Operated by Nevada-based Jeffrey Allen Weston, Cayman Islands-domiciled, Bermuda Stock Exchange-listed Aristocrat Endeavor Fund existed so that its worthless shares could appear as valuable assets on the books of fraudulent companies to create the appearance of solvency, most notably the First International Bank of Grenada, whose bogus capital included “$17 million” worth of Aristocrat Endeavor Fund shares. While OffshoreAlert was exposing the scam, other news organizations such as Bloomberg and the Financial Times were publishing false NAVs without doing any checks, with The Wall Street Journal even describing Aristocrat Endeavor as “the top-performing fund of the quarter" in a report on January 15th, 2001, even though the Fund had been taken over by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority three months earlier. The FT continued to publish the fraudulent NAVs even after OffshoreAlert told them the Fund had been taken over by CIMA and even after the company had been struck off the companies register in Cayman and, therefore, did not legally exist. Honestly, we’re not making this stuff up! Weston was later sued for an unrelated securities fraud by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Complaint in Carl Loewenson Jr., as Receiver for Credit Bancorp et al v. Aristocrat Endeavor Fund Ltd., Aristocrat Capital Advisors, Ltd., Aristocrat Corporate Finance, Ltd., Jeffrey Allen Weston, James Shadlaus, Patrick Albert Meredith, David Elias Sherman, and Robert William Newman at the U. S. District Court for the District of Nevada.
A Cayman-registered mutual fund whose shares were once listed on the Bermuda Stock Exchange has emerged as a centerpiece of the massive fraud committed by the First International Bank of Grenada.Shares in the Aristocrat Endeavor Fund comprised $17.25 million of FIBG's bogus initial capital of $32.75 million in 1997, according to a new report by the bank's liquidator, Marcus Wide.
How concerned is the Financial Times newspaper about being used to facilitate fraud? Not enough to stop publishing bogus valuations for the Cayman Islands domiciled Aristocrat Endeavor Fund. The FT is continuing to accept and publish sham Net Asset Values
OffshoreAlert has received a letter from an Arizona based client of Grenada licensed Cornerstone International Savings and Investment Bank, which was taken over by the Grenada authorities on April 25, 2002 - AFTER the bank's principals had already disappeared without
The Harris Organization financial services group has been evicted from its offices in Panama City for non-payment of rent; The revocation of the banking license of Baltic Bank Ltd. earlier this year by the Offshore Finance Authority of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has been stayed by Justice Brian Alleyne, sitting in the local High Court, according to a source familiar with the action; The battle for control of $6.5 million of frozen assets of a now-defunct, Dominica-based Ponzi scheme known as Stock Generation is dragging on through the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts; Grenada Prime Minister Keith Mitchell and several other members of his Cabinet have received an award of $200,000, plus legal costs of $10,000, after winning a libel action brought against local journalist Stanley Charles, businessman and radio talk show producer Eddie Frederick and Grenada Broadcasting Network; The Central Bank of Belize has issued warnings about two entities that may be incorrectly holding themselves out to be licensed financial institutions: Trinity Savings Bank and Goldman & Stein; A Bermuda resident has accused the island's biggest law firm, Conyers, Dill & Pearman, of charging exorbitant fees for taking two trustees off her will, reported The Royal Gazette newspaper; A new date of July 15, 2002 has been set for the resumed hearing in the Bahamas of the appeal brought by the directors of Suisse Security Bank & Trust Ltd. against the decision of the Central Bank revoking SSBT's licence; and The lack of concern shown by the operators of the Financial Times web-site for the financial well-being of its visitors continues.