, be sure to reserve your place by January 31 to save up to $600! 

The conference will show participants in international finance how to identify and exploit opportunities, how to avoid legal and risk pitfalls, and remedies that are available if your once-promising deal turns sour. 

You will also make great contacts by mingling with the crème de la crème in the private and public sectors of numerous onshore and offshore jurisdictions.

Among the 22 sessions are: 

  • Turks & Caicos Islands: Inside One of the World's Largest Asset Recovery Programs;
  • Tax, Fraud, & Finance: Offshore Judges Discuss Key Rulings at Their Courts;
  • Third-Party Litigation Funding & Asset Recovery as an Investment Opportunity;
  • Blood, Sweat & TIEAs: Tax Information Exchange Litigation in OFCs;
  • Bitcoin & Financial Crime: An Analysis;
  • Financial Secrecy: A Comparison of Jurisdictions;
  • Inside the Cayman Islands: The 'Operation Tempura' Affair

Our Miami Beach conference attracts attendees from more than 25 countries in different continents and is for everyone who is involved in international finance - in any capacity, including:

  • High Net Worth Individuals 
  • Officers & Directors 
  • Auditors
  • Bankers
  • Attorneys
  • Tax Advisers
  • Compliance Officers
  • Money Managers
  • Investors
  • Investigators
  • Regulators
  • Law Enforcement

If you're in high finance, then you should be in South Beach this May. And if you're financially savvy, the best deal to be had on tickets is to sign up by next Friday.

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