GTrade

In May, 2000, OffshoreAlert exposed GTrade, a sham Internet stock exchange operated by serial fraudster Joseph Andrew Man, a.k.a. Andy Mann. The next month, Mann was indicted at federal court in New York on 15 counts of fraud and racketeering involving GTrade and five mafia organizations, including the New York City-based Bonnano and Colombo crime families, for which Mann was later sentenced to 41 months in prison. Prosecutors alleged the group bribed brokers to sell worthless securities to the public so that insiders could profit and that brokers who ignored orders not to execute sell requests from victims were physically assaulted or threatened with assault and told to return their bribes. In 2006, OffshoreAlert exposed Mann again, this time concerning a new scheme that he set up after being released from prison. Ironically, we only uncovered the new scam after a man – who said he was an attorney but would not give his name – called OffshoreAlert to complain about one of our articles regarding Mann’s previous fraud. The caller’s Mexican telephone number showed up on our caller ID and we were able to connect it to websites that were offering a range of investment products and services, including in-house mutual funds, stock-broking, trust accounts, securities clearing, custodian, and credit cards. OffshoreAlert sent the Mann family questions - and the sites were immediately taken down!
Timeline
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May

2000

A look at the dubious GTrade ‘stock exchange’ and its principal, Andy Mann

Nevis-based Hanver Trust Company boss Robin Cotterell, who was arrested on May 23 for allegedly laundering the proceeds of securities fraud, is also the chairman of a dubious Internet stock exchange, Offshore Alert can reveal. Cotterell has set up several companies and provided a number of services to the 'exchange', which is known as GTrade, and his firm may have even partially operated it in Nevis without a licence.
31

January

2001

Insider Talking: January 31, 2001

David Voth unable to name auditor of The Forex Fund, Dennis Sutton charged with fraud and forgery in the Bahamas, fraudulent GTrade 'stock exchange' becomes active again after months of inactivity, conman Joseph Becker sets up his own European Community in cyberspace, FIBG-related barrister Lawrence Jones stops practicing law in England.
30

April

2001

Robin Cotterell client subject to arrest warrant

A client of Nevis-based offshore provider Robin Cotterell is still on the run from US authorities nearly 12 months after being criminally indicted on racketeering charges along with members of the New York mafia. Joseph Andrew Mann, known as 'Andy Mann', was one of 120 defendants in securities fraud and RICO actions filed on June 14, 2000 at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
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May

2006

Released from prison, mafia fraudster sets up new securities scheme

A 68-year-old fraudster released from prison in the United States only 21 months ago for helping the New York mafia commit violently-enforced stock scams has picked up where he left off, OffshoreAlert can reveal.Mexico-based, U. S. national Joseph Andrew Mann, now using the name Joseph Andres Mann Piccione, is behind a web of shell companies in several countries, including England, Panama, and Dominica, as part of a new securities scheme that bears striking similarities to the fraud to which he pleaded guilty in the United States in 2004.